Accounting Associate I

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

Apply by: June 24, 2021
Opening Date: June 11, 2021                  

Closing Date: June 24, 2021  

Job Class Code: 6502
Grade:  11 (Admin Svcs.)
Salary:  $14.11 – $19.53/hr.
Position Number:  02023-1331


Agency information:

 The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers. The Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS), within DHHS is responsible for ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families through community networks, local resources, and life-long family connections throughout Maine.  We have a current vacancy in our Augusta office.

Job duties:

 As an Accounting Associate I, you will contribute to the Department’s mission by scanning Child Support payments and disbursing those payments to the Custodial Parent into the accounting software programs.  You will review payments received and process payments out to the correct person while ensuring compliance with applicable procedures, policies, federal requirements, and state statutes. You must be able to adapt to emerging demands, special requests, and evolving processes. You should be knowledgeable of business practices and skilled in the use of desktop technology, particularly spreadsheets and SharePoint. The successful candidate will possess excellent customer service skills and be able to effectively communicate with customers.



 In order to qualify, applicants must have training, education, or experience in office and administrative support work that demonstrates 1) competency in applying a solid knowledge of bookkeeping principles and practices necessary to perform complex work in maintaining specialized accounting and financial records, and 2) the ability to use independent judgment in handling exceptions to established work assignments, priorities, and schedules. The background of well-qualified candidates will demonstrate the following competencies:


  1. Must possess strong organizational and time management skills to process large amounts of critical billing and service authorizations. 
  2. Proven ability to gather and analyze information, reach valid conclusions, and make sound recommendations (please provide specific examples representative of your experience).
  3. Must have the ability to work with multiple people and providers with varying roles and needs while still managing the workload and following policies,
  4. Strong oral and written communications skills.



 For additional information about this position please contact Kathleen Plourde, OCFS Office Associate II Supervisor at (207) 624-5565. To apply, please upload a recent resume (if available) and cover letter addressing each of the two preferred skills/experience areas above. To request a paper application, please contact Ashley Smith at


Benefits are vital to your health and well-being. We get it. Here’s what the State of Maine offers:

  • growth – build your career
  • health, dental, and vision insurance – take care of yourself
  • retirement savings – financially independent, even after you stop working
  • flexible spending accounts – manage out-of-pocket healthcare and/or daycare costs
  • Living Resources (employee assistance program) – overcome difficult situations with support
  • paid holidays – twelve each year
  • federal public loan forgiveness program – for qualifying loans and payments
  • statewide locations – from Kittery to Madawaska
  • training – develop knowledge, skills, and understanding

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.