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Douglas County  1320
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*FINANCIAL ANALYST
Pay Range GC20

INTRODUCTION

This classification provides accounting expertise and analysis to both finance department staff and other county departments, and is responsible for the integrity of data posted to the general ledger and the dissemination of financial information to departments and the public.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES (Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Research and review accounting problems and develop solutions for finance department and other County departments; provide accounting expertise and analysis.

2. Performs and oversees activities involved in the maintenance and control of the general ledger.  Reviews and/or initiates and posts journal entries; monitors posted financial data; prepares financial analyses and reconciliations; researches and reviews transactions and advises departments on proper coding.

3. Assists departments in developing accounting procedures and reports.  Instructs departments on how to access available financial information.

4. Posts to general ledger for accounts payable, payroll, purchasing, cash receipts and journal vouchers.

5. Produces timely and accurate monthly financial reports.

6. Performs chart of accounts maintenance, establishes new accounts and account combinations, and completes opening and closing procedures for all accounting system modules.

7. Performs and oversees activities involved in the maintenance of the fixed asset accounting system.

8. Monitors revenues and expenditures for budgetary compliance.  Analyzes significant budget activity fluctuations and all financial activity and financial statements for comparability and reasonableness.

9. Monitors federal and state grant programs and requirements; assists departments in the identification of grants; reconciles, accumulates, makes adjustments to, and summarizes all grant activity.

10. Monitors costs on various county projects.

11. Assists in preparation of annual audit work papers for external auditors, including supporting analyses and schedules.  Assists external auditors by researching questions, resolving issues, creating reports, and responding to auditor findings.

12. Prepares and monitors the finance department budget.

13. Develops and maintains the General Ledger procedures manual.

14. Participates on system implementation team for financial systems and applications.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of:  Thorough knowledge of accounting principles, practices and techniques; thorough knowledge of municipal fund accounting including financial statements, schedules and related reports, general ledger, budgeting, contract management and grant compliance processes; considerable knowledge of federal, state and county laws, rules and regulations as applied to municipal fund accounting, budget process and purchasing; reasonable knowledge of automated accounting systems and computer processes and capabilities.  Skill in: Use of standard office equipment including considerable skill in the use of personal computer and spreadsheet software.  Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; plan and organize assigned accounting operations; work independently and manage time efficiently; provide training to employees and others related to accounting systems and procedures; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; research, analyze and prepare complex and detailed fiscal, financial and statistical records; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new procedures when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; identify problem and utilize problem resolution techniques; adjust to priority changes; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, department heads, other agency representatives, vendors and the public.

Education, experience and training:  Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business management or related field and three years related work experience OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of supervisory and management staff.  The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice.  Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in a given program or functional area of service.  Work is reviewed as to conformance to policy and originally agreed upon project goals.

GUIDELINES Work is performed using department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and procedures and in accordance to accounting principles, practices and techniques.  Employee uses initiative and seasoned judgment in independently interpreting and applying guidelines and contributes to modifications of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment; is generally sedentary; requires hearing voice conversations and keyboarding

 
   
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