Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Developmental Specialist 1 (40 Hour)


Recruitment #230119-2558FP-001


State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work/life balance!
The Schedule:
  • Full-time
  • 40 hours per week
  • Monday - Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the agency 
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Engage in a rewarding career; 
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success; 
  • Make a difference in the public sector, and 
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  
About the State of Connecticut: 
Living in Connecticut allows you to live with mountains, forests, ocean fronts, rivers, and a wonderful green countryside right at your doorstep. The state has charm, elegance, and a high standard of living. Our school systems offer an outstanding education, and our communities are among the safest in the country. Connecticut experiences all four seasons and gives you the option to choose living in sophisticated country-life or living in the center of a lively city. 

We encourage you to come see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining the DDS team!

Selection Plan

Application Process:

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

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

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

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

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

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

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Christopher Lavallee at



In a state health care facility, community based health care program or correctional facility, this class is accountable for conducting evaluations and therapy and providing services involving behavior modification, data collection and analysis, educational/vocational assessment and placement and/or program development and evaluation under close supervision.


Under supervision, develops and implements behavioral programs and/or individual treatment plans and trains direct care staff in their implementation; observes individual behavior; collects individual behavioral and environmental data; consults with allied professionals, families, direct care staff and community liaison workers on treatment planning, therapies and/or individual cases; prepares case notes and progress notes; participates in behavior analysis and adjustment, milieu therapy, research, educational/vocational assessment and placement, rehabilitation, data collection and analysis, program development and evaluation, behavioral techniques and community outreach; selects and administers objective and projective psycho-diagnostic tests; interprets test results; assesses individual intellectual status through observation and if individual abilities accommodate, conduct interview; writes reports including profiles on intellectual functioning and personality organization; provides individual and group therapy and family counseling; participates in clinical and interdisciplinary case conferences and staff meetings; may provide consultation according to specialized expertise; may serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of general psychological theory and its application to treatment, rehabilitation and research programs; knowledge of statistics, data interpretation and experimental design; knowledge of diagnostic procedures and their use in developing treatment plans; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to develop treatment plans; ability to conduct individual and group psychotherapy; ability to provide consultation and training services; ability to utilize computer software.


A Master's or Doctorate degree in psychology, educational psychology, rehabilitative psychology, community psychology, experimental psychology or other related degree from a program accredited by a regional educational board and one (1) year of experience in treating and/or working with the individuals in the appropriate specialty serviced by the agency.


  • Licensed Mental Health Professional
  • Experience conducting functional behavioral assessments
  • Experience generating behavior support plans, train people to effectively us the plan, monitor its effectiveness through data collection, present data in an organized fashion with graphical representation, and monitor fidelity to the plan
  • Experience conducting individual, group and family therapy, expertise in treating trauma, grief and loss, knowledge of crisis intervention skills and the ability to teach coping, anger management and psycho-educational skills will be highly desirable for this position


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from individuals.



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.