Accountant – DHS Administration

Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Website Allegheny County Department of Human Services

We are seeking an experienced Accountant to provide comprehensive financial accounting, reporting and analysis in support of our mission of delivering quality, cost-effective human services to people in Allegheny County. The Accountant performs complex and professional accounting functions at an advanced level, including preparing county, state, and federal financial reports and designing and implementing improvements to DHS’s financial processes.

About the Office of Administration and working at DHS

The Office of Administration is essential to ensuring that Allegheny County DHS is able to use its resources to serve as many people as possible, with quality. The Bureau of Financial Management, Budgets and Reports within the Office of Administration, is responsible for organizing and implementing the financial plan for using DHS’s funds effectively. This includes making sure that DHS’s budget reflects its priorities, managing DHS’s accounting and internal controls (the county’s financial book of record is JD Edwards), conducting finance activities, managing audits, proper reporting, and providing accurate information to decision-makers.

Working at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services puts you on a rich and rewarding professional path. You will work directly with the organization’s leaders, program office staff, and providers, as well as the Allegheny County Office of Controller and Office of Budget and Finance and state and federal agencies. You will be part of a highly-motivated, hard-working team that focuses each day on ensuring a safe, healthy, and thriving county.

The Financial Management, Budgets and Reports team take pride in being able to support human services programs in using government funds wisely so they can serve as many of the county residents’ in need as possible. Responsibilities will include:

  • With the team manager, setting annual goals for the team and developing plans for achieving them.
  • With the team manager, reviewing and enhancing accounting policies and protocols; and taking leadership in implementing those improvements.
  • Planning for and managing cash flow for both the county budget year and the state budget year.
  • Maintaining fiscal records through the application of professional accounting principles and methods.
  • Performing grant accounting functions, including billing, reconciliation, reporting and grant close outs.
  • Reconciling cash balances for grants.
  • Preparing and examining accounting records, financial statements and other financial reports.
  • Maintaining general ledger.
  • Performing high-level analytical exercises.
  • Providing fiscal support for management.
  • Providing information and support for development of budgets.
  • Assuming responsibility for tracking, researching and resolving accounting discrepancies.
  • Preparing reports to funders.
  • Setting up, maintaining and reconciling journal entries.
  • Preparing journal entries for monthly and annual closes.
  • Reviewing and revising financial data for accuracy.
  • Researching and reviewing suitability of accrual practices.
  • Analyzing and preparing audit-required workpapers and trial balances for auditors.
  • Preparing information for the county’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report/CAFR.
  • Preparing Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards.
  • Developing recommendations and implementing changes to accounting policies and procedures, so DHS is compliant with legal/regulatory requirements and best practices in the field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent knowledge of: Fund Accounting, GAAP and, where applicable, and Generally Accepted Government Accounting Standards (GAGAS).
  • Understanding of enterprise software/computer systems and applications used in accounting and analytical functions; financial data analysis; and auditing and due diligence reviews.
  • Analytical, good at problem-solving/critical thinking.
  • Ability to work well independently (with minimal supervision) but also able to ask questions and dig deeper to build understanding.
  • A team player and an ethical, trustworthy colleague.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with staff across DHS and our community partners.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and complete them accurately and on time.
  • Ability to publicly present with clarity and to write in ways that clearly explain recommendations and how you arrived at them.
  • Ability to work in general accounting/other modules of accounting software.
  • Advanced skills in Excel.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills

Education/Experience Requirements

Minimum of three years of accounting and auditing experience; and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field from an accredited college or university. Not required but preferred is certification as a: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).   Not required but preferred: experience in government accounting.

Please note:  A prerequisite for an interview is the completion of an analytical exercise.

If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute.

About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)

In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference.  You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark.  With only 1.3 million people in the County, it’s small enough for motivated people to get things done.  Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need of a positive and lasting way.  We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive.  Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.

DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion.  DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.

Why DHS?

  • It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
  • DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it his top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.”  This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
  • It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.

You can make a big impact here.  We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country.  But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make lives better.

“DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”

-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion



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