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Accountant

at Churchill County

Pay: $27.11 to $36.48/hour
$27.11 - $36.48
Posted: 11/23/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2804771

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Summary

Churchill County (in Fallon, Nevada), a fiscally responsible provider of governmental services in the local community, is currently seeking an accurate, experienced, and thorough Accountant to join our dynamic Comptroller's office team. In this role, you will demonstrate your expertise in a variety of governmental accounting practices, including preparation of financial statements, reconciling the general ledger, budgeting, compliance, conducting audits, as well as mentoring and guiding staff.  To succeed in this position, you will be highly accurate and efficient, effectively utilizing governmental accounting software to perform a variety of functions -- adding value to the accounting team and upholding the County's exceptional fiscal reputation. This full-time position includes County paid vacation and sick leave, health care, dental and contributions into the Nevada Employees Retirement System. (This position is FLSA-exempt, meaning it is a salaried position, not eligible for overtime.)

If this sounds interesting to you, visit www.churchillcounty.org/careers to apply. Be sure to apply soon to receive prime consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
This classification is distinguished from the Accounting Specialist designation by the professional nature of work performed. This classification is distinguished from the Comptroller in that the latter is a full supervisor over financial support areas with countywide impact.

Essential Functions

This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent.  Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

  • Demonstrates regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Performs a variety of accounting functions within the County's financial accounting system; analyzes variances between actual and budgeted expenditures.
  • Analyzes and reconciles County, State and Federal accounting records across various fiscal periods.
  • Prepares and reviews journal entries; monitors the general ledger for classification accuracies; converts the general ledger from cash to modified accrual at year end.
  • Reviews accounting systems and practices and recommends improvements; develops accounting systems or procedures as needed for control purposes and for monitoring and reporting costs of major capital improvement projects; maintains fixed asset records and depreciation accounts.
  • Assists in the preparation, monitoring and analysis of departmental and/or fund budgets; coordinates activities necessary to prepare and review budget requests and justifications; reviews expenditure trends and analyzes revenues, as well as specific expenditure and revenue line items. 
  • Plans, oversees and conducts internal audits of grants, subcontractors and other County accounts; complies with grant reporting requirements including preparation of quarterly reports and other compliance requirements; prepares various schedules for external auditors.
  • Acts as a liaison with departments regarding budget planning and/or grant issues; analyzes department program needs, prepares fiscal impact statements, conducts special studies, researches, analyzes, and prepares reports with recommendations for appropriate action; participates in contract administration. 
  • Evaluates and implements improvements to administrative and financial procedures and internal control systems; reviews funds for proper application of accounting principles in accordance with NRS and GAAP; assists in development and application of collection methods and rate schedules; researches GAAP, GASB and tax changes.
  • Prepares or reviews monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial reports to outside agencies; prepares journal entries to reflect financial activity and provides assistance to departments receiving grants; interfaces with various departments, outside agencies, and the public in exchanging information, responding to requests, coordinating activities/projects, and responding as required.
  • Presents information, attends, and/or responds to questions at County Board meetings, meetings of advisory boards, or other committees, as needed. 
  • May prepare and audit vendors' claims for payment and file processed claims accurately; documents revenues received, reviews payroll and claims for expenditures, and prepares or reviews requests for reimbursement; prepares or reviews applications for fiscal impact and accuracy.
  • Represents the County with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff, external auditors and the public.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
 
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or a closely related field; AND three (3) years of professional level experience in finance or accounting; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
 
Required Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of governmental accounting, auditing and financial standards.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Project management and analytical techniques.
  • Principles and practices of cost and revenue analysis.
  • Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Financial record keeping practices and techniques in accordance with GAAP.
  • Standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals, in person and over the telephone.
Skill in:
  • Training others in the policies and procedures related to the work.
  • Conducting financial and related studies, evaluating alternatives and making sound recommendations.
  • Preparing and reviewing budget, accounting and similar financial information.
  • Understanding, explaining and applying laws, codes, standards, rules and regulations related to various funding sources, and financial presentation.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Developing and administering multiple, complex budgets.
  • Maintaining accurate financial, budgetary and cost control records.
  • Preparing accurate and timely financial, statistical and narrative reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or department goals, objectives and activities.
  • Organizing own work, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is desirable.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
Mobility to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment; stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength and agility to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate over the telephone and in person.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  1. Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.
  2. New employees are required to submit to a background investigation and if hired for a safety-sensitive position, a drug/alcohol screen.  Employment is contingent upon passing the background and the drug/alcohol screen (if applicable). 
  3. Churchill County participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS, with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  All candidates who are offered employment must complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment.  Please be prepared to provide required documentation as soon as possible after the job offer is made.