Education Services Specialist (40 Hour)


Recruitment #230523-3230FF-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - Central Office - has four (4) full-time job opportunities for an Educational Services Specialist, for each region (Central Office, North, South & West).

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.
The Position:
The primary purpose of these positions is to strengthen the improvements of the design and delivery of the department’s employment and day services, so that people served by DDS increase competitive employment and wages. These positions will help individuals, their families, and legal guardians access benefits counseling, Medicaid, and other government programs with partial federal funding, thus saving the state from the total cost of their care.

In this role, the incumbent(s) will: 
  • Assist in the development, administration, and delivery of training relating to employment services and supports offered by the DDS
  • Provide professional leadership and guidance to qualified providers, school authorities, professional organizations, individuals, families, DDS staff, potential employers, and various community groups
  • Administer certain employment projects or initiatives within the framework of DDS policy
  • Assist in directing the routine functioning of day and employment services
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • First (1st) shift
  • Monday - Friday
  • Incumbents must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency
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. 

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 position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.

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:

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 Departments of Aging and Disability Services, Developmental Services, and Education assists in planning and executing a program for the improvement of education in the State, responsible under supervision for carrying out specific assignments of limited difficulty and scope.


  • Assists in the development and administration of educational programs and services offered by the State;
  • Provides professional leadership and guidance to school authorities, professional organizations, students and various community groups and individuals;
  • May personally administer certain phases of educational program within the framework of bureau policy;
  • May assist in directing the routine functioning of the bureau;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of the philosophy and methods of education with particular reference to the field concerned;
  • Skills
    • teaching skill;
  • Ability to
    • prepare reports;
    • deal effectively with others.


A Master's degree and three (3) years of professional experience OR in lieu thereof an equivalent combination of experience and training as approved by the Board of Education.


Preference will be given to candidates with the following experience: 
  • Experience with person-centered practices, foundational competencies, and the DDS individual planning process including employment and vocational skills and the career development tool.
  • Experience with interagency and intra-agency project development and management designed to align policies, regulatory guidance, and reimbursement structures relating to Employment First and Competitive Integrated Employment.
  • Experience with employment and day services policy development and implementation connected to systems-change framework centered around Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) and community life for individuals with intellectual disabilities and related conditions.
  • Experience with DDS Employment and Day Services programs and service expansion.
  • Experience with Customized Employment, Project Search, Employment Transition Services, Employment Incentives, State Employment Leadership Networks, Innovative Employment Opportunity Grants and DDS Employment First best practices.
  • Experience with data analysis and using data to manage and evaluate the work of employment-specific programs and projects.
  • Experience as a CIE subject matter expert and expertise presenting Employment First and Competitive Integrated Employment-related material with multiple entities, such as individuals, family members, case managers, providers, and federal, state, or municipal agencies.
  • Experience conducting stakeholder outreach and producing public-facing documents.
  • Experience with the implementation of The Employment First Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Experience in managing projects.
  • Experience with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) relating to individuals with developmental disabilities and related conditions.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office apps (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc).


Incumbents in this class in certain positions may be required to possess an appropriate certificate issued by the State Board of Education.



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.

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