Accounting Support Specialist

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

Apply by: Sept. 25, 2020


Code: 0944                                                                 Pay Grade: 20 $35,588.80 - $47,944.00                                                                                                        


Open: September 11, 2020

Close: September 25, 2020



The Department of Corrections Service Center, a DAFS (Department of Administrative and Financial Services) agency, currently has a vacancy for an Accounting Support Specialist located in Augusta, Maine. 


This position is open to current DAFS employees and all outside applicants.  Occasional statewide travel is required.



This is a professional financial position which utilizes established accounting systems and provides support to senior accounting staff and Department of Corrections staff.  The position will deal with various governmental fund types, revenue sources, cost centers, cost allocations, and proprietary financial and department systems.  This position examines, accounts for, reconciles, analyzes, and interprets basic accounting data and records in accordance with established standards, state and agency accounting procedures, and must apply appropriate internal controls.  This position will use and apply accounting theory when analyzing and resolving standard accounting problems.  This position will interact with program staff in the receipt and exchange of information, explaining accounting processes/ practices, and resolving accounting discrepancies.  This position is required to have a knowledge of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles),  GASB (Government Accounting Standards Board) principles and guidelines, while exercising authority by conducting pre and post-audit functions and the approval of transactions.  The position must be self-motivated and works under limited supervision.



  • Knowledge of GAAP/GASB.
  • Knowledge of 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.
  • Ability to apply accounting principles in locating and correcting accounting errors (pre/post audit review).
  • Ability to apply generally accepted accounting principles to income statements, balance sheets, purchasing and other financial transactions.
  • Ability to verify fiscal source documents, the application of fees, refunds, collections, and discounts.
  • Ability to prepare narrative and statistical reports, financial statements/ schedules, projections, and analyze and interpret information from reports.
  • Ability to review fiscal transactions for conformity with applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate and to write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to recommend improvements in accounting controls, financial review trails, and business practices.



An Associate’s Degree in Accounting from an accredited educational institution OR 3 years of practical work experience providing complex technical accounting support in a professional accounting environment. 


Accounting coursework must include successful completion of 12 semester hours of basic, intermediate, and advanced accounting principles courses.  Experience must demonstrate a comprehension of accounting principles and standards establische 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 if applicable copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  


Contact Information: 

Alicia Clark, Human Resources Generalist, at  



Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly

Value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $470.99 biweekly
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $447.44 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $423.89 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $400.34 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 program.

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.11% of pay.


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