The City is currently looking to fill a vacant Senior Accountant opening. This position is located in different units within the Finance Department and is responsible for assisting in planning, organizing, and supervising the accounting activities of the City; Incumbents in this position performs advanced level accounting duties and other technical accounting and financial analysis; and writes technical and informational reports for the City's executives and policy makers. Typical duties include:
Assists in the development and implementation of Accounting Division goals, objectives, and priorities, that are consistent with those of the department;
Plans, assigns, and reviews the work of subordinates;
Directly oversees part or all of several of the Accounting Division activities
Review and authorize all accounting batches for updating in the accounting system in the absence of the Accounting Manager
Performs the duties of a financial management system module leader
Monitors, and evaluates the progress of the work of subordinates, in relation to the tasks reflected in the annual work plan, and makes periodic adjustments to the work plan in order to ensure the achievement of division objectives
Reviews, recommends and implements improvements to existing procedures
Supervises, evaluates, trains and develops professional and support staff
Provides advice and counsel to management and other employees in accounting matters and assists in developing standards for cash handling and fraud prevention procedures
Assists in the research, evaluation and implementation of new Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statements
Participates in establishing uniform accounting policies and procedures. Prepares financial statements, particularly the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) financial reports, and performs financial analyses
Maintains the general ledger, subsidiary ledgers and necessary supporting schedules
Reviews accounting documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations, and makes, or ensures that correcting entries are made, when necessary
Examines supporting documentation to determine proper authorization and conformance with agreements, contracts, and state and federal regulations
Prepares and maintains control and subsidiary accounting records for a variety of accounts
Prepares or reviews journal entries; performs periodic reviews of bank reconciliations and reconciliations of general ledger control accounts with subsidiary accounts
Prepares or reviews the City's annual indirect cost allocation plans in compliance with federal regulations, and for internal costing/charging purposes
Prepares or approves budgeted cash transfers and loans between funds; and maintains the accounting records for the City's investments
Coordinates the accounting for grant activities throughout the City
Prepares or supervises the preparation of annual financial reports for State Controller's Office
Prepares the schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards
Monitors grant activities
Assists in the installation of new accounting systems and procedures, and provides instructions to others in their use
Performs cost and rate studies and other financial analyses as requested
Prepares written reports for use by the Director, other City executives, and the City's policy-making body
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, or a closely related field, which included substantial accounting coursework (including successful completion of intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, governmental accounting, managerial accounting and cost accounting).
Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional accounting experience, preferably in a governmental or public agency setting. This experience should include a minimum of one-year supervising accountants. A Certified Public Accountant license is desirable.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Generally accepted accounting principles and practices for municipal governments; Cost accounting; Principles and practices of business data processing and application of it to accounting and financial management; Laws regulating public finance and fiscal operations; Budgeting principles and practices and the differences between budget-basis accounting (when the budget is not based on GAAP), and accounting based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); Modern office procedures, practices, methods and equipment; and Principles and practices of supervision, training and evaluation.
Ability to: Review, analyze and interpret complex financial statements, reports, transactions and records; Account for revenues, expenditures and fund balances using the GAAP basis and the city's budget basis, and to recognize the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP budget-basis accounting in the preparation of the budget-basis financial statements and reports; Prepare clear, concise and complete financial statements, reports and analyses; Assist in the design and installation of new and improved financial systems; Plan, assign and supervise the work of accountants and support staff; Establish and maintain effective working relations with those contacted in the course of work; Prepare written documents according to accepted business and/or City standards; Verbally communicate ideas and information effectively and present complex technical data to both end users and other accounting staff in a manner that is understandable and usable by the audience; Interpret and implement financial policies and regulations; Make accurate financial calculations and verify the accuracy of accounting and financial data; Ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements; Analyze, post, balance and reconcile complex financial data and accounts; and Exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines
About City Of Berkeley
Berkeley is a city with a small population and a big reputation. In California alone, there are more than 30 cities bigger than Berkeley. In Alameda County, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward. And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts.
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