Under the direction of the Director of Financial Reporting (DFR), performs accounting tasks of a moderate to complex scope for various County departments and agencies. Manages/supervises the direct activities of accountants/analysts within the Comptroller’s Office and countywide to prepare journal entries, review new grant agreements and audit financial reporting reconciliations. Ensures the timely and effective delivery of services to internal departments and client agencies by planning, working with and directing accountants/analysts within the Comptroller’s Office and countywide to perform research of policies and procedures related to grant programs/areas of responsibilities. Reviews grant closeout functions as required by a specific grant, prepares journal entries in addition to final invoice documents, and communicates with departments regarding grant findings. Serves as a liaison with other departments to assist auditors during the annual audits of financial grant accounting. Communicates compliance rule changes and general trends/innovation issues within the field department. Performs other duties as assigned.
*This position is actively recruited and at will.
•Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Public Administration is required. (Must provide original college/university transcript at time of interview)*
•Three (3) years of full-time work experience auditing grants, auditing ledger transactions, or as an Accountant at a governmental agency is required.
•One (1) year of supervisory experience is required.
•Experience utilizing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems is required.
•Experience in GAO (Government Accountability Office) Yellow Book, GASB (Government Accounting Standards Board) and Single Audits in accordance with Federal A-133 and/or Uniform Guidance requirements is preferred.
•Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is preferred.
**At the time of the interview, candidates will be required to complete a 30 minute test to assess their abilities. You will be provided with note paper and a basic calculator. This will be a part of the selection process.
*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Knowledge of Federal, State and Local grant policies and funding opportunities. Knowledge of public sector funding. Thorough knowledge in managing federal grants, financial accounting, budget analysis and management procedures. Knowledge of principles, methods and procedures related to general accounting. Strong management skills including scheduling, performance monitoring and quality control personnel. Skill in Microsoft Word and Excel. Skill supervising and directing the work activities of accountants/analysts countywide. Excellent communication skills both in written and verbal formats. Skill identifying possible accounting errors, inconsistencies and unlawful practices. Ability to manage/supervise team efforts to resolve countywide grant accounting and auditing issues. Ability to assist others in projects involving financial systems and reporting activities. Ability to objectively and tactfully interact with departments resolving difficult accounting issues including grant-related findings.
The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.
Benefits Package •Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage •Basic Term Life Insurance •Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program •Employee Assistance Program •Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time •You May Qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
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*Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
*This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a background check, drug screen and medical examination.
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