Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Principal Budget Specialist

Recruitment #210818-6335MP-001


The State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management is recruiting for a Principal Budget Specialist position in the Budget and Financial Management Division. This is an exciting opportunity to help develop the capital budget for all of state government and to assist in managing the agenda for the State Bond Commission.

This position is conveniently located in Hartford, CT.  The typical full-time work schedule is Monday - Friday, forty (40) hours per week, and often requires working an extended day.  

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! 

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Selection Plan

All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

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 your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

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, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Carolyn Kozak at


In the Office of Policy and Management, Budget and Financial Management Division and the Office of Finance, this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks in the development and administration of state fiscal policies for one or more of the largest state agencies or programs.


In this position you will be responsible for the following:

  • Formulating the Governor’s recommended capital budget;
  • Recommending the allocation of capital funds for inclusion on the State Bond Commission agenda;
  • Assisting with legislative budget adoption by providing analysis, testimony and research;
  • Working collaboratively with agencies to ensure capital budget implementation occurs within administration priorities, and state and federal law;
  • Reviewing legislation for budgetary impact and developing policy alternatives;
  • Understanding complex funding streams and possessing strong quantitative skills to assess and develop alternatives for policy makers;
  • Collaborating with a wide array of stakeholders including state and local officials, associations, and advocates to explain and support the Governor’s budget and policy priorities, and may represent the agency on various task forces, boards and commissions; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles of organization and management including public administration; considerable knowledge of governmental program budgeting and accounting; some knowledge of research techniques and statistical principals and procedures; considerable ability to analyze budgetary and financial management problems accurately and develop effective courses of action; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to design and interpret graphic representations; considerable ability to utilize financial information systems.


Eight (8) years professional experience in budget preparation, financial management or operations including budget responsibility.
Note: Professional experience in budget management will be interpreted as principal responsibility for such aspects of budget as planning, preparation and administration. Professional experience in financial management or operations will be interpreted as principal responsibility for a combination of budget work and financial planning, accounting, and/or financial analysis and reporting.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the working level in budget development and management. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Budget Specialist.


1. College training 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 public administration, business, economics, finance or closely related fields may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

3. For state employees experience in one of the following class titles may be substituted for the General and Special Experience:

a. One (1) year of experience as a Fiscal/Administrative Manager 1 or Accounting Manager.

b. Two (2) years of experience as an Automated Budget System Specialist or as an Agency Information Technology Manager where incumbents function as development specialist and are accountable for the development, enhancement and maintenance of highly complex Financial Management and Reporting Information Technology system that supports a large and complex enterprise level financial reporting applications.


The preferred candidate will have the following:

  • 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;
  • Experience with or knowledge of capital budgeting, state bond programs, state bond commission processes and procedures, state capital assets, and public sector bonding and municipal debt instruments; and
  • Experience with practices, methods and project management of construction projects.



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.