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Accounting Specialist III

  • Accounting Specialist III
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$46,392.00 – $73,896.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,933.00 – $3,079.00
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This is senior-level professional, specialized and/or supervisory accounting work utilizing broad and in-depth knowledge of accounting concepts and principles in the application, evaluation, and interpretation of financial data in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Job Duties

Applies and interprets conceptual accounting principles in the approval, analysis, and oversight of financial transactions and statements in accordance with GAAP and agency, state, or federal requirements.

Supervises or directs the work of professional accounting staff.

Oversees accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, fixed assets, and fund accountability ensuring regulatory compliance and appropriateness of financial transactions; prepares/reviews supporting documentation; and explains accounting events in conformance with GAAP and GASB.

Advises management regarding internal control measures to ensure efficient and effective operations, development of reliable financial data, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Reviews, develops, and recommends agency, state, or federal policies and procedures for grant applications and awards; oversees grant accounting and reporting functions.

Develops, prepares, and reviews responses to internal, state, and federal audits, and monitors corrective action plans.

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

Reviews and analyzes financial reports to assist in the evaluation of budget integrity; evaluates, analyzes, and approves budget requests; prepares annual budget proposals; and administers a complex cost allocation plan.

Analyzes and interprets trends; prepares and presents financial forecasts; assesses financial conditions and funds’ positions; and estimates future outcomes.

Investigates discrepancies/issues; advises management of potential impact and recommends solutions.

Identifies and determines items to be properly disclosed on financial statements; prepares and explains accounting events in conformance with GAAP and GASB; and reviews and provides comments concerning the impact of proposed GASB pronouncements.

Analyzes automated system requirement designs; reviews the development, testing, and implementation of accounting systems.

Evaluates and recommends the modification/development of accounting systems.

Analyzes the effect of legislative proposals on an agency’s financial condition and prepares/reviews associated fiscal notes.

Makes recommendations on agency policies, procedures, and systems; reviews and approves implementation plans for new/revised legislation and policy.

Approves, analyzes, and oversees the preparation of transactions and financial statements in accordance with GAAP, GASB, and statutes ensuring adequate disclosure and regulatory compliance.

Exercises significant independence, judgment, and initiative in the performance of assignments within established policies and procedures; receives general administrative direction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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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.)

Two or more years of experience as an Accounting Specialist II with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


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; and,

Six or more years of professional experience in business or governmental accounting.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university which includes three or more earned graduate credit hours in Accounting may substitute for one year of the required experience.)

(A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university which includes six or more earned graduate credit hours in Accounting may substitute for two years of the required experience.)

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?

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

Comprehensive knowledge of conceptual and applied practices of governmental accounting.

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

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and application of accounting systems.

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.

Skill in the interpretation and application of accounting policies, procedures, and regulations.

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

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

Ability to identify and recommend improvement in financial processes and accounting systems.

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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