Staffing Specialist (Human Resources Generalist 2)


Recruitment #230523-6164MP-001


Are you an enthusiastic HR professional in the staffing and recruitment field, eager to advance your career to new heights? 
Are you interested in making a meaningful impact by offering essential services to the residents of Connecticut?
If your answer is yes, then this is the opportunity you've been seeking! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services (DAS), is actively seeking a highly skilled Human Resources Generalist 2 (Staffing Specialist) to join the HR team responsible for supporting the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). 

Are you an exceptionally skilled staffing professional in search of an extraordinary opportunity? Look no further! Join our team and experience a range of outstanding benefits that set us apart:

  • Unrivaled health benefits: We provide top tier medical and dental coverage, ensuring your well-being and peace of mind.
  • Robust retirement options including both a pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings, empowering you to plan for a secure and prosperous future.
  • We understand the importance of work-life balance and offer 13 paid holidays per calendar year to all employees, enabling you to recharge and spend quality time with loved ones.
  • Invest in your growth: We prioritize your professional development to enhance your skills and expertise, fostering continuous growth and advancement.
  • Work-life harmony: We value the importance of balance and offer a healthy work-life equilibrium to all employees, ensuring you have the flexibility and support that you need to thrive.
  • Seize this opportunity to join our team and unlock a world of exceptional benefits that cater to your well-being, growth, and fulfillment.  Apply now and embark on a rewarding career journey with us!
  • Flexible & hybrid telework schedules 
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Find out more about the benefits of being a Manager here!
  • Competitive starting salary and structure 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off- including 13 holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Culture that encourages work-life balance 
  • 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
We are looking for a staffing professional who is passionate about making a meaningful impact at DMHAS. Your work every day contributes to a greater purpose. The staffing team plays a crucial role in ensuring that DMHAS has the necessary resources and support to fulfill its vital mission of promoting the overall health and well-being of individuals with behavioral health needs achieved through an integrated network of comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that prioritize dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency for those it serves.

We encourage staffing professionals with a proven track record of success in managing staffing processes in challenging environments to apply!

If you have a track record of success in managing staffing processes in challenging environments, we strongly encourage you to apply! Staffing for health services can be demanding even in the best of times, and it is particularly challenging now with the high demand for talented individuals. To tackle this challenge head-on, we are seeking HR professionals in staffing who are innovative, adept at managing multiple priorities simultaneously, driven to continuously improve, and possess a strong preference for efficiency and decisive implementation.

  • Acquire invaluable experience by working in a dynamic, diverse, and intricate health services environment, where you will develop expertise in recruiting for a wide range of positions, such as:
  • Healthcare and Mental Health Practitioners
  • Clinical and Administrative Leaders
  • Nursing Professionals
  • Support Team Members in Health Services
  • Maintenance, Security, Food Services, Administrative, and more.
Highlights of the position include:
  • Monday to Friday schedule
  • First shift, Full-time 40 hours per week position
  • Centrally located in Hartford, CT
Read below to learn what the HR Staff at DMHAS enjoy most about their roles
"While getting my Master’s in HR Management, I knew that I wanted to be a part of an organization that allowed me to implement the tools that I would acquire during my journey at UConn. Working for DMHAS has been such an eye-opening experience because it pushes me every day to be better than the day before. Every day is a new learning experience that I get to share with my colleagues at DMHAS, as well as my peers at UConn.” 

“Working DMHAS allows me to make a huge impact on my community. It is such a rewarding feeling being able to touch so many lives at once just by learning daily and implementing processes. I know that with every completed process, I am contributing to the health of Connecticut’s community, and I will forever be grateful for that opportunity!"
- Topaz Harris- Agency Staffing Team Member

“I came from a location where I worked for 10 years and was the go-to person for everything. Jumping into something new was a bit scary, as change is always nerve-racking. Working on the DMHAS staffing team has been such a learning experience. I am thankful for the support within the facility as I learn daily and am supported by my peers. As I come across roadblocks, I am confident that I have a team supporting me to get through any challenges. Knowing you have a chance to make an impact in the community, and knowing the difference I make, is the most satisfying part of the job."
- Ayerim Sanchez- Agency Staffing Team Member

The people at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are champions of some of the most vulnerable citizens in our state.  The work is critical to the lives of those served, and the mission compelling for those who serve. We are honored to have some of the most hard-working, compassionate, and devoted public servants in the state. 

While serving those who serve the clients and patients at DMHAS is challenging, it is highly valued and rewarding work. The HR team has the same dedication and commitment to the mission of our agency. Our efforts directly impact agency’s ability to achieve its mission.

Watch the video below to see what it's like to be a State of CT employee! 

Selection Plan

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • 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
  • 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 questionnaire'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.
  • 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.
  • 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • 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.
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. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn Raymond at


In the Department of Administrative Services this class is deployed at an agency and is accountable for independently performing a full range of human resources duties as an agency business partner.

In a state agency outside of the State's centralized Human Resources structure this class will be accountable for independently performing a full range of human resources and other related duties.


  • Advises agency staff on human resources policies and procedures, proper organizational structure and use of appropriate job classifications, talent needs, to include but not limited to advising on the availability and expiration of eligible lists, etc.; 
  • Partners with DAS service delivery teams and specialized units to appropriately deliver solutions for agency human resources needs; 
  • Communicates with agency managers, bargaining unit representatives and other interested parties to ensure cooperative relationships; 
  • Approves agency’s classification and position management transactions and ensures proper organizational structure; 
  • Assists in ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures; 
  • Advises employees on matters related to employment, career development, transfer, separation, recruitment, examinations, and/or compensation; 
  • Performs job audits, or other fact finding techniques, related to individual job classification and job classification studies; 
  • Facilitates human resource transactions, including promotions, demotions, transfers;
  • Maintains human resource information systems within assigned agency;
  • Independently handles reclassification grievances; 
  • Administers various areas of the recruitment process, including clearing of mandatory lists, interviewing, selection and on-boarding hires; 
  • Prepares or oversees the preparation and maintenance of relevant documentation and records; 
  • Counsels and makes referrals to employee assistance programs; 
  • Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Ensures all records, files and folders are maintained, updated and digitized, where applicable;
  • May assist, coordinate, implement, oversee, and/or provide training and/or staff development programs; 
  • May support related agency strategic needs; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • human resources management;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations, policies and procedures;
    • employment practices related to civil rights, equal employment opportunity, job classification, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefit programs, pay administration, workers compensation;
    • human resources information systems; 
    • labor relations;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills; 
    • conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to
    • work effectively in a matrixed organization; 
    • analyze and balance customer’s needs with laws, regulations, policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements;
    • supervise; 
    • strategically plan including succession planning; 
    • apply innovative solutions to organizational problems.


Seven (7) years of professional experience in human resources management or equal employment opportunity/affirmative action or labor relations management.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the junior working level in human resources management.

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Human Resources Generalist 1, Human Resources Associate, or Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in human resources management, labor relations, business administration, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • For state employees one (1) year as a Human Resources Generalist 1, Human Resources Associate, or Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 1 may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Experience managing full-cycle recruitment via an applicant tracking system 
  • Experience working within a department dedicated to recruitment or within the staffing industry 
  • Experience recruiting within the healthcare or human services space
  • Experience recruiting within a unionized environment
  • Experience with composing reports in excel


  • 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.

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