Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Human Resources Director-DEEP

Human Resources Business Partner 2

Recruitment #220804-0972MP-001


Are you an experienced and innovative Human Resources leader with a passion for executing comprehensive HR administrative and recruitment strategies within a matrix organization? Do you have what it takes to tackle pressing issues while working to help foster a harmonious work environment? 
If so, we encourage you to apply!

Who We Are 
The State of Connecticut has centralized its Human Resources function with the following goals:
  • Support Connecticut's Growth - To serve our citizens, businesses, state agencies and other branches of government by providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost.
  • Drive Continuous Innovation - To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state government using best practices from the public and private sectors.
  • Provide Rewarding Careers - To attract and retain a workforce of hardworking, dedicated public servants committed to leading our phenomenal state forward.
The Role
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Human Resources (HR) has an outstanding opportunity to serve as a the Human Resources Director (Human Resources Business Partner 2- HRBP 2) deployed to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

In this role, you are accountable for serving as the lead on-site strategic human resources business partner. Your impact is critical to the Human Resources function as you will manage and direct programs that directly impact the health, safety and wellbeing of the agency's workforce. This position is critical to providing direction and oversight to the Agency’s Human Resources Business Partner Division and HRMS services for approximately 1,600 employees. You will receive administrative direction from the DAS HR Administrator and day-to-day operational direction from the Commissioner of DEEP.

Additionally you will:
  • collaborate with agency leadership and staff on mission driven strategies, human resources policies and procedures, proper organizational structure, and use of appropriate job classes;
  • address talent needs and other key issues to ensure alignment and with statewide goals and applicable law;
  • utilize your leadership and communication strengths to supervise agency human resources staff and guide, coordinate with and support staff in their day-to-day activities to cultivate a collaborative work environment.
Position Details
Location: This position is located onsite at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in Hartford, CT. 
Hours: This role is forty (40) hours per week, Monday-Friday, 1st shift, with the opportunity to work a hybrid schedule.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year! We also encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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 Jennifer Neumann via email at


In the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), this class is accountable for serving as the lead on-site strategic human resources business partner.


  • Advises agency leadership on human resources policies and procedures, proper organizational structure and use of appropriate job classes, talent needs, to include but not limited to advising on the availability and expiration of eligible lists, etc.; 
  • Manages human capital; 
  • Consults and advises executives, managers and staff on mission driven strategies; 
  • Partners with and is accountable for successful relationships with agency leadership to ensure alignment of human resources support with organizational goals and strategies; 
  • Partners with and is accountable for successful relationships with Human Resources Administrators and other stakeholders, to appropriately leverage solutions for human resources needs; 
  • Proactively analyzes data and plans for emerging human resources needs; 
  • Oversees the administration of the performance management system, including designing and implementing performance review standards for agency staff; 
  • Implements professional development plans that increase employee’s skill set; 
  • Identifies areas for technological improvements and solutions and researches new and upcoming technological resources and how they can best be implemented to advance human resources business practices; 
  • Assists in ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures; 
  • Assists Human Resources Administrators in the drafting of and compliance with all human resources related laws, regulations, policies, and other authorities governing terms and conditions of state employment; 
  • Communicates with agency managers, bargaining unit representatives and other interested parties to ensure cooperative relationships; 
  • Supports related agency strategic needs;
  • Partners with and supports employee and labor relations staff and activities to help foster a harmonious work environment;
  • Partners with and is accountable for successful relationship with Labor Relations Program Manager, as needed, to appropriately deliver solutions to agency labor relations needs; 
  • May serve as a project team leader on complex human resources projects involving the development and implementation of new systems, training initiatives, job classification studies and other projects with statewide impact; 
  • May assist, coordinate, implement, oversee and/or provide agency wide training and/or staff development programs; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques within a matrixed organization;   
  • Considerable knowledge of: human resources management, relevant state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures, job classification, compensation and benefit programs, pay administration, workers compensation, merit system principles and philosophy and human resources information systems;   
  • Considerable: interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills and negotiation and conflict resolution skills;   
  • Considerable ability to: deal tactfully and effectively with agency officials, statewide partners, management and union representatives, analyze, interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements in balance with partner needs, study and analyze emerging issues or problems and make sound evaluations, conclusions and recommendations;
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of employee relations.


Ten (10) years of professional experience in human resources or equal opportunity/affirmative action or labor relations management.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the full advanced working level in human resources or labor relations management.

For state employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of a Principal Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Generalist 3, Equal Employment Opportunity Manager or Agency Labor Relations Specialist.


  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 human resources management, labor relations, business administration, public administration or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  3. A law degree may be substituted for the (2) additional years of the General Experience.
  4. For state employees two (2) years as a Principal Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Generalist 3 or Agency Labor Relations Specialist may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
  5. For state employees one (1) year as a Human Resources Business Partner 1 or Assistant Human Resources Business Partner may be substituted for the General and Special Experience


  • An undergraduate degree or higher in business administration, organizational development, human resources management, public administration or a field related to business;
  • Experience providing Human Resources leadership in a matrixed agency or organization;
  • Experience managing professional-level (defined as a Human Resources Generalist or Talent Acquisition Specialist or above) HR staff;
  • Experience managing a large (defined as 500 or more requisitions per year) recruitment program; 
  • Experience directly advising organization leadership on workforce planning; 
  • Experience leading an HR department within an organization of 1000 or more employees.


  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.

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