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CT - Budget Specialist

  • 1.  CT - Budget Specialist

    Posted 10-20-2022 12:46 PM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 10-20-2022 12:45 PM

    Budget Specialist

    Recruitment #221014-0944MP-001

    Hartford, CT
    Date Opened:
    10/20/2022 08:30:00 AM
    $97,706 - $133,213/year
    Job Type:
    Open to the Public
    Close Date:
    11/3/2022 11:59:00 PM

    The State of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is recruiting for a Budget Specialist position in the Budget and Financial Management Division. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team of professionals responsible for budget and policy analysis on behalf of the Governor.

    OPM functions as the Governor's staff agency and plays a central role in state government, providing the information and analysis used to formulate public policy for the State and assisting State agencies and municipalities in implementing policy decisions on the Governor's behalf. OPM prepares the Governor's budget proposal and implements and monitors the execution of the budget as adopted by the General Assembly. Through intra-agency and inter-agency efforts, OPM strengthens and improves the delivery of services to the citizens of Connecticut and increases the efficiency and effectiveness of state government through integrated process and system improvements.
    OPM's Budget and Financial Management Division: 
    • Develops effective guidelines, procedures and automated tools that support the formulation and execution of state fiscal policy;
    • Provides analyses, evaluations and recommendations on all issues, including but not limited to policy, economic, labor relations, pensions and revenues, which impact the development and implementation of the State's financial and programmatic policies, and advises the Governor, Secretary of OPM, agency heads and the Legislature;
    • Implements the State's policies through development of a capital spending program that meets the statutory bonding cap, and executes and monitors that program through the State Bond Commission; and
    • Ensures compliance with applicable state laws, administrative policy, legislative intent and Judicial decisions as they relate to agency fiscal budgets; seeks efficiency and effectiveness of agency operations; undertakes in-depth analysis of agency current and future financial and programmatic needs and accomplishments.
    In this role as a Budget Specialist you will directly support the section director with special projects, requests for analysis, team coordination, and other specific needs as necessary.
    We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent healthcare, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more!  We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!
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    In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

    Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.

    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. 

    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.

    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 opm.recruitment@ct.gov.

    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.
    The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applicants to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
    Any questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: opm.recruitment@ct.gov.


    In the Office of Policy and Management, Budget and Financial Management Division and the Office of Finance, this class is accountable for assisting in the development and administration of the State's fiscal policies for one or more state agency or program.


    This position performs a full range of basic budget analysis work for assigned agencies. Major duties include:
    • Assists in development and administration of the State's fiscal policies for one or more assigned state agencies or programs;
    • Provides financial analysis, reviews and makes recommendations on budget requests and options in terms of agency functions, policy, programs and objectives including programmatic, revenue and capital portions of their budgets;
    • Consults with and advises commissioners or executives of assigned agencies in preparation and presentation of budget requests and options;
    • Consults with and advises agency personnel on fiscal policy, procedures and operations and other financial management matters;
    • Interprets and monitors agency spending, capital, revenue and program accomplishments in accordance with established policy and legislative intent;
    • Assists in preparation of testimony for legislative budget hearings, fact findings, binding arbitrations, etc.; and
    • Reviews state agency requests for Personnel Service Agreements and Purchase Service Contracts.


    • Knowledge of
      • and ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
      • principles and practices of organization and management including public administration;
      • governmental program budgeting and governmental accounting;
      • research techniques and statistical principles and procedures;
    • Considerable interpersonal skills;
    • Oral and written communication skills;
    • Ability to 
      • analyze budgetary and financial management problems accurately and develop effective courses of action;
      • design and interpret graphic representations;
      • utilize financial information systems.


    Seven (7) years of professional experience in budget preparation, financial management or operations including budget responsibility.


    • Professional experience in budget management is interpreted as principal responsibility for aspects of budget work such as planning, preparation and administration. 
    • Professional experience in financial management or operations is interpreted as principal responsibility for a combination of budget work and financial planning, accounting, purchasing and/or financial analysis and reporting.


    One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the junior working level in budget development and management. 

    NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Budget Analyst.


    • 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, business, economics, finance or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
    • For state employees one (1) year of experience as an Associate Accountant, Associate Fiscal/Administrative Officer or Associate Accounts Examiner may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


    The preferred candidate will have the following:
    • An interest in the statewide delivery of health and human services to Connecticut residents;
    • Training or experience in public budgeting;
    • Training or experience in quantitative or statistical analysis;
    • An advanced degree (e.g., Master's, PhD) in the field of public administration, public policy, economics, business administration, finance or a related discipline; and
    • Experience with Microsoft Excel and/or Access, including manipulating data sets and advanced computational functions. 



    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.