Senior Accounting Analyst

Senior Accounting Analyst
Washtenaw County Government
 Ann Arbor, Michigan
Job Description


Under the supervision of a higher classified employee, performs professional level accounting work requiring a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting principles and practices including Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements.


  • Assists in the development of accounting systems and procedures in accordance with departmental needs and standard governmental accounting practices.
  • Monitors the general ledger for a variety of County funds as assigned by supervisor, prepares needed journal entries to ensure accounts remain in balance and are ready for audit at year end. Reviews posting of payroll, payables, and receivables to the general ledger accounts for accuracy and propriety.
  • Reconciles general ledger account balances at month end and year end to assure agreement of account balances between County and departmental ledgers.
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports.
  • Works daily on the County's financial system in the general ledger area. Enters information (including journal entries) into the financial system. Accesses information from the payroll, payables and procurement modules. Runs financial reports directly off the financial system software or any applicable report writing software.
  • Maintains awareness of trends in financial system software and enhancements thereto, and recommends acquisition and implementation of software products necessary to meet County reporting needs and fulfill County fiscal requirements.
  • Prepares detailed spreadsheets. Communicates and presents complex accounting issues to management and other staff in an understandable manner both orally and in written form.
  • Plays a major role in the preparation of the County's comprehensive annual financial report. Prepares accrual entries where needed to adjust general ledger from cash basis to modified accrual basis to full accrual basis. May assist in the preparation for the County's federal Single Audit.
  • Implements or assists in implementing new accounting standards issued by GASB.
  • Maintains liaison with other County accounting staff to coordinate transactions, activities, and procedures. Participates in departmental team meetings and provides input on direction and recommendations on financial issues as necessary.
  • Serves as the primary contact for support, training, mentoring, and guidance for ERP general ledger applications.
  • Conducts studies, analyzes information, evaluates alternatives and makes recommendations. Prepares narrative and statistical reports of findings. Assists in the development, revision and implementation of fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains internal systems and procedures for audit and expense justification. Assists external auditors in locating and interpreting departmental accounting records.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The preceding statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.


Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.

These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Principles and practices of general accounting, governmental and fund accounting (including all GASB pronouncements), Comprehensive Annual Financial Report preparation, Popular Financial Reporting.
  • Federal Single Audit (II CFR Part 200 Subpart F), Center Services Cost Allocation Plan (II CFR Part 200 Subpart E), and Michigan Department of Treasury fiscal requirements.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations including those pertaining to grants.
  • Function, organization and basic services of the departments to which assigned.
  • Computer applications related to the work. (ERP system and Microsoft Office Suite - Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Research, data analysis and report preparation techniques.
  • Standard office practices, including the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Performing a variety of complex, professional level accounting without close supervision.
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex laws, policies and regulations.
  • Setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Working as part of a fiscal team on projects as well as day-to-day work coordination.
  • Implementing new fiscal processes and redesigning existing processes in order to make them more efficient and effective.
  • Dealing successfully with employees at all levels and with individuals of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Preparing clear, concise and effective written materials.
  • Maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Entering and retrieving information from a computer with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform the required work.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree with major coursework in finance, business or accounting.
  • Major in accounting preferred.
  • CPA desired but not required.


  • Three (3) years of experience performing professional level accounting work in a centralized finance setting.
  • Three (3) years of technical experience reflecting state of the art knowledge of financial applications (including general ledger) in an ERP system.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience, which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job, could be considered. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to possess specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.