Accounts Examiner

Office of Consumer Counsel

Recruitment #230421-0030AR-001


Do you have a passion for accounting and financial and operational issues related to consumer rights, access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy and broadband? Are you looking for truly meaningful work that impacts the lives of Connecticut residents? 

If so, we may have the opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Office of Consumer Counsel is seeking an Accounts Examiner to join us in the work we do to advocate, educate and serve. We invite you to apply for this unique opportunity in state service! 


The Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) acts as the advocate for consumer interests in the regulation of public utility companies, and all matters which may affect Connecticut consumers relating to electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications. The OCC is a statutory party to all contested proceedings before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and is authorized to appear and participate in any regulatory or judicial proceedings, federal or state, in which the interests of Connecticut utility consumers may be involved, or involving matters affecting utility services rendered or to be rendered in this state. In addition to representing consumer interests before PURA, the OCC participates actively in proceedings before federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), state and federal courts, and promotes the interests of consumers at the Connecticut legislature and in regional and national forums.

The OCC is engaged in investigating, evaluating, and providing recommendations on innovative energy policies and programs and utility regulation in Connecticut. The OCC’s work covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Wholesale and retail electric and natural gas markets and rates;
  • Energy efficiency and demand response;
  • Utility service quality and storm response;
  • Renewable energy, distributed generation, and grid modernization;
  • Electric vehicles and energy storage;
  • Water rates, system infrastructure improvements, and resource planning;
  • Energy infrastructure and electric system modernization (e.g., gas pipelines; electric transmission lines);
  • Policy development on issues relating to electricity, natural gas, and water; and
  • Telecommunications service, service quality, and infrastructure, broadband access, and telecommunications policy.

The OCC currently has a job opportunity for an Accounts Examiner who will be part of the agency’s technical staff that is comprised of motivated, highly skilled people trained in a variety of technical fields such as accounting, finance, and rate design, as well as work with attorneys with a background in energy and utility law, and will participate in utility proceedings in the electric, gas, water, telecom, and cable industries.

OCC is seeking an applicant with accounting or finance experience and interest in distributed energy resources, non-wires solutions and related technologies to work in dockets related to PURA’s Equitable Modern Grid (EMG) and performance-based-regulation (PBR) initiatives, including working on cost-benefit and bill impact analysis, and rate design and recovery issues.

Although experience in the energy sector is desirable, OCC offers broad training and educational opportunities for technical staff to develop expertise in this very specialized area.

The Accounts Examiner will also work on rate cases of electric, gas and water regulated entities. This role reports to the Supervisor of Utility Financial Analysis.

More details can be found in the class specification.


The position will be located at Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051, and offers a hybrid (telework/office) work schedule.

This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position, Monday - Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


  • 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; and
  • A work culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

The State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 by 'Forbes'. This national recognition comes from offering job growth, competitive benefits and flexible scheduling for our employees!

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Selection Plan

This is a competitive recruitment, open to the public.


  • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
  • Please ensure that your application and professional experience is thorough and complete. 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 be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.


Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily 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 daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

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.

Other Notes:

  • 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.
  • 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


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 about the position, please contact Samantha Rivera, Human Resources Specialist – Talent Solutions at Samantha.Rivera@CT.Gov

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In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the examination of financial records of state agencies, businesses, municipalities or other entities.


  • Conducts or participates in examinations of financial records and documents of public utility companies, telecommunications companies, and other businesses monitored or regulated by the Public Utilities regulatory Authority;
  • Prepares for examinations of public utility companies and other regulated entities by reviewing prior audit reports, financial statements, budgets or other available data;
  • Participates in on-site audits, meeting with officials of organizations being examined to discuss audit procedures, and obtains necessary information and records;
  • Utilizes electronic data processing (EDP) systems for financial records, reports and analysis;
  • Examines various financial records including revenue, expenditure, payroll and grant accounting;
  • Examines and reconciles accounting records with supporting data, such as vouchers, invoices and cash receipts;
  • Determines compliance of various complex financial documents with applicable legal standards;
  • Examines accounting methods and procedures to ensure compliance with accepted accounting principles, laws and regulations and state or federal requirements;
  • Prepares unit reports explaining results and making recommendations;
  • May participate in hearings or conferences;
  • May prepare remittance schedules for collection or delinquent accounts and arrange for attachments as required; And,
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of 
    • and ability to apply professional accounting and auditing principles and practices; 
    • and ability to apply relevant statutes and regulations;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to 
    • analyze financial records, documents and reports; 
    • prepare comprehensive reports including narrative and statistical sections; 
    • utilize EDP systems for financial management.


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 the exercise of some independent judgment in applying basic accounting principles and may be compared to the level of a full charge bookkeeper. 

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of an Assistant Accountant.


  • Successful completion of an Accounting Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience and Special Experience.
  • 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.
  • A Master's degree in accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • 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.
  • Two (2) years of experience as an Assistant Accountant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience in analyzing, interpreting and evaluating utility company or private sector financial statements, accounting records and documents;  
  • Experience in accounting audits and company financial statement reviews;  
  • Oral and writing skills, including experience working independently to prepare written reports;   
  • Experience working in energy policy or utility regulation;
  • Experience with project management methodologies;
  • Accounting or finance experience related to distributed energy resources, non-wires solutions and related innovative grid technologies, including working on cost-benefit and bill impact analysis, and related rate design and recovery issues; 
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, Access, SharePoint, or Teams.


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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.