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ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN 1
Pay Range GC15

INTRODUCTION

The classifications within this four-level series perform duties associated with the validation, examination, coding and reconciliation of fiscal, financial and statistical records.

This classification is advanced-journey level in the accounting series, and is distinguished by technical accounting responsibilities for a department budget control function, fiscal, financial, statistical reporting processes, and/or related automated systems administration. Technical analysis and considerable judgment in the application and interpretation of rules, regulations and procedures are required. This classification may also perform a technical accounting function within the county finance department. This classification may lead employees in lower-level classifications.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Oversee a department budget control function which includes ensuring appropriate processing, coding and posting of payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, revenues, and petty cash. May assist in the preparation, presentation and documentation of the departmental and/or county budget.

2. Oversee a department or major division information or database system for fiscal, financial, statistical reporting; write report specifications.

3. Prepare or oversee the preparation of various fiscal, financial and statistical reports. Conduct projects and staff research as assigned.

4. Review daily, bi-monthly and monthly computer print-outs and reconcile supporting documentation to detect and correct errors. Prepare adjustments and journal vouchers as needed.

5. Serve as a technical resource to automated system users by receiving, analyzing and resolving requests and concerns; identify needs; recommend and coordinate modifications and solutions to user and management personnel; provide user training. Manage system databases and network as well as related support maintenance functions; ensure data integrity and system security.

6. Interpret policies, procedures, rules and regulations to department personnel, outside agencies and the public regarding fiscal, financial and statistical information. Provide user training. Coordinate, confer with and resolve problems with finance and data processing departments related to technical and programming aspects of accounting and statistical reporting functions.

7. Deposit revenues and funds with Treasurer's Office.

8. Bill for contracted services; monitor contract costs; prepare budget projections for prospective contracts.

9. Process and maintain other records and files as assigned.

10. May act as a leadworker of assigned staff; provide necessary training.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of accounting principles, practices and techniques; thorough knowledge of municipal fund accounting procedures including general ledger, budgeting, contract management and grant compliance processes; thorough knowledge of automated accounting systems and computer processes and capabilities; considerable knowledge of federal, state, and county laws, rules, and regulations related to municipal fund accounting.  Skill in: Use of modern office equipment which includes automated equipment and accounting systems.  Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; lead the work of other employees; provide training to employees and others related to accounting and automated reporting systems and procedures; analyze and prepare detailed fiscal, financial and statistical records; work independently; efficiently organize time and meet deadlines; use sound judgment and maintain confidentiality in dealing with employees and the public; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, committees, data processing personnel, vendors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Associate's degree in accounting plus three years work related experience which includes municipal fund accounting and automated accounting systems OR five years accounting experience including municipal fund accounting and automated accounting systems OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of an administrative employee. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed under department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and procedures and in accordance to accounting principles, practices, and techniques; software and equipment manuals and reference materials. The employee uses initiative, judgment and accounting and systems knowledge to interpret and choose between alternative guidelines.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment and is generally sedentary; however, some positions may require bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 15 pounds, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing and walking.

 
   
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