Accountant

Accountant
Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District
 Pueblo, Colorado
Job Description

SUMMARY:

Under general supervision, performs accounting and accounting support duties in the analysis, preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports; accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed asset, and general ledger functions; the preparation of water and storage bills to member agencies and preparation of monthly financial statements; performs difficult and detailed accounting analyses and reconciliations; and performs related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

An Accountant is responsible for specialized accounting work in performing calculations and preparing and processing journal entries to record accounting transactions. The incumbent performs difficult and highly detailed analyses, assists in preparation of the District's annual budget and works with staff to resolve accounting and reporting issues.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

  • Reviews accounting documents to ensure accurate information and calculations and makes original and correcting journal entries; examines supporting documentation for accuracy and completeness and to ensure proper authorizations; prepares and maintains control and subsidiary accounting records involving fixed asset and other special accounts.
  • Reconciles general ledger and subsidiary accounts and other accounting transactions and reports; compiles and prepares periodic financial schedules and reports; maintains spreadsheets on interest income and expense.
  • Maintains and reviews fixed asset and other accounts; prepares journal entries for the acquisition and disposal of fixed assets; determines whether fixed asset items should be capitalized and the appropriate depreciation period.
  • Provides day-to-day interaction and works with staff to ensure a high-performance customer service work environment that supports achieving the District's mission, strategic plan, objectives and values.
  • Provides the preparation of standard monthly and annual financial statements, schedules and footnotes; reviews budget to actual variances and develops analyses of operating and capital improvement program accounts.
  • Participates in the annual budget process by providing expense projections for staff, reviewing budget drafts for accuracy and completeness, allocating revenue and expenses accounts by month, reconciling revenue and expense accounts and generating special reports.
  • Provides support for the annual audit process; serves as primary day-to-day contact with outside audit personnel; prepares t working papers and responses to auditor questions.

OTHER DUTIES:

  • Reconciles water availability tax apportionment revenue forecasts by type to amounts collected; researches discrepancies and makes or recommends adjustments; prepares tax schedules for the annual Budget.
  • Assists in calculating and inputs capitalized overhead allocation data into the budget system; calculates and capitalizes interest expense on capital projects.
  • Assists in downloading data and preparing spreadsheets to respond to auditor inquiries during the annual outside audit.
  • Analyzes and prepares reports on revenue estimates, expenditures and fund conditions.

QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES:

The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and ability required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.

  • Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent, completion of college or vocational school accounting courses equivalent to those required for an Associate of Arts degree or four years of progressively responsible experience in accounting and performing financial or statistical recordkeeping, and at least one additional year experience either preparing payroll records or performing financial or statistical recordkeeping.
  • Experience in the use of personal computers and spreadsheet software is highly desirable.

OTHER DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and terminology of general and enterprise accounting, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control and reporting; budgeting principles and terminology; cost accounting methods and procedures; laws and regulations relating to the financial administration of public agencies; auditing principles and practices; operations and uses of standard spreadsheet software; principles and practices of business data processing, particularly related to the processing of accounting information and interpretation of input and output data.

Ability to:

  • Operate a computer and spreadsheet software; verify the accuracy of financial data and information; ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements; analyze, post, balance and reconcile complex financial data and accounts; make accurate arithmetic calculations; prepare clear, concise and complete financial documents, statements and reports; work effectively and courteously with staff, representatives of other agencies, vendors and others encountered in the course of work.

LICENSES / CERTIFICATES / SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Current driver’s license.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS:

  • The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to walk and stand and to lift up to ten pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

MENTAL DEMANDS:

  • While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new skills and information; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with District staff and others encountered in the course of work.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Employee work under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet.
Apply