Staff Accountant

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

Apply by: No close date

Department of Administrative and Financial Services; Security and Employment Service Center

Opening Date: June 23, 2022

Closing Date:  July 7, 2022

Job Class Code: 0329
Grade: 20 (Professional/Technical)
Salary: $37,876 - $50,856 (A 4% general salary increase will be implemented July 3rd.)
Location: Augusta, ME

Want to be a part of a dynamic group that supports critical state departments? The Security and Employment Service Center (SESC) is looking for people committed to providing financial services and human resources support to the Departments of: Public Safety; Labor; Professional and Financial Regulation; and Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management. We are looking for an organized and detail orientated Staff Accountant who will provide primary accounting services to the Department of Public Safety.  As a Staff Accountant with the SESC, you develop financial investigative and management skills and build extensive contacts within the public safety communities.

This position is responsible for completing federal reports, drawing federal cash, and preparing accounting journals. This position collaborates with Public Safety staff to ensure that federal grants are properly tracked in the state’s accounting system.

We are looking for a candidate with organizational skills, good communication skills, strong teamwork skills, accounting knowledge and good working knowledge of Office 365 applications.  In-house training is offered on all these systems.

Work is performed under limited supervision. The position is based in Augusta, Maine, but a hybrid remote work schedule may be available.


  • Verifies source documents for accuracy, completeness, authorization, and coding, as well as proper application of fees, refunds, collections, and discounts in order to verify general ledger balances, reconcile subsystems to the general ledger, and identify accounting system problems or weaknesses.
  • Reviews financial transactions and applies accounting theory and principles in order to ensure compliance with GAAP/GASB and applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Reconciles accounts, initiates corrective actions, and formulates and recommends system and process changes through evaluation, analysis of problems and application of accounting theory in order to eliminate future problems.
  • Monitors budget balances, identifies issues, and formulates corrective actions in order to inform and support program and accounting managers.
  • Confers with financial and program staff in order to explain accounting policy and processes and resolve accounting discrepancies or disputes associated with account balances and reconciliations, reporting clarifications, payment authorizations, expenditures, and budget balances.

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:  (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting theories, principles, methods, practices, and terminology.
  • Knowledge of computerized accounting systems.
  • Knowledge of standardized desktop technology and products.
  • Ability to apply accounting principles in locating and correcting accounting errors.
  • Ability to verify fiscal source documents and application of fees, refunds, collections, and discounts.
  • Ability to prepare narrative and statistical reports and financial statements, projections, and schedules, and analyze and interpret information from reports.
  • Ability to review fiscal transactions for conformity with applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a project team.

Minimum qualifications:

A Bachelors Degree from an accredited educational institution in Accounting -OR- any other Bachelors Degree from an accredited educational institution that includes at least 18 semester hours in accounting coursework -OR- An Associates Degree from an accredited educational institution in Accounting and 3 years of practical work experience providing complex technical support to professional accounting staff -OR- 6 years of practical work experience providing complex technical support to professional accounting staff.  Accounting coursework must include successful completion of Principles of Accounting I & II, Intermediate Accounting I & II, plus two other accounting-related courses.  Experience must demonstrate comprehension and application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) guidelines and must demonstrate the ability to (1) classify and  analyze financial data and records for the purpose of business financial planning; (2) design, recommend, and implement modifications of accounting methods, procedures, forms, and records; (3) prepare financial statements and reports such as balance sheets and other operating statements; and (4) analyze accounts and accounting relationships that result in complex accounting entries.

Preference will be given to those applicants:

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Contact information:

Questions about this position should be directed to     xxxxx

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and copies of any transcripts or certifications you wish to have considered while evaluating your application.  In order for us to properly determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for any posting, you must be sure your resume includes month and year for any experience listed along with the duties and responsibilities associated with each particular time period.  Any experience that was not full-time employment should be identified as such. 

If you require a paper application, please download and print one here or contact our office at 207-623-6700.  Paper applications for this posting should be submitted along with cover letter and resume before the closing date to Security & Employment Service Center, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, ME  04330 or faxed to 207-287-2018.  Be sure title of the job you are applying for is included.  Applications cannot be accepted after the posting closing date.  

Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

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 ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 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  XXXX% 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 
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness. 

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.