Accounts Examiner


Recruitment #230911-0030AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is hiring!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking candidate for an Accounts Examiner position. This position will be assigned to our newly developed Management Assurance Division (Internal Audit) within DPH and will support operations and support services of the agency. See below for more on this exciting opportunity! 

  • Division: Management Assurance (Internal Audit)
  • Location: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
  • Work Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week)
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday
There may be opportunities for an alternate work schedule and working remotely in accordance with State policies.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • As a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs
  • A healthy work/life balance!
You'd be able to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.

The primary focus of this role will be to provide independent, objective audits and reviews of agency operations and to assist and support the Department’s health-related audits. While the Department is evolving regarding support functions, more work is needed in the Management Assurance area for these efforts. 

This position will support a full range of audit activities, including but not limited to ensuring that the Department is following federal requirements on all federal programs and ensuring that state programs or systems are operating efficiently and effectively. This role will be key in assessing internal operations, policies, and procedures. In addition, serving as a liaison to other operational and support units, agencies, and external stakeholders is a key function of this position.

  • Review and analyze financial data and policies and procedures of internal operations to ensure compliance with State and Federal programs, statutes, and regulations
  • Assist in developing audit programs, conduct internal audits of supporting operational units and maintain records
  • Prepare audit findings, recommend appropriate action, and prepare detailed financial reports for presentation
  • Perform highly complex cost and fiscal analysis work of the financial records of contractors/sub-recipients or other entities receiving funds distributed and monitored by the State to ensure that funds are expended in accordance with federal requirements for the program’s operation
  • Coordinate and conduct interviews and entrance and exit conferences with auditees
  • Perform onsite fiscal reviews of DPH contracted service providers of various federal and state health programs
  • Analyze and interpret expenditures and adjustment of expenditures in relation to policies and budget reports
  • Determine reimbursement rates for fringe benefits on federal programs, evaluate methods of cost determination and allocation
  • Review state and federal single audits and financial statements; perform reconciliations of awards to expenditures
  • Work collaboratively with agency personnel of all levels as well as external stakeholders
  • Prioritize tasks and assignments

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:

  • Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability
  • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • 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
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • 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
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In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the examination of financial records of state agencies, businesses, municipalities or other entities.


  • Conducts or participates in examinations of financial records and documents of state agencies, businesses, municipalities or other organizations which are monitored by the state; 
  • Prepares for examinations by reviewing prior audit reports, financial statements, budgets or other available data; 
  • For an on-site audit, meets with officials of organization being examined to discuss audit procedures, answers questions and obtains necessary information and records; 
  • Utilizes electronic data processing (EDP) systems for financial records, reports and analysis; 
  • Examines various financial records including revenue, expenditure, payroll and grant accounting; 
  • Examines and reconciles accounting records with supporting data, such as vouchers, invoices and cash receipts; 
  • Determines compliance of various complex financial documents with applicable regulations; 
  • Examines accounting methods and procedures to ensure compliance with accepted accounting principles, laws and regulations and state or federal requirements; 
  • For an on-site audit, reviews and discusses audit findings with officials of organization audited; 
  • Prepares unit reports explaining results and making recommendations; 
  • May participate in hearings or conferences; 
  • May prepare remittance schedules for collection or delinquent accounts and arrange for attachments as required; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of 
    • and ability to apply professional accounting and auditing principles and practices; 
    • and ability to apply relevant statutes and regulations;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to 
    • analyze financial records, documents and reports; 
    • prepare comprehensive reports including narrative and statistical sections; 
    • utilize EDP systems for financial management.


Six (6) years of experience in accounting or auditing.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the paraprofessional level. Work at the paraprofessional level requires the exercise of some independent judgment in applying basic accounting principles and may be compared to the level of a full charge bookkeeper. 

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of an Assistant Accountant.


  • Successful completion of an Accounting Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience and Special Experience.
  • 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.
  • A Master's degree in accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • 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.
  • Two (2) years of experience as an Assistant Accountant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience interpreting and applying federal and state laws, statutes, and regulations
  • Experience in internal auditing, budgeting, and governmental accounting 
  • Experience prioritizing and managing multiple assignments concurrently with orientation to detail and the ability to meet deadlines; experience working independently and as part of a team
  • Experience in analyzing grantees' complex financial records, reports, and calculations for compliance with contract/grant requirements
  • Experience handling sensitive and restricted information with a high regard for confidentiality 
  • Experience developing audit programs, preparing findings, recommendations, and final reports for presentation
  • Experience communicating in person, on the phone, and in writing with stakeholders
  • Experience with computer software, Peoplesoft (CORE-CT), and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams)


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.