Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Leadership Associate (Confidential)

Target Class: Budget Analyst

Recruitment #200122-5989VR-001


The State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management’s (OPMBudget and Financial Management Division seeks to hire a Leadership Associate with the target class of Budget AnalystThis is an exciting opportunity to help develop budgets and policy priorities in the areas of early childhood, elementary, and secondary education.

The successful candidate will train in the following areas:  

  • Formulating the Governor’s recommended budget for two education agencies with combined General Fund budgets in excess of $3.2 billion annually; 
  • Assisting with the legislative budget adoption by providing analysis, testimony and research;
  • Working collaboratively with the agencies to ensure budget implementation occurs within administration priorities, state and federal law;
  • Forecasting agency spending and assisting with fiscal projections for the General Fund;
  • Reviewing education legislation for budgetary impact and developing policy alternatives;
  • Understanding complex funding streams and possessing strong quantitative skills to develop education funding formulas for policy makers ; and
  • Collaborating with a wide array of stakeholders including state and local officials, associations, and advocates to explain and support the Governor’s education funding and policy priorities, and may represent the agency on various education task forces, boards and commissions.

    Please ensure that your application is complete and have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application. Candidates who do not submit the required documents above will not be considered. Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Carolyn Kozak at (860) 418-6324 or  

    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, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.


    In a state agency incumbents in this class participate in a formal development program designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to qualify for appointment to a designated managerial or professional confidential class assigned to the MP Pay Plan.


    The primary responsibility of the Leadership Associate will be to perform a full range of basic budget analysis work for assigned agencies, which include but are not limited to:

    • Performs technical financial analysis work, assisting a specialist of higher grade in administering the State financial program for a group of State agencies or programs; 
    • Analyzes, reviews, and makes recommendations for the financial affairs of the agencies or programs assigned; 
    • Assists in the analysis and review of budget requests and options for assigned agencies or programs; 
    • Studies operations and needs, makes suggestions for modifications of financial proposals when appropriate; 
    • Assists in performing analytical work involving examination of budgetary controls, fiscal operations and purchasing functions; 
    • Monitors agency spending/revenue/capital programs during the fiscal year; 
    • Makes recommendations to the section director on the financial requests in terms of agency or program policy or objectives; 
    • Participates in review of state agencies fiscal management policies, procedures and systems; 
    • Prepares background data and conducts studies on various problems arising in connection with fiscal administration; 
    • Reviews requests for establishment of new positions, leases, and capital projects;
    • Assists in reviewing state agency requests for Personal Service Agreements and Purchase Service Contracts; 
    • Prepares reports; 
    • Participates in on-going refinement of program budget development and the budget option process; 
    • Participates in conferences and legislative hearings regarding the financial requirements of assigned agencies and programs; and 
    • Participates in negotiations with agencies for voluntary compliance with recommended changes.


    Considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to understand and apply state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable ability to analyze and solve problems; considerable ability to effect and manage change; considerable ability to plan for and implement excellent customer service; considerable ability to learn a new knowledge base in functional area; considerable ability to learn and apply policy and procedure; managerial aptitude.


    Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated class at the completion of the development program.


    The preferred candidate will have an advanced degree (e.g. Master's, PhD) in the field of public administration, public policy, economics, business administration, finance or a related discipline; training or experience in quantitative or statistical analysis; experience with Microsoft Excel and/or Access, including manipulating data sets and advanced computational functions; and analytical experience in education policy and education funding.


    1. Prior to appointment to this class there must be an approved managerial or professional confidential designated class identified to which the incumbent will be appointed upon successful completion of an approved development program. Incumbents in this class must meet the experience and training requirements of the identified designated class at the end of the development program.
    2. The work schedule for this classification is full-time. Incumbents must work a full-time forty (40) hours per week schedule.
    3. Incumbents in this class will be eligible for reclassification to the designated class without competitive examination upon successful completion of the development program and satisfactory service. The length of the development program should be designed around the requirements of the designated class and the prior experience of the incumbent but in no case should be less than one (1) year or exceed three (3) calendar years in accordance with C.G.S. 5-234.
    4. All appointments to this class shall be under terms of an approved development program and in accordance with a time schedule approved by the Department of Administrative Services.
    5. No additional working test period shall be required upon successful completion of the development program.



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

    If you are requesting special accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) please contact Carolyn Kozak at 860-418-6324 or

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