Developmental Services Worker 2 (Part-Time)


Recruitment #240403-5662HN-003


The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - South Region - has one (1) part-time, first (1st) shift job opportunity for a Developmental Services Worker 2, at the Transitional Unit in Meriden, CT.

Position Highlights:
  • Part-time, 35 hours biweekly
  • First (1st) shift
  • Tuesday & Thursday
  • 6:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • Meriden, CT
  • Must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.
The Position:
  • Incumbents must have a valid drivers license
  • Incumbents will be required to travel
About Us:
DDS partners with the individuals we support and their families, to support lifelong planning and to join with others to create and promote meaningful opportunities for individuals to fully participate as valued members of their communities.

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.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loan forgiveness after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career and make an impaCT!

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

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Application Process:

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.

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.

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Contact Information:

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Tommy Wilson, EEO Specialist 1 at (860) 418-6148 or

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 the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for acting as part of a team in an intensive programming effort designed for the care, guidance, supervision and training of individuals.


  • Implements programs and procedures designed to achieve objectives of department in care of individuals with developmental disabilities; 
  • Provides guidance and instructions to individuals in development of desirable personal habits, hygiene and social relationships; 
  • Responsible for individuals health and safety; 
  • Implements individual program plans; 
  • Reinforces appropriate individual behavior through modification techniques; 
  • Participates in preparation, serving and feeding of meals to individuals; 
  • Performs housekeeping duties necessary to maintain a clean and healthy environment for individuals; 
  • May lead and participate in social and recreational activities designed to develop individual potential; 
  • May act as shift charge; 
  • May attend interdisciplinary team meetings; 
  • May evaluate performance of subordinate staff; 
  • May provide orientation and basic inservice training to subordinate staff; 
  • May participate in special programs designed to fully develop potential of individuals; 
  • May administer first aid in emergency situations; 
  • May administer selected oral medications; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • fundamentals of hygiene and physical training; 
    • safety, fire and first aid procedures; 
    • interdisciplinary process for development of individual programs; 
  • Considerable interpersonal skills; 
  • Skills
    • oral and written communication skills; 
    • in behavior management of individuals; 
  • Ability to
    • recognize and report behavioral change; 
    • develop a positive relationship with individuals; 
    • lead and participate in recreational and occupational activities; 
    • follow oral and written instruction.


One (1) year of experience in the care and supervision of individuals with developmental disabilities at the level of a Developmental Services Worker 1 or equivalent experience in a human service field.


Preference will be given to candidates with the following experience: 
  • Medication Certification.
  • Experience providing counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
  • Experience with electronic mail, word processing, and calendar and scheduling computer software.
  • Experience working with Children and Adults with Autism.
  • Experience working with non-verbal individuals with intellectual disabilities.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and maintain Medication Administration Certification from the Department of Developmental Services.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class must possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties; a physical examination may be required.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals.
  • Incumbents in this class may have significant exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals.
  • Incumbents in this class may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.



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.