Accountant

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Sierra Madre Finance Department
Location of position: 
Madre, CA
Wage/Salary: 
$53,851.20 – $65,457.60 Annually
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Closing Date: 
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Job Description: 

Under general supervision of the Finance Director, the Accountant performs professional administrative and analytical work involving a variety of department activities. The Accountant has the responsibility for maintaining the general and subsidiary accounting ledgers; completing the monthly bank reconciliation; preparing journal entries and postings; preparing internal and external financial reports; assist in audit and budget preparation.

Examples of Duties: Financial Accounting/Reporting: Collects, analyzes, interprets and documents fiscal operating data; maintains the general and subsidiary ledgers; knowledgeable in tracing and vouching prepares spreadsheets supporting account balances; and analyzes a variety of financial information for presentations and reports to City Manager, City Council, Community, and outside reporting agencies. Budgetary Compliance: Assist in the budget preparation; monitor budgetary compliance; and integration of budget into the general ledger; knowledgeable in revenue forecasting and expenditure projections. Cash Flow/Banking: Preparation of daily and long-range cash flow projections; monitors weekly bank balances; completion of monthly bank and investment reconciliation function; preparation of the monthly Financial Report for Administrative Services Director to present to the City Manager, City Treasurer and City Council. Audit: Assist in the audit preparation; prepares fiscal transactions to assure conformity and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practices and Procedures (GAAPP), as well as City codes and ordinances; be knowledgeable in Government Accounting Standards (GASB). Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications: Operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive and efficient financial services program. Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations pertaining to financial reporting, accounting, investing, payroll, purchasing and budgeting. Organizational and Management principles and practices as applied to the analysis, evaluation and operation of financial services programs, policies, operations and personnel. Principles and practices of accounting, financial reporting, auditing, and bond financing. Advanced principles of municipal budget preparation and administration. Information sources and research techniques in the fields of public administration, financial planning, accounting, budgeting, capital budgeting, fees and charges for services, impact fees, and annual audit preparation and procedures Principles of supervision, training, motivation and performance evaluation. GASB standards and pronouncements. Maintaining general and subsidiary ledgers under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles applicable to California local governments. Monitoring program results and demonstrating outcomes both qualitatively and quantitatively. Reconciling and analyzing accounts and funds with a clear understanding of governmental accounting, such as: Prepaid Expenses, Deposits, Accrued Expenses, Investments, Capital Leases, interfund transfers, and CIP reporting. Writing and reviewing journal entries including maintenance of recurring journal entries and allocations in accordance with GAAP. Principles and practices applying to contract development and administration. Principles of supervision, training, motivation, and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Prepare and present oral and written reports to the City Council,
  • Commissions, outside agencies, boards and organizations;
  • Manipulate data in a computerized environment, including mainframe and networked personal computers
  • Respond to the public under stressful circumstances in a fair, calm and understanding way to obtain positive results;
  • Prepare articulate and accurate spreadsheets, written reports and account analyses;
  • Ensure the timely reporting of all monthly financial information;
  • Research and prepare complex reports and analysis on a variety of subjects;
  • Recruit, retain, supervise, motivate and evaluate employees;
  • Understand, explain and apply policies and procedures;
  • Represent the City in a variety of meetings and formats;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the community at large, the City Council, internal management staff and the other public officials and agencies;
  • Respond to emergency and problem situations in an effective, efficient, and appropriate manner;
  • Deal constructively with conflict and resolve situations accordingly and effectively;
  •  "Multitask" to handle competing priorities and demands;
  • Facilitate employee and community groups to work effectively and collaboratively;
  • Operate standard office equipment, including accounting software and other agency reporting applications;
  • Engage in mildly strenuous physical exertion;
  • Analyze and interpret department policies and procedures.

Education/Training/Experience: This position requires a Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field and at least two years of progressively responsible professional experience in governmental accounting; a license to practice as a CPA in the State of California is desirable. Alternatively, any combination of training and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities will be considered.