Clinical Consultation Program Supervisor

Children and Families Program Supervisor (Hybrid)

Recruitment #220912-6584PR-002


Are you a self-starter?  Do you have a passion for supporting others?  Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal human services environment in the public sector? If so, please read on to learn more about this fantastic opportunity for you to join our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking a highly skilled and qualified Program Supervisor in the Clinical and Community Consultation Division. This position is responsible for the oversight of Substance use and Intimate Partner Violence and Recovery Services offered by the Department throughout the state. 

DCF has the statutory authority for providing an integrated system of services and supports for children and adolescents with substance use and mental health disorders. DCF funded Substance Use Services are designed to offer children, youth, caregivers and their families a range of services for mental health, psychiatric, and substance use disorders that are grounded in best practice and evidence.  These services are provided in the home or community, often preventing the need for more intensive or restrictive care such as hospital, residential, or group home services.  The adolescent substance use service array is available to all families in the community and do not require DCF involvement.

Oversight of a comprehensive response to Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Recovery and Substance exposed infants offers meaningful and sustainable assistance to families that is safe, respectful, trauma‐informed, culturally relevant, in their preferred language, and responsive to the unique strengths and concerns of the families impacted. Additionally, the candidate will have:

  • Program development and oversight of several in-home services that offer clinical services to all family members.
  • Increase the Departments internal capacity to respond to families impacted by Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Recovery and Substance exposed infants.
  • Development and provision of cross-training to the DCF workforce and community partners to collaboratively respond to Substance Use, Intimate Partner Violence, Recovery and Substance exposed infants.
  • Assess, address, and meet the needs of low, moderate, and high-risk families.

The Program Supervisor is a full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday position. Assigned to our Central Office, it is located at 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT, with expectations of statewide travel (post pandemic).

The ideal candidate for this position will have strong organizational skills and outstanding verbal and written communication skills. Additionally, the candidate will have:

  • Ability to adapt to changing work priorities and compressed deadline.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed principles of mental health treatment as related to Substance use and IPV.
  • Experience developing clinical programs and or implementing Evidenced Based Practices.
  • Experience with managing budgets for multiple statewide evidence base services.
  • Ability to manage multiple programs and projects simultaneously and to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills. 

As a state employee, you will be open to a terrific work life balance and competitive benefits package. This includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more.  

We hope you take this opportunity to make an impact by serving your state!

Selection Plan

These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

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. 

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.

Statewide travel is required (post pandemic)

If you have any questions regarding 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 Children and Families this class is accountable for managing administrative child welfare/protective services programs.


Manages a component of a program within the agency including oversight of the development and evaluation of specific clinical or behavioral programs; ensures specialized services/programs are in compliance with federal, state and department mandates; identifies and develops new programs and funding sources; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides training and assistance to staff and/or outside providers; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans office work; establishes and maintains office procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies, outside officials and community regarding policies and procedures, available services and coordination of resources; prepares reports and correspondence; consults with staff on difficult cases; oversees maintenance of records; collects and analyzes program data; may interact with clients and caretakers; may interact or hear cases concerning retention of a child in community vs. institutionalization; performs related duties as required.


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; considerable knowledge of community resources and available services; knowledge of legal basis for departmental programs and requirements; knowledge of child development; knowledge of mental health and behavioral challenges facing children and youth; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; supervisory ability.


Eight (8) years of professional experience in the field of child welfare, children's protective services, foster services, adoption or social and human services.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity over professional staff responsible for planning, developing or implementing administrative or program services in child welfare, children's protective services, children's mental health or juvenile justice.  

NOTE: For State employees, this is interpreted at the level of Social Work Supervisor.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

2. A Master's degree or other advanced degree in behavioral science, public administration, education, social work or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience. 

3. For State Employees, two (2) years as a Children Services Consultant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.

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


Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:  

  • Experience with clinical models involving clients with Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence.    
  • Experience with evidence-based programs for vulnerable populations (e.g. substance misuse, in-home parenting programs, mental health services, intimate partner violence, at-risk youth).   
  • Experience with CAPTA/CARA legislation.  
  • Experience with child protection and the dynamics of Substance Use and IPV.   
  • Experience in providing trauma-informed Substance use, IPV, and Recovery services grounded in research and literature.  
  • Experience in utilizing data to monitor, evaluate and improve program performance.   
  • Experience of promising practices as related to program improvements to new and existing services.    
  • Experience with maintaining accurate records and compiling statistical data from data dashboards in real time.   
  • Experience in Harm Reduction and the implications for providing direct services to families impacted by Opioid use.   
  • Experience in the DCF organizational structure and the relationship between the Department’s mandates and the Department's contracted provider network.  
  • Experience with program and/or fiscal evaluation of contracted human service programs.   
  • Experience in Provider Information Exchange (PIE).   
  • Experience in building and interpreting Excel and Pivot Tables.    
  • Experience in Adverse Childhood Experiences.    
  • Experience in Trauma and its impact on the developing brain.  



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