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SALARY: 

Starts at $5,647.90/MONTH

CLOSING DATE:     OPEN UNTIL FILLED

 

Under general supervision, performs responsible professional accounting, administrative and technical support relative to the planning, organization and coordination of the financial activities of the City; provides responsible technical assistance to the Finance Director; and performs related work as required.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

This mid-management classification has responsibility for performing a major portion of the fund accounting and fiscal management of the City.  Successful performance of the work requires thorough knowledge of governmental accounting practices and procedures, fund accounting, and fiscal management.  This class is distinguished from the Finance Director in that the latter has overall responsibility for all finance, accounting, and other administrative functions and for developing, implementing, and interpreting public policy for the department.

Examples of ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Illustrative Only)

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.

  • Performs complex and difficult accounting and financial support work within programmatic and procedural guidelines.
  • Provides responsible professional and technical assistance in the administration and implementation of the City’s financial and accounting programs.
  • Reconciles general ledger and subsidiary ledgers; prepares monthly financial statements, including distributing monthly revenue and expenditure reports to departments; prepares numerous monthly financial reports.
  • Analyzes and reconciles expenditure and revenue accounts.
  • Reconciles bank statements and investment accounts to the general ledger on a monthly basis.
  • Records and maintains appropriate controls for equipment purchases; assists in the City’s purchase orders and accounts payable system, auditing, and financial analysis, grant accounting, and special reports.
  • Reconciles postings from accounts payable, cash receipts, investments, debt payments, debt proceeds, payroll liabilities, and accounts receivable to the general ledger; prepares journal entries.
  • Performs duties related to fund activity, including calculation of liabilities by fund, calculating and adjusting fund transfers, and calculating and adjusting benefit spread to all funds.
  • Reviews financial accomplishment requests, program income reports, and reconciles grants accounts to general ledgers.
  • Interprets, explains, and applies general and governmental accounting/auditing principles and procedures, laws, and regulations affecting the financial operations of municipal government.
  • Reconciles and records Finance Department and inter-fund charges.
  • Prepares financial reports for management and government.
  • Prepares audit schedules/accruals for the annual audits.
  • Prepares, process, maintains and verifies purchasing, financial and accounting documents and records; performs accounting and financial office support work in the areas such as business licenses, payroll, cashiering and accounts payable.
  • May assist in the preparation of the annual budget.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, and methods of public and governmental accounting and financing, including program budgeting and auditing and their application to municipal operations.
  • At minimum, Intermediate knowledge of MS Excel and Word.
  • General principles and practices of data processing and its applicability to accounting and municipal operations.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local ordinances, resolutions and laws affecting municipal financial operations.
  • Principles and practices of business organization and public administration.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods and computer equipment.
  • Computer applications related to work, including word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for dealing effectively with the public, vendors, contractors and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups and various business, professional, educational, regulatory and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

 

Ability to:

  • Analyze financial data and draw sound conclusions.
  • Interpret, apply and explain applicable Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations related to area of assignment.
  • Work on multiple projects with competing priorities effectively and in a timely manner; organize and prioritize timelines for self and others in an effective and timely manner.
  • Evaluate and develop improvements in operations, procedures, policies or methods.
  • Analyze situations accurately and develop effective course of action.
  • Understand and carry out a variety of complex instructions in a responsible and independent manner.
  • Prepare clear, complete, and concise financial statements and reports.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Operate modern office equipment, including computer equipment and specialized software application programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

 

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in accounting or a closely related field and two (2) years of responsible professional accounting experience
  • Certification as a certified public finance officer is highly desirable.

 

License:

  • Valid California class C driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.

 

To view the complete job description, click here:

Accountant – Amended 8.12.22.pdf

 

Job Category: Permanent
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: City Hall

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