Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Director Of Internal Audit


Recruitment #220517-1779MP-001


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. 

Are you a results-oriented, standout leader seeking an exciting opportunity to lead all aspects of the internal audit functions?  Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal behavioral health environment in the public sector? If so, we want you to join us! 

The DMHAS, Office of the Commissioner (OOC) is currently recruiting for qualified and experienced individual for the position of Director of Internal Audit within the Audit Division.  This position is located at 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, CT. The work schedule is 1st shift, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30  p.m.  The position number is 109526. 

The purpose of the Internal Audit Division is to determine adequacy of controls and procedures, and to assist all levels of management in the effective discharge of their responsibilities by furnishing them with analyses, appraisals, recommendations, and pertinent comments concerning departmental activities reviewed.  This is accomplished by reviewing and appraising the soundness, adequacy, and application of accounting, financial and other operating controls; ascertaining the extent of compliance with established policies, plans, and procedures; ascertaining the extent to which department assets are accounted for and safeguarded from loss; recommending operating improvements; and interpreting federal and state laws, regulations and policies relating to agency operations. 

In this role you will discover the opportunity to:  

  • Test compliance with internal procedures and policies and, when necessary, identify steps to improve controls;
  • Consult and advise agency officials on programmatic and fiscal matters and implications of federal and state laws and regulations on agency initiatives (e.g. Federal and State Single Audit requirements);
  • Serve as liaison to the State Auditors, Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), Attorney General, Office of Policy & Management, and federal government including coordinating requests from and Department’s response to these entities for information relating to the review of agency operations based on the audit of the Division;  
  • Train Division staff on audit techniques and work paper standards; 
  • Conduct forensic examinations based on whistleblower complaints received from the Auditors of Public Accounts and/or the Office of the Attorney General; and
  • Perform desk audits of the contracted non-profit providers’ audited financial statements in compliance with the State Single Audit requirements.
What’s in It for YouComprehensive Benefits

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Accrued vacation, personal and sick leave; 
  • 12 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; 
  • Outstanding work-life balance!
*This salary range may increase effective July 1, 2022.

Selection Plan

Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications, as listed on the job opening, will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.  

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.  

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

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.  

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. 

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.  

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

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.  

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at or (860) 785-9855.  


In a State agency, this class is accountable for directing the Internal Audit program.


Directs staff and operations of program; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of program budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of program who might impact on activities; coordinates studies of departmental operations which include complex management studies of organizational structures and management and operating procedures; plans and directs a program of financial examinations of fiscal operations within department; analyzes financial transactions for program and/or contract compliance; appraises and verifies accuracy and adequacy of records, systems and controls; formulates long range plans to provide periodic examinations of all major departmental activities, programs and financial records; conducts highly sensitive and complex studies requested by Commissioner; may perform activities associated with the agency's provider audit process; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of the principals and practices of auditing and accounting; considerable knowledge of organizational analysis; knowledge of financial examination procedures; some knowledge of data processing; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to prepare comprehensive reports.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in a combination of financial and operational analysis in a large business or public service organization.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Note: For State Employees, this is interpreted to be at the level of Supervising Accountant or Supervising Accounts Examiner.


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 accounting, business administration, finance, public administration or in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.


Our preferred candidate will possess the following: 

  • Experience with current trends and practices regarding internal controls, risk management and fraud prevention. 
  • Experience analyzing financial data and developing recommendations based on the findings. 
  • Experience auditing profit and non-profit healthcare or related organizations. 
  • Experience in identifying and verifying implementation of financial process improvements.
  • Experience preparing a management report for internal staff to identify issues prior to an external audit finding.


Incumbents in this class are required to possess and maintain at least one of the following certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor or Certified Fraud Examiner.



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.