Accountant
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Accountant
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City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
DEFINITION:
Performs journey level technical support including the maintenance of fiscal records and preparation of complex financial reports and analyses to assist in financial management of the City's resources.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, FEATURES, REQUIREMENTS:
This is a full -time, middle management position that requires significant administrative, analytical and technical skills to provide analytical support to senior staff members.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED:
Receives general supervisory direction and control intended to define objectives and problems from the Finance Director, with occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise. No supervision is exercised.
IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Participates in the design, control, operation and enhancement of manual and computerized systems established for municipal accounting functions including budget/general ledger control, contracts/accounts payable, revenue/utilities billing, bank investments, payroll and fixed assets; prepares a variety of financial statements, reports and analyses; prepares required financial reports to other government agencies and financial institutions; prepares fund balance projections and reviews with operating departments; participates in the annual audit process; monitors various funds and city-wide projects for financial purposes; prepares and issues journal entries and verifies financial data; supports senior staff on large or complex accounting projects; answers inquiries and coordinates operations with other City departments; analyzes and reconciles expenditure and revenue accounts and coordinates various accounting records with information received from accounting systems and departmental records; reviews and audits entries made to various financial records for proper coding and maintenance of proper accounting procedures.
OTHER JOB-RELATED DUTIES:
Analyzes, calculates and allocates inter-departmental charges for various expenditures, performs comprehensive financial activity studies and assures compliance with reporting requirements.
JOB-RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), techniques and practices of governmental accounting and government accounting standards board (GASB) pronouncements, auditing and fiscal management; accounting systems and data processing interrelationships; modern office methods, procedures and equipment; financial administration, budgeting and reporting; financial research and report preparation methods and techniques.
Ability to:  analyze data and draw conclusions; accurately and thoroughly maintain a wide variety of records; prepare clear, concise, comprehensive and accurate reports; understand, interpret and apply complex regulations or procedures; learn and effectively use accounting systems to store and retrieve data; clearly communicate orally and in writing with all levels of departmental staff; provide accurate information and elicit cooperative working relationships; prepare complex financial statements, reports and analyses; examine, verify and prepare financial information; learn and apply federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations to accounting and auditing work; make sound decisions and recommendations consistent with essential functions.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING GUIDELINES:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Possession of a Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance or a closely related field with coursework in Accounting.
Experience:  Two years of progressively responsible accounting experience, preferably in a municipal accounting function.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing; ability to sit for long periods of time; understand and interpret complex accounting procedures; work as needed during non-business hours; attend conferences and seminars to receive updated information on new laws and regulations.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
SALARY:  $6,093 - $7,406 per month

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