Accountant, Sr.

City of Gainesville
Job Description
Salary 
$60,408.16 - $87,591.84 Annually
Location 
Gainesville, FL
Job Type
Full-Time Regular
Department
BUDGET & FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Job Number
09155
 
 
Closing
Continuous
Job Ad

 

*THIS POSITION HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY POSTED, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY TWICE*

The Budget and Finance Department currently has an opening for a qualified Senior Accountant to join the Budget and Accounting team. We are looking for a person with extensive knowledge of accounting methodology who has strong financial and analytical skills to perform work that includes general accounting for assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses; the implementation and continued compliance with applicable standards (GASB, GAAP, Single Audit, etc.); active participation in the year-end close and audit process; and assistance in the preparation of the city's annual financial report and various other reports.
 
To qualify for this position you must possess a bachelor's degree in accounting, business, economics or other related discipline; and four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
 
ACCOUNTANT II ( $44,897- $55,000- $65,102)
Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in accounting, business, economics or other related disciplines; and two (2) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

ACCOUNTANT I ($39,791- $47,750- $55,708)
Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in accounting, business, economics or other related disciplines; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

A typical work day may include
  • Journal entry preparation
  • Drafting financial statements
  • Bank account and other asset and liability reconciliations
  • Meetings with accounting staff and departments
  • Special accounting and analytical projects
  • Providing financial information to external auditors during year-end audit
  • Reconciliation of grants with various agencies
 
Preference will be given to those candidates who possess:
  • Governmental accounting experience
  • A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products with emphasis on spreadsheet development and maintenance
Notes:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to sit for prolonged periods of time
  • May require attendance at meetings outside regular business hours
  • Normal work schedule is Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
  • May fill multiple positions
  • May underfill as Accountant I or Accountant II depending on qualifications
  • May establish an eligibility list

Job Description

SUMMARY

This is highly responsible professional accounting work in the preparation of financial reports, reviewing and maintaining systems and procedures and in recommending modifications and improvements to the City accounting system.
Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its lack of direct and routine supervisory duties and overall accounting division responsibility and by its advanced professional accounting nature involving, but not limited to, general ledger, plant assets and other related areas.
 
EXAMPLES OF WORK**
** This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job. Performance of lower level duties may be required.
 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Reviews present accounting procedures and policies and recommends changes or modifications designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the accounting operations; studies present accounting methods and practices to assure conformance with policies and procedures established as standard operating policy; develops and modifies detailed accounting procedures, policies and systems in order to meet the changing requirements of the City.
Advises department heads and other officers on accounting policies and interprets and applies them to the various City functions.
Makes special accounting studies and analysis of varied activities of the City government; prepares special financial statements and reports for the information and guidance of City officials; maintains various ledgers.
Prepares monthly budgetary and other status reports.
May supervise all phases of the accounting division during the absence of higher level supervisory staff in the department.
Maintains accounts for special funds, such as utility funds, revenue sharing trust funds, airport capital projects funds and special grants.
Audits reports from pension fund agent and prepares statements; prepares special studies of the pension plan.
Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.
 
NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Performs other related duties as assigned.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily.  Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions. 
 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in accounting, business, economics or other related discipline; and four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES
Licenses
None.
     Certifications
     Certified Public Accountant desirable.
     KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of modern accounting principles, practices and procedures and ability to apply such knowledge to general and plant asset accounting transactions, to include Florida Public Service Commission requirements and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission guidelines.
Thorough knowledge of the principles, laws, and regulations governing the financial operations of a Municipal Government.
Considerable knowledge of modern business management practices.
Considerable knowledge of EDP methods and procedures.
Ability to devise and apply modern accounting procedures.
Ability to plan, organize and direct the installation of accounting systems and procedures.
Ability to analyze and interpret fiscal and accounting data and to prepare appropriate statements and reports.
Ability to plan, train and supervise the work of professional and sub-professional assistants.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to sit for prolonged periods of time. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT     
May be required to work and attend meetings outside regular business hours.
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