INTRODUCTION: Are you an experienced accounting professional with a strong background in general ledger accounting? The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Senior Accountant opportunity in our collaborative Finance and Technology Department. To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 1/21/2019 filing deadline! THE POSITION Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of highly responsible professional accounting activities including the analysis and maintenance of accounting systems, records and reports, in the program areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, treasury/revenue services, fixed assets, grant reporting and general ledger. An eligibility list is being established to fill the current vacancy as well as future related full-time, part-time or temporary vacancies. THE IDEAL CANDIDATE Is customer service and solution oriented. Works well under pressure and tight deadlines Embraces leadership and fostering an environment of teamwork and professionalism. Is a collaborative team player open to new ideas. Is experienced with auditing and/or implementing internal controls. Has professional level project or system management experience. Has thorough knowledge of federal/state reporting requirements and general ledger reconciliation. Has supervisory or journey level public sector experience in one of the following program areas listed below. Is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). EXAMPLES OF DUTIES Depending on area of assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Oversees and reviews accounting processes and procedures for conformance with generally accepted accounting principles. Develops and recommends specific accounting procedures that are in accordance with local, federal and state requirements. Selects, supervises, trains, and evaluates the work of assigned clerical and professional staff, determining job assignments, reviewing work products, and providing training as necessary. Plans, schedules and oversees staff work assignments and progress. Develops and implements procedures and policies for work unit. Analyzes current staffing needs and projects future requirements. Monitors work performance on a continuous basis, initiating progressive discipline, training and preparing performance evaluations in a timely manner. Responds to requests for technical information from City staff and the public. Coordinates the implementation of changes to computerized accounting programs. Acts as a liaison to Information Technology for accounting system issues. General Ledger: Supervises the activities of the General Ledger section. Maintains chart of accounts. Prepares financial reports for the City, including CAFR, state reports, and other reports as required. Updates and maintains the City's accounting system including preparation of journal entries, budget adjustments and reclassification entries. Ensures accounting entries are completed on a regular and timely basis. Reconciles, analyzes, updates, and maintains all general ledger funds, accounts, projects, sub-projects, and account sub-systems such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, inventory, fixed assets, grant reporting and revenues. Prepares adjusting entries, fiscal year closing adjustments, and documents for auditors as required. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS A combination of training, education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or business administration, or an equivalent field, and three years of increasingly responsible accounting experience in the assigned program areas related to general ledger accounting, revenue/treasury services, accounts payable, and payroll. Lead or supervisory experience is highly desirable. Public sector accounting experience is highly desirable.