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CT - Accountant, Department of Administrative Services

  • 1.  CT - Accountant, Department of Administrative Services

    Posted 03-05-2021 12:42 PM
    About Us
    Our mission at the State of Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) is to strengthen and revitalize communities by promoting affordable housing opportunities. DOH seeks to eliminate homelessness and to catalyze the creation and preservation of quality, affordable housing to meet the needs of all individuals and families statewide to ensure that Connecticut continues to be a great place to live and work. 
    We are currently seeking a durational Accountant to join our newly created unit within the Department of Housing. 
    Position Highlights:
    • This project will be for the Emergency Rent Program and it is expected to be approximately a two year project; 
    • Telework throughout COVID; 40 hours a week; 
    • Flexible work hours to support a fast paced team.
    About the Position:
    • Analyze and interpret accounting records and reports for one of the multi-disciplinary initiatives; 
    • Assists higher level staff in planning, design and implementation of accounting procedures or systems to promote housing stability;
    • Implements operations, policies, procedures that monitors fiscal aspects of grant programs; 
    • Interprets comprehensive statistical reports containing evaluations and recommendations for deploying additional resources and services to underserved areas of the state; 
    • Works in an effective, consistent manner maintaining quality assurance and compliance with established directives, policy and best practices; 
    • Assists in the development, implementation and evaluations of goals and objectives consistent with agency mission and policy in accordance with HUD Docket No. FR-5696-N- 01 for the purpose of assisting recovery in the most impacted and distressed.
    Applicants will be initially placed in vacancies under durational appointment with anticipated end dates of 12 months. These appointments may be extended. Benefits and leaves will be subject to the appropriate collective bargaining contract language and Connecticut General Statutes.

    Salary: $70,930* - $91,694/year (*New State Employees Start at Minimum)
    Location: Hartford, CT
    Recruitment: #210302-0026AR-001


    All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.
    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.
    Please ensure that your application is complete, you will not be able to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.  
    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: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
    This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 
    Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
    Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
    Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Gary Chirgwin at gary.chirgwin@ct.gov and reference the recruitment number.


    In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in professional accounting.


    Records complex and compound journal entries; prepares balance sheets and financial statements involving multiple accounts; analyzes and interprets accounting records and reports; assists higher level staff in planning, design and implementation of accounting procedures or systems; reviews expenditures and prepares or reviews financial statements; assists in budget management by compiling and reviewing agency manager program budget proposals, preparing estimates and calculations of projected expenditures and quarterly allotments, and preparing monthly reports; monitors fiscal aspects of grant programs by preparing or reviewing financial reports, reviewing expenditures for compliance with grant contracts, providing technical assistance to grantees in maintaining accounting records; recommends accounting related improvements to business practices such as accounting controls and financial reviews; utilizes EDP systems for financial records, reports and analysis; assists in EDP experts in planning and implementation of financial aspects of EDP systems; in addition to professional accounting tasks, may supervise bookkeeping (e.g. maintenance, balancing and reconciling of accounts), accounts payable and/or receivable functions or other accounting related paraprofessional or clerical functions; performs related duties as required.


    Knowledge of professional accounting principles and practices including knowledge of governmental accounting and budgeting; knowledge of basic auditing principles and practices; interpersonal skills; oral communication skills; ability to prepare, analyze and evaluate financial statements and other accounting records and reports; ability to analyze and evaluate accounting methods and procedures; ability to utilize EDP systems for financial management; ability to read and interpret written materials.


    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 exercise of some independent judgment in applying basic accounting principles and may be compared to the level of a full charge bookkeeper.  For state employees this is the level of Assistant Accountant.


    1. 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.
    2. A Master's degree in accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
    3. 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.
    4. Two (2) years of experience as an Assistant Accountant may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


    • Experience with general ledgers
    • Experience with accounting procedure
    • Experience with quality assurance
    • Fiscal Experience with grant programs
    • Experience with financial reports
    • Experience with Microsoft 365Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Virtual Private Network and Shared Drives



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