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Financial Specialist, Senior

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Posting Begin Date: 09/22/2023
Posting End Date: 10/08/2023
Category: Accounting and Finance
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 28.00
Maximum Salary: 30.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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We are excited to announce an opening for the position of Senior Financial Specialist at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation! 

This exceptional opportunity allows you to blend your passion for the outdoors with your expertise in finance and accounting.

We are actively seeking a seasoned professional to take the lead in our financial management and budget coordination efforts. As the Senior Financial Specialist, you will utilize your extensive experience in financial analysis, budget development, and accounting principles to support the agency's financial operations. Additionally, this role will involve supervisory responsibilities, overseeing two Financial Technicians, while reporting to a Fiscal Officer. Your proven expertise and leadership will play a critical role in ensuring the financial stability and success of our organization, as we strive to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship.

The position will be located in our headquarters office in East Boise, ID, where we are nestled against picturesque foothills, surrounded by rolling hills and hiking trails offering breathtaking views of the Treasure Valley. Moreover, we enjoy convenient access to the Boise River Greenbelt, a beloved 25-mile tree-lined pathway along the Boise River, connecting various popular riverside parks in the heart of the city. 

This setting offers the perfect harmony between your professional skills and your love for the great outdoors!

 Example of Duties:

  • Incumbents use their seasoned professional background to develop budgets, develop and maintain accounting systems, prepare complex financial documents, plan and review financial operations, and handle difficult or sensitive financial matters. 
  • Perform advanced professional financial duties, applying accounting theory and practice to ensure correct and consistent application principles and Governmental Accounting Standards.
  • Incumbents supervise the preparation of or prepare and explain documents of findings and conclusions concerning the policies, procedures, operational methods, and financial position of an agency. 
  • Incumbents design, modify, and implement financial-related systems or have a significant role in their development. 
  • They may audit financial data for completeness and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. 
  • They participate in developing policies and procedures for financial reporting systems and conduct research into the financial needs of an agency. 
  • Incumbents apply strong background in information technology to analyze, research, and maintain financial data, develop financial documents, and resolve problems. 
  • Senior Financial Specialists analyze technical financial problems and provide professional assistance and advice concerning their solutions. 
  • They supervise or may conduct audits of increasing complexity and size; Consequences of actions in some positions may have legal implications.
  • Act as the primary budgetary contact and support for assigned programs, divisions, and business managers, to include, providing financial and budget training to department staff when required.
  • Manage and control budgets, including analyzing budget adjustments for department programs and maintain monthly budget allotments.
  • Assist in the development of the department's annual legislative appropriation request.
  • Recommend and implement budgetary actions.
  • Oversee accounts payable/accounts receivable, p-card processing, month cash and budget monitoring, general ledger adjustments, year-end CAFR reporting.

Other duties may include: 

  • Develop and prepare financial documents and reports.
  • Process Federal grant reconciliations and reimbursements.
  • Serve as LUMA subject matter expert for system functionality related to grants receivables, grant accounting, fixed asset accounting, general ledger adjustments, budget allocations and other applicable subjects. 

 Minimum Qualifications: 

Good knowledge of accounting principles and practices. Typically gained by at least four years of professional work experience applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), usually gained as a bookkeeper, accountant or equivalent; OR, an Associate's degree in accounting AND at least two years of professional work experience as described above.


  • Developing and preparing financial documents. Typically gained by at least one year of full-time work experience, where developing and preparing financial documents was a regular part of the job. Experience must be at the professional level. Financial documents would include such documents as financial statements, tax worksheets, budgets, cost analysis, audit reports, and audit work papers.
  • Using a personal computer to develop, analyze, and report on financial data.  Typically gained by at least one year of full-time work experience using a personal computer to develop, analyze and report on financial data as a regularly assigned job duty. Due to the rapidly changing information systems, your experience must be within the last five years. Please note, experience tracking personal finances and using home financial software would not qualify. 
  • Analyzing financial activities and recommending management action.  Typically gained by at least one year of full-time work experience, where analyzing financial activities and recommending management action was a regular part of the job. Please note, management could be internal or external to your organization and would include things as recommending changes based on financial findings, making financial adjustments, tax adjustments, and proposing budget and audit exceptions.

 Minimum Qualification Specialties:

  • Some knowledge of state budget processes. Typically gained by a minimum of six months experience working with state budget process. This experience can also be gained by successful completion of a college-level course specific to the subject area or at least 20 hours of training through workshops or seminars.
  • Good knowledge of supervisory practices. Typically met by successful completion of courses or seminars that included all the essential elements of management (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling); OR at least one year of experience performing as a supervisor that required work assignment, and direction and monitoring of staff with responsibility (or significant input) into the hiring of employees, preparing performance evaluations, and handling problem-solving procedures. 

The desired candidate will hold a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) certification.


 WHY IDPR? We are innovators in outdoor recreation, committed to excellent service and resource stewardship. We foster experiences that renew the human spirit and promote community vitality. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship. IDPR manages 30 state parks, trails and attractions throughout every region of Idaho and the registration programs for boats, snowmobiles and other off-highway vehicles (OHV). Money from these registration programs goes back to users to develop and maintain trails, facilities and programs. IDPR also provides free education courses for boaters and OHV operators. 

BENEFITS: We offer a competitive benefits package which includes excellent medical, dental and vision insurance. There is generous vacation and sick leave accrual that begins as soon as you start. There are ten paid holidays in a year; participation in one of the Nation's best state retirement systems; multiple saving plans and optional 401K; life insurance; wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities and more. 

To learn more about Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation please visit:

Benefits: The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*

EEO/ADA/Veteran: The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

*Benefits may not be applicable for temporary or seasonal positions.