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State CAFR Manager at State of Montana


Organization State of Montana

Location: Helena

Salary: $78,000 - $84,000

Contact Info: Cody Pearce
Email Address


Why should you keep reading and consider working here?
We know you have other work options, but we ask you to consider working with us at the State of Montana Department of Administration (DOA). Our foundation of success is having effective working relationships, built on mutual trust and respect. We will challenge you to be the best you can be and will work hard to provide a work environment that allows you to succeed.

What is this career opportunity?
We are looking for an engaging leader to join our team as our State Accounting Manager and supervise our team of 5 accounting professionals. Our team of accountants has fun while getting the job done! They get excited about successfully balancing and reconciling and enjoy a good debate on how new GASB Statements should be implemented. They are team oriented and motivated professionals who perform the following:

Development and maintenance of statewide accounting policies in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and Montana Code Annotated (MCA)
Preparation of the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), including note disclosures
Preparation of the Statewide Cost Allocation Plan (SWCAP)
Participation in workgroups to research, analyze, and implement new GASB Statements for all state agencies
Collaboration with other state agency staff to provide technical accounting and financial reporting guidance
Approval of Statewide Accounting, Budgeting, and Human Resource System (SABHRS) financial structure changes and transactions for agencies to ensure compliance with GAAP, GASB, and MCA.

This position is essential to maintaining a uniform accounting structure statewide to provide timely and accurate governmental financial reporting. The State of Montana’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is required for the state to obtain the federal funding and bond issuance proceeds necessary for the state to finance its operations, infrastructure, and numerous citizen-based programs. This position also includes working with all agency accounting professionals to implement complex accounting or financial reporting changes for the State of Montana. If you like variety in your accounting career, working with others, and applying professional judgement to problem-solve – this is a great opportunity.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; AND
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License; AND
Five years supervisory experience and leadership ability; AND
Seven years of experience in professional governmental accounting or auditing. OR
Alternate combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Knowledge of:
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements
Financial statement and note disclosure preparation and presentation, especially as they relate to governmental entities
Federal regulations as they relate to state government, such as federal grant reporting and cost allocation plan development
Statewide Accounting, Budgeting, and Human Resources System (SABHRS)
Montana Code Annotated (MCA)
Auditing procedure and process, especially as they relate to governmental entities

Ability to:
Communicate effectively and diplomatically, both verbally and in writing with staff, bureau and division management, auditors, and agency accountants, with varying levels of technical knowledge
Effectively work in a team environment, collaborate with others, and build consensus among a group of varying stakeholders
Self-motivate and manage staff independently, with little daily supervision
Prioritize staff workload and juggle multiple projects with strict deadlines
Manage changing environments and priorities by being flexible
Provide leadership, vision, and direction for staff, as well as guidance and encouragement
Assist bureau and division management develop and achieve goals and objectives
Use innovation to make improvements to business processes
Interpret and apply regulatory accounting and financial reporting technical literature
Research, develop, and implement accounting policies and/or understand complex issues
Use critical thinking skills to problem solve and anticipate future problems
Establish financial and procedural controls to safeguard state resources
Understand the rules, policies, and laws that govern the work and exercise judgment in making necessary decisions

What can you expect from us in return for your work with our agency?
Look here to see the additional benefits! They include:
Work/life Balance
Health Coverage
Retirement plans
Paid Vacation and Sick Leave and Holidays
And more…
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF.

Closing Date:

August 12, 2020

How to Apply:

Go to and find the Accounting Manager (20141723) for Department of Administration in the Career Section for more information.

Other important information to be aware of:
This position requires the successful completion of a criminal background check.
Only online applications are accepted. By applying online, you are able to receive updates and monitor the status of your application.

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