Accounting Specialist - Multiple Vacancies

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

Apply by: June 23, 2024

Department of Labor - Bureau of Unemployment Compensation 

Job Class Code: 6506
Grade: 18 (Administrative Services)
Salary: $39,852 - $55,161

Location: Augusta, ME

Opening Date: June 5, 2024

Closing Date:  June 23, 2024

Are you looking for a career where you can use your customer service and negotiation skills? The Maine Department of Labor is adding to our Overpayment and Collections team.
We offer a flexible hybrid remote and in-office work schedule.
State law requires that applicants seeking employment with the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation (BUC) in a position that uses Federal Tax Information (FTI) undergo a fingerprint-based state and criminal history record check.

Primary responsibilities include:  

  • Collecting and processing payments
  • Contact claimants to attempt to collect payment or negotiate a payment plan.
  • Inbound and outbound telephone calls.
  • Resolve claimant issues and complaints concerning their overpayment.
  • Answer questions regarding overpayments from claimants and claims staff.
  • Provide information to Fraud Investigators regarding overpayments and amounts collected.

Skills or knowledge required:

  • Good listening skills
  • Communication skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Patience and stress management
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Critical Thinking skills 

Minimum qualifications:

Training, education, or experience in office and administrative support work that demonstrates 1) competency in applying a proficient knowledge of bookkeeping principles and practices to perform advanced work in collecting delinquent unemployment compensation taxes, and 2) the ability to use independent judgment, initiative, and decision-making on complex administrative matters. All positions in this classification assume the qualifications of: Accounting Assistant and Accounting Associate I and Accounting Associate II.

Preference will be given to those applicants with:

Customer Service Experience, data entry

Contact information:

Questions about this position should be directed to Renée Longley at

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 Fit – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 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 ($10,523.28-$12,380.40 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. 
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
  • Retirement Plan – The State contributes the equivalent of 13.41% of the employee's pay towards the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) for MSEA, or 18.21% for Confidential employees. 


State employees are eligible for an extensive and highly competitive benefits package, covering many aspects of wellness. Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.


Note: Benefits may vary somewhat according to specific collective bargaining agreements and are prorated for part-time employment.


There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. 

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. 

If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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