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Natural Resources, Department of

Financial Specialist- Advanced/ Financial Specialist- Senior 

Job Announcement Code(s): 17-03080

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
Financial Specialist-Adv 17-03080
    Financial Specialist

Financial Specialist-Senior 17-03080
    Financial Specialist

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay for the Financial Specialist- Advanced is $21.08 per hour ($43,846 annually), pay schedule/range 02-15. Starting pay for the Financial Specialist- Senior is $18.03 per hour ($37,502 annually), pay schedule/range 02-13. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. These positions are non- represented. A 12-month probationary period may be required.
Rebecca Rupnow, Human Resources Specialist, 608-261-6447,
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Deadline to Apply:
Applications must be complete and finalized before 11:59PM CST on the deadline date. Once you finalize, you cannot make changes to your application.
Assessment Information:
00162 -  058  Financial Specialist-Advanced or Senior 
Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources is hiring a Financial Specialist- Advanced or Financial Specialist- Senior in the Bureau of Finance. The classification level will depend upon the candidate's qualifications at the time of application.  The Financial Specialist will be stationed in Madison.

The candidate pool generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future Advanced and Senior level Financial Specialists over the next 6-12 months.

*If you applied for a Financial Specialist position with the DNR since December of 2017, you do NOT need to re-apply for this position.

The Wisconsin DNR is located at 101 S. Webster Street in the heart of downtown Madison, near the state capitol, the Madison Metro bus route and the Capital City bike path. In addition, there are many nearby restaurants and shopping venues.  In partnership with individuals and organizations, the DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air, and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor activities.

In addition to many appealing benefits, the DNR offers a fun, casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depending on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive, diverse agency that prides itself on commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community by participating in fund raisers for charities. Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding and meaningful work! Additionally, you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program! Click here, for additional information about State Government positions.

Position Summary:   

The Financial Specialist-Advanced provides high-level support to the General Accounting Section and the Bureau of Finance. The incumbent will work cross-departmentally to ensure high-level customer service in the processing of complex accounting tasks. The Financial Specialist-Advanced will compile and analyze financial data, resolve discrepancies, perform reconciliations and direct the work of other Financial Specialists in the General Accounting Section.

Advanced-level positions differ from Senior-level positions in that they are generally broader in scope and complexity and may direct the work of a team.

Senior-level positions ensure financial transactions are prepared and processed in accordance with all applicable statutes, Wisconsin Administrative Codes, Department of Administration policies, and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) policies and procedures. Positions are responsible for accounts payable functions including but not limited to: travel expense reimbursement processing, assignment of accounting or funding codes, review of invoices and/or payments with contracts and purchase orders, check handling, validation of transaction validity and accuracy, resolution of financial errors, monitor encumbrance balances, generation and/or reconciliation of reports, customer service and consultation to vendors and agency staff on general program rules and requirements, and management of department financial records and documents.

Special Notes:   

Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check.  DNR does not sponsor work visas, thus, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required I-9 form upon hire.


Required Qualifications: Both levels require knowledge of financial principles and procedures, experience with accounts payable, and experience with reconciliation. The advanced-level also requires the ability to direct the work of a team.

Preferred Qualifications: In both levels, it is preferred that the candidate also have experience with governmental financial practices in particular, and the with the use of the PeopleSoft ERP system.

How To Apply:   

Before applying, please click "Preview Assessment" at the top of the page to view important instructions regarding your resume and letter of interest.

To be considered for this position, you must attach a resume and insert a cover letter in the assessment portion that describes
1. Knowledge of financial principles and procedures: e.g. coursework taken, degrees earned, or direct experience performing financial duties such as cash management, bills, bookkeeping, deposits, receipts, etc.,

2. Experience performing accounts reconciliations: e.g. identification, analysis, and resolution of discrepancies in financial system and reports,

3. Experience with the various duties of accounts payable: e.g. audits, travel expense reimbursement processing, assignment of accounting or funding codes, review of invoices and/ or payments  with contracts and purchase orders, check handling, etc.,

4. Experience training, delegating, or leading/ managing the work of a team: e.g. function as a subject matter expert/resource, training others, delegating work, managing projects, ensuring work is distributed evenly, ensuring work of team is meeting deadlines, etc.,

5. Industry in which the financial experience was gained,

6. Level of experience using PeopleSoft.

To apply for this position, click “Log In” to access your existing account or to create a new account if you do not already have an account in the system. After you have logged in, click “Apply Now.” You will be asked to provide your personal information and
attach a resume. Applicants must complete the online process; materials will not be accepted if received in an email, as a hard copy or fax. Your submission will be evaluated by one or more job experts. Candidates who are deemed eligible will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process where vacancies exist.
Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) should complete the application process to apply.


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