Children and Families Assistant Superintendent


Recruitment #230123-0377MP-001


Are you ready to take the next step in your career, while continuing to make a difference in the lives of others? If so, then the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center is looking for you to be a part of their team!  

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families' (DCF) mission is partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive. We are proud of our diverse and dedicated workforce who strive every day to meet the needs of those we encounter.  

We are seeking two qualified and talented individuals for the positions of Children and Families Assistant Superintendent.  

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center – North Campus serves as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, providing treatment to adolescent males between the ages of 13 and 17 with complex psychiatric needs.   

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center – South Campus serves as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, providing treatment to adolescent females between the ages of 13 and 17 with complex psychiatric needs.  

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting. The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies.  

As a Children and Families Assistant Superintendent we can offer you:

  • Leading Comprehensive Benefit Offerings:
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Comprehensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; 
  • A healthy work life balance to all employees;  

You will discover the opportunity to:

  • Engage is a rewarding career;
  • Showcase your talents in a meaningful role;
  • Thrive in an exciting fast paced environment;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about the work we do;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.   

Position Highlights:

  • Full Time – 40 hours
  • Monday - Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm or 8:30am – 5:00pm, with on-call coverage as needed
  • Located at the Albert J. Solnit Children's Center - North Campus located at 36 Gardner Street, East Windsor, CT or
  • Located at the Albert J. Solnit Children's Center - South Campus located at 915 River Road, Middletown, CT  

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. 

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.  

Should you have questions pertaining to 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, Albert J. Solnit Children's Psychiatric Center, this class is accountable for assisting in the direction of operations of the North Campus or South Campus.


  • Assists in directing staff and operations of clinical and administrative programs;
  • Assists in coordinating, planning and managing program activities;
  • Assists in establishing standard operating policies, procedures and methods of program implementation; 
  • Assists with general administration including budget preparation, personnel and ancillary support services; 
  • Assists in directing assigned staff in a facility; 
  • Represents Superintendent on issues relevant to all facility operations; 
  • Confers with visitors, relatives and professional consultants regarding clients and agency practices; 
  • Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • May function as acting Superintendent as required; 
  • May represent facility at meetings of professional and community organizations;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; 
    • child and adolescent care, education and treatment; 
    • principles and practices of institutional management; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to manage staff and clients effectively.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in a treatment facility in quality assurance, treatment or education serving children and youth with complex psychiatric challenges.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity.

NOTE: Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies, and developing and monitoring a budget.


  • 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.
  • A Master's degree in management, public administration, social work, or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General 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 services, marriage and family therapy, nursing, education.


  • Advanced degree in Counseling, Social Work, Health or Human Services.  
  • Experience working with youth in a psychiatric resident treatment facility, community based residential setting that serves DCF youth, or hospital setting.  
  • Experience writing operating policies, procedures, and methods of program implementation.  
  • Experience with Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement measures.


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.