Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Undersecretary - Office Of Policy And Management

for Finance, Strategic Decisions and Accountability

Recruitment #210921-0450EX-001



Are you a seasoned financial leader in the public or private sector?  Do you have the skills, synergy, and energy to solve problems and lead teams through execution?  Are you passionate about initiatives that achieve operational efficiencies and maximize financial effectiveness or organizations?  If so, the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has an exciting opportunity for you. 


We report directly to the Governor and provide information and analysis that the Governor uses to formulate public policy for the state. We also assist state agencies and municipalities in implementing the law and public policy on behalf of the people of Connecticut. We prepare the Governor’s budget proposals; implement and monitor the execution of the enacted budget; and oversee the executive branch agencies that report to the Governor.


We are seeking an unclassified Undersecretary for Finance, Strategic Decisions and Accountability.  This is an exciting opportunity to evaluate and support significant financial initiatives and analyze, develop, coordinate and implement new statewide initiatives and special projects to streamline governmental procedures and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state government.  

The ideal candidate will have a seasoned background in finance and experience working in a fast-paced environment; experience working across sectors and to identify stakeholders; strong presentation skills; experience working with and presenting to senior executives; will be comfortable dealing with ambiguity; and have the ability to work independently.

This position is conveniently located in Hartford, CT.  The work schedule for this position is typically Monday - Friday, forty (40) hours per week.  

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

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Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening by the close date on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.  Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position.  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: cover letter, resume, writing samples, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

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

This is an unclassified position, appointed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management in accordance with the provisions of Section 4-65a (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes and serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:


Serves as an Undersecretary in the Office of Policy and Management with responsibility for the development and analysis of statewide policy or the direction and supervision of a Division.


  • Represent the Secretary on various boards and commissions or in various meeting capacities.
  • Review and assess complex models or financials into simple terms that others can understand in a presentation
  • Analyze trends, performance and risks of organizations.
  • Ability to review and analyze monthly and annual financial statements, periodic financial reports, annual to actual budgets, annual audit and associated schedule, and cash flow reports.
  • Analyze, develop, coordinate and implement new statewide initiatives and special projects to streamline governmental procedures and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state government.  Serve as project lead for the state CREATES implementation initiative.
  • Works with Division Heads to prioritize funding and timelines for projects and purchases.
  • General knowledge and experience with accounting procedures and business finance, cost analysis and cost modeling, cost-benefit analysis, business case analysis, cost studies, performance measurement or performance management, performance metrics and measures development, cost reduction or cost efficiency.
  • Ability to identify adequate internal control procedures for all financial functions, including adequate separation of duties.
  • Responsible for maintaining grant files. Submits grant reimbursement requests.
  • Assess organizational operations, recommend changes for optimal effectiveness and lead implementation team.
  • Serve as OPM liaison to Unified Command to coordinate statewide emergency response.
  • Experience with organizational transformation and project management.
  • Ability to build consensus among diverse and competing constituencies.
  • Ability to identify long-term in a changing economic environment.


  • MBA, MPA, Master of Finance or Accounting degree, or other related field/ advanced level degree;
  • More than ten (10) years of related experience in, accounting, budget management financial modeling, financial reporting, financial analysis, or financial or forensic auditing;
  • Experience with quantitative or statistical analysis;
  • Experience with pension or other retirement instruments, including actuarial valuations;
  • Experience with Lean analysis or other operational efficiency initiatives; and
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel.




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

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