Job Details

Accountant (temporary position)

  2019-12-09     City of San Luis Obispo     990 Palm Street- HR  
Description:

CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
invites applications for the position of:
Accountant (Supplemental)

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY:

Hourly-$31.43 - $39.29

OPENING DATE: 12/02/19

CLOSING DATE: 01/06/20 05:00 PM

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:
http://www.slocity.org

JOB DESCRIPTION:

This is a full-time supplemental (temporary) position through June 30, 2020. This position will remain open until filled.

JOB SUMMARY
:
Performs routine and professional level accounting tasks and duties assigned to classes within the Accountant series including maintaining, developing and analyzing fiscal statements and records; preparing financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards; administering policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties; performing other related duties as required.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS:
The Accountant is the entry classification in the professional Accountant series. Assignments are generally limited in scope and are performed within an established procedural framework. Incumbents have working knowledge of various aspects of the preparation of trial balances, posting of accounts, auditing simple accounts and transactions. An incumbent may advance to the Senior Accountant upon meeting the employment standards for that class and receiving approval from the department head. This classification is distinguished from the Senior Accountant by the performance of the more routine and less complex professional level duties.

SUPERVISION:

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:
Receives direct supervision from the Accounting Manager/Controller or the Senior Accountant. This position may exercise technical supervision over assigned support staff.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks that may be found in positions of this class.)

  • Participates in the maintenance and analysis of general ledger accounts, and other account subsystems such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, fixed assets, revenues and utility billing systems.
  • Participates in the posting, balancing, and reconciliation of the general, grant and subsidiary accounts; controls budget for the various funds and projects determining if funds are available and expenditures properly classified; researches and analyzes transactions to resolve budgetary issues; provides analysis of available funds at management's request; analyzes budgetary transactions.
  • Participates in the preparation of financial statements, schedules and other statistical and financial reports; prepares work papers, financial statements and various reports for federal and state agencies as well as for internal accounting purposes; assists senior management staff in preparing and reviewing fund balance projections.
  • Participates in central accounting functions such as preparing adjusting entries, fiscal year closing journal entries and responding to information requests from external auditors and others as required.
  • Coordinates accounting related activities with other departments and/or City programs; answers questions and develops procedures for preparing accounting transactions pursuant to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).
  • Conducts tax increment and bond research; calculates interest on loans, and prepares a variety of reports regarding indebtedness for federal grants and loans.
  • Prepares analysis and work papers pursuant to GAAP and GAAS, responds to information requests from external auditors and others as needed.
  • Examines, reconciles, balances and adjusts accounting records; reconciles and prepares bank reconciliation for multiple accounts.
  • Explains charges to customers for City-provided services as needed.
  • Prepares a variety of state, federal, and local claims, statements and reports from a variety of sources including computerized data, accounting records and other source documents.
  • Interprets data and generates related statistical and fiscal reports; prepares and submits accounting information for data processing and inputs data into the computer.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, federal/state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
  • Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).
  • Applicable laws, regulations and standard accounting practices regarding public agency accounting operations.
  • Basic principles and methods of municipal governments accounting and auditing.
  • Principles of financial administration, including reporting and budgeting.
  • Internal auditing controls.
  • Financial and managerial analysis.
  • Cost accounting and analysis.
  • Business law.
  • Modern office procedures, practices, methods and equipment.
  • Research techniques.
  • Principles, practices and terminology of public agency financial, accounting, auditing and reporting functions, and municipal investments.
  • Basic public administrative policies and practices.
  • Information technology hardware and software, particularly as related to financial and administrative functions.
  • Modern office procedures, practices, methods and equipment.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

Ability to:

  • Perform accounting transactions and analysis.
  • Prepare trail balances and assist with preparation of financial statements, including preparation and positing of adjusting journal entries.
  • Recognize and resolve accounting, auditing and internal control situations.
  • Examine and verify basic financial documents and reports.
  • Prepare a variety, financial statements, budgets, and reports and analyses.
  • Recommend and implement changes in accounting and internal control procedures.
  • Reconcile financial documents and reports.
  • Analyze data, draw logical conclusions and make independent decisions.
  • Perform accounting transactions in accordance with GAAP and city procedures.
  • Operate calculator, computer and a variety of spreadsheet, accounting program and software applications with proficiency.
  • Ability and adaptability to learn accounting software packages.
  • Accurately interpret data processing reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Exercise sound, independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Work in a team atmosphere and participate on a variety of departmental and City-wide committees to enhance the provision of all City services.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely-related field;
and
Two years of professional accounting experience, preferably in a governmental or public agency setting.
or
An equivalent combination of education and experience.

POSSESSION AND MAINTENANCE OF:

  • A valid California class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:
http://www.slocity.org


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