COPAS - Colorado


Employment Opportunities

COPAS-Colorado Members may post available positions free for a period of 30 days. Postings should be brief (one page maximum) and include the following: position title, basic description of position, position requirements. representative contact name, company name, and telephone number.

All job descriptions MUST include the name of the company that is hiring.

Please e-mail the pertinent info to Kara Van Horn at

SM Energy

Title: Accountant II – Financial Reporting

Job Description:

The Accountant II will primarily be responsible for assisting with preparation of the Company’s annual and quarterly SEC filing reports. In addition, this role will support non-routine transactions, project and process improvement efforts, research and analysis, and other tasks as assigned. A successful individual in this position is detail oriented, demonstrates initiative, balances priorities, adapts to a changing environment, continuously works to optimize processes, seeks to learn new concepts or skills, and keeps stakeholders informed. The position will require the individual to frequently work independently and will require competence and confidence in interacting with others at all levels within the organization. Areas to be developed in this function include accounting knowledge, analytical skills, organizational skills, project management skills, research skills, and written and oral communication skills.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Assist in the preparation, review, and filing of the Company’s SEC documents (including financial statements, footnotes, and XBRL tagging)
  • Assist in the preparation, analysis, and review of work papers as assigned
  • Assist with non-routine transactions and projects, including capital markets transactions
  • Work collaboratively with the Financial Reporting team by communicating effectively, completing tasks assigned in the timeframe provided, and being flexible to assist with other tasks or issues
  • Assist with research and application of technical accounting guidance, primarily, US GAAP and SEC reporting requirements
  • Maintains and adheres to internal control structure
  • Conduct business with the highest ethical standards
  • Other duties as assigned

Computer Software/Applications:

  • Intermediate knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Experience with Workiva is a plus

Role-Specific Technical Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, initiative, critical thinking, and attention to detail
  • Strong written / verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness while striving to increase productivity
  • Working knowledge of US GAAP, as well as ability to interpret and apply documents and standards such as FASB Codification, SEC guidance, internal accounting policies, and others
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently, and manage competing demands
  • Ability to work in an independent or collaborative work environment


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year University in Accounting, M.S. degree is preferred
  • 2+ years of public accounting and/or SEC reporting responsibilities (10-K and 10-Q preparation and filing experience); Oil and Gas Accounting experience is a plus
  • CPA or CPA candidate preferred

Travel Requirements: Occasional travel may be required

Posted: April 16, 2021


Colorado State Land Board - DNR

Senior Revenue Accountant
Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners

OPENING DATE: 4/21/2021
CLOSING DATE: 5/5/2021 at 5:00 PM MST

Does the phrase ‘mind the GAAP’ have you thinking of ledgers and schedules, or of subways? Does the term ‘delinquent’ remind you of late A/R payments, or of misbehaving students? Do you think of ‘change’ as merely nickels and dimes, or as an opportunity to implement process improvement?

We want you!

The Colorado State Land Board is looking for a Senior Revenue Accountant to join our finance team. You’ll be part of a small but mighty team of revenue and expenditure accountants, procurement processors, and internal auditors. This team processes more than $100 million in annual revenues via 7,000 contracts totalling 40,000+ annual transactions. On any given day you might be processing multi-million dollar payments, reconciling tens of millions of dollars between ledger systems, developing new processes using our tech tools, or building reports to share with our Governor-appointed Commissioners.

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 144-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

We want you to share in our excitement over intergenerational stewardship of natural assets and share in our pride of providing significant financial support to Colorado’s public schools. Under guidance from our CFO and under direct supervision from our Finance Manager/Controller, you’ll be responsible for day-to-day revenue accounting. Literally all revenue dollars received by our agency flow through this position. Here are the details:

  • Be a pro at using our complex software. Our agency has a proprietary enterprise resource planning system, ATLAS (i.e. Automated Trust Land Asset System), which is a Netsuite relational database similar to Microsoft Dynamics and Salesforce. ATLAS is a subledger to the state’s accounting system, called CORE (i.e. Colorado Operations Resource Engine). You will live and breathe ATLAS and CORE for the majority of your work.
  • Collect, reconcile, and record revenue using proprietary software tools (60%).
    • Lead the agency’s accounts receivables work for more than 7,000 leases and other revenue generating contracts. Implement accounting policy and practice that supports the timely, efficient collection and processing of all revenue.
    • Manage the invoicing process, which includes processing periodic minerals production volume files, validating that invoices match intended billing, and ensuring invoice mailing/delivery is successful.
    • Develop accounting schedules that respond to changing reporting requirements.
    • Ensure that ATLAS records accounting detail correctly and that the data is further processed in CORE correctly. Ensures payment, deposit and transfer accounts in ATLAS balance.
    • Be a leader and set a good example for two junior accounting technicians. This position does not supervise staff, but you’ll work closely with two junior accounting technicians.
    • Bring fresh thinking to the traditional challenges of the work at hand. Look for efficiencies in current workloads and workflows, and make better use of the integration of data management tools, ATLAS and CORE. For instance, a majority of payments are still made by paper check. Hopefully you can help us automate this process more!
    • Work closely and collaboratively with 45 Land Board colleagues who rely on the finance team to expeditiously and accurately process finance data.
  • Audit money (20%).
    • Be an active member of the revenue audit team that responds to the needs of our various internal customers, particularly the mineral extraction team. Mineral extraction reflects 80% of our revenue, and customers pay in arrears based on self-reporting.
    • Manage the in-take of customer self-reported royalty data. Ensure the data is uploaded successfully into our agency’s data management software, ATLAS.
    • Analyze the submitted reported data against the requirements of each lease contract and other state and local governing standards, rules and law to ensure that data provided by royalty submitters is accurate, complete, and compliant.
    • Manage customer relationships concerning their self-reported data and related payments. Determine how to pursue data compliance from customers when customers are non-responsive or not sophisticated enough to fulfill reporting requirements.
    • Support the Controller in responding to internal financial audits as conducted by the State Auditor’s Office.
  • Delinquency management (20%).
    • We have great customers, but sometimes they don’t pay their bills on time. You will develop and implement the processes, procedures, and policies to support increasingly efficient and consistent management of delinquent lease accounts.
    • Manage customer communication pertaining to delinquent accounts.
    • Coordinate with District staff on delinquent account management.
    • Manage penalty processing and find resolution for overdue accounts.
    • Interpret policies, fiscal rules, statutes and establish guidelines.
  • And, of course, other duties as assigned. What job description would be complete without this ubiquitous line?

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.

What attributes are we looking for?

At a minimum, you need all of the following:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a related field demonstrating 27 hours or more of accounting coursework.
  • Four years of professional* experience in accounting with two or more years emphasizing accounts receivable and at least one year supervising staff with accounting responsibilities. (*We make a distinction here to emphasize professional accounting over technical accounting. Technical accounting is more transaction-oriented and consists of processing, recording, classifying, verifying, reporting, and applying established, standard guidelines. Professional accounting, on the other hand, consists of evaluating theories, concepts, and principles, evaluating objectives of substitute standards, performing risk assessments, and an understanding of the full-scope of the process including the structure and controls of the process. Professional accounting takes experience in technical accounting and applies it to the practice of standardized accounting management.)
  • Demonstrated leadership of accounting practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft suite and Google products.
  • Demonstrated mastery of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

You get bonus points if you can demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in oil and gas revenue accounting.
  • CPA certification or advanced degrees in accounting.
  • Additional years of professional experience with financial system design, testing and maintenance; financial reporting and auditing internal control design; and resource management.
  • Experience in Lean Process Improvement/Agile Project Management.
  • Proficiency with Netsuite Enterprise Resource Management tools.
  • Knowledge of State of Colorado Fiscal Rules and procedures.
  • Knowledge of automated enterprise financial reporting systems.
  • Experience using the Colorado Operations Resource Engine – CORE and InfoAdvantage.

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.

Posted: April 22, 2021