Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Economist

Recruitment #230113-3150AR-001

Introduction

The State of ConnecticutOffice of the State Comptroller (OSC), is an agency whose mission is to provide accounting and financial services, to administer employee and retiree benefits, to develop accounting policy and exercise accounting oversight, and to prepare financial reports for the state, federal and municipal governments and the public. 

POSITION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Full-Time
  • State of the art building
  • Free garage parking
  • On-Site Cafeteria
  • Ergonomic workspaces
  • Located in Hartford, CT, close to major highways

WHAT WE OFFER:

An excellent salary and a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, telework opportunities, as well as paid time off. 

THE ROLE

We are seeking an Economist in our Budget and Financial Analysis Division, located at the newly renovated State Office Building at 165 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, CT.  The Budget and Financial Analysis Division performs the state's accounting and financial reporting functions and develops and executes the agency budget. The division is responsible for posting, analyzing and reporting state expenditures and receipts by fund and account category inclusive of federal and other funding sources.

This position will be responsible for conducting economic studies including research and analysis to assist the State Comptroller in understanding state and national economic trends, especially as they relate to the State budget.  In addition, the selected candidate will evaluate legislative and policy proposals in the areas of state and federal tax policy, health care policy, and economic development initiatives. Monthly economic summaries will be produced, and briefings will be provided for the State Comptroller and Executive Office staff as part of the analysis required for the Comptroller’s monthly letter and budget projections to the Governor.

Selection Plan

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.

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.

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 a state agency, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in economics.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Acts as a working level economic specialist in a state agency on economic matters; assists in the planning, development and improvement of business and commerce in the state; conducts economic studies including research and analysis in industrial, commercial, labor, financial and regulatory areas to develop data related to programs or services of the agency assigned and formulates recommendations concerning these studies; conducts and reviews cost/benefit analyses on economic development programs; studies trends in labor and/or business activity and its components; researches and provides oral and written reports; researches and provides testimony on legislative proposals; develops procedures and econometric tests for improved monitoring of financial institutions; participates in economic model building and forecasting; may perform studies of corporate expansion into Connecticut including site location, fiscal incentives, utilities rates and labor market skills availability; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of advanced economic theory and analysis; knowledge of principles, techniques and factors involved in financial and/or regulatory economic development; knowledge of urban and regional economics; knowledge of methods and techniques of inferential statistics and econometric modeling; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to develop programs and use prepackaged computer programs to perform economic, statistical and econometric analysis; ability to perform varied assignments on economic matters; ability to organize and conduct economic studies and surveys.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years of professional experience in applied economics or economic research.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in economics or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equallling 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 economics or in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A doctoral degree in economics or closely related fields may be substituted for two (2) additional years of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated analytical skills
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office software suite, including Excel, Access, and Word
  • Demonstrated ability to review and interpret economic studies and data to produce forecasts
  • General knowledge of state budget issues and health care policy a plus
  • Experience using Core-CT or other ERP Financial Systems
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team setting, either in person or remotely
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

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.