Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Statewide Enterprise IT System Director

Core-CT Division

Recruitment #220707-1286MP-001

Introduction

The State of ConnecticutOffice of the State Comptroller (OSC), is an agency whose mission is to:

  • Provide accounting and financial services;
  • Administer employee and retiree benefits; 
  • Develop accounting policy and exercise accounting oversight; 
  • Prepare financial reports for the state, federal and municipal governments and,
  • Publish Open data for public consumption.

We are recruiting for a State Comptroller Division Director  to function in the role of Statewide Enterprise IT System Director for our Core-CT division.  Core-CT is the State's ERP system which provides the underlying technology that supports OSC's mission.  The technology is based on the PeopleSoft platform with an Oracle backend.  Hardware infrastructure is currently managed on-perm with a roadmap for migrating to the cloud in the near future.

This position will have overall management responsibilities of the Core-CT Division and work closely with the senior OSC management team and other key business stakeholders.  The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Establish the strategic IT direction and roadmap for Core-CT,
  • Manage daily operations of the service delivery and technical services teams (approximately 75 employees),
  • Develop operating and capital budgets to meet the business and operational needs for Core-CT
  • Manage vendor and stakeholder relationships,
  • Stay current on latest technology trends and best practices for ERP, and
  • Review all OSC technology purchases and make determinations/decisions as appropriate to fit the strategic direction and operational needs.

We are located at 165 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, CT in a state-of-the-art building offering free garage parking and ergonomic workspaces.  The selected candidate will work 40 hours per week. The Office of the State Comptroller participates in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, telework options, as well as paid time off.

Selection Plan

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in the class may apply for a lateral transfer.  Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Office of the State Comptroller are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  Please ensure that your application is complete prior to submitting.  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, supervisory references, attendance records, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:  bonnie.schlechtweg@ct.gov.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQ’s) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications, including your SPAM/JUNK folders. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements and preferred qualifications of the position.

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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Office of the State Comptroller this class is accountable for directing the programs and activities of a division with major statewide impact.

GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE

This class is used in one of the following capacities:  

  1. Accounts Payable Division
  2. Budget and Financial Analysis Division
  3. CORE-CT Division
  4. Healthcare Policy and Benefit Services Division
  5. Payroll Services Division
  6. Retirement Services Division  

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Directs staff and operations of division; develops, implements and evaluates division policies, goals and objectives; coordinates, plans and manages division activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; implements new procedures and procedural revisions; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of division budget; maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of division who may impact on program activities; may direct auditing, validation and payment of all claims against the state; may direct planning, coordinating and implementing of administration and policy for statewide accounting and financial program activities; may direct maintenance and analysis of expenditure and revenue data for all state funds and analysis and preparation of fiscal impact statements pertaining to changes in employee benefit provisions; may direct timely processing of all state payrolls and related documents; may direct personnel and business management functions; may direct data processing and operations area; may direct retirement and employee benefits functions; may direct information technology initiatives; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures pertaining to overall agency and specific division; considerable knowledge of operations of state departments and institutions; considerable knowledge of governmental and commercial accounting principles and practices; knowledge of collective bargaining process; knowledge of data processing systems and operations; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.

Retirement Services and Healthcare Policy and Benefit Services Divisions: Considerable knowledge of employee pension plans or other employee benefit programs.

CORE-CT Division: Considerable knowledge of enterprise systems.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Ten (10) years of experience in accounting, auditing, business administration with a major emphasis in an accounting area, information technology, the administration of employee pension plans or other benefit programs, or legal experience in the area of benefits administration.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity.

Notes:

  1. Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies, developing and monitoring the budget.
  2. For state employees managerial capacity is defined at or above the level of Accounting Manager or State Comptroller Assistant Division Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  1. College training in accounting, computer science, or business administration 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 or business administration 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) additional year of the General Experience: Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor.
  4. A law degree from an accredited school of law may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Soft Skills – This position calls for an individual with strong leadership and managerial skills, highly organized with an ability to set priorities and resolve conflict to achieve OSC’s goals, clear and concise communications, and high tolerance for ambiguity but with a determination to drive toward clarity. The following soft skills are not in any priority order, but the right mix will be carefully examined.

  • Service mindedness
  • Listening
  • Empathy
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Assertive
  • Creativity
  • Resourceful
  • Service mindedness
  • Coachable

Technical Skills – This position calls for an individual with strong technical background with a capacity to establish strategy and governance processes, able to translate business value into technology plans, foster an effective collaborative working environment that includes a mix of administrative and technical staff, establish clear ownership of core IT processes, and empower teams with training and development plans. The following hard skills are not in any priority order, but the right mix will be carefully examined.

  • Knowledge of public sector ERP, specifically human resources and financial systems
  • Deep understanding with planning and management of IT domains critical to ERP:

-  Requirements gathering/analysis
-  Architecture
-  Infrastructure including virtualization and cloud delivery
-  DevOps
-  Security including auditing and compliance

  • Demonstrated track record managing large, complex enterprise systems, preferably PeopleSoft-based ERP
  • Solid understanding of Oracle technologies
  • Experience developing budgets and RFPs for ERP system enhancements
  • Firm grasp of the ERP marketplace, ideally public sector
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Conclusion

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES AND THOSE RECEIVED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE INDICATED ABOVE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  An Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.  The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  If you are requesting special accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) please contact Bonnie Schlechtweg at 860.702.3323 or Bonnie.Schlechtweg@ct.gov.






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