Chief Fiscal Officer

Hybrid Chief Of Fiscal/Administrative Services 2

Recruitment #240401-0096MP-001


Are you ready to step into a pivotal role as a trusted senior advisor, working closely with the Executive Director and Superintendent to oversee all internal fiscal operations? 
We're seeking an experienced professional with a proven track record in financial management, budgeting, and team leadership. If you have a background in public sector budgeting, experience with federal grants, and a knack for optimizing organizational efficiency, we want to hear from you. Join us and make a significant impact on our organization's financial health and success!

The State of Connecticut, Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) is seeking a highly qualified candidate and leader to serve in the unique and critical role of a Chief Fiscal Officer (Chief of Fiscal/Administrative Services 2) in the CTECS Central Office in Hartford, CT. This role will be a trusted senior advisor to the Executive Director and Superintendent for the administration of all internal fiscal operations, controls, analysis, and functions. 

What we can offer you:
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'ForbesState 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.
  • NEW: 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., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • The 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.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees.
Role Responsibilities:
  • Administer district budget to support State and local education initiatives, including Board of Education's plans, adult education, general and special education, and choice programming.
  • Develop and manage complex education funding formulas, including Education Cost Sharing.
  • Provide professional development to school business offices, Central Office Fiscal staff, and Administrators regarding education funding formulas, budgetary requirements, and state and federal reporting requirements.
  • Address local boards of education and legislature about fiscal management and mediation.
  • Serve as an expert resource for interpreting current education funding laws and their potential impacts.
About Us:
We are the largest high school system in Connecticut, serving all geographic regions, demographics, and diverse populations. We currently operate 17 diploma-granting technical high schools, one technical education center, and two aviation maintenance programs located throughout the state. The system serves approximately 11,200 full-time high school students. We offer a comprehensive high school and Career Technical Education in 31 occupational careers. The occupational careers are within 12 career clusters. In addition, the CTECS serves adult education students in aviation and apprenticeships.

Position Details: 
  • Hybrid
  • Hartford, CT 
  • Full-Time, 40 hours/week
  • First Shift, Monday-Friday
  • Telework usually offered at the maximum level permitted by state and agency policy.

Selection Plan

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  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
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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.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  
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  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 
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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.


In a state agency this class is accountable for administering the fiscal and administrative programs and operations of the agency.


  • Administers staff and operations of a major fiscal or fiscal/administrative services division including budget preparation and management, accounting and financial reporting and analysis;
  • Develops, implements and evaluates division policies, goals and objectives;
  • Designs and develops division programs and activities;
  • Implements new procedures and procedural revisions;
  • Determines appropriate staffing levels and directs management and coordination of staff;
  • Designs and implements performance review standards for division staff;
  • Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of division who might impact on policy or program activities;
  • Acts as liaison for department with internal and external state contacts;
  • Directs financial planning activities including long and short-term forecasting;
  • Assists EDP experts in planning and implementation of financial aspects of EDP systems;
  • Utilizes EDP systems for financial analyses;
  • Prepares programmatic fiscal/administrative analysis and impact statements on proposed regulations and legislation;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • May direct a program of internal and/or external audit;
  • May direct support services such as maintenance, duplicating services, switchboard, mailroom, food services, security and housekeeping;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • and ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • and ability to apply principles and practices of public administration with special references to governmental budget management and governmental accounting;
    • principles and procedures of personnel, payroll, purchasing, grant administration and contract administration;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Considerable ability in preparation and analysis of financial and statistical reports;
  • Ability to utilize EDP systems for financial management.


Ten (10) years of experience in a combination of fiscal/administrative functions (e.g. accounting, accounts examining, budget management, grants administration, personnel, payroll, purchasing) at least one (1) of which must be an accounting or budgeting function.*


One (1) year of the General Experience must be at a managerial level.

NOTE: For state employees, this experience is interpreted at the level of an Assistant Chief of Fiscal/Administrative Services, a Principal Budget Specialist or Fiscal/Administrative Manager.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (l5) 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, business administration or accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
*Descriptions of these fiscal/administrative functions are attached.


  • Experience in CORE-CT or similar EDP financial system for financial reporting and project budgeting or costing.
  • Experience managing federal grants.
  • Experience with public sector budgeting and accounting, including collective bargaining.
  • Experience supervising large teams, remote staff, and diverse workgroups from large financial operations.
  • Experience with public school fiscal operations.
  • Experience with creating organization efficiency.



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.