Lead Agency Accountant (Accountant 4)

Department/Agency of position: 
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Location of position: 
Portland, OR
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Closing Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019
Job Description: 

With more than 30,000 employees who are dedicated to making Oregon a fantastic place to live, work, and play, the State of Oregon enterprise is comprised of a diverse group of employees who are passionate about public service. At the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 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.

The Central Services Division (CSD) assists the department 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.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has an opening for a Lead Agency Accountant (Accountant 4) 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.

What you will do!

The Lead Agency Accountant will apply accounting principles 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; prepare special purpose financial reports to meet statutory requirements; 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 medical, dental, and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Learn more to see whether you qualify at PSLF Program. If you are passionate about Oregon's environment, apply today!

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

What are we looking for?

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and 6 years of professional accounting experience, with 2 of those years being at the Accountant 3 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) 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). How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the “Apply” link above and complete the online application and all supplemental questions (including the question where you upload a cover letter).

Please be sure to attach a resume.

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Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: https://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/Veterans.aspx. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at ouye.madeline@deq.state.or.us or (503) 229-5107.

DEQ strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. DEQ fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.