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Accountant

Effective: 07/01/08
Range G-67
Respirator Class: 3

Definition

Perform complex and difficult professional accounting duties requiring knowledge of governmental accounting systems, practices and principles. Duties include the preparation and analysis of monthly financial statements, budgeting, managing investments, forecasting cash flows, maintaining capital project accounting, performing financial analyses, maintaining grant records, reconciling accounts, and preparing special reports and analyses as required.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general supervision from the Controller and functional supervision from the Finance Administrator.
  • May exercise technical supervision over Accounting Technician series.  May supervise daily work activities within the Finance and Accounting Section including accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, general ledger, fixed assets, and payroll.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Receive general supervision from the Controller and functional supervision from the Finance Administrator.
  • May exercise technical supervision over Accounting Technician series.  May supervise daily work activities within the Finance and Accounting Section including accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, general ledger, fixed assets, and payroll.
  • EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Maintain Capital Projects Accounting and monitor activity by reviewing and entering information into the computer system.
  • Maintain accounts receivable processing; including billings, collections, doubtful accounts and cash receipt and refund entry.
  • Maintain fixed assets accounting, monitor new purchases and movement of assets and record pertinent information.
  • Prepare journal entries, post and reconcile general ledger accounts and subsidiaries.
  • Perform daily cash management, monitor District’s cash flow, maintain temporary investments, prepare cash flow analysis for investment purchases and maturities, and initiate transfers.
  • Prepare work papers, financial statements, special billings, and various reports to/for State, Federal, and other agencies, as well as, for internal accounting.
  • Participate and assist in the preparation of the Operations and Maintenance Budgets. Monitor budget activity, proper expenditure coding, document preparations, and other accounting related activities.
  • Assist in/or perform preparation, analysis, and review reimbursements, expenditures, or other proprietary and budgetary accounts.
  • Maintain accurate recordkeeping of the District’s Section 125 plan, prepare reimbursements in accordance with District’s plan documents, reconcile accounts and reports.
  • Maintain, reconcile, and process insurance payments for employee benefits and, update employee information, as needed.
  • Prepare and analyze monthly financial statements and perform account reconciliations.
  • Prepare audit work papers for the District's independent auditors.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual financial statements and notes in accordance with governmental accounting and financial reporting standards; prepare and submit the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
  • Prepare and analyze budget reports, projections, and financial statements.
  • Provide work direction and training to the Accounting Technician series, as required.
  • Recommend and assist in implementing new or revised systems, applications, and procedures as appropriate. Review, analyze, and document accounting operations and systems. Apply accounting theory and expertise to work assignments.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Examples of Non-Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintain financial records and control of grant-funded capital projects to ensure timely submission of payment requests and receipt of funds in compliance with grant conditions and expenditure limits.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Municipal and/or enterprise fund accounting principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Governmental accounting standards including generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Ordinances, resolutions, and laws affecting municipal accounting operations.
  • Budgeting principles and practices.
  • Government grant-funding procedures and requirements.
  • Financial analysis, work paper, budget and report preparation procedures and practices.
  • Principles and practices of information technology as it relates to the District’s accounting and municipal operations.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know and understand all aspects of the job.  Intermittently analyze and prepare work papers, reconciliations, budgets, projections and special projects; identify balancing discrepancies; interpret reconciliations and financial statements; observe and learn new tasks; problem solve; identify problems with the financial management information system; explain problems regarding the processing of financial information, and remember basic procedures and policies.
  • Sit at desk for long periods of time on a continuous basis. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk and perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less.
  • Maintain fiscal control of grant-funded projects.
  • Analyze financial systems, operations, and data and recommend appropriate courses of action.
  • Analyze financial statements and prepare reports thereon.
  • Function in an electronic data processing environment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work independently.
  • Research, interpret and apply various governmental regulations and laws.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with employees and the public by providing high levels of customer service.
  • Supervise and direct the work of others; coordinate work effort with other District employees.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

  • Two years of experience in a professional accounting capacity in the preparation and maintenance of accounting documents and records in municipal fund accounting.

Education:

  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in accounting.

Licences and Certificates

  • May need to possess a valid California Driver's License as required by the position. C.P.A. or C.M.A. is desirable, but not required.

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