DESPP Project Manager

Operations & Logistics Unit (Hybrid)

Recruitment #220630-8560MP-001


Are you an experienced and dedicated emergency management professional? 
Are you looking for an exciting and critical leadership role in public safety?
If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is recruiting for a Project Manager for Operations/Logistics to join our team within the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security located in Middletown, CT. 

About Us: 

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology. 

Position Highlights: 

Working under the State Emergency Management Director, this position's responsibilities include: 
  • Assisting in the oversight of the State Emergency Operations Center; 
  • Maintaining emergency management logistics and communications capabilities; 
  • Overseeing the five DEMHS regional offices. 
Locations may vary depending on activation status, and may include the main office in Middletown, CT and the State Emergency Operations Center in Hartford, CT. 

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, scheduled Monday to Friday, but may vary depending on activation status. In addition, there is some limited flexibility with the schedule and teleworking. 

A state vehicle, cell phone and portable computer equipment will be assigned. 

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 
Learn more about how you can make an impact with DESPP

Selection Plan

Application Process: 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 

Please ensure your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut. 

Throughout the Recruitment Process: 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency. 

Selection Process: 

Candidates selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview: 

State Employees
  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Cover letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Non-State Employees
  • Two (2) professional letters of reference from a current and/or previous supervisor 
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation.

Any pending disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records are also considered in this selection process. 

Click here to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum (CT-HR-13). The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field. 

Contact Information: 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at


In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, this class is accountable for managing various programs and projects which support the purpose and mission of this department.


Directs staff and operations of various agency functional units as it relates to programs or projects including training and exercises, emergency management and homeland security regional offices and division operations; coordinates, plans and manages activities related to programs and projects, formulates program and project goals and objectives; assists and coordinates activities associated with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory Council, assists and coordinates operations including emergencies and/or activations of the State Emergency Operations Center; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; may evaluate staff; prepares or assists in preparing unit programs or project budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of the unit who might impact program or project activities; prepares reports and maintains required documents; makes presentations before various groups regarding emergency management; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of methods and techniques of project planning and management; knowledge of emergency management methods and practices; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


Eight (8) years professional experience in emergency management, including planning, training and operations.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling 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 emergency preparedness/homeland security, planning, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience communicating, and collaborating up and down a chain of command and with local, state, federal, and private sector partners; 
  • Experience representing or making presentations on behalf of an agency or department including high level and/or high profile meetings; 
  • Experience overseeing or running large and small work groups, task forces or committees; 
  • Experience overseeing or participating in a leadership position in emergency management response coordination on a 24/7 basis for emergency incidents; 
  • Experience maintaining a response or emergency management agency/department and/or an Emergency Operations Center in a constant state of readiness to include maintaining technology, software and communications systems; 
  • Experience building, managing and coordinating emergency management operations and logistics programs, including operational, commodities, communications, and/or resource management planning; 
  • Experience managing personnel in both administrative and operational settings. 


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
2. On-Call status is required.
3. Incumbents in this class must obtain a Department of Homeland Security Secret Security clearance.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
5 Emergency management drills and actual emergencies may require work outside of normal hours.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate will be made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and/or the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection before candidate is certified for appointment.



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