Senior Staff Accountant

Augusta, ME Full-time

Opening Date:  August 6, 2019  

Closing Date:  August 20, 2019

Job Class Code: 0330
Grade:  23 (Pro/Tech) 
Salary:  $39,582.40-$53,580.80/yr.
Position Number: 02000-3333


Agency information:

Make a difference in your career!  If you’re an accounting professional  with strong critical thinking skills and leadership experience who is looking for a rewarding opportunity, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Service Center could be your next career progression.   The DHHS Service Center ( is responsible for program accounting, cash management, and revenue/expenditure monitoring and reporting for the entire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) budget of over $3B.  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 (Maine’s Medicaid program). This position is located in Augusta.

Job duties:

  • The DHHS Service Center is seeking a Senior Staff Accountant who will contribute to the Department’s mission by helping us ensure state and federal funds are utilized in an efficient manner to meet the health and welfare needs of Maine’s citizens in accordance with the purposes enacted in legislation.  You will provide program accounting, cash management and revenue/expenditure control, and other financial accounting services for a program area within the department, or manage a specific fiscal activity for all units within the department.  You will review and analyze financial and operational reports in accordance with GAAP & GASB standards and provide leadership and technical guidance to our Staff Accountants.  Successful candidates will be knowledgeable of GAAP and GASB and skilled in the use of standard desktop technology, particularly spreadsheets.  The impact of your work will be felt throughout major programs that provide critical services to Maine's most needy population, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped DHHS executive managers and program managers deliver vital services to this state. 



    • Reconciles complex accounts, formulates corrections and adjusting entries; and, develops 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.
    • Consults with agency program managers and internal/external financial staff in order to identify: business needs, compliance issues, and reporting requirements; and ensure compliance with state/federal fiscal policies or other special requirements.
    • Analyzes and interprets complex fiscal and statistical information in order to identify significant trends and issues. Advises agency management on results and potential effeciencies.
    • Interprets and applies accounting theory and principles and adapts procedures and reporting techniques in order to ensure compliance with governing laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
    • Prepares required financial statements and related notes and disclosures in order to communicate relevant financial information to concerned parties.




(a) Certification as a CPA, CIA, or CGFM ; or


(b) A Masters Degree from an accredited educational institution in Business Administration; or


(c) 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


(d) 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


(e) 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.  It is important you submit a copy of your transcript with your application materials.


** 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.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and copies of post-secondary transcripts postmarked on or before the closing date. If you are unable to complete the online application, and would like to request a paper one, please contact Ashley Vigue at

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.47% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2019.


The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.