Lead Expenditures Accountant (Accountant 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Portland, Oregon

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salary Range: $5,698 - $8,403
Deadline Jul 06, 2022
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Initial Posting Date:

06/16/2022

Application Deadline:

07/06/2022

Agency:

Department of Environmental Quality

Salary Range:

$5,698 - $8,403

Position Type:

Employee

Position Title:

Lead Expenditures Accountant (Accountant 3)

Job Description:

Lead Expenditures Accountant (Accountant 3)

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.

Are you passionate about protecting and enhancing Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ: https://youtu.be/iP3K7JoLe1k

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for a Lead Expenditures Accountant (Accountant 3) located at DEQ Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Central Services Division (CSD) assists the Agency in achieving its mission by providing central management services for the agency in accounting, budgeting, information systems, human resources, health and safety, training, policy and organizational development, purchasing, and facilities management. The division serves headquarters and 3 regional divisions, the Vehicle Inspection Program, and the Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division. Services are provided for over 700 positions, various local and regional governments, and directly to citizens. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.

What you will do!

As the lead expenditures accountant, you will apply advanced theory and a thorough understanding of the Statewide Financial Management System (SFMS) to ensure that accounting transactions are made and recorded in accordance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and related pronouncements, federal grant financial requirements, and statewide accounting policies and procedures. You will develop and implement policies, procedures, and internal controls to ensure the accuracy and integrity of financial information; resolve difficult and unusual accounting problems; provide guidance to accounting staff; ensure that all financial reporting requirements for the agency are met; prepare separate DEQ financial statements, including disclosures and narratives; and prepare special purpose financial reports to meet statutory requirements. In addition, you will collaborate with accounting and program management in determining ways that accounting information can best be presented and used within the agency; lead and/or participate on accounting-related IT systems development projects; and provide information to State and Federal auditors.

What’s in it for you!

The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). If you are passionate about Oregon's environment, apply today!

This is a full-time, management service non-supervisory position.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and 3 years of professional accounting experience, with those years being at the Accountant 2 level (designing and modifying accounting systems that require frequent changes in requirements to meet specific business objectives; consulting with program managers or external organizations; and assuring the proper functioning and accountability of fiscal operations) OR Possession of a Certified Public Accountant certificate and 3 years of professional accounting experience, with those years being at the Accountant 2 level (designing and modifying accounting systems that require frequent changes in requirements to meet specific business objectives; consulting with program managers or external organizations; and assuring the proper functioning and accountability of fiscal operations)  (equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).

Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • CPA certificate desirable.
  • Thorough understanding of complex cost structure of State Agencies such as DEQ.
  • Experience applying audit standards to set-up, monitor, and modify internal procedures.
  • Experience preparing and interpreting financial statements and other financial reports.
  • Experience developing and using computer models to analyze and forecast financial data.
  • Experience reviewing accounting transactions to ensure conformance with generally accepted accounting principles; experience analyzing accounting information and systems to prevent, detect, and correct errors.
  • Experience developing, modifying, and implementing accounting systems and policies.
  • Extensive knowledge of governmental or fund accounting, including sources of funds, segregation, and display of expenditures and revenues (as well as budgetary accounting)..
  • Experience with State systems, especially SFMA, R*Stars, OSPA, and Datamart; familiarity with State financial processes.

Working Conditions:

Work is primarily in an office setting. There is frequent work under tight deadlines, including daily and monthly deadlines, as well as fiscal year-end deadlines. Extended hours will be needed during fiscal year-end reporting. Occasional travel is needed.

How to Apply: (complete the application in full)

  • External Applicants Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. Click this link for the External Candidate job aid, and view this video for additional information.
  • Internal Applicants (current State of Oregon employees): Apply through your employee Workday account.  View this job aid for assistance.

Helpful Tips:

  • Be sure to attach a resume and cover letter.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to complete and submit the application, resume, and cover letter.
  • Workday will timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • This posting closes at 11:59 PM on the close date listed.
  • Please save a copy of the job announcement for your reference, as it may not be available for you to view after the job posting closes.
  • Be sure to check both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.
  • Workday performs best in Google Chrome.
  • Click here for Resources and a Job Support Page

Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.

Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

Pay Equity:

As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

Work Authorization:

DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity. DEQ is an E-Verify employer and will use E-Verify to confirm that hires are authorized to work in the United States.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Rebecca Zanskar, Human Resources Analyst, at rebecca.zanskar@deq.oregon.gov or (503) 807-8937. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Are you interested in an Informational Interview with DEQ to learn more about working at DEQ, how current DEQ employees got to where they are today, and what opportunities there may be for you at DEQ? Please go here and complete the form: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/about-us/Pages/humanresources.aspx. Please note that informational interviews are not tied to an open recruitment. If you complete the form above, you will be put in the queue to have an informational interview with a Hiring Manager from our Informational Interview Registry.

About Us Oregon state government is a large organization by nearly any standard. With over 40,000 employees working all over the state, in small communities and large, we are proving that government can be innovative.We work as a team, challenging ourselves to be better, faster and more efficient with taxpayer dollars.After all, when every day we are responsible for caring for the needs of a diverse population and thriving business community, we simply must have the best and brightest workforce. If you take responsibility for your actions, are passionate about helping others succeed, and have a reputation for excellence and honesty, why not make Oregon state government your next career move?Joining our team means you open the door to many possibilities. From entry level to executive, outdoor work to policy setting, we have a role for nearly every calling, expertise and background.If you’re looking at us from across the country (or beyond!), know that Oregon is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Made up of seven diverse regions, Oregon has the ocean, mountains, valleys, high desert, cities, small towns, and almost everything in between.Oregon “flies with her own wings.”Read More

HOW TO APPLY

How to Apply: (complete the application in full)

  • External Applicants Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. Click this link for the External Candidate job aid, and view this video for additional information.
  • Internal Applicants (current State of Oregon employees): Apply through your employee Workday account.  View this job aid for assistance.

Helpful Tips:

  • Be sure to attach a resume and cover letter.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to complete and submit the application, resume, and cover letter.
  • Workday will timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • This posting closes at 11:59 PM on the close date listed.
  • Please save a copy of the job announcement for your reference, as it may not be available for you to view after the job posting closes.
  • Be sure to check both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.
  • Workday performs best in Google Chrome.
  • Click here for Resources and a Job Support Page

Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.

Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

Pay Equity:

As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Rebecca Zanskar, Human Resources Analyst, at rebecca.zanskar@deq.oregon.gov or (503) 807-8937. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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