The City of Berkeley is currently accepting applications for Accountant II in the Accounting division of our Finance Department. The Accounting division maintains the City's general ledger, and prepares the City's internal and external financial statements and reports. Accounting is responsible for all bank reconciliations, development of the indirect cost allocation plans, and quality control review on accounting transactions entered by all departments.
Accounting also prepares all required State Controller, payroll, and sales tax returns.
This position is responsible for performing the full range of accounting duties and may have direct responsibility for performing one or more of the following activities: bank reconciliation; general accounting monthly closings; general accounting data entry; preparation of city-wide indirect cost allocation plans; accounting for the City's investment transactions; coordination of the preparation of schedules and work papers for the City's external auditors; preparation of the various required State Controller's Office reports; preparation of quarterly payroll and sales tax returns; coordination of the timely remittance of debt service payments to the fiscal agent (s) or lessor(s); maintenance of the books of accounts for the Berkeley Redevelopment Agency (BRA); maintenance of accounting chart of accounts; preparation or review of the year-end grants and other receivable entries; reconciliation of the general ledger control accounts to the subsidiary ledgers; and assist in the preparation of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
EDUCATION Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from a four-year college or university in accounting, or a closely related field, which included at least 24 units total consisting of intermediate advanced governmental and cost accounting. AND EXPERIENCE Two (2) years of professional accounting experience, preferably in a governmental or public agency.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Generally accepted accounting principles and practices for municipal governments; Cost accounting; Budgeting principles and practices and the differences between budget-basis accounting (when the budget is not based on GAAP), and accounting based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); Principles and practices of business data processing and the applications to accounting and financial management; Laws regulating public finance and fiscal operations; Budgeting principles and practices; Modern office procedures, practices, methods and equipment including use of standard personal computer software programs such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and basic automated data base applications; and How to perform revenue audits and compliance reviews/audits.
Ability to: Review and interpret financial statements, reports, transactions, and records; Verify the accuracy of accounting and financial data; Ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements and other transactions; Analyze, post, balance and reconcile financial data ledgers and accounts; Make accurate basic financial calculations; Direct and review the work of lower-level accounting personnel in specified work areas; Make sound independent judgments within established guidelines; Prepare clear, concise and complete financial reports and statements; and Establish and maintain effective working relations with those contacted in the course of work.