ACCOUNTANT GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK: Performs difficult professional work involving governmental accounting and the preparation and maintenance of fiscal and related records. Work is performed under general supervision. This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects; work requires reaching, fingering, feeling, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operation of machines, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is not subject to adverse environmental conditions. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS: Preparing financial reports; researching questions from departments; posting accounts; preparing journal entries; reconciling bank accounts; processing tax information; maintaining records and files. Prepares monthly bank reconciliations for all accounts; Prepares and maintains custom financial reports within the general ledger system; Uploads and posts financial information to the general ledger from various subsidiary ledgers; Prepares and posts journal entries to the general ledger as needed to maintain the accuracy of the financial information; Reconciles the general ledger to subsidiary ledgers to verify accuracy of account balances; Monitors general ledger accounts related to special project accounting, including project initiation, progress reporting and project closure; Reviews and records routine budget adjustment requests; Aids in the preparation, balancing and monitoring of the City's annual budget; Researches questions from departments and vendors; Prepares reports issued to federal and state regulatory agencies as required; Compiles or assists in the compilation of regular monthly financial statements, annual financial reports, and analyses; Assists in the compilation and update of the City's accounting procedures and manuals; Prepares schedules and reports used to remit taxes to other governments; Assists external auditors during annual audits, including preparation of financial statements and supporting schedules; Assists in the development of automated systems used to accumulate, track and report financial transactions; Maintains computerized fixed asset accounting system, including entry of new purchases, dispositions, and reconciliations to general ledger; Performs research projects as requested by Finance Department management; Assists personnel in other City departments in solving problems of a technical accounting nature; Performs Payroll and Accounts Payable functions as required; KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of accounting terminology, methods, procedures and equipment; thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws, policies and procedures concerning governmental fiscal operations; thorough knowledge of standard office procedures, practices and equipment; general knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing software; ability to understand and follow oral and written directions; ability to establish and follow work procedures; ability to post accounts and to perform mathematical computations with speed and accuracy; skill in the use a variety of office machines and personal computer; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendors, associates and the general public. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in accounting and two years of experience in accounting and/or bookkeeping. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: None. "The City of Bartow is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer M/F. Minorities and Women are encouraged to apply." Drug Free Workplace Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.