Accounting Analyst (Anticipated Vacancy) (Limited Period Position)

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

Apply by: Dec. 10, 2021
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Department of Administrative & Financial Services

Opening Date: November 19, 2021

Closing Date:  December 10, 2021 

Job Class Code: 0945
Grade: 23 (Professional/Technical)
Salary: $42,557 - $57,387
Location: Augusta, ME

 

The Maine Department of Administrative & Financial Services

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Security and Employment Service Center (SESC) is looking for an organized and detail orientated Accounting Analyst. The SESC provides financial and human resources support to the Departments of Labor, Public Safety, Professional and Financial Regulation and the Maine Emergency Agency. Service Centers provide professional financial expertise to manage the financial activities of multiple departments and bureaus, with accounts that vary in size and complexity. Services for customer agencies include accounting and financial processing, cash management, budget development and monitoring, financial analysis, grant management, legislative support, and administrative functions.

We are looking for a motivated candidate with organizational skills, good communication skills, strong teamwork skills, accounting knowledge and good working knowledge of Office 365 applications.  The SESC is a well-balanced, cohesive team that supports one another. Our Service Center has a track record of employee retention and satisfaction.

This position will be a full-time, long-term, limited-period position. The selected candidate will assist with special projects relating to American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds for up to 3 years. These employees enjoy the same benefits, rights, and privileges as permanent employees. Work will be performed under limited supervision. The position is home-based for the next few months and then will be based in Augusta, Maine.

 

CORE FUNCTIONS:

  • Administers and analyzes complex accounting records in accordance with federal and state requirements; ensures compliance with laws, policies, and procedures for recording and controlling financial transactions of assigned program budgets and accounts; and performs internal control tests on accounts in order to ensure compliance and preparation for audits.
  • Monitors and analyzes complex general accounts in addition to a wide variety of specialized accounts, recommends and initiates transfers and adjustments when appropriate, and applies transactions and performs account reconciliation in order to reconcile and monitor accounts.
  • Computes and prepares a variety of complex financial reports, and monitors and summarizes financial and operating information related to federal funds in order to prepare necessary reports.
  • Analyzes and verifies the accuracy of financial and statistical reports and records submitted by department staff, and communicates with staff regarding projected revenues, budgetary positions, and other issues in order to apprise employees of financial conditions.
  • Prepares and enters data into the accounting system in order to access, analyze, generate, and distribute reports.
  • Prepares trial balances, financial statements, and schedules in order to prepare necessary reports.
  • Analyzes general ledger account balances and organizes information for independent audits of accounting records in order to prepare accounts for formal reviews.


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

  • Knowledge of GAAP/GASB.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting theories, principles, methods, practices, and terminology.
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting standards and systems.
  • Knowledge of computerized accounting systems.
  • Knowledge of standardized desktop technology and products.
  • Knowledge of basic supervisory methods and techniques.
  • Ability to apply accounting principles in locating and correcting accounting errors.
  • Ability to apply accepted accounting principles to income statements and balance sheets.
  • 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 recommend improvements in accounting controls, financial review trails, and business practices.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an accredited educational institution that includes at least 18 semester hours in accounting coursework OR an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from an accredited educational institution and 3 years of practical work experience providing complex technical accounting support in a professional accounting environment OR 6 years of practical work experience providing complex technical accounting support in a professional accounting environment.  Accounting coursework must include successful completion of basic, intermediate, and advanced accounting principles courses.  Experience must demonstrate a comprehension of accounting principles and standards established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

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. 

If you require a paper application, please download and print one here https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-jobs/application-process or contact Melissa Weiner, Human Resources Generalist at (207) 816-0217.  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.  

Contact Information: 

 For questions relating to this position please reach out to the Deputy Director for the Security and Employment Service Center, Laura Cyr at Laura.M.Cyr@maine.gov

Why work for the State of Maine?

Benefits: 

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits include:

  • 13.16% of pay to retirement for bargaining unit positions
  • The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly.
  • At least 85% of the health insurance premium for the employee (at least $412.23).  Participating in the Health Premium Credit Program can increase the state-paid amount by 5%.  The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment.  To explore the detailed cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.

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.