Public Utility Accountant I

  • Public Utility Accountant I
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
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Class Number: 
0836
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$34,416.00 – $48,852.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,434.00 – $2,035.50
Pay Grade: 
A21

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Definition

This is entry-level professional accounting and auditing work in the analysis of public utility financial operations for the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel (OPC).

Job Duties

Receives training in the principles of public utility accounting and auditing.

Participates in financial or management audits of public utility companies.

Prepares and presents testimony and exhibits as an expert accounting witness in hearings before the Public Service Commission (PSC); represents the consumer interest (primarily residential) in cases before the PSC; subject to cross-examination regarding such testimony and exhibits; analyzes and critiques testimony and exhibits presented by utility company officials or by consultants retained by utility companies.

Provides technical accounting information and advice to the legal, engineering, and economic staff of the Office of the Public Counsel, to assist in the preparation of cases.

Gathers, organizes, analyzes, and interprets financial data obtained from public utilities, the PSC, and other sources.

Studies and analyzes changes in accounting procedures and techniques requested by public utility companies.

Receives supervision from the Chief Public Utility Accountant and general administrative direction from the Public Counsel.

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 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 practices applicable to public utilities.

Introductory knowledge of financial auditing procedures and techniques.

Skill in analyzing and interpreting accounting reports and data.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff members and employees, and officials in both public and private sectors.

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing.

Ability to plan and organize work.

Ability to travel, as needed, to review documents on-site at utility company offices or for training and conferences.

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