Staff Accountant

  • Full Time
  • Augusta

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Department of Administrative and Financial Services

General Government Service Center

Staff Accountant

Augusta, ME Full-time

Job Class Code: 0329      Grade: 20 - $17.85 – $23.97/Hourly


OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT: November 10, 2021

CLOSES:   November 24, 2021

Who We Are
The General Government Service Center (GGSC) is one of five financial service centers within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services established to provide centralized accounting and budgeting services to agencies across state government. GGSC customers include the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (including Information Technology, Real Estate, Purchases, Lottery, Alcohol and Marijuana), the Governor’s Office, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Education, various Boards and Commissions as well as the Cultural Agencies—a mix of government entities that adds variety to standard accounting practices.  We offer the flexibility to work remote.


About the Position

We are looking for a Staff Accountant to manage the complex accounts within the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (BABLO) that contain multiple funding sources and cost centers. This position is responsible for processing accounts payable and accounts receivable, preparing monthly journals including prize reserve, monthly profit transfer and bond payment. This position will also assume responsibility for monthly reconciliations of subsidiary ledgers.

Challenging aspects of the work including analyzing and resolving nonstandard accounting transactions to initiate appropriate corrections to accounting records. The customer service component of the Staff Accountant position involves building relationships with BABLO program staff to explain accounting policies and procedures and resolve accounting discrepancies. Work is performed under limited supervision. Successful candidates will ensure that accounts are managed in accordance with GAAP/GASB standards, state/agency accounting procedures and adhere to internal controls.


Successful candidates will have:

Demonstrated knowledge of accounting. Establish and oversee accounting procedures and internal controls for asset, liability, equity, revenue, and expense accounts to ensure compliance with applicable accounting standards and operating procedures
Experience with analyzing source documents for accuracy and completeness to identify accounting system problems or weaknesses
Demonstrated experience with reconciling accounts, initiating corrective actions, formulating, and recommending system and process changes
Ability to communicate with financial and program staff to explain accounting policy and processes and resolve accounting discrepancies or disputes
Interpersonal communication and excellent customer service skills
Ability to prioritize for daily demands/deadlines including month-end
A willingness to learn and grow with a self-directed, positive attitude
The ability to listen, follow directions and work successfully both as part of a team and individually
Minimum Qualifications:

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 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 Information:

Please upload a) recent resume, b) cover letter describing your interest and your skills in the context of the Successful candidate, and c) copies of post-secondary transcripts.



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; 13.16% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.23) of health insurance premiums. Participation in the Health Premium Credit Program can decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.


Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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