City of Hillsboro Finance Department
 Hillsboro, Oregon
Job Description

Follow the URL Link below to apply by March 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Come work with us as an Accountant at the City of Hillsboro. The top priorities of this position will be managing our City assessments to property owners, especially related to the local improvement district in South Hillsboro, and transforming our capital asset record management process. The person in this position will work directly with the Finance Manager, drafting the City’s annual financial statements and supporting work papers. This is a new position for the Finance department, so while there are some essential projects that this team player will take on, there may be some ability for the first person in this position to shape the ongoing duties.

Our commitment to you!

The Finance team at the City of Hillsboro includes a diverse group of passionate, community-focused professionals. They are committed to your personal and professional growth as an individual and strive to create a work experience where your needs and unique voice are prioritized. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking to grow and advance their skills to the next level in accounting.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is a learner, is curious and wants to know “the why” of what they are doing;
  • Is detailed, accurate, and analytical when performing work;
  • Takes initiative on projects and can manage them with little supervision;
  • Provides excellent customer service to internal stakeholders;
  • Is innovative, can use technology, and is excited by meaningful change.

Current and upcoming projects

  • The creation of individual assessment accounts for the South Hillsboro Local Improvement District, and establishes monthly billing processes.
  • Works with Finance Manager on transforming the capital asset financial transaction records process and establishing a monthly reconciliation process.
  • Assists with financial statement preparation, including supporting work papers.
  • Assists with expanding grants policy/manuals and supports a Citywide grant manager group

General Statement of Duties:

  • The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform professional level accounting and financial support in the areas of account analysis, reconciliation, financial statement reporting, research and implementation of new accounting standards, financial work paper preparation, assessment account management, capital asset transaction management, grant manager support, and financial analysis. Activities are performed proficiently with limited supervision.
  • Performs account transactions and reconciliation through Enterprise Resource Planning software Munis (Tyler Technologies) and Excel, using automation where possible.
  • Analyzes and reconciles City ledger activities between financial accounting systems.
  • Reviews City’s internal controls and make necessary recommendations, maintain records and accounts necessary to comply with City processes.
  • Maintains capital asset records and system for management.
  • Maintains lien assessment system, creates accounts, generates bills, applies payments, and reconciles to general ledger.
  • Monitors Citywide grant activities, updates grant policy/manuals as needed, coordinates annual reporting activities for grants.
  • Assists with financial statement preparation and supports work paper preparation.
  • Provides support for financial transaction processing systems (i.e. credit card processing systems).
  • Provides general accounting functions and prepares journal entries.
  • Gathers, reviews and monitors data and information; analyzes data; identifies and reports trends. Provides recommendations in support of assigned area.
  • Manages records and information in any format, in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations and City policy, guidance and records retention schedule.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Bachelor degree in Finance or Accounting; and four years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


  • Valid Driver’s License and safe driving record;

Ideal Knowledge, Certifications, and Experience

  • Understands Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and can apply it in our course of work;
  • Uses Excel and our ERP system efficiently to perform account reconciliation and analysis;
  • Understands grant management and can provide guidance to City grant managers;
  • Understands governmental accounting and can assist with financial statement preparation;
  • Executes our assessments process: creating, billing, and managing assessment accounts;
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant; - Preferred but not required
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Preparation- Preferred but not required
  • Experience with Tableau Data Management System - Preferred but not required


  • Additional Salary Information: See excellent benefits described with linked job posting:
  • Internal Number: 2021-42