Accountant III

Accountant III
City of Greeley Finance Department
 Greeley, Colorado
Job Description

City of Greeley: Work, Live, and Play in Greeley:

Set against the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Greeley, Colorado has one of the fastest-growing, most diverse, and progressive populations in Colorado. A city of art, culture, and expression, where innovation and forward-thinking have already created high expectations for its growth and development. And with that comes an opportunity to build and shape that future as a place of commerce and community. As the biggest city in the 6th fastest growing county in the United States, we’re the epicenter of everything in Weld County from trade, transportation and agriculture to education, culture, and entrepreneurship. Building careers that shape our community. Apply to work for the City of Greeley at

The City of Greeley employs nearly 1,000 benefited employees with an additional 500+ seasonal and hourly employees in 13 departments.

We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Plus, working for the City of Greeley means that you are working for your community. That's something that you can feel good about! And our employees do feel good - a recent employee survey showed that our employees are engaged and inspired, feel pride in their work, feel that the City is continuously improving and that they receive opportunities for career development.

In addition to competitive wages and great work environment, we also offer excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, pension/401(k), paid time off, 12 paid holidays and a floating holiday, as well as a wellness program.

The City of Greeley is accepting applications for Accountant III. This position is responsible for completing journal entries and analysis of assigned funds, assisting with the completion of the City's annual external audit, supporting the creation of the annual comprehensive financial report, providing other financial reporting, and completing regular accounting functions.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field gained through a 4-year accredited college/university;
  • Extensive knowledge of governmental accounting practices to ensure that the work paper statements and all entries to assigned funds are done correctly;
  • Ability to understand and implement GASB statements;
  • Knowledge and application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
  • Ability to compare and analyze a large volume of transactions by using accounting best practices to identify variances and corrections that need to be made to the financial ledgers;
  • 5 years professional accounting experience;
  • Experience with utilizing financial systems and data reporting tools;
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks with varying deadlines while remaining organized;
  • Able to work and be successful in a team environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Review, analyze and reconcile fund and account activity in assigned funds monthly;
  • Prepare highly complex journal entries and related supporting data to support financial transactions relating to assigned funds and communicate the impact of these transactions;
  • Prepare and maintain supporting financial records and reports;
  • Conduct audit of actual expenditures to ensure spending is within approval budget and revenues are on course to meet estimates for assigned funds;
  • Assist in preparation of the statements and schedules used in the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for assigned funds in accordance with Governmental Accounting and Governmental Auditing Standards;
  • Understanding of payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and purchasing functions to complete necessary accounting transactions;
  • Remain current on governmental accounting policies, regulations and Governmental Accounting Standards Board statements;
  • Answer questions regarding assigned funds and provide backup materials using existing procedures, policies, and transactions;
  • Assist in review of year end work papers, entries, and financial statements. Assist external auditors with audit; this includes explanation for various accounting policies, procedures and specific questions relating to items recorded and reported in various funds;
  • Perform analytical work that may involve departmental representatives at various levels in the organization;
  • Update citywide financial performance measurements, report trends, and research variances;
  • Experience in the public sector is preferred;
  • Certified Public Accountant is preferred;
  • This position may supervise a small team of accountants.

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

  • Multiple tasks are performed simultaneously with frequent interruptions and an expected high level of accuracy in work;
  • Contact occurs with City employees and vendors in person, by email, and on the telephone;
  • Work is performed with extended periods of time at a fixed station;
  • Work is safe to having minimal hazards that are typically found in a general office environment where there is rarely little or no exposure to injury or accident;
  • The employee frequently is required to sit and talk or hear customers;
  • This position will be eligible for consideration under the City's telework policy;
  • Communication skills enough to hear and convey information to/from the public via telephone and in person;
  • Operate standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements;
  • Vision enough to interpret computer screens and documents to assist the public and complete work assignments; specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus;
  • Manual dexterity enough to accurately input, retrieve and verify work assignments; employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms;
  • Duties may occasionally light to moderate physical effort that includes: stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling; frequent standing or walking; frequently lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds and occasionally lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds; maintaining arms and hands in the same position for repetitive tasks and frequently working with light objects and light hand tools;
  • Extensive work is performed on a computer with repetitive data entry and 10-key calculations; work is primarily performed at a desk.

Conditions of Employment:

Candidates must successfully complete all pre-employment screenings and employment eligibility verification. Pre-employment screenings include a drug test, a background and national sex offender search, a motor vehicle record search, and for some positions, a physical demands evaluation. For more information about City policies and practices during the recruitment process, including but not limited to EOE, Reasonable Accommodation, and pre-employment screenings, please visit our career page HERE.