Grant Accountant – Accounting Officer Senior / Intermediate

Department of Human Services - Direct Care and Treatment
September 6, 2023
St. Paul, MN
Job Type


When all employees are embraced, respected and heard, we will build a collaborative, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist culture where everyone thrives.

Working Title: Grant Accountant
Job Class: Accounting Officer Senior OR Accounting Officer Intermediate
Agency: Human Services Dept

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 9/06/2023
  • Closing Date: 09/20/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / MAPE DHS Central Office
  • Division/Unit: DHS-Central Office / FOD Grants & Allocations
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Accounting Officer Intermediate Salary Range: $23.62 - $34.45 / hourly; $49,319 - $71,932 / annually
  • Accounting Officer Senior Salary Range: $26.14 - $38.38 / hourly; $54,580 - $80,137 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

*This vacancy was previously announced on 6/15/2023, it is being reposted to source additonal applicants. If you have previously applied, you do not need to reapply*

*This posting will be used to fill multiple vacancies*

  • One position supports the fiscal policy expertise and analytical resources to the division for the federal Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance programs. This position will provide oversight to maintain the integrity of the department's Title IV-E claiming; conduct and execute analysis of new/proposed legislation and other complex issues regarding the operational and fiscal components of current and new claiming opportunities for the state, counties, tribes, and other local entities; act as a consultant to DHS staff and management; prepare and submit Minnesota's Title IV-E federal quarterly statewide claim; and prepare expenditure reporting and analysis as needed by policy and financial operations management.
  • One position supports the financial oversight and fiscal policy leadership for the Behavioral Health Division and other programs and grants assigned to the incumbent. Specifically, this position will development and maintain financial reporting requirements to ensure proper reporting of expenditures related to the portfolio, and report to grantor and/or sponsors the financial information within appropriate specified parameters. This position will provide technical assistance to stakeholders for programs and grants in the position's portfolio. The position will develop and update processes, policies, and procedures to ensure programs and grants are operated in accordance with Department objectives and policies. This includes the evaluation of available data to make recommendations to streamline reporting and to develop new reporting instruments to achieve Department objective while maintaining sound fiscal stewardship of State, Federal, and Foundation funds.


Minimum Qualifications

Accounting Officer Intermediate Minimum Qualifications

Must meet one of the following:

One (1) year of professional accounting experience; or Three (3) years advanced technical or paraprofessional accounting experience; or A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, and 2 years of advance technical or paraprofessional accounting experience; or A Master's degree in Accounting, Finance, or another related field.

Experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) sufficient to manage grant accounting functions
  • Experience working with state, federal and/or dedicated funds
  • Knowledge of financial systems, databases, and office applications


Accounting Officer Senior Minimum Qualifications

2 years of professional accounting or financial experience. Experience must demonstrate:

  • Expertise in federal regulations and law relating to administrative maintenance reimbursement and claiming
  • Knowledge of federal grant management
  • Knowledge of federal administrative claiming methodologies and cost allocation plans
  • Skills in analysis and comprehensive reporting
  • Experience interpreting and analyzing fiscal data, reports, and records

A Bachelor's degree or higher in accounting may substitute for 1 year of professional experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Experience applying accounting principles (GAAP) and practices sufficient in creation of various financial statements and reports
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex fiscal reports and records for adherence and conformance to federal laws, state statutes, and department policies
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel, including use of pivot tables and advanced formulas such as VLOOKUP or similar functions
  • Communication skills that demonstrate the ability for clear and persuasive presentations to both internal and external audiences, including written and verbal skills to train other staff, answer questions, and provide accounting guidance
  • Ability to plan, organize, and successfully manage competing priorities
  • Knowledge of Title IV-E federal regulations

Additional Requirements

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.

Application Details

How to Apply

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

If you have questions about the position, contact Summer Harris at .

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Erika Mejia at .

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services' ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or for assistance.

About Human Services Dept

WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Minnesota Department of Human Services impacts the lives of 1.7 million people every year, helping them meet their basic needs so they can achieve their highest potential.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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