Senior Accountant Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Assistant Finance Director and Director of Finance, performs a variety of complex and highly technical accounting activities dealing with the financial accounting of the City. Requires the ability to supervise and evaluate subordinate levels of accounting staff for which position is responsible. Requires the ability to exercise independent judgment involving complex problems. Requires the ability to independently perform complex tasks with minimal direction. Incumbent may be required to work in excess of standard 40 hour work week during critical periods with the approval of the Department Director. Work is reviewed through audit and personal observation by the Assistant Finance Director and Director of Finance. Performs other work as required.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Reads and reviews payments and backup for accuracy.

Prepares and reviews journal entries for accuracy and completeness.

Assists in planning and organizing the City's annual audit.

Compiles detailed analyses and reconciliations for annual audit.

Answers external auditor's questions regarding financial statements and the City's financial reporting system.

Prepares various statements, schedules and narrative sections of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Provides financial statements and analysis as needed during staff turnover and absences.

Facilitates data requests and analysis of Water & Sewer Rate Model and Revenue Sufficiency Analysis.

Ensures compliance with Water & Sewer Bond covenants.

Coordinates with other departments regarding budgets and accounting for funds and projects.

Plans, organizes, supervises and evaluates professional and clerical personnel.

Communicates effectively with the public and City staff.

Reads, listens and communicates with all City staff about financial matters.

Compiles technical reports for various financial requirements.

Reads, interprets and applies technical data and governmental accounting principles and practices as they relate to City operations.

Prepares Requests for Proposals for financial operations, evaluates responses and prepares recommendations.

Prepares complex detailed worksheets via spreadsheet software and writes personal computer programs.

Responsible for daily maintenance of financial software systems.

Prepares Crystal reports from MUNIS.

Responsible for the complete implementation and upgrade of new financial software, training of users, and development of supplemental documentation.

Researches and writes special studies to enhance financial reporting and efficiency of departmental operations.

Conducts specialized studies and surveys and reports results to senior management.

Prepares and reviews policies and procedures for formal documentation.

B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

Assists in conducting the City's annual inventory count.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Bachelor's degree in Finance or Business with significant concentration in accounting classes and three years of progressively responsible experience in the City’s Finance department involving implementation, maintenance and thorough understanding of complex computer based data and management information systems; financial analysis of rate models, financial statistics and bond compliance.

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge and understanding of principles and practices of governmental accounting.

Knowledge of City Code as it relates to Utilities.

Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations regarding financial record keeping in the State of Florida.

Knowledge of City bond covenants.

Ability to prepare and maintain complex financial reports.

Ability to supervise and evaluate staff.

Ability to work quickly and accurately to meet deadlines.

Skill in the use of computer based data information systems.

Ability to understand the functionality of and use financial software and all related applications with limited direction from vendors.

Skill in the use of personal computers or network arrangements.

Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.

Ability to work with a minimum of supervision.

Ability to maintain a good working relationship with associates, employees, and the general public.

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to hear and comprehend conversation spoken in English.

Ability to clearly speak the English language.

Ability to see, read, and comprehend writing and computer printouts in English.

Ability to print or write cursive letters, numbers and words legibly in English.

Ability to lift and carry materials not to exceed 20 lbs.

Ability to operate office equipment such as a telephone, computer, typewriter, calculator, microfiche reader and copy machine.

Ability to stand for periods of time not to exceed 30 minutes at one time.

Ability to sit for long periods of time not to exceed two (2) hours at one time.

Ability to stoop, kneel and reach overhead for books or supplies.

Ability to control behavior when encountering stressful situations, such as irate, abusive or loud customers, or short deadlines.

Ability to perform at a very high level of accuracy with short deadlines.

Ability to maintain high level of concentration despite constant interruptions.

Ability to be flexible and change priorities at a moment's notice.



THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date - 3/1/12