County of Bernalillo
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- Position Summary & Duties Responsible
Classification specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in this classification. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under direction, performs professional complex accounting and financial activities handled by the Finance Department; functional areas of responsibility include general ledger, enterprise funds, grants; analyzes and approves financial transactions; prepares a variety of financial reports; and performs other related duties as assigned.
This is the journey-level classification in the Financial Accountant series. Incumbents at this level work under direction, receiving occasional supervision while working toward a definite objective that requires use of a wide range of procedures and involves planning and/or determining specific procedures required in order to meet assigned objectives and solve non-routine problems. Only unusual matters are referred to a supervisor. This classification is distinguished from the classification of Senior Financial Accountant in that positions in the latter classification are assigned significant responsibilities above the journey level; possess specialized knowledge, abilities, skills, and experience; and often exercise independent judgment in the performance of their duties. Advanced journey-level classifications may provide direct or lead supervision over lower-level positions. Depending on assignment, some positions at the Financial Accountant level may provide direct or lead supervision to clerical or technical staff; however, such duties are ancillary in nature and do not impact the overall scope of the classification.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Reviews and analyzes a variety of accounting records and fiscal activities to ensure accuracy and compliance with accounting/program/legal requirements.
- Reviews financial transactions to ensure that (i) proper cost centers are charged, and (ii) expenditures and revenues are within approved budget.
- Initiates and approves journal entries into the general ledger; gathers, verifies and analyzes information with respect to the transaction prior to approval.
- Reviews and analyzes appropriation expenditure reports for transactional activity; verifies funding; initiates Line Item Transfers as necessary.
- Prepares annual financial statements for the Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) including journal entries, reconciliations and financial notes for assigned funds.
- Performs grant accounting duties; sets up the grant within the financial management system; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with grant agreement; gathers operational and milestone data; requests reimbursement; submits reports in accordance with grant requirements; maintains fiscal records; balances appropriations and expenditures; closes out grant upon completion.
- Reviews, analyzes and monitors budgets for departmental programs and projects; performs accounting functions within the program or budget including reconciliations, Line Item Transfers, journal entries and purchasing activities; identifies discrepancies and monitors financial activities.
- Collaborates and responds to auditor requests including general ledger variances and requests for supporting documentation.
- Prepares a variety of monthly and quarterly financial reporting; for submission to oversight agencies such as the Department of Finance and Administrations, coordinates report development with other departments within the County.
- Prepares a variety of reports for submission to County departments including the budget office and the Deputy County Manager including position listings, review graphs, appropriation and expenditure reports, performance measures and objectives.
- Reconciles financial data from payroll and creates bank to bank transfers for payroll withholding related transactions.
- Analyzes accounting or fiscal policies and procedures; develops recommendations for operational efficiencies and stronger controls.
- May exercise direct or lead supervision over lower level clerical and technical staff.
- Maintains a variety of electronic and hard copy files and documents.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
- Minimum Qualifications
Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree, from an accredited institution, with major coursework in accounting, finance or a closely related field.
Experience: Two (2) years of professional accounting experience.
OR any combination of education and/or experience totaling six (6) years in accounting, finance or closely related field.
- Supplemental Information
- Operations, services and processes within a finance department including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, budget, treasury, financial reporting and related fiscal areas.
- Principles and practices of government accounting.
- Principles and practices of budget preparation, analysis and administration.
- Various professional accounting standards such as GAAP, GASB and related regulations.
- Principles and practices of grant accounting and billing.
- Accounting structure of assigned funds.
- Operational characteristics of automated financial systems and how to navigate within these systems.
- Principles and practices of effective time management.
- Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and software applications relevant to the work.
- Methods and techniques of compiling and summarizing fiscal data.
- Principles and practices of financial record keeping.
- Principles and practices of customer service.
- English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
- Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances and regulations related to assigned area of responsibility.
- Perform professional accounting duties in assigned areas of responsibility.
- Understand and use the County's specialized financial operations, processes and software applications.
- Apply specialized accounting rules within functional areas of responsibility.
- Analyze, interpret and reconcile fiscal documents.
- Perform accurate accounting and financial functions.
- Verify, reconcile and balance financial transactions.
- Prioritize work and meet deadlines.
- Exercise good judgment in analyzing problems and providing solutions.
- Enter data into the County's financial system.
- Prepare a variety of fiscal reports in assigned areas of responsibility.
- Maintain a variety of financial records and files.
- Understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions.
- Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
COUNTY OF BERNALILLO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER