Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Associate Accountant

Recruitment #200601-0941AR-001


Our mission at the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.   

The DMHAS, Office of the Commissioner (OOC) seeks a dynamic and experienced individual for the position of Associate Accountant (PCN 80669). Our team members are passionate about the work we do. We are conveniently located at 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT.  This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position with work schedule of Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Are you a hardworking, motivated Accounting professional looking to make a difference while working with a collaborative team in the public sector?  If so, we want you to join us!

Discover the opportunity to:

  • Create and maintain spending plans by category of expense or type contract and using this information to develop budgets, report on actual expenditures, project annual expenditures, and analyze variances.
  • Prepare financial reports and analysis and have responsibility for several state appropriated accounts (SIDS) to include maintenance of fiscal controls and procedures, preparing baseline budget requests and options, developing cost estimates for new or existing programs, preparing appropriation schedules, completing routine and ad hoc reports including the Consolidated Financial Status Reports, and coordinating with DMHAS facilities and program units. 
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal requirements for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants including completion of federal draw downs, annual reporting, allocation plans, maintenance of effort, and set asides.

We participate in a generous, competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off!

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the “Resume Tab” of your application as you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Individuals considered for interview will be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc.  You do not have to attach these documents to your application.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker, (860) 262-6745 or


In a state agency this class is accountable for performing the most complex accounting tasks within a variety of accounting programs and systems. This class may also be accountable for lead or consultative responsibility.


Establishes and implements accounting sub-systems such as procedures for paying and collecting activities, procedures for issuance of grants, loans or subsidies, establishment of rates or schedules of fees, establishment of account charts for classification of transactions; maintains fiscal controls by authorizing non-routine expenditures based on management priorities and policies, examining data and making recommendations regarding timing and amounts of expenditures; manages various phases of budget preparation and control such as preparing estimates of costs of existing or new programs, offices or divisions, preparing budget requests, appropriation schedules, monthly budget reports and year end budget reports; administers fiscal aspects of grant programs by reviewing funding applications for approval, researching and preparing estimates of costs of proposed grant programs, interpreting grant contracts for approval of grant expenditures, analyzing grantees financial records and reports for compliance with grant expenditure requirements; monitors fiscal aspects of contract administration by reviewing and interpreting contracts for approval on non-routine expenditures, preparing or approving schedules of fees in regard to specific contracts; determines priorities; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; may coordinate unit workflow; may assign and review work; may establish and maintain unit procedures; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of professional accounting principles and practices including governmental accounting and budgeting; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to analyze and evaluate financial records, methods and procedures; ability to devise and install accounting procedures and systems; some supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of experience in accounting or auditing.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the level of Accountant, Auditor or Accounts Examiner with responsibility for the exercise of independent analysis and judgement in the application of professional accounting principles and practices.


  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.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess:

  • Working knowledge or experience with PEOPLESOFT (CORE-CT) financial modules (accounts payable, accounts receivable, generating reports and the general ledger);
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills including VLOOKUP, SUMIF functions and arrays; 
  • Microsoft Access skills including database maintenance, querying, and some Visual Basic.




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.