Director of Social Work

Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor (40 Hour) | Office/On-site

Recruitment #240319-6215PL-001


Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the public sector?  
If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our hospital’s team! 

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a Director of Social Work to join their team! This position will share responsibility for the care, treatment and services that the hospital provides to its patients and participating in shaping the hospital's culture. 

  • FACILITY: Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC)
  • ADDRESS: 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT 
  • UNIT: Administration
  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time, First Shift, 40 hours per week, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
  • The opportunity 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
  • 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
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and 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 loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
As the Director of Social Work, you will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties: 
  • Overall administration and management of the social work department and the social work training program; 
  • Provide leadership and direction for a team of social workers who provide direct services to clients, including assessment, counseling, and referral. Develops and implements departmental goals and standards;
  • Maintain contacts with area schools for Social Work, recruiting and selecting social work students, matching them to approved agency social work supervisors, and facilitating performance reviews as well as completion of required evaluations;
  • Facilitate student seminars and other learning opportunities for students;
  • Manage the transition of DMHAS-eligible high-risk clients with complex clinical management needs to CMHC from inpatient behavioral health facilities throughout the state;
  • Represent the agency at service coordination meetings, assesses individual clinical and community transition needs, and facilitates appropriate referrals for health care, as well as housing and other support services needed to maximize client success; 
  • Facilitate continuity in the implementation of behavioral and risk management plans, assuring that receiving clinical and community-based staff are appropriately trained to carry-out these plans; and 
  • Follow up with community-based providers to monitor ongoing risk and safety issues, identify resource gaps, and follow-up as needed.
    DMHAS is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

    CMHC is an urban community mental health center with an exceptional 50-year tradition of serving individuals with serious mental illness. We aim to treat people with mental illness in their communities, to provide a place for researchers from many fields to find new treatments, and to teach professionals in the care of mental illness.

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    Please Note: 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.

    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
    • 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.
    • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
    • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
    • 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
    • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
    • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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      In the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Developmental Services this class is accountable for directing a clinical division, a clinical discipline or a clinical program within a specified geographic area.


      • Manages the staff and operations of a clinical program, discipline or specialized area;
      • Coordinates, plans and manages program activities;
      • Formulates program goals and objectives;
      • Develops or assists in the development and implementation of related policy;
      • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
      • Monitors and evaluates staff;
      • Prepares or assists in preparation of program budget;
      • Maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of program who might impact on program activities;
      • Ensures program compliance with standards established by outside monitoring agencies;
      • Participates in grant and contract preparation and administration;
      • Manages the recruitment, selection and retention of program staff;
      • Ensures compliance with quality assurance findings and recommendations;
      • Promotes cultural diversity in workplace and ensures client rights;
      • Identifies and plans training and development needs;
      • Analyzes problems at program level and takes appropriate action;
      • Initiates workforce planning and monitors staff utilization to meet identified goals;
      • Prepares or oversees preparation of reports;
      • Investigates and responds to critical incidents;
      • May represent program in grievances and hearings;
      • May perform clinical duties;
      • Performs related duties as required.


      • Considerable knowledge of
        • principles, practices and issues of behavioral health care;
        • resources available to client population;
        • agency policies and procedures;
      • Knowledge of
        • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
        • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
        • behavioral health policies and systems;
        • recovery principles and practices;
        • resources available to client population;
        • principles and practices of public and/or health care administration;
      • Considerable
        • interpersonal skills;
        • oral and written communication skills;
      • Ability to
        • influence actions of others;
        • negotiate, mediate, and resolve conflicts;
        • analyze and synthesize information;
        • collaborate within program, department, agency, and community;
        • interpret standards, contracts and regulations.


      Four (4) years of professional experience in Behavioral Health Care and a Master’s degree in a clinical discipline, public health administration, health care administration or hospital administration.


      Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been supervising professional staff.

      For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Behavioral Health Unit Supervisor, Developmental Services Supervisor of Case Management, Nurse Supervisor or Supervising Clinician.


      • Licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
      • Communication and writing skills
      • Experience leading and supervising a discipline or department
      • Experience with conflict resolution
      • Experience in liaison work across service systems
      • Clinical assessment skills working with clients with severe and persistent mental health and co-occurring disorders
      • Experience training and educating staff and students in clinical practice modalities
      • Experience working with social work schools and student field placement
      • Experience promoting Diversity, equity and inclusion


      Department of Developmental Services: Incumbents in this class may be required to maintain the appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse or psychologist.

      Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Incumbents in this class must maintain the appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse, psychologist or alcohol and drug counselor.



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