Classification Definition To perform a variety of advanced and complex professional accounting functions involved in compiling, preparing, and monitoring the city budget; to maintain fiscal controls and programs; to prepare financial reports and statements; and to perform a variety of tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility. Essential Duties and Responsiblities This is the advanced journey level class within the Accountant series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Accountant designation by the performance of the complexity of duties as assigned as well as supervisory authority. Employees at this level exercise independent judgment in the interpretation of procedures and regulations. Incumbents receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Receives direction from higher level management staff (Finance Director) May exercise lead direction over subordinate staff and volunteers as needed. ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS -- Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following [duties may vary depending on area(s) of assignment]: Essential Functions : Performs advanced and complex professional accounting duties within the Finance Department; prepares and maintains controls on financial transactions and accounts; prepares trial balances journal entries, general ledger reconciliations and related financial documents; performs special projects and reports as assigned. Performs warrant review activities; ensures proper accounting for fixed assets and sales tax accruals. Participates in the development of the City's annual comprehensive budget; ensures that the development of the City's annual budget adheres to established accounting procedures. Reconciles a variety of financial ledgers and records; participates in the compilation and preparation of financial statements, general and subsidiary ledgers and supporting schedules; researches and resolves discrepancies. Prepares a variety of financial statistical reports related to various City accounts, fixed assets and spending practices; conducts month and year end closing duties. Maintains a variety of City accounts including subsidiary accounts, investment accounts and grant accounts; prepares cash transfers and loans between funds and accounts; ensures all activities are in compliance with accounting principles and standards. Performs duties in monitoring the City budget; ensure proper authorization on journal transactions; tracks expenditures and resolves discrepancies; provides assistance to City departments in budget preparation. Participates in the inventory of the City's fuel, water and garage divisions and operations. Oversees the submission of financial and accounting reports required by outside agencies; answers related questions as needed. Provides technical guidance, support and work review to other accounting staff, including review of journal vouchers, budget adjustments, bank reconciliations, external reporting, internal reporting and special projects; review agenda reports, purchase requisitions, and timecards from staff; sets work priorities for staff as necessary. May act as a lead accountant in the audit of the City financial records, statements, and reports. Implements GASB pronouncements Perform related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of: Operations, services and activities of a municipal accounting program. Principles, practices and terminology of general, fund and government accounting, Principles and procedures of financial program filing and record keeping. Principles and practices of financial research and report preparation. Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration. Advanced mathematical principles. Principles and practices of governmental accounting, public finance and financial reporting. Recent developments, current literature and information related to municipal accounting and public finance. Modern office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications. Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and ordinances. Ability to : Perform advanced and complex professional level accounting duties. Coordinate municipal accounting and public finance programs. Train and provide technical lead support to staff. Analyze, post, balance and reconcile financial data ledgers and accounts. Maintain a variety of financial ledgers. Verify the accuracy of financial data and information. Ensure proper authorization and documentation for journaltransactions. Review and interpret financial reports and transactions. Prepare a variety of financial reports Maintain a detailed budget for assigned divisions and programs. Interpret and explain City policies and procedures. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications, including having a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Excel. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities. Experience and Training Guidelines Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience : Four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional level governmental accounting experience including one year at a lead or supervisory level. Experience in the public sector is strongly preferred. Training : Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field. A Master's degree in public or business administration is highly preferred. Licenses and Certifications Possession of a State of California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's vehicle insurance program.