Accountant I

State of Colorado
Full Time 27 semester per week $56,028 - $89,652 Per year CO Laura Seese, 455 Acoma St, Denver, CO 802045112, United States


Department Information

Division of Environmental Health & Sustainability 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT:  This position is only open to current Colorado residents at the time of applying.



Be BOLD and make a real difference . . .

Do you desire a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a career position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to advance Colorado's health and protect the places we live, work, learn, and play. Our vision is to create a healthy and sustainable Colorado where current and future generations thrive.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In addition to working with a great team and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Employee wellness programs and facilities
  • Extensive internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  • Strong, yet flexible retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 11 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters degree programs
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and  
  • A variety of employee resource groups
  • 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.
Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to: 

Description of Job

The Work Unit:
The purpose of the unit is to provide financial services to the Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability. The Fiscal Services Unit exists to provide budget oversight, accounts payable, accounts receivable, procurement, and financial reporting to the management and staff of the Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability (DEHS).

Summary of Position:
Serves as the accounts payable accountant for the division and functions as a member of the Fiscal Services Unit.
Primary responsibilities are to:

  • Accurately and timely process the division’s accounts payables which includes the daily input of data into CORE, processing interagency transfers and other related financial documents and activities in a timely manner.
  • Serves as the staff contact on CORE concerning accounts payable problems and questions.
  • Aides in external reporting requests, payables spreadsheets and audit requests as applicable.
  • Responsible for assisting with classifying, recording, and reconciling accounts payable accounts.
  • Assures compliance with applicable fiscal rules, regulations, department and state procedures, and statutes in the day-to-day processes of the Fiscal Services unit.
  • Assures understanding of internal controls and fiscal procedure manual responsibilities as they pertain to the unit processes.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications, must meet one of the following options below:

Option 1, Experience:
Four (4) years of relevant experience in an occupation related to the work assigned to
this position.

Option 2, Experience & Education:
A combination of related education (coursework requires 27 semester hours completed in accounting or auditing) and/or relevant experience in an occupation related to the work assigned equal to four (4) years.

Current, valid licensure as a CPA by the Colorado Board of Accountancy will substitute
for four (4) years of education.

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. Please be sure to enter all relevant job history and education within the last 10 years. "See Resume" and missing relevant employment/education will not be credited towards the minimum qualifications. 

Cover Letter Requirement:
Along with the application submit a cover letter, not to exceed two typewritten pages, double spaced detailing how your education and previous work experience has prepared you to excel in this job. Specific examples of determining and/or demonstrating compliance with regulations or evidence-based practice should be included as well as how you meet the minimum and preferred competencies for the position. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position will involve a review of the information you submit in your application and cover letter.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment background check
Preferred and Essential Competencies:
Relevant years of State service contribute to a candidates position-related knowledge, skill, ability, behavior or other posted competency should be considered as a preferred qualification and given weight under the process.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software, specifically Excel
  • Demonstrated experience working with CORE (Advantage).
  • Preference will be given to candidates with public-sector and/or government accounting experience.
  • General ledger & reconciliation accounting experience.
  • Professional experience in any of the following processes: batches, adjustments, transactions, and/or expenditures.
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 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.