Social Worker - Social And Human Services

Recruitment #240222-7713SH-001


Are you passionate about serving the children and families of CT in need? If so, we invite you to discover this outstanding opportunity!        

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is recruiting for Social Worker vacancies. Our mission is partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive; sharpening the safety focus through prevention across the child welfare system. We are seeking individuals who are looking to advance their career and make a difference.   

Work locations will be in offices located in region 3:
  • Norwich 
  • Windham (Willimantic)
  • Applicants selected for hire should expect to be assigned to one of the above listed offices.
What's In It for You:
  • The opportunity 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
  • The 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.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
NOTE: Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies. Not all applicants will be contacted for an interview, we encourage you to apply for future postings.
You can learn more by checking out our latest YouTube video to see what it is like to work at Department of Children and Families:


Selection Plan

The Department of Children and Families hiring process includes the following key stages. From application to appointment this process can take a number of weeks. The stages are:
1. Application Period:
  • Please ensure that your application is complete. You are unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut. Applicant Support can be reached by email at
  • Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity. Due to the large volume of applications, please do not call/email to confirm receipt or status of your application. If your application submits successfully, a pop-up confirmation displays, which is followed by a confirmation email. You can view all emailed notices on your Personal Status Board by clicking the date in the Last Notice column for this recruitment.
  • The immediate vacancies are listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 
  • Please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page or view our tutorial. 
2. Selection Process:
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • 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.  
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application 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.  
  • 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, transcripts, diplomas, 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.  
  • Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Liz Pinette at
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 
  • 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 
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
3. First Stage of Interview process:
  • Read through this helpful link to prepare for your interview.
  • Selected Candidates will also meet with DCF Academy for Workforce Development to learn more about the role and responsibilities of a Social Worker and will receive a writing assessment.
  • Selected candidates will have a panel interview with DCF Regional staff.
4. Second Stage of Interview process:
  • Selected candidates are contacted by the Department Children and Families Human Resources team members for additional documents. Candidates will be asked to supply:
    • Official transcripts for degrees listed on application.
    • 3 Written Supervisory References
5. Background Investigation:
  • Selected candidates will go through a comprehensive review of employment, education, criminal, motor vehicle history and a physical examination (including drug screening).
6. Appointment:
  • Selected candidates are scheduled for their first day of work!


In a state agency or facility this class is accountable for the provision of intensive supportive social case work services to an assigned caseload of individuals and families.


Performs a variety of highly skilled case work services; obtains medical, physical and social histories of clients in order to provide maximum services to individual; confers with clients, relatives, professional associates and other social welfare agencies regarding case problems; provides counseling services to an assigned caseload; provides services to aged and disabled clients in boarding or convalescent homes; conducts and interprets results of investigations, professionally evaluating their significance; seeks employment, housing, financial assistance and other services for an assigned caseload; independently prepares case histories, forms and reports; performs related duties as required.

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: Performs a variety of highly skilled case work services for children and youth; maintains medical, physical, social and psychological histories; counsels families, children and youth both individually and in groups; investigates, evaluates and makes recommendations for Juvenile Court on all petitions alleging neglect or abuse of children; recruits and selects foster and adoptive homes for placement of children; consults with psychologists, psychiatrists and other staff to develop and administer treatment plans; consults with community groups to determine appropriate referrals and develop community resources; may supervise volunteer workers in conjunction with department volunteer services programs; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles, techniques and methods of professional social work; considerable knowledge of various economic, emotional, medical, psychological and social factors influencing attitudes and behavior of individuals and families; knowledge of community resources available to individuals and families; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret and apply social work policies; considerable ability to prepare clear and concise reports and case histories.


A Master's degree in social work or a closely related field and one (1) year of experience in the self-directed use of case management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning OR a Bachelor's degree in social work or a closely related field and two (2) years of experience in the self-directed use of case management techniques and counseling to sustain or restore client functioning.

1. Closely related fields are: applied sociology, child development, child welfare, clinical psychology, counseling, human development and family studies, human service, marriage and family therapy, nursing, social and/or human services, education and criminal justice  
2. Qualifying experience at this level must include the use of professional interviewing techniques, provision of skilled counseling to an assigned client caseload and assessment of basic client needs (nutritional, environmental, financial, medical, protective service) through continuing personal observation during visits, intervention and evaluation.


For state employees successful completion of the Social Worker Trainee program may be substituted for the General Experience.


1. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are completed.
2. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
3. Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.
5. COMMISSION ON THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED: Incumbents in this class must be able to communicate fluently in American Sign Language.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.