Lead Children Services Worker (40 Hour)


Recruitment #230918-1922FK-001


Are you a current Department of Children and Families agency employee looking to take on a new role?  If so, we encourage you to take this opportunity to apply for the Lead Children Services Worker – East School position!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) – Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center Hospital – South Campus, is accepting applications for one (1) full-time Lead Children Services Worker East School position located in Middletown, CT.


Position Highlights:

  • Full-time
  • 40 Hours
  • 1st Shift
  • Schedule: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Days Off; Week 1 Friday & Tuesday off, Week 2 Saturday & Sunday off
  • Please Note: Schedule include non-standard starting/end times, holidays and weekends, and shall be determined based on operational needs and after contractual obligations are met.

In your role as a Lead Children Services Worker, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Lead and advise staff in care and therapeutic treatment of patients in unit;
  • Provide for adequate coverage of unit and take necessary action in case of absences;
  • Provide for maintenance of therapeutic milieu by assuring patients; psychological and physical needs are met;
  • Assist in development of recreational activities and programs for residents;
  • Work with caseworkers and/or social workers and other professional staff in making decisions through evaluation of patients progress and adjustment;
  • Perform related duties as required;

Comprehensive Benefit Offerings:

  • 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 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.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.

DCF Mission Statement:

Caring, healing and teaching -partnering with children, families and communities to build hope and create opportunities. 


We believe that:

  • Children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders can lead productive and satisfying lives. 
  • Children, youth and their families have the right and responsibility to participate in their treatment. 
  • No child will be refused treatment based on their ability to pay for services. 
  • Our services work best when integrated with community care.


About the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center Hospital – South Campus:

At the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center Hospital, we treat our youth and each other with dignity and respect.  It is in this relational, cultural and gender sensitive surrounding that our therapeutic milieu is based.  Interdisciplinary teams develop, implement and continually assess individualized treatment plans.


Solnit – South Campus is a state-administered Psychiatric Hospital for Connecticut’s children who are under the age of eighteen, located on a 67-acre campus overlooking the Connecticut River in Middletown, CT.  The Hospital provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting.


The campus includes: Four coed hospital units, three female adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility cottages (PRTF), two schools, an indoor pool, playgrounds, ball field, two gyms, recreation rooms, and outdoor picnic area.

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 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.

To Apply:

  • 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.
  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion, and merit employment rules.  Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements.  Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applications may be considered.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting.  Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • 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.

Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
  • 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
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, the Department of Administrative Services is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.

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  • If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Rocky Young at and reference the recruitment number. 
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In a state childcare facility or program this class is accountable for the administration of a shift of one or more assigned areas of residential living or program activity and for leading staff responsible for the treatment and care of an assigned group of children and youth.


  • Leads and advises staff in care, custody and therapeutic treatment of residents in unit; 
  • Provides for adequate coverage of unit and takes necessary action in case of absences; 
  • Provides for maintenance of a therapeutic milieu by assuring residents’ psychological and physical needs are met; 
  • Assists in development of recreational activities and programs for residents; 
  • Supervises recreational activities for residents; 
  • Schedules unit for maintenance; 
  • Participates in implementation of behavior modification programs in unit; 
  • Works with caseworkers and/or social workers and other professional staff in making decisions through evaluation of residents’ progress and adjustment; 
  • Attends meetings with unit staff and/or residents’ families in order to discuss behavioral problems and progress of residents in unit; 
  • Writes progress reports on residents; 
  • Reviews and signs reports of significant happenings in unit; 
  • Maintains monthly supply and weekly clothing inventory; 
  • Checks temperatures of residents and dispenses medications; 
  • Assists security personnel in apprehension and return of runaways; 
  • Initiates contraband searches to ensure residents’ safety; 
  • May perform emergency medical procedures; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • general procedures concerning routine functioning of institution; 
    • problems of adolescents and influences of environment; 
  • Knowledge of
    • security procedures regarding contraband and runaway searches, etc.; 
    • disciplinary techniques and guidelines for use; 
    • how to transport clients in a controlled and safe way; 
    • fire safety procedures; 
    • principles and practices of family therapy; 
    • basic first aid techniques and materials; 
  • Considerable interpersonal skills; 
  • Ability to
    • assess situations and use good judgment; 
    • lead staff; 
    • efficiently organize time, manage work and coordinate programs.


Two (2) years of experience as a Children Services Worker.


  • A Bachelor's degree in health, human services or mental health may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
  • Three (3) years of technical experience in the care of residents in an institution or facility for emotionally disturbed or delinquent children at the level of Children Services Worker including utilization of therapy techniques to achieve behavioral change.


Preference will be given to those who possess the following: 
  • Applicants with experience in hospital and residential treatment programs with adolescents.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift or restrain residents and may have significant exposure to risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive residents.



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.