Senior Staff Accountant

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Opening Date: November 7, 2018 

Closing Date: November 27, 2018 

Job Class Code:0330
Grade: 23
Salary: $ 38,438-$52,020

Department:  Administrative and Financial Services-Security and Employment Service Center

AGENCY INFORMATION: The Security and Employment Service Center provides financial and human resources services primarily to the Departments of Labor, Public Safety, and Professional and Financial Regulation.

DESCRIPTION: We are looking for a capable person who can accurately complete a variety of accounting tasks while working independently.  This position will provide financial support primarily to the Department of Labor.  Federal grants need to be tracked and monitored.  Data needs to be reviewed and provided to program staff in a meaningful manner.  Adjusting entries need to be compiled.  Federal financial reports need to be completed.  Sounds like your skill set?  Apply!

Employees in this classification apply advanced accounting skills to ensure the proper functioning and accountability of fiscal operations and consult with agency program managers and accounting staff to identify business needs, compliance, and reporting requirements. Employees rarely require technical advice. Supervision may be exercised over accounting personnel. Work is performed under limited supervision. The position is based in Augusta.


  • Develops and initiates business and internal accounting controls in order to ensure proper functioning and accountability of fiscal operations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prepares required financial reports in order to communicate relevant financial information to concerned parties.
  • Analyzes and interprets complex fiscal and statistical information in order to identify significant trends and issues and advise agency management.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Ability to analyze nonstandard accounting transactions to decide and initiate appropriate entries.
  • Ability to reconcile accounts, initiate corrections, and make adjusting entries.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate accounting procedures and controls.
  • Ability to prepare expenditure, revenue, and budget status reports; annual financial statements including related notes and disclosures; and narrative and statistical 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.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to effectively lead a project team.
  • Ability to provide guidance and technical expertise to lower-level professional and technical accounting staff.


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, copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at 623-6700

Contact Information: 

Andrew Birch, Human Resources, at (207)623-6739 or


The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement Contribution: 15.37% of pay for bargaining unit positions.

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance: 

 95%  State Contribution = $422.45 biweekly / Employee pays: 5%  = $22.23 biweekly

 90%  State Contribution = $400.21 biweekly / Employee pays:10% = $44.47 biweekly

*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.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.