Accountant III (Office of the Public Guardian) - Honolulu, HI

Location: Honolulu, HI

Recruitment Number 23-223JCK, Accountant III (Office of the Public Guardian), SR-20, Honolulu, O`ahu.  

Summary of Duties

This position is located in the Office of the Public Guardian. The Office of the Public Guardian is responsible for guardianship of incapacitated persons when no other suitable or willing person is available. This position is responsible for providing professional accounting work and managing the day-to-day fiscal activities of the program. In addition, this position participates in investigations of client assets, income sources, debts and family history affecting client's care and welfare; determines and develops appropriate course of action to best finance client care; prepares accounting and individual client financial status reports and correspondence; and may supervise account clerical work.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education Requirement: Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor's degree, and a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours in accounting and/or auditing.

Accounting Experience: One and one-half (1-1/2) years of professional accounting or auditing experience, which may have included the teaching of accounting at the university level.

Non-Qualifying Experience: Experience in such positions as the following will not be accepted as qualifying professional experience:
1) bookkeeper or minor accounting or clerical positions;
2) accounting or bookkeeping machine operators;
3) such positions as those of office managers or owners of businesses who supervise accountants, auditors or bookkeepers, but do not participate in the accounting or auditing work with responsibility for its technical adequacy; and
4) positions concerned with taxation matters not requiring the application of generally accepted accounting and auditing principles.

Substitutions Allowed:

Substitutions of Experience for Education:

The following types of experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

(A) Professional accounting or auditing experience.

(B)  Professional, analytical or administrative experience which did not require the knowledge and application of accounting and/or auditing principles and practices may be substituted for the Education Requirement, providing the applicant can show that he/she has successfully completed at least twelve (12) semester credit hours in accounting and/or auditing subjects from an accredited college or university

(C) Responsible experience which involved maintaining and/or reconciling general journals and general ledger accounts and related books and accounts, and preparing balance sheets, profit and loss statements and related to accounting and financial reports; identifying significant changes in account balances and reviewing transactions to identify the actions which caused the changes; conducting accounts examinations including preparing worksheets or reports reflecting the examination made, discrepancies noted, and the corrective entries required to adjust accounts; and making estimates of operating procedures, and needs requirements for operating budgets. Experience which qualified for substitution must have included the preparation and/or analysis of financial statements and accounting reports.

(D) Any combination of the above.

Substitution for Experience and Education:

1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hour credits in accounting subjects may be substituted for one-half (½) year of Accounting Experience.

 2. Possession of a Master’s degree in accounting from an accredited  four (4) year college or university may be substituted for two (2) years of Accounting Experience.

3.  A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certificate obtained through written examination is qualifying for the Education and Accounting Experience requirements for the levels I through V.

Supplemental Information

Any additional information may be attached to your online application, submitted by email to, or mailed to the following address: Hawai`i State Judiciary, Human Resources Department, 426 Queen Street, First Floor, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813. 

Education: If you are using education as a substitute for experience, you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) or diploma(s) at the time of application. If you are selected for a position, we will request an official transcript (not a copy) at a later date.  The official transcript must indicate completion of the training and/or the awarding of the appropriate degree.

Contact Information

Contact: Kristy Sakamoto, Hawai`i State Judiciary
Phone: (808) 539-4934

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