Senior Accountant

Application Deadline: 2021-07-25
Job Type: County
Job Description:


Status: Full Time, Exempt
Posting Expected Pay Range: $32.11/hr. – $35.43/hr.
Application Deadline: July 25, 2021
Initial interviews will be scheduled for August 10th, 11th, and 12th
Second interviews tentatively scheduled for August 16th or August 17th
Anticipated start date is September 7th

Please submit Cover Letter & Resume with application


Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Public Administration, or Business Administration with three (3) years’ progressively responsible municipal accounting or finance experience.

Governmental accounting or governmental auditing experience

Dodge County offers a generous benefits package including: Wisconsin Retirement System, health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance. Flex spending, deferred compensation, paid vacation, paid sick, and ten observed holidays.


This position assists in the overall operations of the Finance Department functions; this includes accounting, budgeting, recording, reporting of financial transactions, and grant administration County-wide.


The following duties are typical for this position. However, they are not to be construed as exclusive or all–inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may also be required or assigned.

Responsible for balancing and reconciliation of assigned areas of the General Ledger.
Establishes and maintains new departmental accounting systems and procedures; makes recommendations on implementation of departmental accounting system revisions to increase efficiency and effectiveness; establishes and maintains effective accounting controls.
Reviews and analyzes capital expenditures and ensures accuracy.
Trains staff on policies and procedures in order to ensure accurate financial information.
Reviews and reconciles financial ledgers and records; prepares financial statements and reports, general and subsidiary ledgers and supporting schedules; researches and resolves discrepancies.
Coordinates complex accounting projects and initiatives with other members of the finance team or with other departments.
Performs grant administration; develops annual plans for grants; verifies and ensures compliance with relevant regulations and requirements; prepares periodic reports to granting agencies. Creates entries for grant accruals and other related entries. Prepares annual and other required reports.
Provides subject matter expertise regarding GASB, GAAP, and other specialized financial guidelines as well as County policies and procedures as it relates to assigned finance functions.
Monitors budget for various County departments and projects; determines if funds are available and expenditures properly classified; researches and analyzes transactions to resolve budget problems; prepares final budget document for management approval and distributes to departments; inputs approved budget amounts into appropriate computer system and determines carryover balances.
Reviews and maintains accounting controls by following policies and procedures; complying with Federal, State, and local financial legal requirements.
Responds to public inquiries and complaints in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment; resolves issues in an efficient and timely manner or refers to appropriate staff.
Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Public Administration, or Business Administration with three (3) years’ progressively responsible municipal accounting or finance experience.


Appointment will be conditional upon successful completion of a criminal background check.


Governmental accounting or governmental auditing experience

Minimum Requirements:


Knowledge of accounting, budgeting, and auditing principles (including GASB rules and GAAP standards) and methods in their application to a government accounting system.
Knowledge of and experience with budget preparation and procedures for a multi-department organization.
Knowledge of governmental accounting and auditing methods, procedures, and financial practices.
Knowledge of County programs, funding sources, and specific regulations governing expenditures and revenues.
Knowledge of the County and Department’s operating requirements, policies, procedures, and practices; and local, State, and Federal regulations related to department programs and operations.
Knowledge of principles and practices of budgeting, fiscal management, project management principles and techniques.
Skill in analyzing complex administrative information and issues, defining problems and evaluating alternatives and recommending methods, procedures and techniques for resolution of issues.
Ability to research and analyze detailed information and make appropriate recommendations.
Ability to develop department goals and objectives.
Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate projects and programs.
Ability to develop, interpret and implement regulations, policies, procedures, written instructions, general correspondence, and other department-specific documents.
Ability to instruct and train in methods and procedures.
Ability to organize, assign, and modify the work assignment of others, and (re)-establish priorities to meet deadlines.
Ability to establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
Ability to interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; Federal, State, and local regulations.
Skill in organizational and time management to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits requiring minimal direction and supervision.
Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
Knowledge of current office practices and procedures and knowledge of the operation of standard office equipment and software.
Knowledge of computer software including word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications consistent for this position.
Ability to perform mathematical calculations required of this position.
Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in English in both written and verbal form.
Skill in researching and understanding complex written materials.
Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
Ability to apply sound judgment and discretion in performing duties, resolving problems, and interpreting policies and regulations.
Ability to communicate detailed and often sensitive information effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to handle sensitive interpersonal situations calmly and tactfully.
Ability to maintain professionalism at all times.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with individuals within and outside the organization.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion regarding business-related files, reports, and conversations, within the provisions of open records laws and other applicable State and Federal statutes and regulations.
Ability to work the allocated hours of the position and respond after hours as needed.


The physical and work environment characteristics described in this description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions or as otherwise required by law. Employees needing reasonable accommodation should discuss the request with the employee’s supervisor or Human Resources.

This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, frequently requires standing, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and reaching with hands and arms.
Work has standard vision requirements.
Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels.
Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings and activities.
Work is generally in a moderately noisy office setting.

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