Children and Families Assistant Superintendent


Recruitment #230613-0377MP-001


Are you ready to take the next step in your career, while continuing to make a difference in the lives of others? If this sounds like you, we invite you to take this opportunity to be a part of our team! 

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF), Albert J. Solnit Children's Psychiatric Center, we are looking for multiple qualified applicants to join our team as a Children and Families Assistant Superintendent

What We Have To Offer!
  • 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
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Comprehensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Outstanding work-life balance
In this role, incumbents would be accountable for assisting in the direction of operations of the Solnit North Campus or South Campus. Along with other duties as needed, we would have you:
  • 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
Position Highlights
  • Full-time, 40 hour per week, 1st Shift, 
  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with on-call coverage as needed. 
  • Located at the the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) at the Solnit - North Campus, East Windsor CT, and South Campus, Middletown CT 
Who We Are
At DCF our 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. Currently we are seeking individuals who are looking to advance their career and make a difference.

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Centers
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.

Albert J. Solnit Children's Center- South Campus
South Campus serves as a PRTF, providing treatment to adolescent females between the ages of 13 and 17 with complex psychiatric needs.  It is located on a 67-acre campus at 915 River Road, Middletown, CT 06457.

Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center-North Campus
North Campus  serves as a PRTF, providing treatment to adolescent males between the ages of 13 and 17 with complex psychiatric needs.  It is located at 36 Gardner Street, East Windsor, CT 06088. 

At DCF, we have a mission of Partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive. We hope you take this opportunity to join our team and help us to complete our mission!

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 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:

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 Ethan Ives at


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.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • 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.