Accountant 2

Accountant 2
City of Eugene
 Eugene, Oregon
Job Description

General Statement of Duties

Do you see yourself being an integral part of the Financial reporting function at the City of Eugene? Would you enjoy being responsible for the City’s capital asset management system, preparing parts of the City’s annual financial statement (ACFR), and working directly with the external auditors? Would you like to oversee the City’s grant reporting for the ACFR and work closely with departments to ensure the grant financial information is accurately reporting in the City’s financial statements? Are you interested in working with a team that is high performing, collaborative, and well-respected?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be the right person for an exciting opportunity as an Accountant 2 with the City of Eugene.

The Accountant 2 position:

  • Works as a member of the Finance Division and is the primary staff person to oversee and maintain the City’s capital asset management system and work with City departments to ensure all City capital assets are accounted for.
  • Monitors and reconciles grants received and collaborates with City staff to prepare financial information for grants that are presented in the City’s annual financial statements.
  • Prepares financial schedules for funds and footnotes that are included in the City’s ACFR.

The Accountant 2 should be:

  • A skilled technician with strong oral and written communication skills, excellent planning and organizational skills, technical knowledge of accounting principles and practices, and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experienced at working on complex tasks under tight deadlines and able to work independently with minimal guidance from the supervisor.


The first review of applications will take place: Monday, March 13, 2023


Salary Range: $38.84 - $50.49 Hourly / $80,787.20 - $105,019.20 Annually

The City of Eugene determines starting pay within the range based on relevant education and experience as provided by the applicant in their application materials. This process is consistent with the Oregon Equal Pay Act (OEPA). You can learn more about our process at our How to Apply page.

Benefits: The City of Eugene offers robust and competitive benefits. For more info, click the Benefits Tab, or visit this summary page as well as this benefits package page.

Department/Division: Central Services Dept. / Finance Division

Work Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave. Suite 400 Eugene, OR 97401

Must reside in the state of Oregon and be able to report onsite for work in Eugene, OR per business need.

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with flexibility per business need.

Living & Working in Eugene: For more information on living in Eugene, how the City of Eugene operates, and more, visit this page.

The City of Eugene will follow all required COVID vaccinations, exceptions, and guidelines based on the essential functions of the position.

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintains and monitors the City’s capital asset management system; prepares year-end journal entries to capitalize assets and provide appropriate financial information for ACFR; works with City departments to ensure all City capital assets are accounted for.
  • Prepares annual audit work papers, including supporting analysis and schedules; updates annual published financial reports and accompanying note disclosures in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), State law and professional requirements.
  • Monitors City-wide financial data and makes appropriate adjustments to ensure compliance with pertinent laws, policies, and procedures; advises City department staff on recording transactions in accordance with applicable laws and practices.
  • Assists with the design and development of query-based financial reporting tools and models against a variety of financial systems.
  • Other financial reporting analysis and projects as needed.

To view detailed information on the duties, knowledge, and abilities that may be expected for this position, please see the classification: Accountant


Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferrable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role

When screening your application, the City will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to meet minimum qualifications for this position.



  • Two years of professional accounting experience, preferably in a governmental accounting environment.
  • Some supervisory or lead experience may be preferred.


  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in accounting or a closely related field.

The ideal candidate will have the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Strong Accounting Skills

  • Using strong accounting skills, the successful candidate for this role will be able to prepare all GAAP entries and calculations for reporting the City’s capital assets in the ACFR.
  • The accountant 2 will also be responsible for monitoring and reconciling grant activity during the year to prepare the required financial information that is required for the ACFR.

Commitment to Excellence and Stewardship

  • The ideal candidate will be committed to ensuring the integrity of the City’s capital asset management systems to ensure the data we report is accurate and complies with all applicable rules and reporting requirements.
  • The successful candidate will develop and cultivate trust and confidence within the team and the organization.

Solid Communication Skills

  • The candidate will have the ability to clearly explain, both orally and in writing, elements of the capital assets system to other staff members and leadership.

Creativity, Flexibility and Ambiguity

  • The Accountant 2 will use creative problem solving and innovation to approach complex issues from a broad perspective and see a variety of options and scenarios to be explored.
  • They must be comfortable with remaining flexible while working within an established government and accounting framework.
  • Some assignments may be made with ambiguous instructions and a level of uncertainty of the desired or expected outcome.
  • The exercise of creativity and flexibility will be conducted in an environment that is designed to protect the accuracy of the City’s financial information and systems.

Strong Interpersonal Skills

  • The successful candidate for this role will work effectively and collaboratively with finance and other staff throughout the organization.
  • They will develop and cultivate a respectful and inclusive work environment, and take the time to appreciate, understand and learn from the diversity of their teammates and the organization.
  • The candidate will demonstrate self-awareness and emotional intelligence, be open and accepting of other people's perspectives and needs, give others the chance to shine, look at themselves honestly, and take responsibility for their actions.