Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Instructional Assistant (34 Hours)

Office/On-site Schedule

Recruitment #230112-1917CL-001


Are you passionate about providing instructional assistance in the implementation of special educational programs?
If so, come join our team!

The State of Connecticut, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is currently accepting applications from a qualified State employee for a part-time, first-shift, Instructional Assistant

Position Highlights:
The Role:
  • Job duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide instructional support services to students working under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher;
  • Assist in implementing Individualized Education Plans; 
  • Provide one-on-one tutoring for eligible students; 
  • Assist with classroom management, such as organizing instructional and other materials.
About Us:
  • The Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center North Campus provides treatment to adolescent males between the ages of 13 and 17 by utilizing a strength based, family-centered relational approach based on youth-adult partnerships with a program model designed to focus on treatment strategies which are trauma informed and gender responsive.

Selection Plan

These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements. Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applicants may be considered.

To Apply:
  • 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.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
  • This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our Applicant Tips on How to Apply page.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • 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.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
  • 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
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, the Department of Administrative Services is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
Connect With Us:
  • If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Anamaria Giangarra at and reference the recruitment number. 
  • Follow the State of Connecticut on LinkedIn.


In a state agency, this class is accountable for providing instructional assistance in the implementation of special educational programs.


Provides instructional support services to students working under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher; assists in implementing Individualized Education Plans; provides one-on-one tutoring for eligible students; assists with classroom management, such as organizing instructional and other materials; assists students in participating in general school activities and is responsible for safety and personal conduct of students; supervises students in groups or individually when teacher is temporarily absent from classroom during school day (e.g. lunch, rest break, meetings); assists teacher in routine, necessary, school related duties (e.g. taking attendance, ordering supplies, reporting lunch count); provides assistance in a computer laboratory; conducts parental involvement activities; provides support in a library or media center; collects data, attends meetings and prepares reports; may assist students in areas such as self help, feeding, toileting, language, gross and fine motor development as defined by the Individualized Education Plan designed by an interdisciplinary team; may act as a translator; may supervise students during field trips; may be required to lift students and respond to incidents concerning students; performs related duties as required.


Oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to provide instructional support; ability to maintain records and charts; ability to prepare reports.


A high school diploma or General Educational Development test (GED Certification) and two (2) years of college credit.


1. An associate's (or higher) degree may be substituted for the two (2) years of college credit.

2. Passing a State Board of Education adopted Paraprofessional Assessment which assesses content knowledge in mathematics, reading and writing and an understanding of how to assist in the instruction of these topics may be substituted for the two (2) years of college credit.


  • Experience in adolescent behavioral health setting and/or vocational experience;
  • Experience with one-on-one tutoring and small group instructions;
  • Experience working with students with Special Education needs;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, Outlook;
  • Experience generating behavioral and academic reports.


1. Incumbents in the class may be required to possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle operator license.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.


Incumbents in this class may be required to pass a physical examination.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift light to medium weights and be exposed to some risk of injury from assaultive or abusive students.



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.