Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Associate Accountant

Recruitment #220111-0941AR-001


Are you looking for the next step in your Accounting career? We encourage you to apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Revenue Services (DRS) invites qualified state employees to apply for the position of Associate Accountant. This opportunity is available in the Budget Unit within the Department’s Fiscal and Administrative Services Division located in Hartford, CT.

The Budget Unit is part of the Business Office within the Department’s Fiscal and Administrative Services Division. The primary functions of the Business Office is to review and monitor the agency’s appropriations and to develop budget initiatives that are within the scope of the state accounting policies. This subdivision is also responsible for following all state purchasing, contract and grant duties as required by the state accounting manual.  

Key responsibilities for this exciting opportunity include:

  • Preparing agency billing, purchases and budget reports;
  • Fringe benefit analysis, grant billing and activity; 
  • GAAP reporting; 
  • Agency security access administration;
  • Projections for all funds including federal, overtime and retirement payouts;
  • Petty cash and reimbursable expenditures; 
  • See other duties listed in the job specification here.
  • This position is Monday - Friday (40 hours per week), schedule to be determined based on the operational need of the unit.
What we can offer you

  • State of Connecticut employees participate in a leading comprehensive benefits plan that includes: 
  • A competitive salary structure; 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • Generous vacation, personal, and sick time; 
  • Exciting retirement plan options.
Learn more about how you can #MakeAnImpact as an Associate Accountant:

Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).

Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.

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, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

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.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.

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

Any questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Erica McGuinness at


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.


  • Experience in MS Excel (with PivotTables, Filtering, Sorting, and other Excel functions)
  • Experience with GAAP reporting
  • Experience with Budget projections and reporting
  • Experience with creating, editing and running Financial Reports
  • Experience with CORE-CT Financial or other PeopleSoft Software
  • Experience with creating, paying and maintaining vouchers, invoices, credit cards and receipts
  • Experience with QuickBooks and petty cash reconciliations 



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.