Multicultural Affairs Program Manager

State Program Manager

Recruitment #230830-4799MP-001


Are you seeking a position that offers opportunities to work with others in addressing matters involving culture, racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion? If so, we invite you to discover this outstanding opportunity to join our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA)is currently accepting applications for a Multicultural Affairs Program Manager (State Program Manager). The Multicultural Affairs Program Manager is a new position that will join the Multicultural Affairs/Office of Diversity and Equity Division.

What’s In It For You:
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘ForbesState 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;
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees.
About Us:
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA) is charged with developing, implementing, and sustaining diversity initiatives, employment practices and policies designed to support the diversity needs of the agency, staff and families regardless of their race, color, national origin, gender, disability, inherent sexuality, gender identity or expression, age, social economic status, religion, or language. The OMCA has evolved to include work that supports the agency in the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities.

Your Role as the Multicultural Affairs Program Manager:
Duties and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
  • Coordinating, planning, and managing program and/or project goals related to racial justice, anti-racism practices, diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Developing and/or assisting in development and/or updates of related policy.
  • Interpreting and administering pertinent laws and/or regulations, i.e., Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to servicing children and families (Death and Hard of Hearing).
  • Linguistic and Culturally Appropriate Services.
  • Supervising and evaluating professional staff.
  • Collaboration with other State agencies, external partners and stakeholders.
  • Provide education and internal and external consultation on matters related to racial justice, racial equity, and cultural and linguistic appropriate service delivery.
Our Ideal Candidate:
We are looking for a dynamic individual with strong verbal and writing skills, solid data and analytical experience, exceptional presentation and facilitation skills, and who is action-oriented and highly organized. If you like a high energy environment, love taking on challenges, developing solutions, and working collaboratively - look no further - join our team! Our ideal candidate will possess:
  • A fundamental understanding of the impact of racism and how to advance equity within a system.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate effective conversations related to anti-racism/racial justice.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Investigative experience and excellent conflict resolution skills.
  • Effective management and leadership skills.
  • High standard of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Ability to expeditiously gather facts, make findings and recommend appropriate action.
  • Ability to analyze organizational problems and determine effective solutions.
Position Highlights:
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • First (1st) shift
  • Monday - Friday,
  • Hartford, CT
  • Hybrid Schedule eligibility following successful completion of the probationary period
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Engage in a rewarding career
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success
  • Make a difference in the public sector
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment  
About the State of Connecticut: 
Living in Connecticut allows you to live with mountains, forests, ocean fronts, rivers, and a wonderful green countryside right at your doorstep. The state has charm, elegance, and a high standard of living. Our school systems offer an outstanding education, and our communities are among the safest in the country. Connecticut experiences all four seasons and gives you the option to choose living in sophisticated country-life or living in the center of a lively city. 

We encourage you to come see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining the DCF team!

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 Christopher Lavallee at


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 have been 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.    


  • Experience managing and supervising staff.
  • Experience in Project Management and data analytics.
  • Experience with identifying organizational challenges and strategic planning.
  • Experience assisting in or developing and implementing strategies/practices related to anti-racism, cultural. differences, intersectionality, etc.
  • Experience in completing investigations and conflict resolution.



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.