Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Education & Rehabilitation Services Program Manager


Recruitment #220719-4572MP-001


Are you looking for the next step in your career?
Do you want a role that can make daily impact on the lives of others?
If so, we encourage you to apply today!

We with the Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS) are seeking a qualified individual to join our team as the Education and Rehabilitation Services Program Manager. You will be working within our Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind located in Windsor. The work schedule is forty (40) hours per week, on first shift, Monday through Friday. There will be an opportunity for some telework.

In this role you will use outstanding people skills to develop relationships with our internal teams, consumers, external partners and stakeholders. This person will thrive and achieve results in a dynamic, collaborative human service environment. 

The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) is the state's leading bureau for the coordination and provision of services to all Connecticut residents who are legally blind, or have significant visual impairments. These services include training and devices that help people who are blind function in the home and in the community independently; teaching children how to adapt to and learn in an environment - in and outside of school - that is designed for those with sight and; providing services that help people who are blind find work or keep their job after blindness has developed.

At ADS, our programs, policies, and practices are designed to:

  • Deliver integrated aging and disability services responsive to the needs of Connecticut citizens;
  • Provide leadership on aging and disability issues statewide;
  • Provide and coordinate aging and disability programs and services in the areas of employment, education, independent living, accessibility and advocacy;
  • Advocate for the rights of Connecticut residents with disabilities and older adults; and
  • Serve as a resource on aging and disability issues at the state level.
Our mission is to maximize opportunities for the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut.

Selection Plan

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • 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
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
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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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • 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
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  • 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. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.


In the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind this class is accountable for directing the operations of the Adult, Children and Rehabilitation Services Division.


Directs staff and operations of division including statewide education and social services programs for blind and visually impaired students in public, private and preschool programs, vocational rehabilitation in accordance with federal statutes and regulations and industries; acts as consultant with respect to these programs and services; coordinates, plans and manages division activities to insure compliance with state and federal policy; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of division budget and administers bureau budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; develops and implements state plan for federal vocational rehabilitation program for the blind and visually impaired; recommends approval of federal grants for technical assistance, workshop improvement and other activities involving the blind in rehabilitation facilities; serves in a liaison capacity between agency and appropriate state and federal agencies; works to coordinate vocational rehabilitation programs and services across the state with state and local school authorities, community based organizations, advisory councils and consumer groups; advises Commissioner and/or other management staff on significant issues, program developments and operations of rehabilitation services programs for the blind and visually impaired; represents Commissioner on task forces, advisory boards and advocacy groups; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of philosophy, methods and programs of vocational rehabilitation services; considerable knowledge of philosophy and methods of education and social work of individuals with visual disabilities and blindness; knowledge of eye diseases and psychological effects of blindness; knowledge of current research in field of vocational rehabilitation; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


A Master’s degree in Rehabilitation or closely related field and ten (10) years of experience in educational or vocational rehabilitation work for individuals with disabilities.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity in rehabilitation counseling, job placement of individuals with disabilities or disability counseling services.


Certification in Rehabilitation or Special Education may be substituted for two (2) years of the General Experience.


  • Experience working with the disabled community who are blind or visually impaired
  • Experience planning, organizing and directing major programs (Adult Services, Children's Services and Vocational Rehabilitation Services)
  • Experience with strategic planning
  • Experience in communicating with stakeholders and clients
  • Experience with team building and staff development



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.