Lead Developmental Services Worker (35 Hour)


Recruitment #240208-5721HN-001


Are you a current State of ConnecticutDepartment of Developmental Services (DDS) employee looking to tackle a more supervisory role? If so, we invite you to read more about this opportunity to become a Lead Developmental Services Worker!

At the DDS - North Region we currently are recruiting qualified candidates to fill one current vacancy for a Lead Developmental Services Worker that will be based  521 Maple Hill Ave, Newington, CT.

What We Have To Offer!
  • 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
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Comprehensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Outstanding work-life balance
  • 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
In this role, we would empower you to act as a working lead or backup to the the Supervising Developmental Services Worker in the shift supervision of a work location. Along with other duties as needed, we will have you;
  • Lead lower level employees in the implementation of residential life programs for individuals in our care
  • Oversee and participate when needed in the general care and treatment of individuals
  • Assist in the evaluation of the residential programs
Position Highlights:
  • PCN: 18772, Full-time, Second (2nd) shift, 70 hours/biweekly
  • Sunday – Thursday: 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
  • Regular Days Off: Friday and Saturday
  • However, work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job
  • Must have a valid CT driver's license
  • Will be required to travel
  • Will be required to obtain an F-Endorsement on driver’s license
  • May be required to work nights and weekends
 We encourage you to continue your career with us and see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining the DDS team!

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. 

Additional Recruitment Information
Must have a valid CT driver's license
Will be required to travel
Will be required to obtain an F-Endorsement on driver’s license
May be required to work nights and weekends

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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.

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.

Contact Information:

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Tommy Wilson, DDS EEO 1 at (860) 418-6148 or

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 Ethan Ives at


In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for acting as a working lead or as a backup to the Supervising Developmental Services Worker in the shift supervision of a work location.


  • Leads Developmental Services Workers on an assigned shift in implementation of residential living program for individuals in a cottage, wing or other living quarter;
  • Oversees and may participate in general care of assigned living quarters and care, feeding, clothing and treatment of individuals;
  • Directs and advises staff on implementation of individuals daily teaching strategies;
  • Assists in evaluating performance of residential program within living quarters;
  • Confers daily with staff on routine operational, disciplinary and special problems;
  • Implements policies, programs and operational procedures in accordance with state and federal regulations and with regard to needs of individuals;
  • Participates in caring for and instruction of individuals in their activities of daily living;
  • Confers with parents concerning individuals status;
  • May administer selected oral medications with appropriate training;
  • May complete a variety of reports, notes, logs, requisitions, etc.;
  • May design and write residential living programs;
  • May provide orientation and in-service training to subordinate staff;
  • May order, secure and distribute supplies and equipment for program functioning and individuals personal needs;
  • May attend interdisciplinary team meetings;
  • May arrange for appropriate support services such as housekeeping, maintenance and laundry;
  • May administer first aid in emergency situations;
  • May drive individuals to necessary appointments/outings;
  • May serve as backup for Supervising Developmental Services Worker;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of modern methods of working with individuals with an intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities;
  • Knowledge of
    • rehabilitative and interdisciplinary process;
    • goals, policies and organization of a residential living unit;
    • safety, fire and first aid procedures;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • implement policies and operational procedures;
    • lead staff.


One (1) year of experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities at the level of a Developmental Services Worker 2.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with individuals who have significant behavioral and psychiatric diagnoses
  • Experience interacting, communicating, listening, and observing individuals of varying skill levels and backgrounds
  • Experience utilizing modern approaches to working with persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, and MS Teams


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class must possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties. Applicants may be required to take a physical examination.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals; may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive individuals and may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.



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.