Fiscal And Program Policy Section Director

Recruitment #230303-1585MP-001


The State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is recruiting for a Fiscal and Program Policy Section Director position in the Budget and Financial Management Division. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a unit charged with oversight of cross-agency issues, policies and practices affecting the State of Connecticut’s budget.

In this position you will be responsible for the following:
  • Performing long range financial and programmatic strategic analysis, planning and evaluation of statewide labor costs and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Overseeing the Executive Branch’s budget development and management information systems.
  • Working with budget analysts within OPM’s Budget Division to ensure coordinated processes. 
  • Interacting with OPM leadership, Governor's Office leadership, state agencies receiving federal funds, the Office of the State Comptroller, and other state departments to ensure federal grant reporting and spending plans are adhered to in accordance with federal guidelines. 
  • Assisting in answering press inquiries, conducting stakeholder outreach, and producing public-facing documents.
The section director will oversee estimation, tracking, reporting, and presenting of cross-agency financial matters, particularly those involving state employee costs and practices. The section director will also coordinate with and train state agencies as well as analysts in OPM’s Budget Division on the use of budget development and analytical tools. To produce longer-term reforms, this role will suggest process improvements and work with consumers of reports and budget materials to develop improvements and efficiencies.

This is a forty hour per week position, conveniently located in Hartford, CT, easily accessible to all major highways. 

As a State employee you will enjoy
      • Flexible work hours and telecommuting arrangements.
      • Outstanding medical and dental benefits supporting your health and wellness.
      • The ability to begin planning for your future with excellent retirement plans and defined contribution plans.
      • < word-spacing: normal; text-align: left;">Paid time off including vacation, sick time, and thirteen paid holidays.
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Selection Plan

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  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the 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.
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  • 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.
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In the Office of Policy and Management, Budget and Financial Management Division this class is accountable for directing a fiscal and program policy section in administering statewide programs, policies and fiscal plans for the preparation and execution of the Governor's budget.


This position performs a full range of financial analysis for the largest and most complex state agencies or programs.  Major duties include:
  • Assists the Executive Budget Officer in developing financial policies for the State;
  • Develops goals and objectives, evaluation standards, timetables, other program components and department policy for program area and individual projects;
  • Develops and maintains statewide financial plan for designated funds, developing necessary adjustments and modifications as required;
  • Works with agencies to interpret state and federal financial policies;
  • Coordinates statewide policies regarding personnel and collective bargaining cost forecasting and position approval;
  • Oversees the development of processes to streamline statewide financial and analytical workflow;
  • Oversees the development of statewide budget management systems;
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates section policies, goals and objectives;
  • Assists in maintenance and improvement of program budgeting;
  • Supervises strategic analysis and program evaluation of assigned budget specialists;
  • Coordinates electronic budgeting techniques and their interfacing with other statewide systems;
  • Oversees long range forecasting and revenue projections;
  • Consults with and advises agency executives on budgetary and financial matters; 
  • Represents section at briefings and hearings with Office of Policy and Management executives;
  • Maintains liaison with legislative committees and sub-committees;
  • Performs analysis of proposals relating to collective bargaining;
  • Appears as an expert witness;
  • Represents the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management at various boards and commissions as assigned;
  • Prepares reports.
  • Provides training to agency staff and executives;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection; and
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • organization and management including public administration, governmental budgeting, budgetary control, and governmental accounting;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communications skills;
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex statistical data.


Ten (10) years of professional experience in budget management or financial management including budget responsibility.
NOTE: Professional experience in budget management is defined as principal responsibility for such aspects of budget as planning, preparation and administration. Professional experience in financial management is defined as principal responsibility for a combination of budget work and financial planning, accounting and/or financial analysis and reporting.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of a Principal Budget Specialist or Fiscal Administrative Manager 2.


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


The preferred candidate will have the following:
  • An advanced degree (e.g., Master's, PhD) in the field of public administration, public policy, economics, business administration, finance or a related discipline; 
  • Experience with state personnel practices;
  • Experience with federal grants;
  • Experience in state budgeting; and 
  • Management and supervisory experience.



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.