Lead Accountant

Application Deadline: 2023-11-30
Job Type: County
Job Description:

This is a non-union position. It is under the general supervision of the County Administrator. The individual in this position performs a variety of complex accounting, auditing and financial management responsibilities as delegated by the County Administrator. This position serves as the Lead Accountant for the County. Responsible for highly classified and confidential data with access to payroll and personnel records. Assists the County Administrator in the budget process. Responsible for preparation for and outcome of financial and cost allocation audits. Prepares and presents financial statements, related schedules, and reports for the County.

• Associate degree in accounting, Finance, or related field of study.

• Minimum of two (2) years of experience in accounting, preferably with a background in municipal and/or governmental accounting.
• Must have demonstrated experience or ability in public finance management and budget management.
• Ability to read, and analyze data and information using established criteria, in order to determine consequences and to identify and select alternatives.
• Ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure, and/or sort data and information.
• Ability to assemble, copy, classify, compute, tabulate record and transcribe data.
• Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
• Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
• Must be proficient in basic computer system operation including Microsoft Office word processing, presentations, and spreadsheet operation as well as other software packages, being able to input data with accuracy and speed.
• Requires knowledge of, and experience in the application of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) regulations of financial management. This includes but is not limited to the areas of cash management, investment of funds, methods of budgetary development and implementation, internal auditing and controls, purchasing and inventory management, and financial reporting.
• Must possess knowledge of county government structure and operation.
• Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 Maintain and insure the County’s financial interests in all matters.
 Compiles data, analyzes financial information and prepares reports, financial statements, schedules and summaries.
 Prepares reports and schedules, compiles data, and posts journal entries as requested and required.
 Gathers and verifies fixed asset and capital expenditure data.
 Reconciles tax receipts, redemptions receipts and tax deeds. Reconciles a variety of accounts including Treasurer’s cash.
 Reviews monthly vouchers for correct posting and compliance with county policies.
 Assist the Administrative Coordinator in recordkeeping, information gathering, and reporting for state and federal programs, grants and other necessary fiscal reports, in a prompt and timely manner.
 Reviews and corrects County resolutions and ordinances fiscal notes.

 Assist the County Administrator, County Supervisors, Department Heads and others in developing, analyzing, planning, and publishing the annual County Budget, annual audits, and required reports.
 Checks accuracy of tax apportionments, levy limits, and other financial forms and reports prior to submission or publication.
 Coordinates fiscal activities between the county finance department, state and federal agencies and contract agencies as they pertain to fiscal matters, reports, schedules and payrolls.
 Assist the County Administrator in developing and, upon approval of the County Board, for implementing and administering comprehensive budgetary, financial, purchasing, and accounting policies for the County.
 Advise and assist departments in obtaining compliance with budgetary, financial, purchasing and accounting policies. Authorizing expenditures that meet requirements.
 Assist with long-range capital improvement planning, and related project identification, cost analysis and funding source identification.
 Coordinates County debt service payments.

• Responsible for accurate reporting of information and data to employees, general public, governmental and regulatory agencies.
• Resource person for all county financial matters, responding to public and internal customers’ requests for information and explanation.
• Respond to common inquiries or complaints from the public, regulatory agencies, or County Board Members.
• Required to effectively present information to management, public groups, and/or boards of supervisors.

• Primary contact with IRS, State Dept. of Revenue (DOR), other municipal government agencies and officials regarding budgetary and financial reporting.
• Ensure ongoing compliance with GASB, SAS, and IRS rules and regulations.

• Responsible for own safe work habits and staff, reporting any potential safety concerns for employees or public.

• Responsible for timeliness and accuracy of all County financial records, receipts, disbursements, reports, and financial statements.
• Reviews contracts and leases for fiscal appropriateness as requested.
• Reviews and approves all manner of entries, receipts, disbursements, and budget amendments.
• Compares capital equipment leases versus purchasing and recommends best option.
• Monitors activities and recommends safeguards to prevent possible fraud
• Performs all duties with minimal direction and oversight.

ENVIRONMENTAL: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is primarily working in an office setting, occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Bloodborne pathogen exposure for this position is considered low. Occasionally required to travel to meetings and training.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS / HAZARDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk, see, and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. Some light lifting may be required. Specific vision abilities for this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.


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