Plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and supervises all centralized accounting functions of the County, which includes daily operations and processes, financial reporting and statement preparation, and related accounting, auditing, and fixed asset functions.
- Receives general guidance from the executive director of a division.
- Exercises direct supervision over supervisors and subordinate employees of accounting.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
- Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Accounting Department.
- Direct and manage all daily operations of the accounting department, including payment processing, the commercial card program, reconciliation of accounts, creation and posting transactions, system interfaces and documentation imaging.
- Ensure compliance with state and federal statutes concerning financial,audit and tax information requirements; ensure compliance with Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and generally accepted accounting principals (GAAP) applicable to government accounting; advise departmental personnel in this compliance as it applies to the County.
- Assist with the development, organization and implementation of the County's financial management system; revise financial management and accounting systems to conform to changes in work programs and processes.
- Direct the annual statutory audit and federal grants audit process, performed internally by professional accounting staff.
- Direct the preparation of financial, cost, and budget analyses; perform a variety of professional accounting duties in the preparation, maintenance, and review of financial records and reports.
- Prepare the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); ensure annual report complies with generally accepted accounting principals (GAAP), governmental accounting standards board (GASB) pronouncements, and legal requirements for financial reporting integrity and an unqualified audit opinion.
- Maintain liaison and cooperative working relationships within and outside the County for purposes of planning and executing the overall accounting program; act as County liaison with independent auditing firm.
- Exercise direct, first-level supervision of positions, employees, operations, and activities within the accounting function; may include coordinating staff training, assigning and reviewing work, participating in the interview and selection process, making recommendations impacting pay, status, and disciplinary action, evaluating performance independently or in conjunction with a higher-level supervisor/manager, and approving time off.
- Assign, direct, and supervise activities of assigned staff ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards; administer or make recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning work, scheduling work hours, granting leave, appraising performance, disciplining, and submitting such records and reports as required by County policies and procedures.
- Provide assistance and/or review, evaluate, and recommend improvements to County departments' record-keeping, internal control, and financial management systems and procedures.
- Develop and manage the department's budget; Review and approve expenditures.
- Participate in meetings before citizens, elected officials, committees, and boards on financial matters of the County.
- Participate on the Change Control Board as an expert on accounting modules to collect, prioritize, recommend, and resolve system issues as they occur.
- Prepare correspondence in the course of official duties.
- Implementation and maintenance of sound internal controls per fiscal policies and procedures.
- Maintain accurate and complete accounting records to provide financial information promptly, efficiently, and economically.
- Analyze, interpret, and apply federal tax regulations to ensure County compliance.
- Direct and coordinate selecting the County's independent auditors.
- Resolve issues arising from interdepartmental dissatisfaction and/or misunderstanding of policies, procedures, or generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
- Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate, to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in field; review professional journals, attend association and professional meetings, and otherwise maintain contacts with professionals to facilitate exchange of information.
- Perform special studies and projects as assigned and required.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Scope and application of laws and regulations pertaining to governmental accounting, budgeting, and auditing programs, GAAP, GASB, and FASB.
- Federal and State grant regulations of governing governmental accounting, federal, and state laws pertaining to municipal accounting.
- Use of complex enterprise accounting systems, such as Oracle Financials.
- Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
- Operation of standard office equipment including fax machines, copiers, and computers.
- Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
- Modern office practices and procedures.
- Implement accounting systems and procedures.
- Analyze and interpret numerical data, financial reports, and contractual agreements.
- Perform duties independently without close supervision.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
- Follow written and verbal instructions.
- Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.
- Accomplish the assigned workload in a timely manner and meet established performance standards and objectives.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Five years of increasingly responsible experience in governmental accounting and finance including Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) preparation and implementation of complex financial management systems and policies.
- In depth knowledge of local government accounting principles, practices, and procedures.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Accounting.
- Masters degree preferred.
- CPA or equivalent license.
- Maintain continuing education hours annually or as required.