Accounting Specialist I

  • Accounting Specialist I
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Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$36,204.00 – $51,096.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,508.50 – $2,129.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is entry-level professional accounting work in the interpretation and application of conceptual accounting principles and techniques according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Job Duties

Applies conceptual accounting principles in the preparation and analysis of financial statements and determines the appropriateness of financial transactions in accordance with GAAP and agency specific, state, or federal requirements.

Performs accounting functions relating to accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and fixed assets ensuring regulatory compliance; reviews and analyzes fund accountability and financial transactions; and prepares supporting documentation and explains accounting events in conformance with GAAP and GASB.

Monitors and determines availability of grant funds; prepares/approves associated financial transactions; tracks associated budget allocations and investigates discrepancies; and recommends/takes appropriate corrective actions.

Prepares financial information requested by internal, state, and federal auditors.

Audits vendor contracts to ensure compliance with budget allocations and expenditures.

Evaluates expenditures and budget requests; provides recommendations and assists with the preparation of budget proposals.

Assists with the collection and analysis of external and internal data to identify financial trends and provide relevant financial forecasts.

Identifies and investigates financial discrepancies/issues; advises management of solutions and potential impact.

Prepares and analyzes detailed financial statements, cost allocation plans, reports, and data.

Participates in the testing, implementation, and troubleshooting of internal accounting systems.

Assists with the evaluation and provides recommendations in the modification/development of accounting systems.

Supervises and/or directs staff responsible for accounting functions.

Gathers data and assists with preparation of fiscal notes.

Exercises independence and judgment in the performance of assignments; work is reviewed for adherence to budgetary, fiscal, and program policies and procedures.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Accounting, Auditing & Finance; College Graduates

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 earned credit hours in Accounting.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Introductory knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and methods.

Introductory knowledge of conceptual principles and applied practices of governmental accounting.

Introductory knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing the expenditure and reporting of state and federal funds.

Introductory knowledge of the principles and application of accounting systems.

Introductory knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.

Ability to research accounting issues and apply appropriate standards to financial transactions and statements.

Ability to apply and adapt established methods and procedures to accounting policies, procedures, and regulations.

Ability to evaluate federal and state legislation to determine overall impact on fiscal activities and determine effective courses of action.

Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and detailed financial records and reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to communicate effectively and present financial data.

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