Developmental Services Director Of Nursing Services


Recruitment #220729-5692MP-001


Do you have a passion for nursing? Are you ready to take that next step in your career? If so, we invite you to learn more about this exciting opportunity!  

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – Public Programs seeks a talented and qualified individual for the position of Developmental Services Director of Nursing Services based out of our Central Office located in Hartford, CT. This is a full-time (40) hours per week, first shift position, with a work schedule of Monday – Friday.  Although first shift hours are assigned, candidate must be flexible to meet the needs of the agency and statewide travel may be expected.  

You will discover the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Showcase your talents in a lead role;
  • Provide direction to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve;
  • Make a difference in the public sector;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  

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 who has worked for the state 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.     

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

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

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. 

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, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

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  • Incumbent in this position may be expected to travel statewide.   

 If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, EEO Specialist 2 at (860) 418-6143 or

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker, at

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


In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for directing nursing services at a training school or in a region.


Duties consistent with Director of Nursing 1 job classification.  This is a position responsible for directing supervisory staff and operations of nursing and clinical services in a number of public residential settings.  This position coordinates, plans and manages a variety of nursing and clinical activities with emphasis on systems development and implementation, quality assessment and assurance and clinical contracts negotiation.  This position is responsible for formulating program goals and objectives and developing or assisting in the development of related policy. This position interprets and administers pertinent laws; administers collective bargaining contracts; represents DDS in meetings of professional and/or community organizations; prepares periodic nursing reports; performs other duties as required. Additional information can be found here.


Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of nursing; considerable knowledge of nursing trends and resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of relevant State and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of community nursing; knowledge of current development in field of nursing; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; some knowledge of research procedures as applied to nursing; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


Two (2) years of experience in hospital, institution or community nursing in a consultative or supervisory capacity working with individuals with intellectual disabilities at or above the level of Nurse Supervisor or Nurse Consultant.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:  

  • Experience in Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) and Community Living Arrangement (CLA) regulations.
  • Experience with nursing trends and resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Experience applying management principles and techniques.
  • Experience handling relevant State and federal laws, statutes, and regulations.
  • Experience in community nursing and forensic nursing.
  • Experience with interviewing and counseling techniques.
  • Experience working collaboratively with nursing/clinical and non-clinical managers and staff.
  • Experience developing and implementing quality improvement strategies.
  • Experience writing clinical contracts.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook).


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a Registered Professional Nurse in Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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