Do you want to utilize your skills and make a difference? Are you looking to take the next step in your career? If so, please read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS) is seeking talented and motivated candidates to join our team as a Grants and Contracts Specialist for the Contract Administration Division.
What We Can Offer You:
- 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;
- Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
- A culture that encourages work/life balance;
- Professional growth and development opportunities.
You will discover the opportunity to:
- Engage in a rewarding career;
- Showcase your talents in a meaningful role;
- Thrive in an exciting environment;
- Provide support to a division that is passionate about the work we do;
- Make a difference in the public sector;
- Work together in a collaborative team environment.
- Full Time (40 hours per week)
- Monday – Friday
- 8:00am – 4:30pm
- Hybrid Schedule
- Location: Central Office located at 55 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT
Job duties include, but are not limited to:
- Performs specialized related duties in the area of contracts administration;
- Oversight and administration of all contracts and procurement functions with related support functions;
- Responsible for the facilitation, development, and timely award of cost-effective contracts to qualified providers and contractors for direct services to clients and to support the work of DSS;
- Ensure that the department complies with policies and procedures pertaining to contracting promulgated by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and that all contracts contain the requisite contract provisions, as directed by OPM and the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office, and the Department of Administrative Services (DAS).
- Depending upon the complexity of the contract, the drafting negotiation, execution and final approval process can be lengthy and must be conducted in accordance to specific timetables.
The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS), has a mission that we, along with our partners, provide person-centered programs and services to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.
We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state!
These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
The Department of Social Services participates in E-Verify.
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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.
Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker at Julie.Barker@ct.gov.
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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
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.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of experience in planning, implementation and/or management of grant programs on a community, state or federal level.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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 successfully communicating with internal and external stakeholders in person, over the phone, and via email.
- Experience working in CORECT financial modules or people soft modules.
- Experience creating complex files in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Experience meeting deadlines against competing priorities.
- Experience drafting contract language, implementing contracts and monitoring contract deliverables.
- Experience in development and/or administration of competitive procurements.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.