Connecticut Careers Trainee (Health Care Professional) (35 Hour)


Recruitment #230404-1991HC-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Public Health (DPH), is currently seeking a qualified individual for the position of Connecticut Careers Trainee (CCT) with a target title of Health Program Assistant 1

Within the DPH, Newborn Screening (NSB) Program, the CCT will enhance the overall receipt, login, tracking and reporting processes and promote the timeliness and accuracy with which the overall NBS process is carried out. The position will complete training to carry out the following tasks: assist with maintenance of and data entry in the NBS Follow Up/Tracking database and other associated databases; assist with compiling data related to program and national quality indicators; assure specimen and patient information match in both Horizon and NBS Follow Up/Tracking databases; assist with running Horizon and NBST database daily reports and workflows; report out-of-range newborn screening results to  hospital-based and community health care providers, assist with the development and deployment of digital educational modules to be delivered to a variety of Newborn Screening stakeholders, assist with maintenance of the CT NBS Program web pages and assist with grant monitoring.  The highly specialized duties performed at the DPH Laboratory within the Newborn Screening Program are considered essential services within the State of Connecticut. This CCT position will play a key role in the reporting of testing results of newborn bloodspot samples for over 60 different disorders that can be detected through Newborn Screening for the approximately 37,000 infants born in Connecticut annually. 

Individuals with a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree conferred by May 2023 may apply. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.

  • LOCATION: CT Public Health Laboratory, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program Follow-up and Tracking Unit
  • ADDRESS: 395 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT
  • WORK HOURS: Full-time, first shift, 35 hours per week
  • SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm with the potential for flex time in accordance with policies
  • Please note: This position has no potential for telework and requires employees to report to the physical work site as scheduled, and, possibly, during inclement weather events. 
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
  • Starting Salary with a Bachelor's degree: $45,408
  • Starting Salary with a Master's degree: $47,044
Additional salary information can be found here

  • Learn established NBS protocols and reporting of out-of-range NBS results to providers and hospitals;
  • Become proficient for initiating requests for samples for repeat newborn screening or reporting positive results to the Newborn Diagnostic and Treatment Network (the Network) for follow up;
  • Acquire skills for documenting all case specific interactions with providers, the Network, and parents in the NBST database;
  • Become skilled for collecting demographic/specimen information missing from the newborn’s record or NBS specimen card;
  • Learn how to assist with reporting, preparation and faxing of NBS Hemoglobin trait letters;
  • Acquire skills for assisting with the development of material for and maintenance of digital educational offerings to stakeholders through the CT-Train Platform; and
  • Learn how to assist with tracking of specimens, including contacting hospitals and other health care providers by phone when needed, and follow up on results of repeat newborn screens and close cases in the system.
Within the Connecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory, this CCT Health Program Assistant trainee position is assigned to the Newborn Screening (NBS) Program Follow-up and Tracking Unit. The Connecticut Newborn Screening Program (CT NBS) began bloodspot screening for one disorder, Phenylketonuria (PKU) in 1964. Two additional disorders were added in 1979, followed by an additional sixteen disorders and Hemoglobin (Hb) trait screening through 1983.  With the implementation of Tandem Mass Spectrometry instrumentation in 2004, the number of disorders detectable through newborn screening increased to over fifty (50) by 2010. Between 2016 and 2021 new screening technologies and treatment options led to even more disorders being added, bringing the number of disorders detectible through bloodspot screening to over sixty-five (65). The Connecticut Newborn Screening Program works to ensure that every newborn, who is born or resides in Connecticut, has a valid newborn screening on record and that those infants with abnormal screening results are promptly referred to a specialty treatment center for further evaluation and treatment when needed. These comprehensive efforts help prevent unnecessary disability and premature death.

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state. 

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

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Please Note: In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.

This position may be subject to Federal requirements of COVID-19 Vaccination.

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • 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
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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  • 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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In a state agency this class is accountable for mastering the skills necessary to satisfactorily complete the training program for a professional position.


In a department or institution receives training in introductory governmental work for development of skills and knowledge in field of public administration in order to qualify for advancement into agency professional positions; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during course of training period; performs related duties as required.


Oral and written communication skills; ability to acquire knowledge and skills required for the target classification; ability to understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic; ability to read, interpret and understand written material; ability to perform basic arithmetical computations; ability to interpret charts, graphs and tables; learning and reasoning ability; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public; ability to utilize computer software.


Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree.


  1. If the target job classification has a Substitution Allowed that requires the Bachelor's or Master's degree to be in a specific area(s), then these specific degree areas are required for appointment to the Connecticut Career Trainee classification.
  2. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.


  • Experience working with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint 
  • Experience working with various digital platforms such as documentation systems, electronic databases, website development platforms and digital learning platforms
  • Experience following written and verbal instruction from supervisory level and senior staff
  • Experience with laboratory information systems and other electronic documentation systems and databases
  • Experience working and communicating with hospital staff and other health care providers/workers with attention to detail and problem-solving ability
  • Experience working in the area of Newborn Screening, Public Health or Maternal Child Health 
  • Experience with disease processes and medical terminology



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.