Assistant/Associate/Sr. Accountant

Assistant/Associate/Sr. Accountant
City of Ukiah Finance Department
 Ukiah, California
Job Description

Under general direction of the Finance Director or designee, performs a wide range of professional accounting functions involved in the preparation and maintenance of the City's accounting records. Performs monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting system closing procedures and reporting. Participates in preparation and control of the City budget; designs and implements accounting systems; provides highly technical accounting tasks; provides assistance in a variety of fiscal management assignments; and completes related work as assigned. The Associate Accountant shall have responsibilities overseeing the work product of Assistant Accountants and Financial Services Specialists, while the Senior Accountant is a management-level position with personnel management responsibilities.

Please see online job description for a full list of required knowledge and abilities, and examples of job duties: www.cityofukiah.com/job-descriptions

Assistant Accountant: Equivalent to bachelor’s degree in accounting or business management with major course work in accounting, finance, or related field. An alternate manner of gaining requisite education and experience is possessing the equivalent of an associate’s degree in accounting or business with two years of experience in general accounting, including, but not limited to, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and budgeting.

Associate Accountant: Equivalent to bachelor’s degree in accounting or business management with major coursework in accounting, finance, business, or related field. Two years of experience in general accounting, including, but not limited to, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and budgeting. An alternate manner of gaining requisite education and experience is possessing the equivalent of an associate’s degree in accounting, finance, or business with five years of relevant experience.

Certification as Certified Government Finance Manager (CGFM) through the Association of Governmental Accountants or as a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) through the Government Finance Officers Associations may substitute for one year of experience. A master’s degree in accounting, certification as a Certified Management Accountant, or license in California as a Certified Public Accountant is preferred and may substitute for two years of experience.

Senior Accountant: The preferred path toward gaining the required education and experience is the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business management with major coursework in accounting, finance, business management, or a related field with five years of experience in general accounting, including, but not limited to, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, budgeting, managerial and financial reporting, financial statement preparation, and audit management. Senior Accountant (continued from previous page): An alternate manner of gaining requisite education and experience is possessing the equivalent of an associate’s degree with major coursework described above with ten years of increasingly complex and technical experience in general accounting, including, but not limited to, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, managerial and financial reporting, financial statement preparation, and budgeting, of which two years were in a supervisory/managerial role.

Certification as Certified Government Finance Manager (CGFM) through the Association of Governmental Accountants or as a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) through the Government Finance Officers Associations may substitute for one year of experience. A master’s degree in accounting, certification as a Certified Management Accountant, or a license in California as a Certified Public Accountant is preferred and may substitute for two years of experience.

Benefits:

Retirement. CalPERS “Classic” members: 2.7%@55 with employee contributing 8% of pre-tax salary. “New” members: 2%@62 with employee contributing 7.25% of salary. The City of Ukiah does not contribute to Social Security.

Medical. The City pays 85% of the premium for medical, dental, and vision plans.

Leaves and Holidays. Depending on assignment, Vacation Leave is accrued between 104 and 161.2 hours per year and increases with City service. Personal Leave is provided at 24 hours per fiscal year (for Assistant Accountant). Executive Leave is provided at 80 hours per fiscal year (for Associate and Sr. Accountants) Sick Leave is accrued at 96 hours per year with no limit. The City pays for 13 fixed holidays per year, in addition to 1 floating holiday.

Life Insurance. The City pays the premium on a $10,000 life insurance policy for eligible employees.

Longevity Program. Upon the 7th anniversary date of employment, and each year thereafter on the anniversary date, a fulltime employee will receive $1,000. Upon the 12th anniversary date, the amount increases to $2,500 annually; at the 20th anniversary, the amount increases to $3,500 annually.

Other Benefits. Other benefits include City-paid membership in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employee and eligible dependents; optional participation in supplemental health coverages; optional participation in pre-taxed Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Assistance programs; optional participation in AirMed helicopter emergency transport; and optional participation in Deferred Compensation 457 Savings Plans.

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