Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Social Work Supervisor


Recruitment #220721-7761SH-001


Are you a current State of Connecticut, Department of Children of Families (DCF) employee with a background in agency policies and procedures, along with a proven understanding of casework principles, methods, and techniques? If so, we invite you to apply for this outstanding opportunity to further your professional career!

The DCF is currently recruiting for two (2) Social Work Supervisor vacancies vacancies in Region 4: Hartford and Manchester Area Office that may be filled at the discretion of the Agency. Our mission is partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive, sharpening the safety focus through prevention across the child welfare system. 
  • These anticipated positions will be full-time, 40 hours per week, first shift, Monday-Friday. 
  • NOTE:  The certification list generated with this recruitment/posting will be utilized for hiring occurring within a six (6) month period to include August 2022 – January 2023.  
Discover the Opportunity to:
  • Engage in a rewarding career, showcasing your talents in a meaningful role
  • Establish and maintain unit procedures
  • Maintain the schedules of, assign, oversee and review the work of your Social Worker staff
  • Provide staff training and assistance as well as determining the priorities and plans for your unit
  • Assist our clients so they can achieve success
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment
We offer the same competitive benefits you are accustomed to including healthcare coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. Also, group life insurance and other supplemental benefits. We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state! 

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

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

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

Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. 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. 

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 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.    

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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. If selected for further consideration, State employees may be required to provide last 2 service ratings last 2 attendance records. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  

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 question'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. 

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

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at 


In the Departments of Children and Families this class is accountable for supervising social work staff in the provision of direct social case work services to clients and providing case work quality improvement for an assigned region through a process of administrative case supervision or Special Review Investigation.

In the Department of Social Services this class is accountable for supervising social work staff in the provision of direct social case work services to individuals.

In the Department of Correction this class is accountable for supervising social work staff in the provision of direct social case work services to offenders. 


Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (ADMINISTRATIVE CASE SUPERVISION): Completes administrative case review to ensure treatment plan as developed by Social Worker and Social Worker Supervisor for each child and/or youth in placement is appropriate; completes Special Review Investigation on cases that have experienced serious injury or death of a client to ensure case management and/or treatment plans for child and/or family were appropriate; identifies best practice deficiencies and determines necessary corrective action; facilitates case planning process with involved parties on each reviewed case to develop case consensus regarding permanent plan; reviews and approves revisions to permanent plan for each child and/or youth to ensure conformance to decisions made during review; ensures corrective action taken by Social Worker and/or Social Worker Supervisor; ensures documentation of treatment plan meets all federal, state and departmental policy guidelines; provides leadership in encouraging parental participation; establishes specific timetables for action by case related professionals and parents; participates in formulating policy and regulations relating to work of unit; provides consultation to field staff in solution of problems.


Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge and understanding of case work principles, methods and techniques; considerable knowledge of factors which influence attitudes and behavior of individuals and families; knowledge of community resources (e.g. facilities serving social, mental health, medical, educational and legal needs, etc.) and services provided; knowledge of legal basis for departmental programs and requirements; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to interpret complex written material; supervisory ability.


Possession of a Master's degree in social work or a closely related field and two (2) years of experience in the self-directed use of case management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning OR a Bachelor's degree in social work or a closely related field and three (3) years of experience in the self-directed use of case management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning.

1. Closely related fields are: applied sociology, child development, child welfare, clinical psychology, counseling, human development and family studies, human service, marriage and family therapy, nursing, social and/or human services, education and criminal justice.

2. Qualifying experience at this level must include the use of professional interviewing techniques, provision of skilled counseling to an assigned client caseload and assessment of basic client needs (nutritional, environmental, financial, medical, protective service) through continuing personal observation during visits, intervention and evaluation. Qualifying experience must be at the full working level above the level of Social Worker Trainee.


Preference will be given to those who possess the following: 
  • Experience working in Investigations/Intake within the last five (5) years


1. DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILES: Incumbents in this class are required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
2. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES: Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.



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.