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State of Montana Grants Accountant in Helena, Montana


Please remember to attach the required documents (COMPLETED STATE OF MONTANA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION AND COVER LETTER INCLUDING ANSWER TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION) listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position will be open until filled. The first review of applications will occur on Monday November 30, 2020. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.

Special Information:

Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

This position works in an office environment. They may experience eye and muscle strain, backache, headaches, and repetitive motion injuries from using computers daily. Successful candidates may have to sit for extended periods while reviewing detailed data. This position works regular business hours and a standard 40-hour week. This position does not allow for employees to work remotely.

This position works with various program managers throughout the agency and gets to learn about various special projects throughout FWP. With this unique opportunity comes the need to work with others to pursue common goals while maintaining a positive attitude. This position has a multitude of tasks that require the applicant to manage time and prioritize projects. Attention to detail and organizational skills are critical for success in this position.

Job Duties (narrative summary):

This position is responsible for providing accounting assistance to the Financial Manager, department managers and project staff to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations including but not limited to 2 CFR 200, Cash Management Improvement Act (CMIA), GAAP, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and various contract requirements. This position is responsible for tracking and accounting for over 150 individual grants and contracts. The position is also responsible for policy and system development, technical assistance, and administrative duties as assigned.

This position reconciles all state and federal grants for the department monthly, including a budget to actual comparison and assessing various overhead rates to a multitude of grants/contracts on a regular basis. Review expenditures for compliance with agreements and/or federal regulations, including but not limited to allowable activities, allowable costs, and period of availability. As part of the reconciliation, this position establishes and maintains various billing systems for all state and federal grants and contracts to promote timely reimbursements and cash flows for the agency. This position prepares all grant and contract related financial reports for the agency including invoices, SF 425’s, and others as defined in the award. As part of grant tracking, this position maintains the CFDA numbers associated with all federal awards to reconcile and prepare the Schedule of Federal Expenditures annually.

_Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):_

/Required for the first day of work:/

  • /Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and procedures of governmental accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles;/

  • /Knowledge of state and federal policies and laws;/

  • /Ability to use and learn automated accounting and financial software;/

  • /Ability to plan, organize, gather information and conduct research;/

  • /Ability to identify and resolve problems effectively;/

  • /Ability to operate a personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, including using excel, word processing, database, email, internet and other computer programs/

_Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):_

The above knowledge and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, or a closely related field and three years of accounting and fiscal management experience.

_Application Requirements:_

To be considered for this position, please submit a completed State of Montana Employment Application and a Cover Letter including your answer to the Supplemental Question below:

  1. In your cover letter, briefly describe your experience with accounting for grants and/or contracts and describe how that experience demonstrates your ability to carry out the FWP's Grant Accountant duties.

Job: *Accounting/Finance

Title: Grants Accountant

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 20142601