Accountant, Health Services

Deschutes County
August 27, 2023
Bend, OR
Job Type


Our Mission is to promote and protect the Health and Safety of Our Community. Our department has a primary responsibility to help address the basic health and wellness of Deschutes County residents. The department offers services at more than 40 locations in Deschutes County including public schools; health clinics in Bend, La Pine, Redmond and Sisters; five school-based health clinics; agencies such as the KIDS Center and the State of Oregon Department of Human Services; area hospitals; care facilities and homes.

To hear from staff about working at Deschutes County Behavioral Health, please click HERE.

We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you'll consider joining our talented team.

Do you enjoy working in a dynamic environment, streamlining accounting processes, enabling programs to be more fast-moving and adaptive? Can you understand complex government financial information and communicate it clearly to a non-fiscal audience? If so, you may be the right candidate to be the Health Services Accountant.

This position will be providing fiscal and grant management for a complex and rapidly evolving healthcare environment. Specific duties include performing professional accounting and financial analytical activities using generally accepted accounting principles, methods, and practices. The position requires an in-depth knowledge of financial reporting and related systems, and Federal grant management. Duties include: preparing and entering budgetary projections, balancing inter-fund activity, reviewing and recording receipts and expenditures and, if necessary, making adjustments; preparing monthly performance reports to internal and external agencies, comparing actual budget with supporting variance analysis and explanation; reconciling sub-ledger balances to control totals; preparing monthly reconciliation for the Department's accounts; developing and implementing grant management processes in accordance with Federal guidelines, and conducting cost-benefit analysis of potential purchases and funding opportunities.

This position is located in Deschutes County and may be eligible for hybrid of in-office/remote work as allowed by policy and approved by the supervisor.

What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:

  • Governmental accounting and financial reporting standards.
  • Exercising patience and discretion in communications with others inside and outside the organization and ability to communicate technical concepts to others, as needed.

Skill in:

  • Performing account and variance analysis, preparing account adjustments, and completing financial statements and custom reports using PC-based financial software and spreadsheets.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others at all times.

*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

Notification to all candidates will be sent via email and/or text only. Please opt in for text messaging or check your email and your account for application status.

Additional information regarding the position may be found by clicking here.

This position is under review. Changes to job duties and requirements may occur.
$6,513.84 to $8,729.19 per month for a 172.67 hour work month. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This position is available immediately.

Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $90 per month, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities. Please click HERE for full benefit details.

This position has been re-opened until filled. First review of applications will be on September 8, 2023.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration;
  • AND three (3) years of public sector accounting experience;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Master's degree in accounting.
  • Experience with Payroll/Finance/HRIS systems.
  • Reviewing interrelated financial and technical records and identifying and reconciling errors
  • Experience working with Power Pivot, Power Query, Power BI, SQL, or other advanced financial reporting tools.
  • Experience in grant management and reporting.

Necessary Special Requirements
The employment offer will be contingent upon pre-employment screening for criminal history and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). These screenings must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

Physical Requirements. Must have the ability to work in an office that is environmentally controlled; possess sufficient hand coordination to perform keyboarding and data entry; arm/hand movements to retrieve work materials and operate a variety of general office equipment. The position is frequently required to sit, walk, stoop, bend, reach, stand, grasp, talk, hear, see, and may lift up to 10 pounds.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, Deschutes County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:

  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave

Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:

  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance

To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit and click on Employee Benefits.

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