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Revenue Accountant Apprentice

Revenue Accounting Apprentice/Accounts Receivable
Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners
OPENING DATE: 03/16/2023                        
CLOSING DATE: 03/30/2023
The Colorado State Land Board is looking for an apprentice to learn the Accounting Technician role in our finance team. You’ll be part of a small but mighty team of revenue and expenditure accountants, procurement processors, budget staff and internal auditors. This team processes more than $200 million in annual revenues via 7,000 contracts totalling 40,000+ annual transactions. Over time, we’ll give you the skills and tools to process multi-million dollar revenue streams, reconciling tens of millions of dollars between ledger systems, and contributing to the development of new and better processes along the way.

What is the State Land Board?
The State Land Board is a constitutionally created agency that manages a $4 billion endowment of assets for the intergenerational benefit of Colorado’s K-12 schoolchildren and public institutions. The agency is the second-largest landowner in Colorado and generates revenue on behalf of beneficiaries by leasing three million surface acres and four million subsurface acres for assorted purposes. We are entirely self-funded and receive no tax dollars. We are a 147-year old, constitutionally chartered agency, and we take pride in being entrepreneurial and business-savvy. We compete in private sector markets daily and generate more than $100 million in revenue annually. 
The job opportunity
Under guidance from our CFO and under direct supervision from our Finance Manager/Controller, you’ll be trained in day-to-day accounting support and leading a business from the inside. Literally all revenue dollars received by our agency flow through this position. Here are the details of the things we’ll teach you:
  • Payment Receipting: record the receipt of all revenue payments and create supporting remittance documents used in Treasury deposits and funds transfer. 
  • Process payments of surface and mineral rent in ATLAS (Automated Trust Lands Asset System), create revenue journal entries in ATLAS for all revenue received, and create CORE IETs for all revenue received.
  • Work with customers and staff to resolve issues with payments made. 
  • Do CORE Payment Processing. Do data entry of all CORE payment documents (GAX) not associated with encumbrance documents, and audit and payment processing of all travel reimbursement requests.
  • Maintain all digital revenue records, including the creation, retention and management of backup documentation, and other duties as required.
  • And, of course, other duties as assigned. Part of any job is to be flexible and supportive of things that come up unexpectedly. 
To this training opportunity we ask that you bring an open mind, a positive energy, a willingness to learn and attention to detail. Accuracy is the key to this role. This position supports efficient revenue collection and distribution to the trust beneficiaries through the timely and accurate recording of revenue and expenditures. Success in this role has a significant impact on the ability of the Program Managers to manage their business plans and monitor the revenue generated which in turn supports success of the agency's Strategic Plan.

What can you expect from us in return for your hard work?
We are a lean team of 45 staff members that places significant emphasis on promoting and maintaining a positive work environment. We embrace employee engagement tools, such as DiSC. We get our work done, and we have fun doing it. The qualities of our environment include transparent and open communication, work-life balance (we mean it), and a focus on training and development. You’ll occasionally get to explore and travel our state on day trips or multi-day trips, but minimal out-of-state travel is required. As a state employee, you have access to a suite of HR benefits and holidays, including professional development funds and tuition reimbursement. And you can feel good knowing your work is directly supporting Colorado schools. 

We will work with you to establish a training plan so that, as you demonstrate success in this set of responsibilities, you will be eligible for a promotion and begin your career growth. 

We want to hire talented critical thinkers who come to this opportunity with broad based life skills and a good sense for business. Over time, you’ll build expertise in the tools and systems that help you get your work done, including:
  • Relational database tools such as Netsuite, Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP and others
  • The State's Accounting System (CORE)
  • Google Workspace tools and familiarity with Microsoft Office products
  • Analysis and review of data (both paper and electronic)
  • Meticulous and diligent recordkeeping
  • Critical, dynamic thinking when comparing the data submitted to data needed

Minimum Qualifications
Two years of higher education or work experience demonstrating success in business concepts.  

To be successful as a member of this agency, you’ll have these professional traits and skills:

  • Good written and oral communication with the ability to convey information to others effectively and efficiently
  • Independent yet also a team player; proactively helps others 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Customer-service mindset, respectful, helpful
  • Proactive, takes initiative, self motivated
  • Possesses good problem solving skills, seeks to understand alternatives, employs logic and good judgment
  • Self confident and self aware
  • Great work ethic: results oriented, disciplined, conscientious, thorough and diligent
  • Honest, trustworthy, dependable
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, optimistic, positive attitude
  • Organized and professional
  • Adaptable and open to change

We hope this sounds like you. Tell us why. Apply online through the state portal.

PS: We compete in the private-sector markets every day and operate largely independently from state government. But not from HR. So please follow the lengthy prompts to apply for this position through the state hiring portal. Only candidates who apply through the state portal will be considered. Think of it as an endurance test. We hope to see you at the finish line.