Senior Staff Accountant

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

Apply by: Nov. 28, 2021

Department of Administrative and Financial Services

Opening Date: November 9, 2021

Closing Date:  November 28, 2021 

Job Class Code: 0330
Grade: 23 (Professional/Technical)
Salary: $42,556 - $57,387
Location: Augusta, ME

The Maine Department of Administratives and Financial Services; Security and Employment Service Center


We are looking for an organized and detail orientated Senior Staff Accountant.  The Security and Employment Service Center provides financial and human resources support to the Departments of Labor, Public Safety, Professional and Financial Regulation and Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

This position works primarily with the Department of Labor.  The accountant will become familiar with departmental grant programs and prepare federal financial reports. The accountant will monitor assigned accounts for cash needs, prepare reconciliations, and be able to identify when adjusting journals are necessary.

We are looking for a candidate with excellent organizational skills, good communication skills, accounting knowledge and good working knowledge of Office 365 applications.  Data analysis skills are strongly desired.

Work is performed under the limited supervision. The position is home-based for the next few months and then will be based in Augusta, Maine.


  • 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 reconciles complex accounts, formulates corrections, and makes adjusting entries; and formulates and recommends system and process changes through evaluation, analysis, and application of accounting theory in order to eliminate future problems and improve processes, policies, and procedures.
  • 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 interprets complex fiscal and statistical information in order to identify significant trends and issues and advise agency management.


  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting theories, principles, methods, and practices.
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting and fund accounting, including sources of funds, segregation and display of expenditures and revenues, and budgetary accounting.
  • Knowledge of computerized accounting systems and standardized desktop technology.
  • Ability to develop and recommend significant modifications to accounting systems and policies.
  • Ability to analyze nonstandard accounting transactions to decide and initiate appropriate entries.
  • Ability to reconcile accounts, initiate corrections, and make adjusting entries.
  • Ability to prepare expenditure, revenue, and budget status reports.
  • Ability to prepare cash forecasts, revenue estimates, and expenditure projections.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret fiscal information from reports and explain the implications for agency programs and operations.
  • Ability to analyze accounting information to prevent, detect, and correct errors.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  (Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following course work/training and/or experience).
Certification as a CPA, CIA, or CGFM -OR- A Masters Degree from an accredited educational institution in Business Administration -OR- a Bachelors Degree from an accredited educational institution in Accounting (or any Bachelors Degree from an accredited educational institution which includes 18 semester hours of Accounting coursework) and 2 years of professional accounting experience -OR- an Associates Degree from an accredited educational institution in Accounting and 5 years of practical, progressively responsible accounting experience (3 years of which must be at the professional level) -OR- 8 years of practical, progressively responsible accounting experience (4 years of which must be at the professional level).  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) analyze and reconcile 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; (4) analyze and interpret laws, regulations, codes and ordinances to ensure appropriateness of financial transactions and accounting structure; and (5) analyze complex accounts and accounting relationships that result in complex accounting entries.


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 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: 

 Questions can be directed to our Financial Analyist, Jonathan M. Umland at

Why work for the State of Maine?


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.