City of Sacramento, CA Sacramento, California, United States
Mar 09, 2019Full Time
THE POSITION THE IDEAL CANDIDATE The ideal candidate will be a skilled municipal accountant with strong oral and written communication skills, planning and organizational skills, technical knowledge of generally accepted governmental accounting and auditing principles and practices (GAAP) and the ability to work in a team environment.The qualified candidate should have substantial experience in financial statement preparation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and working with an automated financial management system. The ability to build and manage strong relationships internally and externally is critical for success in this position. The ideal candidate should have experience supervising and training others and be able to work independently on complex tasks. Experience with Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and implementation of Accounting Standards is a plus. DEFINITION Under limited supervision, the Principal Accountant performs highly responsible administrative and professional accounting work; supervises and provides professional and technical guidance to professional accounting staff; assists in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report; researches and analyzes difficult and highly technical transactions; and maintains fiscal accountability for programs funded by grants and other methods. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This classification is populated with multiple incumbents who function in a first-level supervisory capacity. The Principal Accountant plans, arranges, and/or determines unit-specific procedures required to meet assigned objectives, and solves non-routine problems. The Principal Accountant classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Senior Accountant-Auditor by its supervisory responsibilities, development of policies and procedures, and advanced, difficult and highly technical nature of specific tasks carried out by the incumbents. Incumbents exhibit a high level of expertise in terms of knowledge, skills and abilities. The Principal Accountant is distinguished from the next higher classification of Accounting Manager in that the latter is a management-level position with responsibilities over Citywide accounting function and activities. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Limited supervision is provided by the Accounting Manager. Responsibilities include direct and/or indirect supervision of professional, technical, and clerical personnel. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TYPICAL DUTIES Supervises, plans, assigns, monitors, guides, evaluates, and provides professional and technical guidance to professional accounting staff; maintains professional competence; reviews and applies new or revised laws, regulations, and accounting standards; participates in the Accounting management team to plan, organize, direct, problem solve, and provide leadership to the staff in order to accomplish the objectives of the division, maintain high quality work products and professionalism. Assists in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) by gathering information, modifying and running focus reports, preparing detailed reconciliations of balance sheet accounts, preparing adjustments, schedules, and footnotes, and overseeing the production of certain aspects of the CAFR; assists external auditor. Assists City departments and related organizations in a myriad of accounting issues including review and approval of accounting transactions; researches and analyzes transactions to resolve questions and budget problems. Works with outside consultants to complete the citywide indirect cost plan, the OMB indirect cost plan, the Convention, Culture, and Leisure indirect cost plan, and develop indirect rates; completes monthly budget entries in the financial system, makes adjustments, and communicates cost plan information to City departments; estimates budgeted expenses and submits information to the budget office. Manages collection of revenue at multiple locations; establishes policies, procedures and controls; ensures proper billing, processing, receipting, documenting and auditing of cash and negotiables; ensures proper allocation and distribution of revenue. Provides accounting oversight and assistance to the Sacramento START Program, and maintains familiarity with the grant requirements covering this multi-funded program; develops cost accounting tools to provide fiscal accountability and grant compliance for this and other grant-funded programs; reviews and approves financial transactions and analysis for other projects and non-profit organizations associated with the City. Performs other or related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of: Generally accepted governmental accounting and auditing principles and practices (GAAP). Principles of supervision, training, and performance management. Relevant State and Federal laws and regulations. PC hardware and software capabilities and accounting applications. Principles of financial administration, including budgeting, financial reporting, data processing and purchasing. Principles of governmental accounting as applied to complex funds of all types. Modern office practices, procedures, methods, and equipment. Cash handling practices. Skill in: Preparation and documentation of complex accounting transactions. Multi-tasking. Use of computers, computer applications, and accounting-related software. Identification and implementation of adequate internal controls. Ability to: Analyze and interpret financial and accounting records. Prepare financial statements and reports according to GAAP. Design and install new and improved complex accounting and record keeping systems, both manual and computer-based. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff and management throughout the City, and with external auditors. Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Plan, assign, and supervise the work of subordinates. EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in accounting including preparation of certified financial statements, with at least two years in a supervisory capacity. Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting or business administration. A CPA or MBA is desirable. PROOF OF EDUCATION Should the combination of experience/education you are using to qualify for this position include education, then proof of said education in the form of college transcripts, certificates, and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to email@example.com by the final filing deadline . If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Job #001791-19-FIN on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable. An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted by the final filing deadline . SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS Driver License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. THE SELECTION PROCEDURE Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders.All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the governmentjobs.com applicant inbox. 1. Application: (Pass/Fail) - All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Office by the final filing deadline : Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted. Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified: If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week). If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section. Proof of required education and/or degree equivalency must be submitted online with your application, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org , delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by fax or mail by the final filing deadline . 2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) - In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire: Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted. Incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed. A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire. Possession of the minimum qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee of further advancement in the selection process. 3. Screening Committee : (Pass/Fail)- Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement. 4. Interview Process : Human Resources will forward qualified applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. The Director will review the results, if necessary conduct additional interviews, and forward the recommendation to the City Manager's Office for final action. 5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete LiveScan / fingerprinting and receive Human Resources approval prior to receiving a start date from the Department. QUESTIONS: For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process: Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/Home/ApplicationGuide for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the application process. For technical support between 6 AM - 5 PM PT, contact Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627. Visit the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department website at http://www.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Career-Opportunities ; Send an email to email@example.com ; Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726; or Visit the Human Resources Department at Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Plaza Level, Sacramento, CA 95814.