Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Community Development Specialist

Recruitment #220630-8133AR-001


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The State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development, Commissioner’s Office seeks qualified individuals for the position of Community Development Specialist located at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT. The successful candidate will enjoy long-term strategic planning, working with local and regional economic development partners and administration of DECD grant programs. 

Job Highlights:
  • Full-time
  • 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • Telework hours for a portion of the workweek is available
  • This position is a durational position through March of 2024
What We Can Offer You: 
We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
Important Information After You Apply:

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
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  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
Connect With Us:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Hayley Newhouse at or 860-986-6918.


In the Department of Economic and Community Development, this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor and/or performing the most complex tasks as a specialist to promote strong communities, retention and expansion of housing and jobs through housing, economic and community development activities and programs within the state.


WORKING LEAD LEVEL: Plans team workflow and determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work; establishes and maintains office procedures; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding departmental policies and procedures; may make recommendations on policies and standards; may prepare reports and correspondence; may monitor work performance of consultants; performs related duties as assigned.

ADVANCED WORKING LEVEL: Performs specialized activities or undertakes the most complex projects in promoting and coordinating housing, business, economic and community development activities and programs; advises municipalities in developing comprehensive community development plans; oversees specialized analyses and evaluations for development of standardized data and specific forecasts, development of performance indicators and preparation of statistical information needed to meet guidelines and requirements of funding agencies; provides general guidance and technical assistance to a wide variety of customers; establishes and maintains contact with customers; advises customers undertaking community development activity; assists customers locating or expanding in state; coordinates departmental activities with those of other community, regional, state, federal and private agencies; reviews plans and proposals for conformity with statutory, regulatory and departmental requirements; identifies and assesses customer needs; evaluates customer financial capacity and reliability; identifies community development resources available and coordinates services; acts as a liaison between customers, business institutions and government agencies, financial and other institutions, conducts feasibility reviews; underwrites proposals and makes appropriate recommendations; negotiates financial packages with customers relying on municipal, state, federal and private resources and programs;advocates on the customers behalf requests for financial assistance and or related services; coordinates and tracks proposals through departmental approval process; prepares commitment letters; prepares documents for closings; prepares necessary underwriting documents, financial, statistical and administrative reports as needed; independently plans and implements major development initiatives; develops mechanisms to improve customer service and program effectiveness; participates in departmental policy and planning activities; oversees funding and budgets for program initiatives; may use word processing and spreadsheet software in the performance of daily tasks; may develop and/or promote domestic and international markets for Connecticut products; may develop and promote Connecticut as a destination for business and recreation to out of state and international customers; may monitor programs to insure compliance; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of local, state and federal housing, economic and community development programs and resources; considerable knowledge of industry practices, markets and location issues; knowledge of local, state and federal laws, regulations and policies pertaining to community development; knowledge of budgetary and financial principles and practices; knowledge of residential and commercial mortgage financing; knowledge of planning principles and practices; considerable skill in planning, organizing and negotiating urban or community development activities; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of professional experience in corporate marketing and business development or business experience including complex residential and/or commercial financing to include leverage financing, strategic planning, financial planning and analysis or project management experience with industrial, environmental, housing or community development projects to include public financing or experience in urban planning and development.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the level of Economic and Community Development Agent.


  1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's Degree.
  2. A Master's Degree in planning, economics, housing, urban development, finance, business administration, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience with urban planning including writing strategic plans
  • Experience with reviewing or writing grant applications for development projects
  • Experience communicating with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Experience with Microsoft excel, including creating spreadsheets with formulas, multiple (more than one) tabs, and links to keep track of data


  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.