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Auditor Accountant Trainee - Contractor Compliance


The New Jersey Department of Transportation is accepting applications for candidates interested in an Auditor Accountant Trainee position for the Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action, Contractor Compliance Unit. Auditor Accountant Trainees are assigned a 35 - hour work week. Current starting salary is $48,531 and after six months is $50,737. As a NJ State Department, NJDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package including Health Care (medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision care), Pension, Deferred Compensation, 13 paid holidays, and Benefit Leave (12 vacation days, 15 sick days, and 3 administrative days).

The Department of Transportation (DOT) currently offers a telework pilot program, and this position may qualify for up to 2 days of remote work at your primary residence outside of your assigned DOT work location. This program does not supersede the "New Jersey First Act", which requires newly hired NJDOT employees to establish, and then maintain, principal residence in the State of New Jersey.

New hires will not be eligible for the telework pilot program until they successfully complete their 4 - month working test period. 

The Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action serves the employees and clients of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and is responsible for overseeing and ensuring that all NJDOT programs, activities and services are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner and in accordance with State and Federal anti - discrimination mandates. This position is assigned to our Contractor Compliance Unit is primarily responsible for overseeing and ensuring that NJDOT contractors remain in compliance with their Civil Rights contract provisions, including compliance with State and Federal wage rate requirements. 

The Auditor Accountant Trainee will be assigned responsibility for on - the - job training to develop a full understanding of the Federal and State wage rate regulations and their application; and developing effective techniques to independently audit and evaluate certified payrolls submitted by prime and subcontractors to determine and ensure contractors' payment of prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits as well as compliance with the Federal Davis Bacon and Related Acts. 

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree, including or supplemented by twenty one (21) semester hour credit in professional accounting courses which may include courses in municipal or government accounting. 

NOTE: Possession of a valid Certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Registration as a Public Accountant issued by the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy may be substituted for the required degree in accounting. 

Preferred Skills/Abilities
  • Strong analytical, mathematical, and problem - solving skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to understand, apply and ensure that regulations and payroll laws are followed
  • Ability to understand and apply effective auditing methods to financial records
  • Data collection and reporting skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel; Access would be a plus) 

For more information regarding this position, please refer to:

Work Authorization:
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. NJDOT does not provide sponsorship or accept student OPT/CPT program, F1 or H1B work authorization visas.

All persons newly hired on or after September 1, 2011 have one year from the date of employment to establish, and then maintain principal residence in the State of New Jersey subject to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:14 - 7 (L.2011, Chapter 70), also known as the "New Jersey First Act." 

You must apply through the NJDOT website at:
Submit a complete packet by the closing date that includes the following documents: - NJ State Application for Employment (Application instruction can be found at link above) - Letter of interest - Current resume - Copy of unofficial transcript OR foreign degree evaluation