Perform a wide variety of highly technical financial tasks under the general direction of the Director of Finance. These tasks include, but are not limited to, financial reporting, budgeting, rate design, cost/benefit analysis, funding alternatives, operational reviews, and special projects, as assigned.
[S = Sedentary (0-10 lbs); L = Light (10-25 lbs); M = Medium (25-50 lbs);
H = Heavy (50-100 lbs); VH = Very Heavy (over 100 lbs)].
Description of Job Duties
- Coordinate Accounting Division activities with other departments and outside agencies and organizations. Coordinate meetings with City departments dealing with accounting procedures, handling problems and streamlining information.
- Analyzes data submitted by departments for accounting transactions and addresses abnormalities or departures from policy with appropriate levels of City staff.
- Establish, review, and coordinate procedures to provide maximum cost/benefit for the organization.
- Perform professional accounting tasks such as maintaining and preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial and accounting reports and prepares journal entries.
- Analyze procedures and processes to ensure effective and efficient processes in accordance to GAAP and adequate control environment.
- Apply generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to accounts and financial statements including implementing new pronouncements.
- Participate in the annual external audit including preparation of year-end analysis and journal entries, preparation of audit work papers, and coordination with auditors on audit procedures.
- Reconcile accounting issues and handles system problems for numerous areas of the Finance Department.
- Assist in the analysis and selection of investment alternatives as well as the preparations of periodic investment reports.
- Project and monitor interdepartmental charges associated with Internal Service funds including interdepartmental contributions to the Vehicle Replacement fund and charges by the Equipment Service fund.
- Monitor various coverage and reserve requirements mandated by bond covenants as well as assistance in debt capacity analysis.
- Provide backup for critical tasks performed by the Finance Director.
- Assist in preparation of annual budget and long-term financial plan, including revenue and expenditure forecasting.
- Supervises the work of senior accountants and staff accountants including reviewing work, completing performance evaluations, approving days off requests, and addressing performance or disciplinary issues, assuring the Director is informed of related issues.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Regular scheduled attendance at the work site is required.
- This position provides supervision of staff as assigned, and serves as Finance Director in the absence of the Director.
NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), procedures, internal controls, and financial forecasting techniques.
- Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations – particularly those applicable to government accounting.
- Knowledge of accounting theory, principles and practices, and their application to a wide variety of accounting transactions and problems in municipal government.
- Skilled in the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in routine and non-routine transactions requiring professional level attention.
- Skilled in compiling and preparing complex analytical financial and administrative data for reports.
- Skilled in facilitating the development of alternative solutions and addressing recommendations.
- Ability to prepare financial statements, perform cash forecast and other financial forecasts, perform miscellaneous routing and non-routing financial analysis.
- Ability to implement and administer computer accounting systems.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Ability to organize assignments and work independently.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field.
- Four (4) years progressively responsible experience in a complex accounting environment.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
- Must have a valid Texas driver’s license with a good driving record.
- Certified Public Accountant or CPA candidate OR Certified Governmental Finance Officer preferred.