Accountant I/II

  • City of Sparks
  • Sparks, NV
  • Sep 14, 2021
Full time Accounting

Job Description

Are you looking for a meaningful career that has a positive impact on the community? If you answered yes, come join the City of Sparks! Aside from working for an organization that is dedicated to the community, you will also receive a generous and competitive salary, benefit package, tuition reimbursement, bilingual pay (when applicable) and retirement plan. People who come to Sparks stay in Sparks. Apply here to start the process.

Are you looking for a meaningful career that has a positive impact on the community? If you answered yes, come join the City of Sparks! Aside from working for an organization that is dedicated to the community, you will also receive a generous and competitive salary, benefit package, tuition reimbursement, bilingual pay (when applicable) and retirement plan. People who come to Sparks stay in Sparks. 

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If you have any questions, please email hrstaff@cityofsparks.us or call Human Resources at (775) 353-2345.

This posting is open to all interested persons meeting the minimum qualifications. There is currently one (1) Accountant I/II opening in the Financial Services Department.   The City of Sparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer

CLOSING DATE:  October 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM pacific time, OR until the first 50 qualified applications have been received by Human Resources, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. 

Accountant I

DESCRIPTION

Perform routine accounting work related to the preparation and maintenance of a variety of municipal accounting procedures and records with a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting procedures. 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the entry level class in the Accountant series. Incumbents in this class perform a variety of less complex accounting work, expected to increase skills and knowledge of technical accounting procedures during this period. 


Accountant II

DESCRIPTION

Perform a full range of accounting work related to the preparation and maintenance of a variety of municipal accounting procedures and records with a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting procedures. 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the experienced level class in the Accountant series able to provide a broader range of assignments with less guidance and supervision. It is distinguished from Senior Accountant in that Account II does not exercise supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications to continue in the recruitment process:

Accountant I 

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field. Experience in a public agency setting is preferred.

Licenses and Certificates:

Specified positions may require possession and maintenance of the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license within thirty (30) days of hire.


Accountant II

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field and two (2) years of professional accountant experience. Experience in a public agency setting is preferred.

Licenses and Certificates:

Specified positions may require possession and maintenance of the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license within thirty (30) days of hire.

EXAMPLE OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Accountant I

Compile and prepare financial statements and assist in the preparation of the City’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). Prepare accounting journal entries or budget entries for approval as necessary. Review accounting documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations and make correcting journal entries which include reconciliations. 

Maintain reporting including all state and legal filings in accordance with Bond Indenture of all City debt including special assessments. Analyze financial activities or operations of departments and present findings to leadership staff. Obtain and analyze large amounts of data from vendors or other agencies for comparison and analysis. 

Provide departments with necessary training to perform financial inquiries specific to their needs. Coordinate activities between departments to implement process improvements. Monitor expenses to ensure budget compliance and consult departments on any potential budget violations.

Within the Payroll Office, direct the work of support staff assigned to the payroll processing function. Ensure compliance with relevant IRS and other state and/or federal rules and regulations including the Nevada Public Employee’s Retirement System. Continually monitor processes and technology to ensure payroll is processed timely, accurately, and efficiently. Assist with integration of payroll and time keeping systems into the City’s ERP system.

Perform cash analysis and maintain investments in accordance with Nevada Revised Statues (NRS), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the City Internal Investment Policy. Perform research using a wide variety of resources including federal regulations, the NRS and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Analyze alternatives regarding organizational structure, staffing, facilities, equipment, cost analysis, productivity, and policy or procedure modifications. Administer the financial requirements of City agreements and contracts and make recommendations on related monies, payments, and refunds. Verify the accuracy of financial data and information. Ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements and other transactions. Analyze, post, balance and reconcile financial data ledgers and accounts. 

Prepare reports, graphs, charts, correspondence, and written materials which communicate complex financial data. Provide staff support and financial analysis to a variety of committees and commissions. Analyze cost factors; review current accounting practices and procedures and recommend modifications and revisions. Review and interpret financial reports, transactions, and legal documents. Prepare clear, concise, and complete financial reports and statements. 

Assist in developing and administering the annual budget, including gathering information, performing complex projections based on historical trends, current economic conditions, and rate changes. Assist in the development and administration of the five (5) year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) including information gathering, data audit and reconciliation, capitalization analysis, document format and development and incorporation of the plan into the City Budget.

Ensure financial reporting compliance with federal grant regulations including Community Development Block Grants. Ensure capital assets are recorded in compliance with GAAP, including inventory, asset acquisitions and dispositions.

Utilize computer applications to assist with analytical studies of departmental operations.

Perform other duties which may be assigned.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Principles, practices and terminology of budgeting, general and governmental accounting
  • Principles and practices of financial recordkeeping and reporting
  • Applicable laws regulating public agency accounting and fiscal operations
  • Ability to problem solve and make sound independent judgements within established guidelines
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to train others in work procedures
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during work
  • Use of computer applications and software related to the work including Microsoft Office

 

Physical Demands:

Requires ability to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment. 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL JOB POSTING INFORMATION

  • This position is Exempt under FLSA guidelines
  • This position is at-will and exempt from the Regulations of the Civil Service Commission 
  • This position may be placed within any division within the Financial Services Department and may report to a Senior Accountant or Division Manager
  • May be required to work during emergency circumstances or inclement weather conditions
  • Supervision exercised: None
  • May be required to pass a pre-placement drug screen and background investigation


Accountant II

Compile and prepare financial statements and assist in the preparation of the City’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). Prepare accounting journal entries or budget entries for approval as necessary. Review accounting documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations and make correcting journal entries which include reconciliations. 

Maintain reporting including all state and legal filings in accordance with Bond Indenture of all City debt including special assessments. Analyze financial activities or operations of departments and present findings to leadership staff. Obtain and analyze large amounts of data from vendors or other agencies for comparison and analysis.

Provide departments with necessary training to perform financial inquiries specific to their needs. Coordinate activities between departments to implement process improvements. Monitor expenses to ensure budget compliance and consult departments on any potential budget violations.

Within the Payroll Office, direct the work of support staff assigned to the payroll processing function. Ensure compliance with relevant IRS and other state and/or federal rules and regulations including the Nevada Public Employee’s Retirement System. Continually monitor processes and technology to ensure payroll is processed timely, accurately, and efficiently.  Assist with integration of payroll and time keeping systems into the City’s ERP system.

Perform cash analysis and maintain investments in accordance with Nevada Revised Statues (NRS), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the City Internal Investment Policy. Perform research using a wide variety of resources including federal regulations, the NRS and Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Analyze alternatives regarding organizational structure, staffing, facilities, equipment, cost analysis, productivity, and policy or procedure modifications. Administer the financial requirements of City agreements and contracts and make recommendations on related monies, payments, and refunds. Verify the accuracy of financial data and information. Ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements and other transactions. Analyze, post, balance and reconcile financial data ledgers and accounts.

Prepare reports, graphs, charts, correspondence, and written materials which communicate complex financial data. Provide staff support and financial analysis to a variety of committees and commissions. Analyze cost factors; review current accounting practices and procedures and recommend modifications and revisions. Review and interpret financial reports, transactions, and legal documents. Prepare clear, concise, and complete financial reports and statements.

Assist in developing and administering the annual budget, including gathering information, performing complex projections based on historical trends, current economic conditions, and rate changes. Assist in the development and administration of the five (5) year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) including information gathering, data audit and reconciliation, capitalization analysis, document format and development and incorporation of the plan into the City Budget.

Ensure financial reporting compliance with federal grant regulations including Community Development Block Grants. Record fixed asset acquisitions and dispositions in the accounting system.

Develop or utilize computer applications to assist with analytical studies of departmental operations.

Perform other duties which may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Principles, practices, and terminology of budgeting and general and governmental accounting 
  • Principles and practices of financial recordkeeping and reporting  
  • Applicable laws regulating public agency accounting and fiscal operations 
  • Ability to problem solve and make sound independent judgments within established guidelines 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to train others in work procedures
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during work
  • Use of computer applications and software related to the work including Microsoft Office

Physical Demands:

Requires ability to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment. 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL JOB POSTING INFORMATION

  • This position is Exempt under FLSA guidelines
  • This position is at-will and exempt from the Regulations of the Civil Service Commission 
  • This position may be placed within any division within the Financial Services Department and may report to a Senior Accountant or Division Manager
  • May be required to work during emergency circumstances or inclement weather conditions
  • Supervision exercised: May plan, assign and review the work of support staff
  • May be required to pass a pre-placement drug screen and background investigation

You are required to submit any required documents as requested above, at time of application for further consideration. Failure to submit the required and/or requested information may result in rejection of your application. 

Recruitment Communication:

Human Resources will be contacting you at various stages of the recruitment process via email, even if you have chosen U.S. mail for prior application processes or for applications with other agencies. Please make sure your email address is accurate.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Human Resources will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled candidates in the selection process. If you have special needs, please notify the Human Resources office when you turn in your application or at least three (3) business days prior to the examination/interview by calling (775) 353-2345.

Disclaimer:

The City of Sparks reserves the right to select applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications for the position.

Occupations

General-Other: Accounting-Finance, Fund Accounting