Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Associate Accountant

Recruitment #210526-0941AR-001

Introduction

Are you a current Accounting professional at the State of Connecticut? Do you want to take your career to the next level? If so, continue to make an impact by serving your State. Read below & apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Office of Early Childhood (OEC), has an exciting Associate Accountant opportunity within the Internal Operation and Support Division located in Hartford, CT. Join us in our mission to partner with families of young children to advance equitable early childhood policies, funding, and programs; support early learning/development and strengthen the critical role of all families, providers, educators, and communities throughout a child’s life. We will assertively remove barriers and build upon the strengths of historically disenfranchised people and communities to ensure fair access to OEC resources.

Our mission and vision serve as guideposts for the development of policies and programs so we can ensure that we work to dismantle racism by actively and purposefully advancing equity for all individuals in our agency and throughout the early childhood system. We are looking for professionals to join our team who align with and will promote this mission and vision.
  
Discover the Opportunity to: 
  • Provide interagency support to ensure the agency is maximizing federal funds. 
  • Be responsible for the reporting requirements of the agency to both state and federal partners, including to the Department of Social Services with regards to the State's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) claim, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Ensure the alignment of agency spending plans with funding policies and procedures. 
  • Provide fiscal support and guidance to program staff on the allowable use of funds. 
  • Track how funds are used and manage the matching and maintenance efforts of requirements.  
The Role: You will work out of the Office of Early Childhood at 450 Columbus Boulevard Hartford, CT. Working from home with the ability to work with minimal distractions may be allowed, encouraged, or required depending on public health recommendations, agency leadership directives, or statewide guidance from the Office of Labor Relations. This position is full time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. 

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of Connecticut employee, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.  The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance appraisals, cover letters, college transcripts, verification of degree completion, foreign education equivalency reports from a recognized USA accrediting service, licensure, employment/supervisory references, etc.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (finish) your responses.  Please regularly check your email for notifications.  Please check you SPAM and/or Junk folders., as emails could end up there in error.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this job classification. 

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 provided through your JobAps portal account.

If you have any questions, please contact faith.macdonald@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with federal financial reporting and grant management. 
  • Experience with program budget development and budget forecasting.
  • Experience interpreting laws and regulations related to federal funding awards. 
  • Experience with Core-CT Financials module (i.e., commitment control including but not limited to ledgers and various budget reports).
  • Experience with Core-CT EPM module or STARS. 
  • Experience with using virtual meeting platforms, such as Microsoft Teams. 
  • Experience analyzing and manipulating data in Microsoft Excel (i.e., creating pivot tables, writing formulas, using developer tools to create an interactive workbook).

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.