Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Supervising Accountant

Hybrid

Recruitment #221228-6332AR-001

Introduction


Are you an accounting professional with experience supporting a fast paced, systems thinking group ready to dedicate your work to advancing the professionals who work in the early childhood field?  Do you have experience working with a team to accomplish mission-driven goals?


Who We Are:
The State of Connecticut, Office of Early Childhood (OEC), is the lead agency for early childhood services for the state’s youngest children; including early care and education, home visiting, developmental support, program and provider development, and Head Start and we are currently recruiting for a Supervising Accountant. This position is full time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday in Hartford, CT.

Our agency’s mission is to support all young children by ensuring that early childhood policy, funding and services strengthen the critical role families, providers, educators, and communities play in a child’s life. We believe in ensuring all children are safe, healthy, learning and thriving, and having a strong team is critical to us successfully achieving these goals. 

Our mission and vision serve as the guideposts for the development of policies and programs, and also ensure that we work to actively and purposefully dismantle racism and advance equity for all individuals throughout the early childhood system and the professional selected to fill this role must align with, believe in and promote this mission and vision.  

We are looking for professionals to join our team who align with and will promote this mission and vision.
 
As a Supervising Accountant, you will have the opportunity to: 
  • Establish and maintain unit accounting procedures including EDP procedures; 
  • Develop or make recommendations on development of policies and standards; 
  • Consult with superiors on accounting and fiscal matters; 
  • Act as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures;
  • Prepare reports and correspondence; 
  • Direct review and verification of complex financial documents, reports and statements; 
  • Use statistical data in evaluating cost benefit relationships; 
  • Direct review and verification of posting to appropriate ledgers and subsidiary accounts and reconciliation of accounts and records; 
  • May direct analysis and preparation of budget requests;
  • Schedule, assign, oversee and review work of staff; 
  • Provide staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; 
  • Determine priorities and plans unit work;
  • Field inquiries on behalf of leadership
Examples of responsibilities:
  • Act in a lead capacity, determining priorities/assigning/reviewing work of lower level staff;
  • Formulate and implement operational strategic goals and objectives of the unit;
  • Prepare and execute mandated state and federal reports and correspondence;
  • Develop and implement strategic plans and continuous improvements for fiscal operations;
  • Apply knowledge of general and governmental accounting in review of cash and revenue balances to determine necessary accounting corrections;
  • Utilize CORE-CT Financial modules (including Billing, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Purchasing, General Ledger/Commitment Control, EPM) for entry, reporting and analyses of financial records;
  • Develop, prepare, and analyze receivable and revenue reports;
  • Develop and execute budget plans for state, federal and/or other grant programs with input from internal and external stakeholders;
  • Prepare state and federal financial reports;
  • Prepare applicable fiscal year-end Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) report and other year-end reports;
  • Develop and manage contracts and agreements with sub-recipients or service contractors;
  • Develop, maintain, and provide recommendations for improvement to written unit procedures and ensures proper implementation.

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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has worked for the state for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.
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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.
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  • 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.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
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 Hayley Newhouse at hayley.newhouse@ct.gov or 860-986-6918.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency this class is accountable for supervising an accounting unit or function.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit accounting procedures including EDP procedures; develops or make recommendations on development of policies and standards; consults with superiors on accounting and fiscal matters; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; directs review and verification of complex financial documents, reports and statements; uses statistical data in evaluating cost benefit relationships; directs review and verification of posting to appropriate ledgers and subsidiary accounts and reconciliation of accounts and records; may direct analysis and preparation of budget requests; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of professional accounting principles and practices; considerable knowledge of governmental accounting and budgeting; knowledge of and ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to evaluate and analyze accounting forms, methods and procedures and cost data; considerable ability to devise and install accounting procedures and systems; ability to evaluate and analyze accounting methods, procedures and data; supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Eight (8) years of experience in accounting or auditing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been performing the most complex accounting functions OR acting in a lead or consultative capacity at the level of Associate Accountant or Associate Accounts Examiner.

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) additional year of the General Experience: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Accounting. 
  • Experience in the supervision of professional and paraprofessional staff.
  • Experience utilizing and comparing accounting and auditing reports with CORE-CT Financial Module or PeopleSoft Software
  • Experience in developing and administering budgets for federal, state, and private grant funds or projects”.
  • Experience reviewing, interpreting, and developing state and federal legal documentation, including statutes, regulations, administrative policies and procedures.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel including analyzing and managing data, formatting, using formulas, and creating pivot tables.

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.