Administrative Assistant (Confidential)


Recruitment #240205-3591CA-001


Are you a DCF employee? Are you a self-starter? 
Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health and human services environment in the public sector? 
If so, we want you to become part of our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF), Albert J. Solnit Center North and South are recruiting for two (2) Administrative Assistant (Confidential) vacancies to support our PRTF Superintendent and Hospital Superintendent.

Position Highlights:
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • First (1st) shift
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
About Us:
Working together with families and communities to improve child safety, ensure that more children have permanent families, and advance the overall well-being of children is the central focus of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF protects children who are being abused or neglected, strengthens families through support and advocacy, and builds on existing family and community strengths to help children who are facing emotional and behavioral challenges, including those committed to the Department by the juvenile justice system.

What’s In It For You:
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘ForbesState 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;
  • 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 and 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.
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loan forgiveness after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
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. 

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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 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:

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 a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing the most complex tasks in providing both office administration and secretarial support for a major program.


Performs the most complex office administrative duties as described in the following areas:

    • Using a computer or other electronic equipment, formats and types a full range of correspondence, reports, bills, drafts, etc. from rough draft, transcription, dictated notes, etc.; 
    • Proofreads for content; 
    • Edits using knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
    • Designs office filing systems; 
    • Organizes and maintains files (including confidential files); 
    • Maintains, updates and reviews references materials and manuals.
    • Composes complex letters and/or memoranda, etc. (e.g., explaining department practices and/or policies) for own or manager's signature.
    • Researches and assembles information from a variety of sources and prepares statistical and/or narrative reports; 
    • Analyzes information and may make recommendations.
    • Acts for manager by interpreting established policies and procedures, etc.; 
    • Troubleshoots by relieving manager of as much administrative detail as possible; 
    • Acts for and regularly makes decisions in manager's absence (within prescribed limits of authority).
    • Screens letters, memos, reports and other materials to determine action required; 
    • May make recommendations to supervisor.
    • Arranges and coordinates meetings (including space and equipment); 
    • Researches, assembles and coordinates meeting materials (e.g., charts, graphs, reports); 
    • Writes minutes of meetings, lectures, conferences, etc. from rough draft; 
    • Takes notes using shorthand, speedwriting or machine transcription; 
    • Prepares expense accounts; 
    • Makes travel arrangements.
    • Authorizes purchases and payments (within prescribed limits of authority); 
    • Develops input and prepares documentation for office and/or department budget; 
    • Coordinates budget control and monitoring; 
    • Develops office and/or department procedural manuals; 
    • Assists in interviewing and hiring office support staff; 
    • Trains office support staff; 
    • May supervise office support staff.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • office administration and management; 
    • department and/or unit policies and procedures; 
    • proper grammar, punctuation and spelling; 
    • business communications; 
  • Knowledge of business math; 
  • Considerable interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to
    • operate office equipment which includes computers, tablets, and other electronic equipment; 
    • operate office suite software; 
    • take notes (shorthand, speedwriting or other method acceptable to manager).


Four (4) years of experience above the routine clerk level in office support or secretarial work.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been as a Secretary 2 or its equivalent.


College training in the secretarial sciences may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of 15 semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years.


  • Experience working with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams for scheduling.  
  • Experience working within a confidential setting.  
  • Experience working independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience relaying information to public audiences and developing measurement outcomes to prove messages are understood.
  • Experience coordinating meetings and taking minutes.
  • Experience developing office procedures and systems, including electronic filing systems, invoice, supply order.  
  • Experience providing administrative or clerical support at our Albert J. Solnit Centers. 



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.