Business Development Program Manager

Durational Project Manager

Recruitment #231130-0415VR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Business Development Program Manager (Durational Project Manager) within the Office of Equity in Newington, CT. 

  • Competitive starting salary
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform an article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • A culture that encourages work/life balance
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • On-site low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Work for a Forbes top company: 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.
The Office of Equity is responsible for overseeing major external Civil Rights programs including, The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, which is intended to provide historically underutilized business or small business owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals with a fair opportunity to compete for and benefit from federally-funded transportation contracts.

The Business Development Program Manager will serve as the primary contact to coordinate and implement the agency’s DBE Supportive Services Program, which provides outreach and business development assistance to certified DBE firms and firms seeking potential DBE certification. In this role, the Business Development Program Manager will oversee all aspects of the work contracted to consultants for the DBE Supportive Services Program and evaluate the effectiveness of program activities in growing and developing the self-sufficiency of the DBE firms served. This position will regularly and consistently engage with both prime contractors and DBEs to identify opportunity areas for enhancing supportive service programing and technical assistance. 

As Business Development Program Manager, this position is also responsible for the Department’s Small Business Participation Program, which is designed to provide small businesses with an opportunity to bid as prime contractors. This role will be responsible for identifying contract opportunities for DBEs within the Department and with agency personnel who have procurement responsibilities, especially for small businesses that provide goods and services in areas traditionally underutilized.                                                   
Supervisors can expect to spend roughly half of their working hours, if not more, in the office in order to execute upon their job functions and supervise their team. Time in the office may fluctuate based on circumstances and the team being supervised. The ability to apply for telework continues to be available and the agency continues to provide reasonable accommodations for those who need them.

  • Administer the Department’s DBE Supportive Services Program and Small Business Participation Program.
  • Oversee consultants engaged to perform DBE supportive services, including training, workshops and other capacity building programming and activities.
  • Evaluate program operations and effectiveness of current and/or projected program activities.
  • Analyze business needs of current DBE firms and prime contractor subcontracting needs to inform programming and consultant activities.
  • Track, monitor and analyze DBE performance in the Connecticut Unified Certification Program, as well as outreach return on investment, to inform and refine outreach and business development strategies.
  • Liaison between business community, internal stakeholders and supportive services consultant.
  • Collect data and other required reporting activities.
  • Spearhead, coordinate, and attend conferences, meetings, and events. 
As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employees approximately 3,000 individuals statewide in five distinct bureaus. It is our mission to provide a safe, accessible and efficient multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development while preserving environmental and cultural resources. The Department of Transportation is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.

  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • First shift hours
  • Located at our Headquarters in Newington, CT
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy.   Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.
  • Incumbent will be placed in vacancy under durational appointment, with anticipated end date of November 30, 2027. This appointment may be extended. Benefits and leaves will be subject to the appropriate collective bargaining contract language and Connecticut General Statutes.
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Selection Plan

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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


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  • 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.

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In a state agency this class is accountable for making or conducting a special inquiry, investigation, examination or installation pursuant to Section 5-198(n) of the Connecticut General Statutes.


  • Experience working with small business development, outreach services targeted to businesses, or similar activities.
  • Experience with government contracting or contracting processes.
  • Experience with construction or similar industry.
  • Experience with complex project management, project evaluation, providing progress updates and report writing.
  • Experience working independently, being self-motivated and taking ownership of assignments.



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.