Decton Staffing Services
SEEKING AN ACCOUNTANT FOR A CITY OFFICE
4-6 MOS OR LONGER (CONTRACT POSITION)
Under direction, performs a variety of detailed accounting, statistical and/or narrative financial statements or reports requiring analysis and interpretation of source data; reconciles bank accounts and verifies transactions; recommends new or revised accounting systems, procedures and records; and performs related work as required.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives direction from assigned management and supervisory staff. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.
This is the fully qualified journey-level professional classification in the accounting job family. Positions at this level perform the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
- Provides responsible professional and technical assistance in the administration and implementation of the City’s financial and accounting programs; performs a variety of detailed accounting, statistical and/or narrative financial statements or reports requiring analysis and interpretation of source data.
- Conducts and/or coordinates internal/external audits of financial records; examines, analyzes and verifies documents to ensure adherence to established internal controls and accepted professional standards; interprets, explains, and applies general and governmental accounting/auditing principles and procedures, laws, and regulations affecting the financial operations of municipal government.
- Performs bank account reconciliations; verifies accuracy of recorded transactions; prepares related work sheets, cash balances, proofs and other schedules.
- Reviews the work of payroll staff in making entries, reconciliations and performing other fiscal record keeping work.
- Analyzes and reconciles general ledger and subsidiary accounts related to postings from payroll, accounts payable, cash receipts, and accounts receivable; makes complex and difficult adjusting entries affecting several subsystems of the accounting system. prepares monthly financial statements and reports.
- Recommends and assists in the implementation of new or revised accounting systems, procedures and records; may participate in the development of automated programs for accounting analyses.
- Oversees grant accounting functions including recordation of revenue and expenditures, submittal of fiscal documents and disbursements; prepares required Single Audit compliance reports.
- Ensures the accurate accounting of all fund activity related to inventory fixed assets.
- Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions, and reviews publications to remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in the field of accounting.
- Ensures staff compliance with City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
- Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in finance or accounting.
- Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional accounting experience.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions
- Modern principles, practices, and methods of public and governmental accounting and financing, including program budgeting and auditing and their application to municipal operations.
- General principles and practices of data processing and its applicability to accounting and municipal operations.
- Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility.
- Payroll processing procedures.
- Principles and practices of financial data collection and report preparation.
- Principles and procedures of financial record keeping and reporting.
- Principles and practices of grant accounting.
- Methods and techniques of coding, verifying, balancing, and reconciling accounting records.
- Mathematics and financial and statistical techniques.
- City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
- The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
- Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
- Perform professional accounting duties in multiple financial program areas.
- Review and verify the accuracy of financial data.
- Prepare clear, complete, and concise financial statements and reports.
- Analyze, post, balance and reconcile financial ledgers, reports and accounts.
- Analyze financial data and draw sound conclusions.
- Ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements and other financial transactions.
- Make accurate arithmetic, financial, and statistical computations.
- Assist City departments with accounting issues.
- Establish and maintain a variety of fiscal filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
- Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
- Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
- Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
- Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.