In the Office of Policy and Management, Budget and Financial Management Division and the Office of Finance, this class is accountable for assisting in the development and administration of the State's fiscal policies for one or more state agency or program.
Receives administrative direction from a Fiscal and Program Policy Section Director or other administrative official of higher grade.
May manage staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists in development and administration of the State’s fiscal policies for one or more assigned state agencies or programs;
Provides financial analysis, reviews and makes recommendations on budget requests and options in terms of agency functions, policy, programs and objectives including programmatic, revenue and capital portions of their budgets;
Consults with and advises commissioners or executives of assigned agencies in preparation and presentation of budget requests and options;
Reviews state agencies’ fiscal management policies, procedures and systems;
Recommends agency budget or program revisions;
Provides input and analysis for on-going refinement of program budget development and budget option process;
Consults with and advises agency personnel on fiscal policy, procedures and operations and other financial management matters;
Confers with and instructs agency heads in process and implementation of financial objectives;
Negotiates with agencies for compliance with recommended changes;
Interprets and monitors agency spending, capital, revenue and program accomplishments in accordance with established policy and legislative intent;
Assists in preparation of testimony for legislative budget hearings, fact findings, binding arbitrations, etc.;
Testifies at legislative hearings;
Analyzes and updates statewide financial plan, developing necessary adjustments and modifications as required or analyzes and updates statewide capital policy through preparation and implementation of State Bond Commission monthly agenda;
Provides analysis of the State's overall financial position for inclusion in the official statement;
Performs analytical work involving examination of budgetary controls, fiscal operations and purchasing functions;
Provides consultation, advice and functional assistance to state agencies business staff on fiscal management and financial information systems;
Provides training to state agency staff;
Identifies and analyzes appropriate benchmarks and best practices;
Reviews state agency requests for Personnel Service Agreements and Purchase Service Contracts;
Conducts research projects;
Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
and ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
principles and practices of organization and management including public administration;
governmental program budgeting and governmental accounting;
research techniques and statistical principles and procedures;
Considerable interpersonal skills;
Oral and written communication skills;
analyze budgetary and financial management problems accurately and develop effective courses of action;
design and interpret graphic representations;
utilize financial information systems.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of professional experience in budget preparation, financial management or operations including budget responsibility.
Professional experience in budget management is interpreted as principal responsibility for aspects of budget work such as planning, preparation and administration.
Professional experience in financial management or operations is interpreted as principal responsibility for a combination of budget work and financial planning, accounting, purchasing and/or financial analysis and reporting.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the junior working level in budget development and management.
NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Budget Analyst.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
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.
A Master's degree in public administration, business, economics, finance or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
For state employees one (1) year of experience as an Associate Accountant, Associate Fiscal/Administrative Officer or Associate Accounts Examiner may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(03)-Budget Program and Control
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.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Budget Specialist in Salary Group MP 65 approved effective December 29, 2020. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final No. 22-007