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Main responsibilities-Job Duties of Accountant

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities-Job Duties of Accountant

Under general direction of the Assistant Director of Finance, perform accounting tasks involved in the preparation and maintenance of the City's accounting records, perform monthly and annual accounting system closes; assist in preparation and control of City budget; design and implement accounting systems; provide highly technical and staff assistance to the Director and Assistant Director of Finance in a variety of fiscal management assignments; and do related work as assigned

Job Duties of Accountant

Knowledge Of:

 Principles and practices of supervision, municipal accounting, auditing and budgeting.

 Generally accepted accounting principals issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards


 Grant management and auditing requirements, including OMB A-133 and A-87 requirements.

 Ordinances, resolutions and laws affecting municipal financial operations.

 Operation of computerized financial systems (general ledger, accounts payable, purchasing,

payroll, encumbrances, cash receipts, utility and miscellaneous billing, fixed asset and project


 Spreadsheet and word processing software.


 Local area networks and wide area networks.



 Modern office practices, procedures, equipment and standard clerical techniques as applied to

municipal accounting.

Ability To:

 Analyze and interpret fiscal and accounting records and data.

 Apply and adopt established methods to a variety of accounting transactions and problems.

 Document policy and procedures established to implement generally accepted accounting


 Prepare concise and accurate reports for distribution to management and City Council.

 Interpret and make operating decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.

 Identify changes in policies or procedures which will promote efficiency and effectiveness.

 Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

 Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relations with those contacted in the

course of work, including other employees and the public.

 Use and operate computer and financial system which requires manual dexterity, and develop

and understand spreadsheets.

 Sit and work on computer system for long periods of time.

 Lift up to 40 pounds.

 Work evenings and weekends, and attend night meetings when required.

Education and Experience:

Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or closely related field

with an emphasis on accounting. Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in

accounting and two years experience with general ledger responsibility; Municipal experience


 Reconcile monthly bank accounts to the general ledger and monitor daily bank activity.

 Review monthly billing and collection results and balancing to general ledger.

 Supervise preparation of general ledger closing entries (monthly and annually), including

adjustments. Prepare year-end accruals, consolidations and adjusting entries.

 Prepare periodic revenue, expenditure, and other financial reports.

 Supervise fixed asset record system and produce reports necessary for the annual audit and

insurance reports. Organize and coordinate periodic physical inventory of fixed assets.

 Prepare periodic reports to state and federal agencies as required, i.e. sales tax return, fuel

sales reports, etc.

 Maintain the account numbering sequences in the chart of accounts.

 Reconcile deposit accounts and identify reimbursable amounts due to the City.

 Supervise accounting procedures and maintenance of general accounting records.

 Coordinate accounting activities with other City departments and outside agencies.

 Assist with training of staff on the preparation and maintenance of the City’s accounting


 Coordinate annual financial audit and any other required audits or regulatory reporting,


 Assist in preparation of the annual City budget, including projections, forecasts and analytical

research. Coordinate preparation of the Finance Department budget.


 Design and implement finance and accounting applications.

 Monitor and audit grant programs and special projects.

 Develop procedures for implementation of new accounting rules.

 Oversee the work of the Accounting Assistant.


 Maintain detailed records pertaining to trust accounts maintained by the City.

 Other duties and projects as assigned.