15 May

Program Accountant Jobs Vacancy in State Colorado Job Opportunities Denver

Program Accountant
State Colorado Job Opportunities
Denver CO
15 May, 2018 9 days ago

State Colorado Job Opportunities Denver urgently required following position for Program Accountant. Please read this job advertisement carefully before apply. There are some qualifications, experience and skills requirement that the employers require. Does your career history fit these requirements? Ensure you understand the role you are applying for and that it is suited to your skills and qualifications.

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Program Accountant Jobs Vacancy in State Colorado Job Opportunities Denver Jobs Details:

Department Information

About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

  • Employee wellness programs
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities, and more
Our Culture & Environment
Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:
  • Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being
  • Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency
  • Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship
  • Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success
  • Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes
  • Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow
This position resides in Office of Administrative Solutions/Division of Accounting.

The Office of Administrative Solutions (OAS) within CDHS is a strategic support unit that provides business partnerships to help CDHS programs achieve their goals. This OAS team is driven, hard-working, forward-thinking, positive, innovative, personable, and focused on service. The OAS provides accounting, contracting and procurement services for a budget in excess of $2 billion; financial reporting for dozens of unique programs; payroll and human resources services for over 5,700 employees; leadership and support related to information technology and business resources; maintenance for over 330 buildings and 3.7 million square feet of property; and assists programs with long-range infrastructure and capital asset planning. Our goal is to ensure these services are efficient and of high quality so that CDHS can achieve its goal of being the most effective 21st century human services agency in the U.S.

This Division of Accounting exists to support the Human Services system by managing departmental financial operations and resources, to accomplish effectively and efficiently the fiscal and accounting functions related to the diverse programs within the Department of Human Services, to provide fiscal support related to sources and uses of funds to program and budget management, to provide timely and accurate financial data and reports in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements, Federal regulations, and State fiscal rules and accounting controls.

Program Accounting exists to provide accountable financial information about the Human Services Programs, both State and Federal, to the Management of the Department of Human Services, the State Controller's Office, the federal government, the county departments of social/human services and others in need of information in an efficient and timely manner.

Description of Job

The Program Account is a professional accounting position that generates, compiles, analyzes, and interprets all the accounting and reporting functions for all State and Federal programs assigned. The position will be responsible for understanding and maintaining the accounts and records in CORE.
Essential and Important Duties:

  • Produce, correct, audit, approve, and input financial and budget transactions
  • Analyze financial, budget and payment information as needed by supervisors, peers, program staff, auditors, and county staff
  • Produce accurate auditable data using established procedures and manuals
  • Advise on allowable activity within the State and Federal program from a financial perspective
  • Create scheduled and ad hoc reports
  • Reconcile all general and grant ledger accounts relative to expenditures, revenue and obligations
  • Investigate various types of errors and work with the program to address
  • Prepare and interpret system reports for assigned programs
  • Execute year end closing of all accounts related to assigned programs
  • Make adjusting journal entries, clean up general ledger accounts and produce financial exhibits
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Practices;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, specifically Word, Excel, & Access;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and experience working with complex accounting systems, such as CORE or similar product;
  • Ability to locate and identify discrepancies utilizing spreadsheets and other written communications;
  • Ability to work with confidential information, and maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to derive facts quickly, methodically, and accurately;
  • Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintain them over time;
  • Ability to derive logical conclusions from available information, utilizing a combination of judgment and formal guidance, in order to determine if departmental objectives have been met;
  • Ability to interact with various stakeholders, both internal and external to the unit, and able to demonstrate a strong customer orientation and dedication; and
  • Ability to set and prioritize workload, identify short- and long-term goals and develop strategies to achieve them, and coordinate with internal and external business partners.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in accounting.

Two (2) years of professional accounting experience.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution which included 27 semester hours of accounting or auditing coursework will substitute for the degree requirement.

Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Current, valid licensure as a CPA by the Colorado Board of Accountancy will substitute for the degree requirement and two years of the professional accounting experience.

Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Definition of Professional Experience: While not fully encompassing, professional accounting experience is defined by the Colorado Department of Human Services as work that typically involves the following components:
  • Analysis of financial transactions to determine accuracy, completeness, and conformance to established policies and procedures and generally accepted accounting standards
  • Preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial reports, statements and records, (e.g. balance sheets, profit and loss statements, amortization and depreciation schedules)
  • Assembling data and creating financial projections
  • Developing, implementing, modifying and documenting accounting systems
  • Reconciliation of accounts
  • Calculating and estimating effects of proposed changes in operating programs or accounting operations;
  • Auditing processes
  • Revenue recognition & contract completion recognition
  • Account troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Implementing and/or designing of financial controls
  • GL system maintenance
  • Making account recommendations

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates who possess a bachelor's degree in accounting, or have 27 credit hours of accounting or auditing coursework from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software, specifically Excel and Access
  • Demonstrated experience working with CORE (Advantage)
  • Preference will be given to candidates with public-sector and/or government accounting experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with program accounting principles and practices with human-services related programs
  • Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate having greater depth of experience and knowledge related to accounting principles and practices

Conditions of Employment:
The successful candidate in this position must be willing and available to submit to the following conditions:
  • Must be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a criminal background check.


Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself, this includes completing the job history of the application. Applications left blank, do not include your work history or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered in the minimum qualifications review.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or bridget.clawson@state.co.us or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.

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