Director Of Internal Audit


Recruitment #240418-1779MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Office of the Commissioner is seeking a qualified individual to join our team as our Director of Internal Audit (PCN 109526). As part of the Audit Division, this position will oversee General Assistance Audits, Internal Audits and serve as liaison to the Auditors of Public Accounts and the Policy Services Unit of the Office of the State Comptrollers. Find out more information on this great opportunity below!

  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Work Shift: First shift, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: 410 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
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
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
  • A healthy work/life balance!
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  • Test compliance with internal procedures and policies and, when necessary, identify steps to improve controls;
  • Consult and advise agency officials on programmatic and fiscal matters and implications of federal and state laws and regulations on agency initiatives (e.g. Federal and State Single Audit requirements);
  • Serve as liaison to the State Auditors, Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), Attorney General, Office of Policy & Management, and federal government including coordinating requests and responses for information relating to the review of agency operations;  
  • Train Division staff on audit techniques and work paper standards; 
  • Conduct forensic examinations based on whistleblower complaints received from the Auditors of Public Accounts and/or the Office of the Attorney General; and
  • Perform desk audits of the contracted non-profit providers’ audited financial statements in compliance with the State Single Audit requirements.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

The Audit Division is responsible for auditing claim payments submitted by the Behavioral Health Recovery Program Providers. The objectives of these audits is to determine that: 1) Individuals receiving services were eligible BHRP clients; 2) Proper documentation to support the services billed; 3) Claims billed reflect the levels of service rendered and allowable for reimbursement; 4) Department policies and regulations were adhered to by the Providers.

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.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • 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.
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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, 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. Read through this helpful link to prepare for your interview.
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  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
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  • 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. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.


In a State agency this class is accountable for directing the Internal Audit program.


  • Directs staff and operations of program;
  • Formulates program goals and objectives;
  • Develops or assists in development of related policy;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
  • Evaluates staff;
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of program budget;
  • Maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of program who might impact activities;
  • Coordinates studies of departmental operations which include complex management studies of organizational structures and management and operating procedures;
  • Plans and directs a program of financial examinations of fiscal operations within department;
  • Analyzes financial transactions for program and/or contract compliance;
  • Appraises and verifies accuracy and adequacy of records, systems and controls;
  • Formulates long range plans to provide periodic examinations of all major departmental activities, programs and financial records;
  • Conducts highly sensitive and complex studies requested by Commissioner;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • May perform activities associated with the agency's provider audit process;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • the principles and practices of auditing and accounting;
    • organizational analysis;
  • Knowledge of
    • financial examination procedures;
    • data processing;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Considerable ability to prepare comprehensive reports.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in a combination of financial and operational analysis in a large business or public service organization.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted to be at the level of a Supervising Accountant or a Supervising Accounts Examiner.


  • College training 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, business administration, finance, public administration or in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.


  • Experience with current trends and practices regarding internal controls, risk management and fraud prevention. 
  • Experience analyzing financial data and developing recommendations based on the findings. 
  • Experience auditing profit and non-profit healthcare or related organizations. 
  • Experience in identifying and verifying implementation of financial process improvements.
  • Experience preparing a management report for internal staff to identify issues prior to an external audit finding and providing recommendations and guidance to rectify the situation.


Incumbents in this class are required to possess and maintain at least one of the following certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor or Certified Fraud Examiner.



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.