Accountant (Limited Term)
Description Position Information : This job posting is for a limited term assignment. This recruitment is only open to permanent employees of Montebello USD who meet the minimum qualifications for the classification. All candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred over to the selection authority for final review of applications before a selection is made. GENERAL PURPOSE Under general supervision, performs professional accounting duties in the preparation and maintenance of financial records for various District accounts and funds; compiles routine reports; and performs related duties as assigned. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Accountant is the entry-level class in the professional accounting series. Accountants are distinguished from Accounting Technicians by the need to understand and apply accounting theories, principles, terms and practices in the preparation and evaluation of fiscal records, transactions and reports. Duties The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class. 1. Reviews accounting documents to ensure accurate information and calculations and makes correcting entries; examines supporting documentation to establish proper authorization and conformance with agreements, contracts, and state and federal requirements; prepares and maintains control and subsidiary accounting records involving a variety of transactions and accounts. 2. Prepares journal entries; performs periodic reconciliation of general ledger, journal, subsidiary accounts and bank statements; analyzes and prepares reports on revenue estimates, expenditures and fund conditions. 3. Sets up and supervises financial record keeping systems; compiles and prepares periodic financial statements, supporting schedules and reports. 4. Maintains and reviews fixed asset and other special funds and periodically reconciles such funds to accounting records. 5. Provides guidance to Accounting Technicians and other accounting support staff in performing accounting entries. 6. Works directly with staff from other departments to resolve technical accounting issues and problems. 7. Conducts research and prepares special studies as requested; analyzes financial accounting data and makes appropriate recommendations. 8. Prepares, reviews and corrects school, department and county budget and expenditures transfers; verifies account numbers and related information; conducts assigned internal audits. 9. Analyzes budget documentation to assure that expenditures are properly charged and do not exceed appropriations. Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of : 1. Principles, practices and terminology of general, fund and governmental accounting, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control and reporting. 2. Budgeting principles and terminology. 3. Cost-accounting methods and procedures. 4. Laws and regulations relating to the financial administration of a school district. Ability to : 1. Operate a computer and spreadsheet software. 2. Verify the accuracy of financial data and information. 3. Ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements. 4. Analyze, post, balance and reconcile complex financial data and accounts. 5. Make accurate arithmetic calculations. 6. Prepare clear, concise and complete financial documents, statements and reports. 7. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 8. Auditing principles and practices. 9. Principles and practices of business data processing, particularly related to the processing of accounting information and interpretation of input and output data. Education, Training, and Experience : 1. Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in accounting or a closely related field. 2. And, one year of recent experience as a professional full-time accountant. 3. Or, some combination of education, training and experience that produces the requisite knowledge and ability. Proof of extensive professional paid work experience - in similar job titles and work-like environment - may substitute for a portion of the required education (at least twenty-four semester units, with a letter grade of "C" or higher, in accounting related courses are still required) . PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS The physical requirements indicated below are examples of the physical aspects that this position classification must perform in carrying out essential job functions. Lift, carry, push, pull, bend, twist, stoop, kneel, walk, run, and crawl. Perform light physical exertion. Lift and carry 15 pounds. Reach in all directions. Stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time. Work at a desk, business office, conference table, or in meetings of various configurations. Read, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures . Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the selection authority to accommodate the limitation.