STATE OF CONNECTICUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH JOBS

Health Program Assistant 2 (40 Hour)

Hybrid

Recruitment #240529-4405FP-001

Introduction

Are you a current State of Connecticut employee with experience assisting in the compilation and interpretation of fiscal and programmatic data and statistics, development and implementation of program plans, grant management and monitoring. If so, we invite you to apply to join our team today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS) is recruiting for a Health Program Assistant 2 for the Division of Health Services Community Options Unit, located at 55 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105. This position is full-time, 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday. 

 

Position Highlights: 

  • Hybrid (Depending on agency needs)
  • Full-time | 40 Hours per week
  • Monday - Friday
  • 1st Shift | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

What we can offer you:

  • View our new State Employee Benefits Overview page!
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees!
  • 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.
  • 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.

About the Department of Social Services:

The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS) delivers and funds a wide range of programs and services as Connecticut’s multi-faceted health and human services agency.  DSS services about 1 million residents of all ages in all 169 Connecticut cities and towns.  We support the basic needs of children, families, older and other adults, including persons with disabilities.  Services are delivered through 12 field offices, central administration, online and phone access options.  Follow us on twitter @ctdss and see what we are all about!

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.


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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.
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion, and merit employment rules.  Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements.  Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applications may be considered.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting.  Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • 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.

Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:

  • Please note that DSS takes part in the E-Verify system, which is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
  • 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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, the Department of Administrative Services is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
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  • If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Rocky Young at rocky.young@ct.gov and reference the recruitment number. 
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

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, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

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.

NOTE:

  • 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  • 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in Medicaid home and community-based programs.
  • Experience collaborating with teams.
  • Experience with conflict resolution.
  • Experience with provider relations.
  • Experience managing contracts, writing contract language, and reviewing proposals.
  • Knowledge of the Money Follows the Person Program.
  • Knowledge of Medicaid billing including the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS).

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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.