Social Services Program Administration Manager


Recruitment #230511-2490MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS), is recruiting for a Social Services Program Administration Manager located in our Central Office in Hartford, CT.

What’s In It For 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;
  • Comprehensive Benefits including Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage.
  • 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:
DSS delivers and funds a wide range of programs and services as Connecticut’s multi-faceted health and human services agency.  DSS serves about 1 million residents of all ages in all 169 Connecticut cities and towns.  We support the basic needs of children, families, older and other adults, including persons with disabilities.  Services are delivered through 12 field offices, central administration, and online and phone access options.

The Position:
The Social Services Program Manager will lead the Agency in strategic planning, process improvement and change management in aligning plans to support the Agency mission, vision and values.

  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • First (1st) shift
  • Monday - Friday
  • Hartford, CT
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 DSS 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 the Departments of Aging and Disability Services, Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addictions Services, Social Services, and the Office of Early Childhood this class is accountable for managing program/policy planning, development, implementation and monitoring for a major agency program area.


  • Manages staff and/or operations of unit/program;
  • Implements social services programs/policies;
  • Coordinates, plans and manages unit/program activities;
  • Formulates program goals and objectives through the review of agency data;
  • Develops or assists in development of related policy;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
  • Coordinates research, data analysis and program planning efforts;
  • Monitors, analyzes and evaluates programs/policies to determine cost-effectiveness and quality of service;
  • Identifies and coordinates training needs;
  • Advises leadership of legislative, legal or other program/policy impacts and recommends an appropriate position;
  • Monitors all internally and externally initiated program/policy changes;
  • Researches, prepares and presents testimony to legislative committees, study committees and courts regarding social services issues;
  • Evaluates staff;
  • Prepares or assists in budget preparation;
  • Maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of agency who might impact program activities;
  • Acts as agency contact with state, federal and community agencies on social services to ensure service delivery;
  • Participates in 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;
    • social services programs, early childhood programs, deaf and hard of hearing programs, programs for older adults and/or programs for individuals with intellectual disability or behavioral health issues;
    • relevant agency policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of community organizations and social services agencies;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Considerable ability to interpret complex written material including legal narrative and to assess the impact thereof on programmatic goals.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in the delivery of social services programs and/or policies.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a managerial or consultative capacity with programmatic and administrative responsibility for a regional or statewide social services program.

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Program Manager, Operations Manager, Public Assistance Consultant, Planning Specialist and Associate Accountant.


  • 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 social work, public administration, accounting, early childhood education or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience with strategic planning 
  • Experience with process improvement
  • Experience with quality improvement tools and methods including LEAN, and 
  • Experience with the use of result-based accountability in a human service agency.  
  • Experience with performance management systems and use of evaluation tools and metrics and data driven decision making
  • Experience in change management and workforce development 
  • Experience with succession planning to support sustainability of change efforts 
  • Experience leading multiple teams and managing multiple projects, budgets and funding streams 



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.