Grants And Contracts Specialist


Recruitment #230609-4191AR-002


Are you passionate about wanting to build an Early Childhood system that ensures all young children in Connecticut are safe, healthy, learning and thriving? 
 Do you have experience building internal systems and operations plans that help professionals and organizations achieve their respective goals?
If so, we encourage you to apply today!
The State of Connecticut, Office of Early Childhood (OEC), has an exciting Grants and Contracts Specialist opportunity within the Internal Operation and Support Division located in Hartford, CT. 

What we can offer you
  • Flexible and hybrid telework schedules
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Competitive starting salary and structure
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off- including 13 holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Culture that encourages work-life balance
  • 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
Who we are
The Office of Early Childhood is the lead agency for early childhood services for the state’s youngest children; including early care and education, home visiting, developmental support, and program and provider development. 

Our Mission
The OEC's mission is to support all young children by ensuring that early childhood policy, funding and services strengthen the critical role families, providers, educators, and communities play in a child’s life. We believe in ensuring all children are safe, healthy, learning and thriving, and having a strong team is critical to us successfully achieving these goals. 

Our mission and vision serve as the guideposts for the development of policies and programs, and also ensure that we work to actively and purposefully dismantle racism and advance equity for all individuals throughout the early childhood system and the professionals selected to fill these roles must align with, believe in and promote this mission and vision.  

Our ideal candidate will be collaborative and a true team player as well as: 
  • Possess experience using virtual meeting platforms, such as Teams and will have advanced skills in Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel.
  • Experience providing training on new systems or platforms.
As a Grants and Contracts Specialist, you will be responsible for:
  • Utilizing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and contracts to help OEC achieve equitable service delivery, including correcting service disparities, incorporating equity considerations into contract terms, and learning from end users.
  • Developing and promoting effective business operating systems for the day to day functions of the agency.
  • Working as a team to collectively identify best practices and tools necessary to effectively plan for, develop, administer, and evaluate grants and contracts.
  • Partnering with agency professionals to monitor outcome focused, data driven, contract compliance through Active Contract Management (ACM)
  • Providing agency support to ensure compliance with Office of Policy and Management procurement standards for Personal Service Agreements (PSAs) and Purchase of Service (POS) contracts.
Position Highlights
  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday schedule
  • First shift hours
  • Hybrid telework opportunity with a combination of in-office and remote work
  • Location: Our office is centrally located in Hartford, CT (450 Columbus Blvd) with easy access to all major highways

Selection Plan

This position 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
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.

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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 Jasmyn Raymond at and reference the recruitment number.

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In a state agency, this class is accountable for performing as a specialist in planning, implementation, management and evaluation of a large complex grant program or group of programs in one field where responsibilities are assumed for program development, liaison and coordination with federal, state and community agencies and organizations, program implementation and administration, program monitoring and assessment.


Performs specialized related duties in the area of grants management; performs research to support the application for or the disbursement of grants including needs analysis, literature review and regulations critique to identify problems and determine priorities; develops alternatives; gathers information related to program area; develops goals and objectives, evaluation standards, timetables, other program components and department policy for program area and individual projects; prepares grant proposals; monitors use of grant monies awarded to agency to ensure adherence to all terms and conditions; facilitates direct grant process; provides technical assistance and acts as resource person to grantees; evaluates program proposals and applications for conformance with regulations and state goals; recommends funding; prepares contracts and agreements related to grant activities; monitors and assesses ongoing programs for conformance to reporting requirements, general budget and timetable guidelines and program effectiveness; prepares quarterly and annual reports and statewide annual plan or section of plan related to program local area; attends meetings of appropriate state, local and regional organizations and performs other liaison functions to coordinate efforts in program area; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of grant preparation and administration; considerable knowledge of program evaluation and monitoring functions; knowledge of research methods and techniques; some knowledge of budget preparation and monitoring; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of experience in planning, implementation and/or management of grant programs on a community, state or federal level.


1. 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.
2. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience writing or implementing contracts.
  • Experience evaluating contractor compliance of grant regulations and reporting on contract submissions.
  • Experience developing budgets and conducting fiscal analysis.
  • Experience preparing and analyzing Request for Proposals.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience utilizing virtual meeting platforms, including Microsoft Teams.



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