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customer relations


Hartford, CT


96229 - 72522 USD ANNUAL

State of Connecticut

Hartford, CT

Dannel P. Malloy

Unknown / Non-Applicable


Job Description

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), is currently recruiting for an Education Services Assistant (ESA), with the Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) team. The ESA is essential to the CSDE operating programs that meet regulatory requirements, support access to USDA nutrition programs, and maintain program integrity and compliance.

What We Can Offer You:
  • 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
  • Comprehensive Benefits which include industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees
The Role:
The ideal candidate will have experience in understanding and presenting complex topics to a variety of audiences, exceptional attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills. The ESA will assist in administering the federal U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) CACFP. As an ESA, discover the opportunity to:
  • Provide support, professional development, training, and technical assistance to CACFP sponsoring institutions regarding access to CACFP
  • Ensure program integrity and compliance with state and federal laws
  • Conduct training, oversight, and monitoring of CACFP sponsoring institutions
  • Process and provide technical assistance for CACFP applications, renewals, and agreements
  • Conduct CACFP program monitoring and oversight, including assisting with administrative reviews, management evaluations, and other audits
  • Work collaboratively with CSDE colleagues to provide consultation, program, and resource development
  • Respond to external and internal CACFP data requests
  • Collaborate with external and internal partners
  • Support the CSDE’s responsibilities to the state and USDA, including reporting, and managing agreements and amendments for CACFP participation
  • Perform related duties as required
Position Highlights:
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)
  • Monday through Friday, First shift
  • Location: 450 Columbus Blvd in Hartford, CT
Who We Are:
The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. The Department is responsible for distributing funds to all Connecticut public school districts. The Department also operates the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System.

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Selection Plan

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • 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

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Important Information After You Apply:

  • 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 questionnaire'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.
  • 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.
  • 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • 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
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. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Sharon McIntosh, at

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In the Department of Education assists in planning and executing a program for the improvement of education in the state; under supervision is responsible for carrying out specific technical and statistical assignments.


  • Assists in the development and operation of educational programs and services offered by the state;
  • Provides professional and technical assistance to school authorities, professional organizations, students and various community groups and individuals;
  • May assist in the routine functioning of the bureau;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • the philosophy and methods of education with particular reference to the field concerned;
    • statistical and technical procedures;
  • Ability to
    • prepare reports;
    • deal effectively with others.


A Master’s degree in education or a closely related field and one (1) year of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience administering the Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Experience managing budgets, including income and expenditure data
  • Experience analyzing federal and state regulations
  • Experience with program evaluation


May be required to hold an appropriate educator or administrator certificate issued by the Bureau of Certification and accreditation.

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