ACCOUNTANT

Finance
Full-time
City of San Marcos
6/26/2018
humanresources@san-marcos.net
760.744.1050

 

Closing Date: 06/26/18 05:30 PM

Under general direct supervision, performs journey-level accounting work related to the preparation,

maintenance and analysis of financial records and reports. This is accomplished by preparing necessary

aspects of general ledger accounts, bank reconciliations, year-end closing transactions and a variety of

other financial and statistical reports. Other duties include responding to service requests from both

internal and external customers, researching updated financial requirements and attending meetings

and training sessions as required.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

-Assists in the planning, development and record keeping of city accounting and financial

procedures and systems. Understands, interprets, and applies general accounting and auditing

principles, procedures, and methods, to develop, maintain, and audit financial and statistical

reports.

-Coordinates financially related activities with other city departments, divisions and with

other outside agencies.

-Participates in fiscal year-end audit activities. Prepares annual requirements by preparing yearend

accruals and adjustments; prepares audit schedules; assisting Accounting Manager during

annual auditing process including preparation of financial statements.

-Works cooperatively among the Finance Department areas in preparing a variety of financial and

statistical reports.

-Oversees and actively engages in general ledger accounts by updating journal entries; reconciling

bond statements to the general ledger; reviews financial records; classifying revenues and

expenditures; and rectifying any errors discovered in a timely manner while researching

transactions to resolve problems.

-Manages transactions by reconciling bank statements and external investment company's reports

to the general ledger; recording investment transactions; and preparing monthly and quarterly

distribution of interest among all funds.

-Posts journal entries; prepares bank reconciliations and maintains fixed asset schedules; provides

technical direction to other staff; audits accounting systems and procedures to ensure proper

internal control and compliance with policies.

-Assists in preparation and administration of both the City's and the Department's budget and in

budget control; and researches and analyzes transactions in resolving budget problems.

-Prepares work papers, financial statements and various reports for internal use as well as

governmental reports for Federal, State and other organizations, as required. Such reports might

include the annual State Controller's Report, Street Report, Monthly Treasurer reports for City

Council, Quarterly fund balance reports, and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, statistical

section.

-Compiles, organizes, reviews, analyzes, interprets and presents financial, technical and

administrative information including, but not limited to, property-based information related to

assessment and/or Mello-Roos districts, etc. in accordance with standard department procedures

and guidelines; ensures that investigative procedural requirements are satisfied.

-Performs general administrative responsibilities including, but not limited to, preparing

correspondence, agreements, narrative reports, procedures, resolutions and other technical

materials; organizing and maintaining department files, records and materials; operating various

office equipment, including copier, calculator and computer; attending assigned meetings as a

representative of the Department and providing support and assistance to the Director of

Finance, as assigned.

-Maintains cooperative and effective relations with City employees and the public while responding

in a timely manner to all inquiries and/or complaints; investigates and resolves inquiries and

service requests from internal and external customers.

-Assists in the development of departmental goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work

standards.

-Performs other related duties as required.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned

within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Municipal government finance; government accounting standards and auditing principles; principles and

practices of accounting, administration, budgeting, data processing, payroll and related financial

activities; automated accounting systems; legislation affecting municipal finance; governmental taxation

and revenues; posting ledger activity, reconciliation, double-entry bookkeeping; financial recordkeeping

and cost-accounting procedures; principles, practices and procedures of public administration or

organizational management; principles and procedures of research, data management, statistics,

planning, design, methodology and analysis; modern office methods and practices including filing

systems, letter writing, proofreading and editing; various office equipment including copier, calculator

and computer utilizing various software programs which may include Microsoft Office applications (Excel,

Word, PowerPoint, Outlook); and effective public relations skills.

Ability to:

Use independent judgment in exercising responsibilities; prepare financial statements and reports;

analyze financial systems and procedures; plan, organize and coordinate a variety of functions; conduct

studies, analyze data, draw sound conclusions and make recommendations; organize and maintain

accurate records of activities and projects; interpret and apply applicable laws, regulations and policies;

develop and implement efficient accounting procedures; prepare comprehensive verbal and written

reports; supervise, train, and evaluate personnel; utilize computer systems, software and applications;

communicate and express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; organize work to meet

deadlines; performs all duties under pressure with composure; establish and maintain effective

relationships with City employees and the members of the public; and demonstrate an awareness and

appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and

abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Accounting,

Business Administration, or related field.

Experience -At least one year of professional accounting experience, preferably in a municipal government

environment.

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