Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Associate Accounts Examiner

Recruitment #220804-0946AR-001

Introduction

The mission of the State of Connecticut, Office of State Ethics, is to encourage accountability and integrity throughout state government.  We do this by providing legal advice, guidance and education to public officials, state employees and lobbyists; by sensibly interpreting and, when necessary, fairly and impartially enforcing applicable laws; and by ensuring required disclosure through the administration of the lobbyist and financial filing systems.

We are recruiting for an Associate Accounts Examiner to work full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our office, located at 165 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, CT.  In addition to the example of duties listed below, the individual in this role will also be responsible for:

  • Conducting audits of lobbyist financial filings and drafting audit reports with detailed findings;
  • Meeting and interfacing with lobbyists to collect information and resolve discrepancies in filings;
  • Performing audits of Statements of Financial Interests (SFIs) for completion and accuracy, and drafting annual reports regarding SFI audits;
  • Advising the Ethics Enforcement Officer of any suspected violations of the Code of Ethics discovered during audits;
  • Preparing annual reports regarding the status of the lobbyist audit program, including analysis of data regarding previous completed audits;
  • Providing analytical auditing and accounting support to the Enforcement Division in its investigation and analysis of confidential matters;
  • Examining complex financial and other records related to business transactions under investigation and/or audit;
  • Assisting and supporting other related Office of State Ethics functions, including, but not limited to: drafting of analytical reports; preparing for hearings; analyzing agency data for various reports and initiatives; contributing to decision-making related to the audit function; and compiling information for the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board or agency staff.   Incumbents in this class may be required to travel. 

NOTE:  This position works under the general supervision of an Ethics Enforcement Officer or other employee of higher grade.

The Office of State Ethics offers a comprehensive health and benefits package and encourage a great work-life balance.

Selection Plan

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.  

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

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.  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.

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.  
 
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. 

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.

Should you have any questions about this recruitment please contact Charla Vincent, charla.vincent@ct.gov.

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

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a State agency this class is accountable for performing highly complex and difficult examination work involving the financial records of State agencies, businesses, municipalities, or other entities. This class may also be accountable for working lead or consultative responsibility.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Performs highly complex and difficult examination work involving the financial records of State agencies, businesses, municipalities, or other entities receiving money distributed and monitored by the State; determines priorities; assigns and reviews work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; 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; examines complex and varied financial documents and data submitted; researches historical and/or other related data as needed; analyzes and compares data to determine appropriate status or action; determines compliance of documents or procedures with laws, regulations and any state or federal requirements; holds meetings with audit subjects; may participate in conferences and hearings; may coordinate unit workflow; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of professional accounting and auditing principles and practices; considerable knowledge of governmental and commercial accounting; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to analyze financial records, documents, and reports; ability to prepare reports including narrative and statistical sections; some supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of experience in accounting or auditing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the professional level.

Note: Professional level accounting or auditing is interpreted as work performed as a professional Accountant, Auditor, or Accounts Examiner with responsibility for the exercise of independent analysis and judgement in the application of professional accounting principles and practices.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Considerable experience with professional accounting and auditing principles and practices; 
  • Considerable experience with governmental and commercial accounting; 
  • Interpersonal skills; 
  • Oral and written communication skills; 
  • Considerable ability to analyze financial records, documents, and reports; 
  • Ability to prepare reports including narrative and statistical sections; 
  • Some supervisory experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Conclusion

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, 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.