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To lead and participate in the work of staff responsible for providing financial record keeping, reporting and cost accounting functions within the Finance Department; and to perform a variety of professional accounting tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


Receives direction from the Accounting Manager.

May exercise functional and technical supervision over technical and clerical staff.

Examples of Duties

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

May lead and will participate in a wide variety of professional financial and managerial accounting activities within the Finance Department.

Prepare various reports on operations and activities.

Maintain and reconcile a variety of ledgers, reports and accounting records; examine and correct accounting transactions to ensure accurate recording, balancing and classification of all transactions to proper accounts.
Analyze various funds, financial summaries and statements.
Preparation of year-end adjusting and closing entries and annual financial reports.
Assist auditors with financial and compliance audits of City; provide supporting financial schedules and information as necessary.

Initiate improvements or revisions in the accounting system or its procedures.

Assist and interact with various departments and divisions on the interpretation and analysis of financial reports, schedules and statements.

Administer, monitor, and account for Federal and State grants to ensure that funds are received and payments are made.

Perform a variety of research on special projects within the Department as assigned.

Answer inquiries from the public, various agencies, and contractors on fiscal matters.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Principles and procedures of financial record keeping and reporting in governmental accounting.

Accounting theory, principles and procedures and their application to a variety of accounts, transactions, and problems in a municipal government.

Basic principles of supervision and training.

Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Lead and participate in the work of technical and clerical personnel.

Interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, rules, codes and regulations.

Prepare accurate and complete financial statements, reports and analyses.
Develop and implement accounting system modifications.

Examine and verify a wide variety of financial documents and reports.

Conduct sound audits of financial records.

Remain current in emerging office methods, practices, and procedures.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including City officials and the general public.

Minimum Qualifications

Two years of professional governmental accounting experience in a public agency in the State of California.

A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance or a related field.


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