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Accountant II


Section: Administration
Work Unit: Financial Services
Position Number: LAA 00080
Job Location: 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Salary Range: $4,117.00 - $5,400.00
Release Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 1:15pm
Apply By: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 5:00pm
Employment Type: Full-Time
FLSA: Exempt
Position Type: Classified

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NOTE: This job announcement will close on January 9, 2018 or when 75 applications are received, whichever occurs first.

Find a rewarding career making a difference:
Join the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law Team!

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the largest law firm in the State.  The Attorney General is elected by popular vote of the statewide electorate and is the State's chief lawyer and law enforcement official.

Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman oversees the Department and manages a wide range of responsibilities, including:

• Prosecuting and defending all civil and criminal actions in which the State has an interest, including on appeal
• Defending the laws and the Constitution of the State of Colorado
• Protecting consumers from scams and fraudulent activity
• Serving as legal advisor to officers of the State of Colorado and defending them from legal challenge
• Protecting and preserving Colorado’s natural resources
• Advocating for policies that help law enforcement improve community safety
• Investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud throughout the State

In addition to the challenging and impactful work being done at the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law, there are many other benefits to joining the Attorney General’s team:

• Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
• Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA’s Defined Benefit Plan or PERA’s Defined Contribution Plan, including 401K and 457 plans
• Medical and dental health plans
• Paid life insurance
• Short and long-term disability coverage
• Paid vacation and sick leave earned each month
• 10 paid holidays per year
• Free access to a fitness center located in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
• Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law an equal opportunity employer and understands that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public.  We encourage candidates with diverse qualities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

Information About The Job: 

This position is located in the Financial Services Unit of the Department of Law and is responsible for assisting with the day to day accounting operations of the department.  This position serves as the primary accountant for federal grants by overseeing grant activities and processes from beginning to end; setting up budgets and expense accounts/codes for new grants; ensuring compliance with all grant requirements; assisting program managers in monitoring of budgets and facilitating budget and/or line item amendments; processing required financial reporting documents including preparing federal grant exhibits and grant modification requests.

This position serves as the travel trainer for the department by providing trainings to departmental staff responsible for making travel arrangements or seeking travel reimbursements.  This includes providing training on the purchasing and travel card programs, determining the appropriate use of cards and providing guidance in completing travel requests forms and documentation for travel expenses.

Additionally, this position serves as the primary accountant for departmental programs.  This includes overseeing the Tobacco Settlement Cost Share and the Federal Task Force Reimbursements programs by collaborating with the tobacco settlement attorney and legal assistant to identify accounting needs, developing best practices for ensuring timely payment of cost-share billings, developing tracking mechanisms to ensure bills are paid from the appropriate cost-share accounts, providing any necessary status reports and any other financial services support required of the programs.

Assisting with other accounting operations of the department by ensuring transactions are accurate and in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and all applicable State fiscal rules and regulations; identifying errors and ensuring compliance with applicable rules and regulations; managing work flows to ensure that all accounting transactions are processed accurately and in a timely manner; maintaining files that include supporting documentation for all accounting transactions; ensuring internal fiscal policies are followed by departmental units; ensuring fiscal deadlines are met;  ensuring accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year-end closes; monitoring and maintenance of accounting controls; resolving accounting discrepancies on a timely basis.  Other related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting AND two years (full-time equivalent) of professional accounting experience.

Substitution:  A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, which included 27 semester hours of accounting or auditing coursework, may substitute for the required education.  A master’s degree in accounting or MBA with an emphasis in accounting or a doctorate degree in accounting from an accredited college or university may substitute for the bachelor’s degree and one or two years of the professional accounting experience, respectively. Full-time professional accounting experience may substitute for the bachelor’s degree in accounting on a year-for-year basis.

Necessary Special Requirements:  Applicants must pass a thorough criminal and personal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:  If you possess any of the following, specifically include the details on your application, as this information will be used to assess your qualifications and may be used to determine a top group of candidates.

  • Professional accounting experience beyond the required 2 years
  • Demonstrated experience with Grant accounting
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work within/meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel

Important Information: Applications and supporting materials may be used to identify the top group of candidates in whole or part for this position.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application materials fully describe their education, training and experience as it relates to this position.

Your application will be reviewed by a qualified Human Resources Specialist to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.  If your application does not demonstrate that you meet the minimum requirements, you will not proceed in the selection process for this position.  You will be notified of the results of the application review.  If your application is rejected and you have questions, you may contact Kathy DePew at 720-508-6510 or  You must contact her office within two days of the date you receive the application rejection notice.

APPEAL RIGHTS:  If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.  The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor Denver, CO 80203, Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300.  The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

The Assessment Process:  Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material(s). Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. Subject Matter Experts may use the application material(s) to assess applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to identify a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the “Work Experience” section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work product, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and “see resume” statements will not be accepted in lieu of the “Work Experience” section of the application. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

Transfer Applicants: Eligible transfer candidates must submit a complete application following the directions in this job announcement. All qualified transfer eligible candidates who submitted an application by the posted deadline will be included along with all other qualified candidates in the comparative analysis process. If you do not want to compete in the assessment process, you may withdraw from consideration for this position.

Please refer to the State of Colorado Employment website for further details and instructions on how to apply,