Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Accounting Careers Trainee

Target Class: Accountant (Hybrid)

Recruitment #220623-0034AR-001


Are you looking to start or continue your accounting career at the State of Connecticut? Does the opportunity to learn from specialists in your field sound exciting? If so, then we are looking for you to join our team! Read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting applications for an Accounting Careers Trainee (ACT) with a target class of Accountant in Hartford, CT, with some remote work.

The ACT will have a commitment to excellence and is someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment where teamwork is important. In this position, you will develop accounting skills across a broad range of program areas.


The Department of Economic and Community Development is the state's lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy.


As an ACT, you will gain valuable on-the-job training and close supervision to help you master the skills you will need to complete your training program. The length of your training program will vary between one and two years based on your educational qualifications. After successful completion of the training program, you will be eligible for promotion to Accountant without further competitive examination.

1. The length of the training program is two (2) years for individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting.

2. The length of the training program is one (1) year for individuals with a Master’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting.

3. The length of the training program for an individual who earns a Master’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting while assigned to this classification is one year from the date the Master’s degree is conferred or the end of the original two (2) year training period, whichever comes first.


  • Monday - Friday
  • Full-time (40 hours per week)
  • First shift
  • Some telework available
*This salary range shall increase effective July 1, 2022.

Salary note:

Minimum Requirements 

 Hiring Rate

 Completion of 1 year of Training

 Bachelor's Degree with 15 
semester hours in accounting

 Step 3 - $54,146

 Step 5 - $57,789

 Bachelor's Degree with 30 
semester hours in accounting

 Step 5 - $57,789

 Step 7 - $61,444

 Master's Degree in a related field
and 15 credits in accounting

 Step 5 - $57,789

 Step 7 - $61,444

 Master's Degree in a related field 
and 30 semester hours in accounting

 Step 6 - $59,622

 Step 7 - $61,444


The State of Connecticut offers a competitive starting salary, excellent state benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.

View the video below to learn what it's like to be a state employee.


Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • 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
Important Information After You Apply:

  • 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 questionnaire'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.
  • 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • 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 for future vacancies in this job class.
Connect With Us:

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 available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Frank DeCusati at or 860-713-5176.


In a state agency this class is accountable for mastering the skills necessary to satisfactorily complete the training program for a professional accounting or auditing position.


Receives training in introductory accounting or auditing work for development of skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement into a professional agency accounting or auditing position; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during the course of the training period; examines financial records of governmental or private businesses and accounting methods and procedures to ensure compliance with statutes, regulations, guidelines or accepted accounting principles; may receive training in such areas as maintaining financial records and accounts, establishing financial statements and schedules, and preparing budget estimates; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of accounting and auditing principles and practices; knowledge of business mathematics and statistics; some knowledge of business uses of information technology; some knowledge of effective report writing; ability to read and understand written materials; ability to utilize computer software.


Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting.


  • Experience with accounts receivable
  • Experience with accounts payable
  • Experience creating reports using Excel
  • Experience using accounting software to perform reconciliations
  • Experience managing multiple (more than two) priorities with competing deadlines



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.