03 Jul 2022
Colorado, Denver, 80221 Denver USA


ACCOUNTANT II Print ( Apply ACCOUNTANT II Salary $53,484.00 - $65,880.00 AnnuallyLocation Denver, COJob TypeFull TimeDepartmentColorado Department of Human ServicesJob NumberIIC 05841 07/01/2022 repostClosing7/11/2022 11:59 PM Mountain Description



Department InformationPlease note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies. This position is open to current Colorado residents only. Opt in below to receive text message updates on CDHS recruiting events! CDHSCareers Description of JobResponsibilities in this position include: The purpose of this position is to provide the Behavioral Health Administration with monitoring and follow-up on various reports, various balance sheet and revenue reconciliations, and a resource for performance of special projects for the Division of Accounting as needed. This is a professional accounting position that generates, compiles, analyzes, and interprets all the accounting and reporting functions for all State programs assigned. The position will be responsible for understanding and maintaining the accounts and records in CORE. Daily Accounting ActivitiesThis position reviews and approves all payments made in CORE from the BHA. Payments made on contracts that affect all of the Department’s programs must subsequently be distributed in the accounting system to other account coding strings on a regular basis.Accesses fiscal systems to produce, correct, audit, approve, and input financial and budget transactions that pertain to the Federal and State Programs. Also analyzes information on an as-needed basis for all assigned programs/units/appropriations. This includes accessing all systems for the financial, budget, and payment information as needed by supervisors, peers, program staff, auditors, and county staff producing accurate auditable data using established procedures and manuals.Specific examples of regular, ongoing decisions made by this position related to this duty.Based on the coding for each program, decide whether the coding provided and uploaded for payment is correct.

The employee will determine the proper classification of expenditures and revenues and ensure all transactions are classified properly.

Determines the appropriate program to post a payment.

Reviews transactions to determine if a transaction is in compliance with State Fiscal Rule. Reviewing Department and State Policies and Regulations and if the transaction meets the substantive and transactional standards of the State of Colorado.

Determines if payments made are in accordance with GAAP or need alternate Accounting treatment and makes the subsequent entry needed to record this.

Assists program staff on expenditure related decisions.

Advises on allowable activity within the State program from a financial perspective.

This position analyzes CORE data and creates ad hoc reports to ensure completeness and accuracy of financial reports. This position analyzes procedures to determine if they are appropriate projects for automation, which would allow them to be accomplished more efficiently and effectively.

Sets up coding elements needed to segregate and record specific financial information.

BHA Fund Accounting:This position is the primary accountant for the Behavioral Health Administration Funds. In addition to performing the other duties related to this assignment the position is responsible for the tracking and invoicing of various program revenues. Reconciles all general and sub ledger accounts relative to all expenditures, revenue and obligations for named program funds, by analyzing and investigating various types of errors and interpreting the account expenditures and balances of funds available and using the data received from all financial systems to produce accurate and complete information for fund level and management reporting. Through performance of these procedures the position determines what costs are eligible to be included within these funds and ensures that those that are not, are moved to other appropriate locations via preparation and posting of accounting transactions. Specific examples of regular, ongoing decisions made by this position related to this duty.This position is the Department’s authority for the proper classification, processing, and timing for recording financial accounting transactions, and spending authority for assigned programs. This position decides after doing analysis what steps to recommend to avoid revenue shortages, over expenditures or budget and headnote violations.

This person determines if expenditures are allowable or unallowable.

This position is responsible for determining if fund balance is available if there is a shortage of revenue.

This position works with programs to determine appropriate methodology to bring into compliance if out of compliance.

Make corrections as needed to ensure proper recording of expenditure/revenues.

Program Financial Reporting:Prepare program financial reports on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual basis by analyzing and interpreting CORE data for the programs for which the financial reports are being produced. Analyzes and prepares Program Financial Reports according to the reporting requirementsSpecific examples of regular, ongoing decisions made by this position related to this duty.Determines if costs applied to specific appropriations and programs are allowable or unallowable based on various standards, authoritative guidance and legislative and program intent.

There are varying opinions on how accounting activity should be classified. After researching authoritative guidance, determine the most appropriate way to classify and present findings to programs and other fiscal staff.

Financial Analysis:Prepares and interprets system reports for all assigned programs and Budget by utilizing a variety of excel spreadsheets to manipulate, enhance, combine the elements and different levels of detail present in CORE and the reports they produce. Said spreadsheets to be used in the budgeting and reporting process pertaining to all assigned programs. Assists program in budgeting process and proper spending activities. Understand the effects of indirect costs and indirect cost coding elements applied to administrative expenses and is able to explain this process to programs.Specific examples of regular, ongoing decisions made by this position related to this duty.Determine appropriate indirect account coding element to apply to a specific cost classification. Ensure that this element is used consistently in reporting.

Decide coding methodology to use to track items in an accounting subsystem.

Monitoring:Monitors budget balances and resolves any problems with the budget division by preparing budgetary documents for allocations, transfers, increases, decreases, and corrections for the appropriations belonging to the programs assigned. This position monitors activities on financial diagnostic reports to ensure areas assigned are in compliance with State financial reporting standards. Monitors other reports and statuses related to assigned programs to ensure items are in compliance and are being addressed as needed.Specific examples of regular, ongoing decisions made by this position related to this duty.Determines if adjustments are needed for specific programs.

Determines if items reported on diagnostic reports relate to the assigned programs and then resolves issues.

Year End Close: Executes year end closing of all accounts related to programs assigned by utilizing and analyzing CORE and other financial information. Make adjustments to journal entries, clean up general ledger accounts, and produce required financial exhibits using the information available in CORE.Specific examples of regular, ongoing decisions made by this position related to this duty.Determines proper classification of expenditures and revenues. Ensure all transactions are classified properly.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal RightsEducation: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in accounting.ANDTwo years of professional accounting experience. Substitutions: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution which included 27 semester hours of accounting or auditing coursework will substitute for the degree requirement. Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Current, valid licensure as a CPA by the Colorado Board of Accountancy will substitute for the degree requirement and two years of the professional accounting experience. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. Preferred Qualifications:Strong preference will be given to candidates who possess a bachelor's degree in accounting

Preference will be given to candidates with public-sector and/or government accounting experience

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate having greater depth of experience and knowledge related to accounting and principles and practices

Preference will be given to candidates with one or more years of experience with complex accounting systems, such as the State's COFRS, Kronos, and/or CPPS systems

Ability to work well independently as well as in/with a team

Ability to independently organize, plan, and prioritize work

Conditions of Employment:Standard Background – Name check, TRAILS, CMS and JBITS

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

As a condition of employment, this position is required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or, submit to twice-weekly serial testing. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination, or begin twice-weekly serial testing for COVID-19.

Testing will take place in-person/at home/TBD and will be considered paid work time.

Note: Be advised that “fully vaccinated” means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation will be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, please contact


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.Supplemental InformationThis position will be paid bi-weeklyHow to Apply ( The Assessment Process ( For additional recruiting questions, please contact Please Note: As part of the Comparative analysis process, candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be required to take and pass on online skills assessment test. Notifications, as well as instructions will be sent via email so applicants are encouraged to continually check for emails. About Us: If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services ( (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer: Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans

Medical and dental health plans

Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

Paid life insurance

Short- and long-term disability coverage

11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

BenefitHub state employee discount program

Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

Remote work arrangements for eligible positions

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

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Our Values:

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

ADAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.


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