Cannabis Workforce Coordinator

State Program Manager-Hybrid schedule

Recruitment #230125-4799MP-001


Are you an experienced project manager who is passionate about working with Connecticut’s newly established legalized Cannabis industry?
 If so, we encourage you to apply!

The State of Connecticut, Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS) is a newly created agency, housed, with administrative support, from the Office of the Governor. The OWS is charged with influencing and operationalizing the statewide strategy for workforce with the support of the Governor’s Workforce Council and related agency and statewide stakeholders. This small team is looking for a dedicated and excited Cannabis Workforce Coordinator (State Program Manager) to help support Connecticut’s Cannabis Workforce.

What we can offer you:
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • Find out more about being a Manager here.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees!
The dynamic, motivated Cannabis Workforce Coordinator will assist the Chief Workforce Officer and Chair of the Governor’s Workforce Council in developing, refining, and executing a strategic vision of workforce development in the Cannabis industry. They will also have a close working relationship with the Executive Director of the Social Equity Council (“SEC”); supporting the SEC across a variety of strategic priorities including, but not limited to:

  • Performing research on cannabis workforce and education policy topics
  • Managing and assisting in the preparation of SEC and Cannabis Workforce communications
  • Research and monitoring of quality assurance and compliance practices and laws
  • Analyzing data sets and providing subsequent strategic recommendations to the Chief Workforce Officer and the SEC
The role of the Cannabis Workforce Coordinator will involve continuously developing new strategic teams, initiatives, policies, and practices that promote this vision, all while supporting the ongoing operations of the Office of Workforce Strategy, the Governor’s Workforce Council, and the Social Equity Council.

Our ideal candidate will be able to work strategically and collaboratively across departments within the industry and with multiple stakeholders to successfully drive an effective and efficient workforce strategy for the Cannabis Industry. This will require excellent written and verbal communication with strong project management skills, having familiarity with the Workforce System (including the Regional Workforce Investment Boards, state and colleges education system, community-based organizations, and state agencies), competency with Microsoft Office/related programming (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and strong attention to detail. An effective, versatile, action-oriented individual, dedicated to efficient productivity will be successful in this role.

The Cannabis Workforce Coordinator will:
  • Organize, inform, and support the creation of Cannabis Career Pathways for CT training participants with stackable credentials
  • Inform on the development of new and/or improve existing Cannabis workforce curriculum in partnership with industry, training program providers and post-secondary institutions
  • Support the preparation of presentations and reports for SEC and the public at large
  • Locate and analyze relevant data sets in support of Cannabis workforce initiatives
  • Distill and perform research to inform strategic policy recommendations on Cannabis workforce best practices
  • Apply state and federal Cannabis regulatory information to inform the update of Cannabis Career Pathways Curriculum
  • Support the SEC across active initiatives related to Cannabis workforce development and generate strategic recommendations to facilitate progress and completion of workforce-related projects
  • Draft strategic communications and marketing plans to promote and support SEC Workforce Initiatives
  • Provide website, social media, and other communications-related updates in regard to Cannabis workforce development priorities
  • Serve on the Governor’s Workforce Council Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility committee to ensure historically marginalized populations have access to Cannabis job training and workforce development opportunities
  • Establish and manage a CT Cannabis Industry Sector Partnership
Position Highlights:
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday schedule
  • First shift hours
  • Hybrid role with opportunity to telework
  • Location: 450 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT
We would like to hear from you if you’re solution-driven and are ready to tackle this growing and exciting industry for Connecticut!

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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.
  • 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.

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In a state agency this class is accountable for planning, organizing and directing an agency program and/or project or directing the development and administration of programs within a division.  


Receives administrative direction from an administrative official of higher grade.  


Directs staff as assigned.


  • Directs staff and/or operations of an agency program and/or project or division; 
  • Coordinates, plans and manages program and/or project activities;
  • Formulates goals and objectives; 
  • Develops or assists in development of related policy;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws; 
  • Provides input or evaluates staff; 
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of budget; 
  • Maintains contact with individuals within and outside of agency who might impact on program and/or project activities;
  • Serves on committees and/or and task forces as required; 
  • Speaks before professional and lay groups on subjects related to agency mission; 
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required. 


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • project management; 
    • principles and practices of business and public administration with emphasis on effective organization, administration and management 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Considerable ability to analyze organizational problems and determine effective solutions.


Nine (9) years of professional experience.


One (1) year of the General Experience must been in a consultative capacity with programmatic and administrative or project management responsibilities in the specific area of assignment. 


  • 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 business administration, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • Department of Labor: Two (2) years of experience as an Apprenticeship and Training Program Manager may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.    


The successful candidate will possess:
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating workforce development plans.
  • Experience in creating, monitoring, and evaluating workforce training programs.
  • Experience with the legalized Cannabis Industry.
  • Experience with report writing.
  • Experience creating and delivering presentations.
  • Experience in social equity and working with impacted populations.



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.