SOUTH COAST AQMD AND JOB OVERVIEW South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the nation. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, home to almost 17 million people. South Coast AQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse and dedicated "Clean Air Team" of over 750 employees, an annual budget of $173 million, South Coast AQMD's mission is to protect public health from air pollution through a comprehensive program of planning, regulation, education, enforcement, incentives, technical innovation, and promotion of public understanding of air quality issues. SOUTH COAST AQMD AND JOB OVERVIEW: South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the nation. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, home to almost 17 million people. South Coast AQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse and dedicated "Clean Air Team" of over 750 employees, an annual budget of $173 million, South Coast AQMD's mission is to protect public health from air pollution through a comprehensive program of planning, regulation, education, enforcement, incentives, technical innovation, and promotion of public understanding of air quality issues. ABOUT THIS POSITION: Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant is responsible for the development and enhancement of automated internal accounting system design and procedures, including monitoring internal control procedures and consulting with IT staff on in-house custom-developed computerized systems. Major responsibilities include capital asset management, analysis and verification of financial statements, and overseeing accounting of federal and State grant awards. The Senior Accountant develops accounting systems and procedures according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); researches and compiles financial data to determine South Coast AQMD's financial and investment status; performs professional accounting duties and consults with department staff on daily accounting activities. In addition, the Senior Accountant will oversee the Accounting/Accounts Payable or Cash Management Section of the Finance division which will include responsibility for, but is not limited to: Coordinating ongoing month and fiscal year-end closing and State audits. Working closely with other divisions and outside agencies and institutions on related South Coast AQMD financial transactions. Working with the different units on taxes and preparing the annual/quarterly tax returns. Assisting the Controller for the Comprehensive Annually Financial Reporting (CAFR), state reports, and other reports as required. Respond and provide information to the external auditors. EXAMPLE OF DUTIES Overseeing daily posting of revenues received, reconciliation and ensuring prompt bank deposits Develops and updates accounting systems and establishes procedures for internal accounting control according to GAAP. Recommends systems and procedures and consults with Information Management staff in developing automated system designs and applications. Develops accounting data formats and works with accounting staff and other divisions in coordinating methods and frequency in submitting financial data to determine and report cash flow projections. Analyzes portfolios of money market instruments and recommends investment of short term funds. Contacts bank and investment counselors to maximize investment yields to the extent consistent with the preservation of capital and the maintenance of liquidity. Examines, analyzes and verifies financial documents to reconcile accounts, warrants and cash. Assures prompt and accurate reconciliation of receivables, refunds and customer deposits and that amounts are properly booked and reviewed. Assures all fixed assets are recorded and that periodic inventories are taken, properly disposing of fixed assets as required. Analyzes and interprets accounting provisions of laws, regulations and policies and recommends procedures for their implementation. Reviews South Coast AQMD regulations, rules and ordinances to assess financial impact on cash flow. Confers with Customer Service and Billing Services staff on problems affecting billings and interfaces with the Accounting Section. Prepares a variety of regular and special financial reports, both narrative and statistical. MINIMUM AND DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the Minimum Qualifications , which follow, the most competitively qualified candidates will possess: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely related field. 3 to 5 years of professional-level accounting experience. Current Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license or similar professional certification. Experience working in a government agency or performing government agency audits. Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of computer-based automated accounting and payroll systems. Proven ability to evaluate, investigate and resolve accounting, payroll and other tax issues. Training and experience that demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of accounting and payroll principles and practices. Proficiency with related computer applications and various tools for data analysis, research and report preparation. Demonstrated project management and lead or supervisory experience. Exceptional writing, analytical and oral presentation skills. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Training and experience which would demonstrate possession of the knowledge and ability in developing accounting systems and procedures; knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of finance and governmental accounting and auditing. Ability to develop and produce accounting systems and procedures in accordance with GAAP; research and compile financial data and make cash flow projections; research portfolios of money market instruments and recommend investment of short term funds; analyze accounting problems, recommend solutions and take effective courses of action; perform the full range of accounting duties and prepare financial reports; establish and maintain cooperative relations with South Coast AQMD staff and others contacted in the course of work. Evidence of the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be demonstrated, in part, by graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in accounting, finance, business or a related field, including the completion of core courses in accounting, cost accounting or government accounting; and demonstrated experience to analyze, evaluate and develop accounting systems and functions. OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION APPLICATION PACKETS MUST INCLUDE: A completed employment application covering at least the past 10 years of employment, history (or longer if you have other relevant experience), and your entire South Coast AQMD employment history if you are an South Coast AQMD employee. Four references which include the names and phone numbers of your present and past supervisor or managers, or persons for who you have directly provided services, not peers . Responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire. The Supplemental Questionnaire is a form of written test, and will be evaluated as such. Your responses should be well written, clear, concise and directly responsive to all parts of each question. Please limit your responses to no more than one page per answer. If you claim education or certification on your application, an unofficial copy of your transcripts/certificate must be submitted as an attachment to your online application, documenting your education, certification and/or training claimed. Job applications must be completely filled out . A resume cannot be substituted for the required information. Be sure to detail any education, training or other relevant coursework that would make you a particularly strong candidate. THE SELECTION PROCESS Application packages and supplemental questionnaires will first be screened, and the most competitively qualified candidates will be invited to the next step of the process, which is expected to be a panel interview and a writing exercise. The interviews (weighted 100%) are expected to result in an eligible list, with candidates listed in alphabetical order. This list will be used to fill current and future vacancies that may occur during the 6-12 month life of the list. Prior to placement on the eligible list, candidates will be required to arrange for original, official transcripts to be mailed directly from their college/university to South Coast AQMD, documenting all education, certification, and training claimed on their application. Only those who demonstrate at each successive step of the selection process that they are among the most competitively qualified will be advanced to the next step. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to future steps in the process. South Coast AQMD reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any elements of the selection process as deemed appropriate, based on the number and quality of applicants at each step. Candidates who may need an accommodation during the selection process must call the Human Resources Department at least one week prior to any test dates. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Human Resources Department at (909) 396-2800.