Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services


Recruitment #190911-0026AR-001


At the State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF), we are partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive. We are comprised of fourteen (14) area offices, 2 facilities, the Wilderness School, and Central Office. The DCF, Fiscal Services, is seeking to fill an Accountant position in the Grants/Accounting Unit. The position will be responsible for supporting the essential public health, and safety activities performed by DCF.

The Accountant position will have responsibility Grants/Accounting Unit while also providing support to the Child Welfare Accounting Unit (CWA), which is responsible for processing annually $260 million of payments for the care and custody of children. CWA ensures that all payments meet DCF and state accounting standards.

The Accountant position is a full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday position. The hours for this position are either 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an hour lunch or 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a half hour lunch. The position is located in our Central Office at 505 Hudson Street in Hartford, CT.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Reconciling weekly and monthly payments to foster families and providers.
  • Assisting in the reconciliation of petty cash accounts for the fourteen area offices.
  • Reconciling debit card transactions monthly.
  • Assisting in the development, review, and submission of the annual 1099 tax file to the Internal Revenue Services.
The ideal candidate will possess strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

Selection Plan

Candidates selected for interview must provide the following at the time of interview:

Non State Employees:
  • Resume.
  • Cover Letter.
  • List of three Supervisory References (typed).
State Employees:
  • Copy of most recent performance appraisal.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jerica Ortiz-Lipowski at or 860-560-5041.


In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in professional accounting.


Records complex and compound journal entries; prepares balance sheets and financial statements involving multiple accounts; analyzes and interprets accounting records and reports; assists higher level staff in planning, design and implementation of accounting procedures or systems; reviews expenditures and prepares or reviews financial statements; assists in budget management by compiling and reviewing agency manager program budget proposals, preparing estimates and calculations of projected expenditures and quarterly allotments, and preparing monthly reports; monitors fiscal aspects of grant programs by preparing or reviewing financial reports, reviewing expenditures for compliance with grant contracts, providing technical assistance to grantees in maintaining accounting records; recommends accounting related improvements to business practices such as accounting controls and financial reviews; utilizes EDP systems for financial records, reports and analysis; assists in EDP experts in planning and implementation of financial aspects of EDP systems; in addition to professional accounting tasks, may supervise bookkeeping (e.g. maintenance, balancing and reconciling of accounts), accounts payable and/or receivable functions or other accounting related paraprofessional or clerical functions; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of professional accounting principles and practices including knowledge of governmental accounting and budgeting; knowledge of basic auditing principles and practices; interpersonal skills; oral communication skills; ability to prepare, analyze and evaluate financial statements and other accounting records and reports; ability to analyze and evaluate accounting methods and procedures; ability to utilize EDP systems for financial management; ability to read and interpret written materials.


Six (6) years of experience in accounting or auditing.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the paraprofessional level. Work at the paraprofessional level requires exercise of some independent judgment in applying basic accounting principles and may be compared to the level of a full charge bookkeeper.  For state employees this is the level of Assistant Accountant.


  1. College training in accounting or a closely related field 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 accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  3. Certification in any of the following may be substituted for one (1) year of the General and Special Experience: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor.
  4. Two (2) years of experience as an Assistant Accountant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience with database management and developing reports.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
  • Experience with general cash account reconciliation.
  • Experience with auditing accounting records and financial statements.



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

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.