STATE OF CONNECTICUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH JOBS

Health Program Associate (40 Hour)

Office/On-site

Recruitment #240708-4406FP-001

Introduction

Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health care environment in the public sector? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our hospital’s team! 

THE POSITION
The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a Health Program Associate to join their team. 

This position will play a key leadership role in the Housing unit overseeing the administration of several grants and housing subsidies. This position will also provide leadership in housing and homelessness initiatives in eastern Connecticut. 

Please note you must be a current State of Connecticut employee of the agency listed above to be considered for this position (see Selection Plan for additional details).

HIGHLIGHTS
  • FACILITY: Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA
  • ADDRESS: 401 West Thames Street, Unit 301, Norwich, CT 
  • UNIT: Housing
  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time, 40 Hours per Week, First Shift, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday 
  • POSITION NUMBER: 123035

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

DISCOVER THE OPPORTUNITY TO
  • Oversee the complex administrative activities of the SMHA Network Housing Office, which is responsible for the application, administration, implementation, and monitoring of several DMHAS, CT Balance Of State (BOS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants and housing subsidies throughout the Eastern CT Coordinated Access Network; 
  • Coordinate grant activities, compliance with state and federal reporting deliverables, contract and budget management, grant writing and evaluation;
  • Develop partnerships with landlords, community partners and constituents;
  • Provide regional and statewide leadership and represent SMHA on various committees and workgroups related to housing, homeless, and diversity, equity, and inclusion; 
  • Provide supervision and leadership to Health Program Assistants and housing office staff who conduct apartment inspections;
  • Perform annual recertifications, prepare housing assistance payment contracts, and collaborate with tenants and permanent supportive housing providers who contract with DMHAS. 
ABOUT US 
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. 

SMHA is a community mental health agency operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Its primary goal is to provide high quality behavioral health services to those in our community with mental health and substance use disorders who are 18 years or older and reside in New London County and its surrounding towns. Services, which include case management, outpatient behavioral health, crisis intervention, respite care, and forensic services, are recovery oriented and offered in a trauma informed and culturally sensitive manner.  We support individuals to identify and achieve their own goals in recovery, fostering independence, dignity, and ability.

PLEASE NOTE

Selection Plan

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Please Note: 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.


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.

TO APPLY
  • 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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
AFTER YOU APPLY 
  • 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. Read through this helpful link to prepare for your interview.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
    CONNECT WITH US 
    • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
    • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jensine Tran at jensine.tran@ct.gov

    PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

    In a state health program or project, this class is accountable for performing high level work in the implementation and coordination of the non-clinical aspects of health care programs or projects.

    EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

    The specific duties and responsibilities of this generic class vary widely depending on the nature of the program and the current stage in its life cycle. Typical examples of duties include the following: serves as regional coordinator for a statewide health program or project with responsibility for developing and maintaining appropriate programs, projects and liaisons in their assigned regions; participates in planning, organization and implementation of a statewide health program by having responsibility for major components of program such as staffing, work assignment and distribution decisions; initiates and oversees public relations efforts; establishes and maintains relationships involved in program within agency and with other state, community or public agencies; assists division head in expediting program; prepares comprehensive reports on planning and progress of program; develops objectives so program functions within cost estimates; analyzes, evaluates and interprets data; advises and participates in formulation of task forces within or outside agency and coordinates activities so program is successfully accomplished; works with federal, state and community agencies on new, proposed or revised programs to clarify or develop objectives, determine method of integrating programs in agency operations and establish cost estimates; provides technical assistance to community agencies; assists in drafting of legislation and regulations; gathers fiscal and programmatic data on programs and participates in planning budget and programmatic aspects of program; may also be assigned to conduct health planning, program monitoring and grants management for particular programs; may be involved in approval of grants or projects; may speak publicly about program issues and develop information for public distribution; performs related duties as required.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

    Considerable knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including changing patterns of preventive medicine and environmental health; considerable knowledge of relationships between risk factors and evidence of health problems; considerable knowledge of changing aspects of social-medical philosophies; knowledge of research and evaluation design methodologies; knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in field of public health and medical care; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to plan, organize and direct a complex technical program; ability to analyze, evaluate and interpret data; ability to lead and train staff.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

    Seven (7) years of professional experience 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:

    1. grant writing or monitoring;

    2. formal program planning, development, management or evaluation;

    3. program consultation;

    4. public relations activities.

    For State Employees, this is interpreted at the level of Health Program Assistant 2.

    Note: A health care organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for developing health programs.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

    1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
    2. A Master's degree in health education, hospital administration, public administration, public health or other closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
    3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Program Assistant 2 may substitute for the General and Special Experience.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Experience with grant writing and management, preferably federal grants
    • Experience entering data into federal management information systems and repositories
    • Experience with subsidy administration
    • Experience preparing contracts, preferably housing contracts
    • Experience building strong collaborative working relationships, including housing partnerships and coalitions
    • Experience working in housing and homelessness systems, preferably coordinated access networks
    • Experience giving oral presentations and/or providing trainings to various groups including community providers

    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.



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