The City is looking to hire a team-oriented individual that is interested in joining a city that values individuality and creativity. The ideal candidate has a cooperative outlook with a can-do attitude, is self-motivated and has a proactive approach to problem solving. This candidate additionally is an “outside-of-the-box thinker”, flexible, has the desire to work in a fast-paced environment, brings new, fresh and innovative ideas and is motivated to create change.
Under general supervision of the Director of Finance, manages the day-to-day general accounting functions of the Finance Division (general ledger, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, and fixed assets), auditing, and analysis of accounting systems; financial reporting; prepares and manages special projects as required; and supervises accounting personnel. This position will maintain and prepare a variety of financial statements and reports. The position also involves a wide variety of professional administrative, analytical and technical duties, including participation and preparation of the City’s annual budget, financial review and budgetary analysis; participation in the preparation and implementation of financial goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; and performs other duties as assigned.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Plans and organizes the day-to-day activities of the general accounting functions;
Directs the maintenance of records and preparation of periodic financial reports;
Develops, recommends and implements accounting policies and procedures;
Analyzes and develops changes in policies and procedures for greater efficiency and internal control;
Supervises, selects, trains, and evaluates accounting clerical and technical employees;
Assists in the preparation of the comprehensive annual financial report pursuant to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and prepares any Federal or State reports;
Coordinates internal/external audits, including assisting independent auditors with year-end reviews;
Prepares, monitors, and controls the Finance Division's budget and assists in the preparation of the citywide budget; may make presentations before elected bodies and community groups;
Prepare journal entries and adjustments to the general and subsidiary accounting ledgers; closes financial records at the end of each month;
Monitor’s city’s cash flow; performs bank account reconciliations;
Performs a variety of detailed accounting, statistical and/or narrative financial statements or reports;
Prepares related tax returns and fiscal reports; participates in the preparation of year-end reports and schedules;
Performs duties of the Director of Finance in his/her absence;
Makes every reasonable effort to continually improve the manner in which the job is performed and increase the quality of service to the public; and performs other duties as assigned.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS Knowledge and Abilities:
General accounting and auditing principles;
Governmental accounting and budgeting; ordinances, resolutions and laws affecting municipal financial operations;
Financial analysis and research procedures;
Principles and practices of effective administration, budget, accounting, information technology, management, supervision, evaluation and training;
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships;
Word processing programs, spreadsheet programs, and accounting applications;
Principles and practices of exemplary customer service.
General office procedures;
Cash management principles and practices;
Prepare clear, concise reports;
Communicate effectively in both oral and written form;
Take a proactive approach to problem solving; and
Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration, public administration, or a directly related field. Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional level accounting experience to include one (1) year working in a supervisory or lead role capacity. Experience in government accounting is highly desirable.
Licenses and Certifications
Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and acceptable driving record at time of appointment and throughout employment in this position. Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is highly desirable.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Requires vision (which may be corrected) to read small print. Requires the mobility to stand (for up to 8 hours), stoop, reach and bend. Requires mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects. Performs lifting, pushing and/or pulling which does not exceed 25 pounds and is an infrequent aspect of the job. May be subjected to inside and outside environmental conditions. May be required to use personal vehicle in the course of employment. Required to attend periodic evening meetings and/or to travel within and out of City boundaries to attend meetings. May be required to work at a computer for prolonged periods. May be required to work evenings and weekends.
Ability to operate, computer office software, calculator, telephone, copying machine; ability to understand and respond to the public’s and staff’s requests for assistance both on the computer, phone, and in person; ability to prepare narrative reports, perform mathematical calculations, and sort/file documents.
A consistent schedule with hours of 7:00a.m. - 5:30p.m., Monday - Thursday. City Hall is closed on Fridays.