Accounting Associate I

Augusta, Maine, United States | Accounting & Finance | Full-time

Apply by: No close date
Opening Date: October 24, 2022 

Closing Date: November 4, 2022 or until filled

Job Class Code: 0310
Grade:  11 (Admin Services) 
Salary: $15.60-$20.72/hour
Position Number: 02010-2721


Are you an experienced accounting professional who is detail oriented and enjoys  independent work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment? Do you possess a high degree of initiative?  Do you enjoy working collaboratively utilizing the latest Microsoft analytical tools?  Then we are looking for you!


The DHHS Financial Service Center ( is responsible for program accounting, cash management and revenue/expenditure control for the entire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The Service Center provides budget and fiscal analysis for many complex areas within DHHS including TANF (i.e. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and MaineCare (formerly Medicaid). The Service Center works collaboratively with senior leadership at State agencies, providing consultative financial and accounting services. Areas of fiscal expertise include compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations, statewide budgetary policy, budget development and monitoring, application of generally accepted accounting and financial practices, grant management, financial analysis, cash management, accounting and financial processing, and legislative support. This position is located in Augusta.

Job duties:

As an Accounting Associate I, you will contribute to the Department's mission by helping the Accounts Payable team review invoices for required information received by the Account Payable team, enter them into our accounting system for payment, and complete many other tasks. A good candidate will possess good critical thinking skills, be flexible and adaptable to a fast-paced environment and communicate effectively with their supervisor and team members. The candidate should also possess a basic understanding of Accounting Practices and Controls and be an effective user of Excel. The DHHS Financial Service Center is a supportive and friendly environment that fosters professional growth, teamwork, and collaboration with DHHS. The impact of your work will be felt throughout significant programs that provide critical services to Maine's most needy population. You will be satisfied knowing you have helped DHHS executives and program managers deliver vital services to the people of Maine.


Minimum Qualifications:

Training, education, or experience in office and administrative support work that demonstrates 1) competency in applying a solid knowledge of bookkeeping principles and practices necessary to perform complex work in maintaining specialized accounting and financial records, and 2) the ability to use independent judgment in handling exceptions to established work assignments, priorities, and schedules.

Preference will be given to candidates with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting or a closely related field and one (1) year of accounting or auditing experience -OR- three (3) years of responsible accounting or auditing experience.


SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS:  In addition to the application form, you must address each of the following four supplemental questions in order to be scored properly:


  1. DHHS Accounting Assistant Technicians working with the DHHS Service Center must have a strong understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Please summarize your experience and/or education which demonstrate your knowledge of GAAP.
  2. In order to be successful in this position, you must have strong time management skills and the ability to meet tight deadlines. Please share with us examples of your demonstrated ability to be flexible and adjust to business needs while balancing multiple tasks and priorities.
  3. It is essential that DHHS Accounting Assistant Technicians have excellent communication skills, with a proven ability to foster interpersonal relationships with internal and external customers, in order to accomplish tasks and perform daily duties. Please tell us about the aspects of your background that demonstrate you have the communication and customer service skills to be a successful Accounting Assistant Technician.


Application Information:

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No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including: 

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,345.04 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements. 
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office. 
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act 
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