Accounting Assistant

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

Apply by: Dec. 1, 2020
Accounting Assistant Technician
Opening Date: November 13, 2020 

Closing Date:  December 1, 2020

Job Class Code: 0310
Grade:   Range 14 (Admin Services)  
Salary: $14.58 -$20.44/hour
Position Number: 02010-0401


Are you an experienced accounting professional who is detail oriented and enjoys independent work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment? Do you possess a high    

degree of initiative?  Do you enjoy working collaboratively utilizing the latest     Microsoft analytical tools?  Then we are looking for you!


Agency information:

The DHHS Financial Service Center ( is responsible for program accounting, cash management and revenue/expenditure control for the entire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  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 (formerly Medicaid). This position is located in Augusta.

 Job duties:

 As an Accounting Assistant Technician, you will be working with the DHHS Financial Service Center as part of the Accounts Payable team.  You will be assisting in making payments to our vendors, state employees, and DHHS clients’. In this fast-paced environment, you’ll be asked to complete a variety of tasks each day to ensure timely payments.  You will become efficient in the State’s accounting platforms and process a variety of payments.  A good candidate will possess good critical thinking skills, have the ability to adapt to a fast pace environment, and be able to communicate effectively with their supervisor and team members.  The candidate should also possess a basic understanding of Accounting Practices and Controls.


 To qualify, you must have an Associate’s Degree in Accounting or a closely related field from an accredited educational institution* and one (1) year of accounting or auditing experience -OR- a three (3) year combination of education and responsible accounting or auditing experience.

 SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS:  In addition to the application form, you must address each of the following four supplemental questions in order to be scored properly:


  1. DHHS Accounting Assistant Technicians working with the DHHS Service Center must have a strong understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Please summarize your experience and/or education which demonstrate your knowledge of GAAP.
  2. In order to be successful in this position, you must have strong time management skills and the ability to meet tight deadlines. Please share with us examples of your demonstrated ability to be flexible and adjust to business needs while balancing multiple tasks and priorities.
  3. It is essential that DHHS Accounting Assistant Technicians have excellent communication skills, with a proven ability to foster interpersonal relationships with internal and external customers, in order to accomplish tasks and perform daily duties. Please tell us about the aspects of your background that demonstrate you have the communication and customer service skills to be a successful Accounting Assistant Technician.


 For questions about this position, please contact Jamia Korth at

 Please note: applications sent with cover letters that do not have the information required above may not be considered for this vacancy.

 To request a paper application, please contact .


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 14.11% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($400.34) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in the Health Premium Credit Program can decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%. 


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.