Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Developmental Services Residential Facility Unit Director


Recruitment #221115-0158MP-001


Are you a self-starter? Are you looking to take the next step in your career? If so, please read on to learn more about this wonderful opportunity!  

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – Southbury Training School has one (1) current full-time job opportunity for a Developmental Services Residential Facility Unit Director.   

At the Southbury Training School, the position of DS Residential Facility Unit Director would oversee the provision of residential services in four residential cottages. This position would provide direct supervision to Cottage Charges, Residential Program Supervisors, Psychology and clinical staff. This position would be directly responsible for the maintenance of Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) certification and our commitments to the federal government.  

This is a full-time 40 hour per week position, with a work schedule of 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.  However, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.  

You will discover the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve;
  • Assist our individuals so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment;  

We offer competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. 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

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. 

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Incumbent in this position may be expected to travel statewide.

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In the Department of Developmental Services, this class is accountable for directing the overall operation of a residential care and treatment program for a unit at a training school serving approximately 80 to 120 residential individuals with intellectual disabilities.


  • Directs staff and operations in the residential care and treatment program including orientation, training, counseling, evaluation and discipline in accordance with department standards; 
  • Assigns duties and reviews results for accuracy, effectiveness and conformance with policy; 
  • Studies, analyzes and evaluates tasks performed in unit; 
  • Keeps records and submits pertinent reports; 
  • Develops, directs coordinates and evaluates all elements of individual programming and safety within unit in accordance with professional standards, departmental policy and applicable ICF standards; 
  • Formulates program goals and objectives for unit; 
  • Ensures compliance with unit budget; 
  • Provides for development and implementation of an individual plan of services for each assigned resident; 
  • Ensures collection of data for reports required by regulation or policy for surveys;
  • Acts as an advocate for individuals; 
  • Meets weekly with supervisors and other staff; 
  • Assists in special projects as needed; 
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required. 


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • residential programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities;
    • goals, regulations and organization of intermediate care facilities and/or systems for individuals with intellectual disabilities;
  • Knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices; 
    • interdisciplinary approach to program planning; 
    • human rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities;
    • scope of services provided by major disciplines including psychology, social work and medicine for individuals with intellectual disabilities; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills.


Three (3) years of experience in a supervisory capacity in the care or treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities.


For state employees the experience below may be substituted for the General Experience:
  • Three (3) years of experience as a Developmental Services Residential Program Supervisor 1.
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Developmental Services Residential Program Supervisor 2.
  • One (1) year of experience as a Developmental Services Facility Unit Program Manager, Nurse Supervisor or Rehabilitation Therapy Supervisor 1.


  • Experience with the supervision and implementation of residential programs designed for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities either in a public or non profit setting.  
  • Experience with directing staff performance in a union environment.  
  • Experience with program development.  
  • Experience with Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IIDs) program management, including developing and implementing Plans of Correction.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess a current license or certificate to practice the specialty in Connecticut. This requirement applies to those specialties requiring a license to practice by statute.
  • 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.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

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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.