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State of Montana Accountant 3 in Helena, Montana

The Montana State Auditor, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI) is seeking applicants for anAccountantin our Centralized Services Bureau. Why Work with Us? The CSI is a small, family-friendly state agency that takes pride in unity. Our success derives from having effective working relationships built on mutual trust and respect for each other’s skills and abilities. We will challenge you to be the best you can be in both your individual competencies and as a team player. We have created an environment for success and will work hard to provide opportunities for you to progress in your career with mentorship, education, training, and certifications. To learn more about the CSI, the division, benefits, and this position, please continue to read more and visit our “Work with Us” page on our website HERE. CSI Overview We are entrusted with protecting all Montanans by regulating two of the state’s largest industries—securities and insurance. We strive to foster a thriving Montana industry marketplace through education, common-sense regulation, and equitable enforcement of the law with swift accountability for fraudsters and justice for their victims. We are a criminal justice agency. Additional information about CSI to include our Vision and Mission can be found by visiting our “About CSI” webpage HERE. About this Opportunity The Office of the Montana State Auditor, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI) is a criminal justice agency whose primary mission is to protect Montana's consumers through insurance and securities regulation. The Central Services Division (CSD) is responsible for the administrative, personnel, budgeting, and accounting functions for the agency. This includes accounting, budgeting, payroll, cash management, financial reporting, purchasing, and inventory control for the agency. Your service is rewarded with competitive compensation and generous benefits. * Work/life balance * Medical, dental, and vision coverage * Retirement plans * Generous paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays * Pre-tax flexible spending accounts * A vibrant Employee Assistance Program * State of Montana employment may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Look here to learn more and understand whether or not you may qualify. Additional benefit package information is available here. Does this job match your strengths? The Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor’s Office, is seeking applicants for the position of Accountant 3 in the Central Services Division. This position reports directly to the Central Services Chief Financial Officer. The Accountant 3 is responsible for a variety of agency wide financial and management processes including accounting and budgeting; purchasing, contracts and supplies; records management; asset reporting; and establishing, maintaining, testing, and monitoring internal control (IC) processes. The Accountant 3 directs and answers questions from agency employees, bureau chiefs, administrators, and the Commissioner on purchasing policies ensuring compliance with the delegated purchasing agreement and state purchasing policies; coordinates asset management inventories, reporting, and reconciliations; prepares adjusting entries in the Statewide Accounting, Budgeting, and Human Resource System (SABHRS) to accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, and budgets; reviews and approves payroll; enters asset information into the Risk Management and Tort Defense insurance database; and ensures agency compliance with state records management laws and policies. What are we looking for? The Accountant 3 serves as an agency authority in technical accounting issues and is responsible for ensuring consistency, efficiency, and overall quality of accounting and fiscal records. The successful candidate should exhibit the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: * Knowledge of Generally Accepted Account Principles (GAAP) as it relates to governmental entities, governmental auditing practices and principles, the State’s accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures, and related statutory and federal requirements. * Ability to interpret laws and regulations relating to internal operations and procedures. * Ability to research, analyze and interpret complex accounting, auditing, budgetary, and financial data. * Knowledge of state government contracting and budgeting. * Ability to mentor coworkers on work assignments and foster proactive delivery of information and coordination of efforts. * Ability to plan, organize, schedule, manage, and direct multiple projects. * Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, maintaining them over time. * Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, state officials, vendors, and consumers. * Ability to proficiently apply accounting and financial concepts. * Attention to detail is essential. * Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with others. _Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):_ * A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business or Public Administration, or other related field with a concentration in accounting. * Three to four years of increasingly responsible professional accounting experience, including governmental accounting. * SABHRS and IBARS experience is strongly preferred. * Designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is desirable. A combination of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. *Special Instructions If you feel you have the qualifications for this position and have an interest in protecting Montana Consumers, please submit ALL of the following with your application materials prior to the closing date/time of this vacancy announcement: 1. Cover Letter: *Please describe how your experience relates to the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, and how you meet the minimum qualifications as outlined in this vacancy announcement. 2. *Resume: *Please include all work experience as well as job duties that demonstrate your qualifications for this position. Include the month and year each employment started and ended, as well as the reason for leaving each job. 3. *College Transcripts 4. Two Professional References Important Tip: When uploading and submitting your application materials, please make sure to mark your attachments as "relevant" or we will be unable to view your documents. Please Note: In order to be considered, all application materials (see items 1-4 above), must be submitted by no later than the closing date/time on this posting. CSI will invite a limited number of applicants to a minimum of one structured interview. Selectees are subject to successful reference, background, and fingerprint check. Those selected for an interview may be subject to taking a performance test prior to the interview. Successful applicant(s) will be subject to criminal history background check. Only electronic materials will be accepted. If you need assistance or an accommodation, please contact Human Resources. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process. Applicants claiming employment preference are required to provide proper documentation, i.e. Vet Preference (DD214), Disabled Vet document from U.S. Veterans Administration certifying service-connected disability or purple heart medal, disabled (DPHHS Disability Certification), by the closing date. The State of Montana Careers system will generate an email with instructions on how to submit preference documents. If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Title: Accountant 3 Location: Helena Requisition ID: 24141887