Executive Secretary


Recruitment #240701-3594SE-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner's Office is seeking a highly motivated Executive Secretary
We are seeking an experienced and exceptionally organized administrative professional who enjoys working in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment. The Executive Secretary will provide executive support to the DCF Commissioner and / or other members of the DCF Executive Team. 

What We Can Offer You:
Priority areas of the position include but are not limited to:
  • Manage the active scheduling of meetings and events for identified executive. 
  • Research and prioritize follow-up actions on conflicts, concerns or barriers to completing requests.
  • Monitor, triage, delegate, respond and track email and other written communication.
  • Schedule and arrange large meetings and conferences both in-person and virtual.
  • Work closely with identified executive to ensure they are well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities with all necessary information.
  • Organize, coordinate, take minutes and transcribe confidential information during various executive and senior level meetings.
  • Type a wide variety of correspondence, notes, memorandums, drafts, transcripts, and forms.
  • Organize and maintain physical and electronic files, logs, and records.
  • Act as a receptionist and provide other daily administrative support to the DCF Commissioner's Office.
Who we are:
We are 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 proud of our diverse and dedicated workforce who strive every day to meet the needs of those we encounter. Currently we are seeking individuals who are looking to advance their career and make a difference! 

Position details:
  • Full-time 
  • First shift
  • 40-hour per week in-person position. 
  • The schedule is Monday - Friday.
  • At times the role will require communication during evenings and weekends.

Selection Plan

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  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
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  • 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.  
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  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 
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Acts as personal secretary and provides office management to the administrative head and/or to each undersecretary or deputy to such head of a department or institution as authorized by Section 5-198(11) of the Connecticut General Statutes.


  • Acts as confidential secretary to an executive; 
  • Relieves superior of administrative details through interaction with the public and routine contacts with other state executives; 
  • Complies and coordinates data for action by superior; 
  • Takes and transcribes confidential correspondence from supervisor or at meetings and/or hearings; 
  • Types a wide variety of correspondence, notes, memorandums, drafts, transcripts, charts and forms following proper format; 
  • Prepares own letters or reports and advises superior of appropriate action taken on routine matters; 
  • Schedules appointments and arranges meetings; 
  • Acts as receptionist;
  • Maintains and checks records and files; 
  • Performs special assignments, studies and routine administrative functions as specifically directed; 
  • Screens incoming correspondence, refers to appropriate staff and follows up to insure timely response; 
  • May supervise a clerical staff assigning work and following up to insure completion; 
  • May transmit to or request information from agency staff for agency head; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • office administration and management; 
    • functions, procedures, programs and regulations of relevant organizational unit; 
    • English grammar, spelling and punctuation; 
  • Considerable interpersonal skills; 
  • Ability to
    • interact effectively with supervisor, co-workers and general public; 
    • work independently on administrative tasks and make decisions within framework of departmental policies;
    • follow complex instructions; 
    • take accurate and complex dictation; 
  • Supervisory ability.


  • Five (5) years of experience providing high-level administrative support to government Commissioners, executives, or other C-suite leaders,
  • Experience supervising and managing a team of clerical staff.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Outlook, Excel, and Teams.
  • Experience in a human service organization.



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.