Associate Accountant

State of Connecticut - Department of Social Services, Hartford, Connecticut

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Date Posted February 21, 2021
Industry Accounting
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Job details

$39.18 - $50.39 an hour

Full Job Description

Are you an Accounting professional looking to make a difference in your state?

Who We Are:
The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS) delivers and funds a wide range of programs and services as Connecticut’s multi-faceted health and human services agency. DSS serves about 1 million residents of all ages in all 169 Connecticut cities and towns. We support the basic needs of children, families, older and other adults, including persons with disabilities. Services are delivered through 12 field offices, central administration, online and phone access options. Follow us on twitter@ctdss and see what we are all about!

The Role:
We are recruiting for a Durational Associate Accountant for the Division of Program Oversight & Grant Administration. This position will be located in our Central Office at 55 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT. This full-time, 40 hour per week position is first shift, Monday through Friday.

We are seeking to hire employees who find inspiration in our culture and values, specifically:
  • Committed to making an impact.
  • Serving the public through meaningful work.
  • Seeking limitless opportunities to grow.
  • Enjoy a work/life balance.
  • Interested in diversity and fresh perspectives.
We hope you pursue joining our team and encourage you to detail your related experience on the application!

Selection Plan

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.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

If selected for further consideration, State employees may be required to provide last 2 service ratings last 2 attendance records and non-state employees may be required to provide 2 current letters of professional reference

The Department of Social Services participates in E-Verify.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Elizabeth Weston at

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.


In a state agency this class is accountable for performing the most complex accounting tasks within a variety of accounting programs and systems. This class may also be accountable for lead or consultative responsibility.


Establishes and implements accounting sub-systems such as procedures for paying and collecting activities, procedures for issuance of grants, loans or subsidies, establishment of rates or schedules of fees, establishment of account charts for classification of transactions; maintains fiscal controls by authorizing non-routine expenditures based on management priorities and policies, examining data and making recommendations regarding timing and amounts of expenditures; manages various phases of budget preparation and control such as preparing estimates of costs of existing or new programs, offices or divisions, preparing budget requests, appropriation schedules, monthly budget reports and year end budget reports; administers fiscal aspects of grant programs by reviewing funding applications for approval, researching and preparing estimates of costs of proposed grant programs, interpreting grant contracts for approval of grant expenditures, analyzing grantees financial records and reports for compliance with grant expenditure requirements; monitors fiscal aspects of contract administration by reviewing and interpreting contracts for approval on non-routine expenditures, preparing or approving schedules of fees in regard to specific contracts; determines priorities; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; may coordinate unit workflow; may assign and review work; may establish and maintain unit procedures; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of professional accounting principles and practices including governmental accounting and budgeting; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to analyze and evaluate financial records, methods and procedures; ability to devise and install accounting procedures and systems; some supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of experience in accounting or auditing.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the level of Accountant, Auditor or Accounts Examiner with responsibility for the exercise of independent analysis and judgement in the application of professional accounting principles and practices.


  • 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.
  • A Master's degree in accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • 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.


  • 8 or more years of professional experience in accounting and auditing.
  • Experience in medical auditing or non-profit auditing.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office functions, such as tables and formatting, data manipulation and navigation, and charting using Excel, Word and Access.
  • Experience interpreting federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Experience preparing monthly financial reports both narrative and statistical.

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