Fiscal/Administrative Officer

Recruitment #240520-1308AR-001


Are you ready to make a significant impact on the state's infrastructure and transportation network? We are seeking a dedicated and detail-oriented professional to join our Contracts Unit. As a key player in our team, you will independently manage and analyze contractor bid proposals, ensure compliance with federal guidelines, and maintain critical project documentation. 

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Finance and Administration, is currently recruiting for a Fiscal Administrative Officer position.  

What We Can Offer You:

Position Details:
  • This position is full time, Monday through Friday, 40 hours/week.
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.
Position Responsibilities:
This position will be responsible for reviewing and processing construction projects/contracts from bid advertisement to contract award and execution as well as reviewing and processing contractor prequalification applications for approval. We are looking for candidates with efficient analytical, administrative/processing skills, and the ability and willingness to adapt to a changing environment.

About Us:
It is our mission to provide a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. Learn more about our mission, vison, and values 

Ready to Apply?
If you are a proactive professional with a passion for excellence and a desire to be part of a dynamic team, we want to hear from you! Apply now to take the next step in your career and help us build a better future for our community. Apply Today and Make a Difference!

Selection Plan

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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. 
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In a state agency, facility or institution this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in professional level fiscal and administrative functions.


  • Independently analyzes and reviews Contractor bid proposal documents for DOT Construction Projects, for compliance with various bid requirements.
  • Independently analyzes/reviews financial bid analysis provided by the Estimating Unit. Requests and reviews bid pricing justification from contractor. Communicates/facilitates comments from the Districts and the Estimating Unit regarding the low bid analysis and contractor bid pricing justification.
  • Independently, develops, analyzes, and maintains project status worksheets (utilizing MS Access database) highlighting contract/project specific requirements and milestone dates.
  • Independently, prepares and communicates (verbal/written correspondence) low bid letter/package to the Contractor outlining required documents to be submitted prior to award of contract.
  • Requests and monitors all required approvals for contract award and execution.
  • Ensures that all Federal (FHWA & FTA) guidelines are adhered to, and that all federal requirements are met as it relates to construction contract bidding and award.
  • Responsible for assisting the Contract Compliance Unit in the financial/administrative review and approval of Contractor’s DBE/SBE pre-award submittals.
  • Computer Use/Knowledge – Independently develops and maintains various financial, contract and statistical data reports utilizing MS Access and Excel.
  • Independently reviews/analyzes Contractor Pre-Qualification Applications for approval. The Unit analyzes/processes approximately 225 Prequalification applications on an annual basis.
  • Independently assembles/prepares Construction Contract Documents for contract execution.
  • Informs and provides direction to Contractors/customers regarding the various requirements of the Department’s Construction Contract Bidding and Award procedures.
  • Independently reviews and approves Bid Proposal Request Forms allowing contractors to bid on specific types of construction projects.
  • Advertises/Solicits bids for construction projects on the DAS State Contracting Portal.
  • Monitors pre-bid questions from contractors and communicates with design staff regarding status of unanswered questions and forthcoming addenda.
  • Posts required contract award information to the DAS State Contracting Portal.
  • Create/enter contracts in CORE and processes new Vendor information.
  • Create and approve Purchase Order Requisitions in CORE for office supplies for both the Contracts Unit and the Agreements Unit.
  • Assists with developing and implementing procedures/policies related to the Contracts Unit’s area of responsibility.
  • Administer electronic bid openings for construction projects utilizing electronic bidding software (Bid Express).
  • May conduct annual inventory on Unit assets.
  • Administer Right of Way (ROW) property bid openings and coordinates with ROW staff regarding bid openings and bid results.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • More information can be found here.


  • Knowledge of
    • principles and practices of public administration with special reference to governmental budget management and governmental accounting;
    • grants and contracts preparation and administration;
    • purchasing principles and procedures;
    • payroll practices and procedures;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • prepare and analyze financial documents and reports;
    • interpret and apply statutes, regulations and administrative policies;
    • utilize EDP systems for financial management.


Six (6) years of experience in a combination of fiscal/administrative functions (e.g., accounting, accounts examining, budget management, grant administration, payroll, purchasing) at least one of which must be an accounting or budgeting function.*


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at or above the paraprofessional level, requiring the exercise of some independent judgment in the application of basic principles and procedures in accounting, budgeting, purchasing or related fiscal administration functions.

NOTE: Connecticut Careers Trainee experience (target Fiscal/Administrative Officer or closely related class) is at the professional training level and above the paraprofessional level.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (l/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) year of the Special Experience.
  • For state employees two (2) years as a Fiscal/Administrative Assistant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
  • For state employees two (2) years as a Purchasing Assistant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
  • Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience and Special Experience.  
*Descriptions of these fiscal/administrative functions are attached


  • Experience with customer service including corresponding and communicating with both internal and external customers at all levels including management/executive.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office including Excel, Access and Word, including database/spreadsheet management and reporting.
  • Experience with organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks.



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.