Legislative Program Director

Children and Families Program Director

Recruitment #230518-1943MP-001


We are looking for a dynamic individual who will play a key role in acting as a subject matter expert and liaison between the Commissioner’s office, the General Assembly and key stakeholders in identifying legislative changes that will support the goals and mission of the agency in delivering services to the children and families in the State of Connecticut. 

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply today to be Legislative Program Director (Children and Families Program Director)!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families' (DCF) 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. We are composed of a Central Office, 14 area offices, and 2 residential facilities, and the Wilderness School.

What we can offer you:
  • To work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • 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 balanced work-life.
In this role you will report to the Chief Administrator of Government Relations and Policy using your knowledge of legislative procedures, statutory language and development, and intimate knowledge and current best practices of child welfare. Additionally, you will use your excellent written and verbal communication skills.

What you will do:
  •  Maintain contact with legislators regarding questions or concerns that arise regarding Department actions, programs, budgetary needs and initiatives 
  • Communicate and educate stakeholders on regulations and statutes to ensure compliance and
  • Ensure the Commissioner’s Office is updated regularly on all concerns and questions that arise with respect to legislators, constituents and other stakeholders regarding policies, procedures and legislative activity.
Position highlights:
  • Work Hours Per Week: 40 hours
  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday. The position does require additional hours during legislative sessions.
  • Work Shift: First
  • Location: Hybrid, Hartford, CT. Some in-state travel is also required. 

Selection Plan

  • This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization. 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • 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.  
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.   
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  • 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.  
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  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 
  • 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 


In the Department of Children and Families area office or a major program with statewide impact this class is accountable for directing administrative support and/or program services.


  • Directs staff and operations of the assigned area of responsibility;
  • Coordinates, plans and manages program activities; 
  • Formulates program goals and objectives; 
  • Develops or assists in development of related policy; 
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
  • Evaluates staff;
  • Develops and monitors budgets for specific program or administrative areas;
  • Maintains contact with individuals and organizations within and outside of agency which impact on area or program activities;
  • Assists in directing and coordinating allocation of staff and resources to maintain service delivery system or program; 
  • Manages systems and/or programs to ensure compliance with federal, state and department mandates; 
  • Identifies training and development needs of staff;  
  • Speaks before professional and lay groups; 
  • Represents Commissioner in community and public relations activities within area as assigned; 
  • Prepares and/or analyzes management reports including reports detailing area activities, program operations and client statistics; 
  • Evaluates programs and professional social work services provided to children and families;
  • Identifies needs of children and families for purposes of determining available community resources; 
  • Reviews work of assigned areas for general efficiency and effectiveness with target client populations; 
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; 
  • Knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • standards of practice and administration of programs dealing with children and youth; 
    • impact of cultural issues on service delivery and staff relationships;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in the field of child welfare programs, children's protective services, foster services, adoption or social and human services.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial or supervisory capacity with responsibility for planning, development, implementation or supervision of administrative or program services in child welfare, children's protective services, children's mental health or juvenile justice.

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Children and Families Program Supervisor.


  • College education 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 or other advanced degree in the behavioral sciences, public administration, education, 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 service, marriage and family therapy.


  • Experience with the legislative process.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of policy and legislation.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  • 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.