Staff Accountant

Augusta, ME 04333 | Accounting & Finance | Full-time

Apply by: April 13, 2021

Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Security and Employment Service Center

Opening Date: March 20, 2021

Closing Date: April 13, 2021

Job Class Code: 0329
Grade: 20
Salary: $37,128 – $49,857 
Location: Augusta, ME

We are looking for an organized and detail orientated Staff Accountant.  The Security and Employment Service Center provides financial and human resources support to the Departments of Labor, Public Safety, Professional and Financial Regulation and the Maine Emergency Agency.

This position works with the accounts payable and accounts receivable units. The accountant will become familiar with processing and approving payables and receivables in the state’s invoice processing system and the state’s accounting system. The accountant will provide support to the other team members and learn all aspects of all tasks within the units to provide assistance during vacancies and absences. 

We are looking for a candidate with organizational skills, good communication skills, strong teamwork skills, accounting knowledge and good working knowledge of Office 365 applications. 

Work is performed under limited supervision. The position is home-based for the next few months and then will be based in Augusta, Maine.


  • Verifies source documents for accuracy, completeness, authorization, and coding, as well as proper application of fees, refunds, collections, and discounts in order to verify general ledger balances, reconcile subsystems to the general ledger, and identify accounting system problems or weaknesses.
  • Reviews financial transactions and applies accounting theory and principles in order to ensure compliance with GAAP/GASB and applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Reconciles accounts, initiates corrective actions, and formulates and recommends system and process changes through evaluation, analysis of problems and application of accounting theory in order to eliminate future problems.
  • Monitors budget balances, identifies issues, and formulates corrective actions in order to inform and support program and accounting managers.
  • Confers with financial and program staff in order to explain accounting policy and processes and resolve accounting discrepancies or disputes associated with account balances and reconciliations, reporting clarifications, payment authorizations, expenditures, and budget balances.


:  (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting theories, principles, methods, practices, and terminology.
  • Knowledge of computerized accounting systems.
  • Knowledge of standardized desktop technology and products.
  • Ability to apply accounting principles in locating and correcting accounting errors.
  • Ability to verify fiscal source documents and application of fees, refunds, collections, and discounts.
  • Ability to prepare narrative and statistical reports and financial statements, projections, and schedules, and analyze and interpret information from reports.
  • Ability to review fiscal transactions for conformity with applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a project team.


A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution in Accounting -OR- any other Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution that includes at least 18 semester hours in accounting coursework -OR- An Associate’s Degree from an accredited educational institution in Accounting and 3 years of practical work experience providing complex technical support to professional accounting staff -OR- 6 years of practical work experience providing complex technical support to professional accounting staff.  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) classify and  analyze 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; and (4) analyze 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 (207) 623-6700. 

Contact Information:  Carole Colby 207-623-6705 or


Why work for the State of Maine?


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits include:

  • 14.11% of pay to retirement for bargaining unit positions
  • 18.91% of pay to retirement for Confidential positions
  • 19.13% of pay to retirement for State Police
  • 25.60% of pay to retirement for Fire Marshals and Fire Investigators
  • 20.67% of pay to retirement for Capitol Security Officers
  • 15.57% of pay to retirement for Firefighters
  • The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly.
  • At least 85% of the health insurance premium for the employee (up to $400.34).  Participating in the Health Premium Credit Program can increase the state-paid amount by 5%.  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.  To explore the detailed cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.

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