Accountant Senior

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Job Description:


This is highly responsible professional accounting work in the preparation of financial reports, reviewing and maintaining systems and procedures and in recommending modifications and improvements to the City accounting system.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its lack of direct and routine supervisory duties and overall accounting division responsibility and by its advanced professional accounting nature involving, but not limited to, general ledger, plant assets and other related areas.


This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job. Performance of lower level duties may be required.


Reviews present accounting procedures and policies and recommends changes or modifications designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the accounting operations; studies present accounting methods and practices to assure conformance with policies and procedures established as standard operating policy; develops and modifies detailed accounting procedures, policies and systems in order to meet the changing requirements of the City.

Advises department heads and other officers on accounting policies and interprets and applies them to the various City functions.

Manage the production of the City’s Schedule of Expenditures for Federal Awards (SEFA) and support the Single audit.

Provide oversight and guidance for the citywide Federal and State grant programs

Makes special accounting studies and analysis of varied activities of the City government; prepares special financial statements and reports for the information and guidance of City officials; maintains various ledgers.

Prepares monthly budgetary and other status reports.

May supervise all phases of the accounting division during the absence of higher level supervisory staff in the department.

Maintains accounts for special funds, such as utility funds, revenue sharing trust funds, airport capital projects funds and special grants.

Audits reports from pension fund agent and prepares statements; prepares special studies of the pension plan.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

Depending on area of assignment:

Monitor and ensure grant compliance, including preparation of citywide reporting of Federal and State grants, monitoring and closeout of the grant programs

Provide training and support to all departments regarding grant programs, availability, and compliance requirements.


Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, economics or other related discipline; and four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.





Certified Public Accountant desirable.

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