Senior Accountant

  • Missoula, Montana
  • Feb 03, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance

Job Description


  • Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is submitted or requested.
  • Please attach to your completed application: College Transcripts (unofficial accepted), a letter of interest.
  • Incomplete applications may be disqualified.
  • Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.
  • Position can be hybrid after proficiency in position.
Performs professional level accounting work for the Financial Services Department with primary responsibility for the general ledger, grants fiscal reporting, cash management, tax administration and financial reporting for the County of Missoula, school districts and other local agencies within Missoula County. Employees within this job class may have assigned areas of responsibility and provide back up and support for all duties.

Representative Examples of Work

Performs general accounting duties including monthly reconciliation of cash receipts and disbursements; developing monthly correcting and adjusting entries; coordinating and performing month-end closing process; and coordinating year-end closing. Performs miscellaneous reconciliations, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, warrants payable, and miscellaneous clearing funds. Assists with the preparation of detailed, complex financial accounting reports and statements for both month end and year end. Performs general ledger duties including balances payroll distribution; monitors outstanding warrants for claims and payroll; coordinates check write-offs; maintains the County chart of accounts; creates budget coding and project accounts; develops and enters budget amendments, transfers and corrections. Works closely with departments to determine Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS ) appropriate accounting needs related to Projects and Grants. Calculates and distributes countywide revenue and expenses including personal property tax reimbursements; entitlement share; credit card fees; investment revenue and expenses; forest reserve receipts; and permissive medical levy. Generates and distributes monthly accounting reports to county management and outside agencies. Assists other departments, agencies, and the general public to interpret accounting reports and information, and to identify and correct errors. Performs tax administration duties including calculating and entering mill levy values; generating, reconciling and archiving tax bills, and bills for rural special improvement districts; processing tax abatements and payments made under protest; allocating and distributing tax monies to appropriate funds or jurisdictions. Updates tax program coding information. Receipts and distributes deposits to appropriate funds; determines daily working capital needs; prepares and posts transfers between cash and investment accounts. Responsible for daily and monthly reconciliations of cash and investments, outstanding warrants, revenues, expenditures, payroll liabilities and other areas. Sets up and maintains all warrant users and authorized signers on all accounts. Coordinates and performs electronic transactions including debt service, payroll, and other wire transfers in and out. Responsible for disbursements through checks and wire transfers for warrant clearing and bond payments. Researches and identifies procedural changes related to assigned duties, with a focus on enhancing efficiency, transparency of operations, and effectively communicating financial reports with elected officials, department heads, countywide agencies, and the public. Serves as a lead worker in the Financial Services Department. Provides work direction; ensures work is completed in a timely manner; provides training; may participate in hiring and scheduling; and may participate in employee development or corrective action with the Deputy Financial Services Director and Chief Financial Officer. Collects, prepares and develops information and work papers for outside auditors. Works on year end financial schedules to be used for Annual County Financial Report and State reports such as Annual Financial Report.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree required. Degrees best suited to this position are accounting, finance, math, statistics and information technology. CPA or CGFM desired. Requires three years of experience in the accounting field. Requires strong financial analysis skills. Work experience with an emphasis on adjusting and correcting entries, reconciliation and financial statement preparation is desired. Experience dealing with real and personal property taxes is desirable. Experience in governmental accounting desired. With no degree, four additional years of experience in accounting and or cash management may be considered.

Physical/Environmental Demands

The work requires little physical activity and the employee commonly remains in an office setting. May require occasional travel, locally and out of town to meetings and training. Requires a significant amount of time performing work at a computer workstation. Requires occasional medium lifting, (boxes, 25-35 pounds).

Job Address

Missoula, Montana United States View Map