Full-Time Accountant II
Under general supervision, performs professional accounting work relating to municipal accounting policies, procedures and records; performs related work as assigned. Accountant II is the journey level class in the professional accounting series. Positions in this class are expected to independently perform the full range of accounting duties. Successful performance requires a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting procedures, the ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines and skill in directing the work of others. This class is distinguished from Fiscal Officer and Accounting Services Manager in that these positions have responsibility for all general accounting and financial reporting functions.
Examples of Duties
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.
Positions in this classification typically perform a range of duties at a level of complexity represented by the following types of responsibilities:
Reviews accounting documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations and, if necessary, makes correcting entries; examines supporting documentation to establish proper authorization and conformance with agreements, contracts, and state and federal regulations; prepares and maintains control and subsidiary accounting records involving a variety of transactions and accounts.
Prepares trial balances and financial reports; coordinates and calculates month-end and year-end closings; prepares journal entries and periodic reconciliations of general ledger, journal, subsidiary accounts and bank statements; compiles and prepares financial statements, general and subsidiary ledgers and supporting schedules.
Maintains expenditure and budgetary control accounts; maintains accounting inventory of equipment and identifies new purchases; prepares cash transfers and loans between fund and budget categories; processes budgetary adjustments; provides grant accounting and prepares annual financial report for State Controller’s office.
Maintains complete accounting and recordkeeping for state, county and other funding sources, including grants
Installs new accounting systems and procedures and instructs others in their use.
Performs cost studies and other special projects and analysis.
Provides back-up to various accounting functions such as payroll, receivables and payables; reviews current accounting practices and procedures and recommends modifications and revisions.
Uses a personal computer in the work; directs the work of and provides instruction to less experienced professional and office support staff.
Knowledge and Application of:
Principles, practices and terminology of general, fund and government accounting, e.g., Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)Principles and practices of business data processing, particularly related to the processing of accounting informationApplicable laws regulating public fiscal operations, e.g., Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB)Budgeting principles and terminologyBasic auditing and reconciliation principles and methodsBasic supervisory principles and practices
Ability to Perform and Successfully Apply Skill In:
Analyzing, posting, balancing and reconciling financial data ledgers, financial reports and accountsVerifying the accuracy of financial data and informationEnsuring proper authorization and documentation for disbursements and other transactionsMaking accurate mathematics and statistical calculationsPreparing, reviewing and interpreting financial reports and transactionsPreparing clear, concise and complete financial reports and statementsEstablishing and maintaining effective working relations with those contacted in the course of workExercising sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelinesTraining others in work proceduresDirecting and reviewing the work of accounting support staffUsing a personal computer to maintain accounting records and generate reports
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in finance, business or public administration, economics, or a closely related field. Para-professional accounting work may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years. Two years of professional accounting experience, preferably governmental or public agency.
How to ApplyTo be considered for this opportunity, candidates must submit an application on-line.
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