Health Program Assistant 2 (40 Hour)


Recruitment #240131-4405FP-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Consumer Protection (DCP), is recruiting for a Health Program Assistant 2 position, with the Drug Control Division. This position is located in Hartford, CT. 

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  • 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
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  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • First shift
  • Monday through Friday 
  • Hybrid (office/telework) opportunities
  • Location: 450 Columbus Blvd, in Hartford, CT., easily accessible for all commuters
The Health Program Assistant 2 role will be responsible for:
  • Developing training and educational materials for consumers, registrants and other stakeholders under the supervision of lead staff
  • Researching, gathering and evaluating data to identify trends to protect consumer health and safety
  • Creating data stories, graphics and other materials, including webpages, for the purpose of informing the general public and stakeholders of related data
  • Overseeing, developing, and implementing public relation campaigns 
  • Working with other federal, state, or local organizations/groups
  • Assisting in drafting or revising legislation and/or regulations related to drug control
  • Developing and conducting presentations on various drug control related topics
  • Assisting in the distribution of work assignments to other program staff 
  • Performing related duties as required 
The mission of the State of Connecticut, Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is to promote a fair and equitable marketplace and to ensure safe products and services for consumers. The department is comprised of several divisions, each of which oversees the different industries that it regulates. The Drug Control Division oversees compliance and enforcement of all laws and regulations concerning the sale and distribution of drugs within Connecticut. We are responsible for the administration, compliance and enforcement of the state's Prescription Monitoring Program, Medical Marijuana Program, and Adult Use Cannabis Program. This includes all pharmacy inspections, auditing of different organizations within each program, investigations of health care professionals for improper prescription, diversion and misuse of controlled substance medications and issuance of all license types associated with the drug industry.  

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has worked for the state 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.

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.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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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 Hayley Newhouse, at


In a state health program or project this class is accountable for compiling and interpreting fiscal and programmatic data and statistics, developing and implementing program plans and monitoring and evaluating a state health program or project for the purposes of quality assurance and compliance with State and Federal laws.


As with all jobs in the generic health program series the exact duties vary considerably depending on the nature of the program and the current stage in its life cycle. Typical examples of work performed at this level include:

  • Assists in the preparation of sections of state health plans or special federal or state program plans; 
  • Gathers fiscal, programmatic, census and other kinds of needed data from complex calculations and interpretations; 
  • Reviews program grants requests and monitors fiscal and programmatic performance of grants using agency regulations and guidelines; 
  • Monitors programs using site visits when necessary; 
  • Assists in the preparation of program objectives and evaluation of program results; 
  • Prepares information for public distribution; 
  • May serve as staff to a task force or committee; 
  • May answer general informational questions for the public; 
  • May serve as a liaison between the program or project and specific people or organizations for the purpose of keeping information flowing; 
  • May assist in epidemiological investigations; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including the changing patterns of preventive medicine and environmental health; 
    • the changing aspects of socio-medical philosophies; 
    • state and community organizations and programs involved in the field of health; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to conduct independent research, develop and gather data.


Six (6) years of experience in a professional capacity in a health organization.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in health care program administration, a health systems agency or other health care organization in at least one of the following areas:

  • grant writing or monitoring;
  • formal program planning, development, management or evaluation;
  • program consultation.


  • For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Health Program Assistant 1.
  • A health care organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for developing health programs.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (l5) 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 in public health, health education, hospital administration, or public administration or other closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • For state employees one (1) year as a Health Program Assistant 1 may substitute for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience conducting research and developing and gathering data without supervision.
  • Experience evaluating and compiling data to develop informational materials and graphics.
  • Experience developing education, training and presentation materials for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe products and data software.
  • Experience coordinating with internal and external stakeholders.


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.