Senior Accountant

  • City of Fairburn
  • Fairburn, GA
  • Feb 01, 2022
Full time Financial Accounting

Job Description


This is an exempt salaried position responsible for maintaining the City's accounting records, monitoring the operating budget, coordinating special projects. Duties require considerable knowledge of bookkeeping, general fund accounting, budgeting, and the ability to work with sensitive and confidential information. Work is performed independently under the general guidance and direction of the Finance Director.


Each position in this classification may not include all the duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be performed.

Under general supervision:

  • Maintains financial accounting system and ensures accurate uploads and postings from linked modules, property tax system and utility billing system.
  • Maintains a Property Tax Billing and Collection System in accordance with City policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and distributes property tax bills to all property owners in the City who are eligible to pay property taxes.
  • Maintains an accurate, up-to-date inventory of property in the City and property owners eligible to pay taxes.
  • Works with Fulton County in maintaining the property tax inventory.
  • Accurately accounts for all property tax revenue.
  • Monitors all past-due accounts and takes prompt collection action in accordance with City policy.
  • Works with property owners to quickly, courteously and accurately resolve property tax problems.
  • Identifies problems and errors in the Property Tax System and assists in promptly rectifying them.
  • Maintains a complete, accurate and up-to-date set of property tax records.
  • Prepares timely reports on property tax matters.
  • Answers questions and provides information to City Employees, taxpayers, and interested agencies, firms, individuals and businesses pertaining to tax billing and collection activities in accordance with City policies.
  • Audits accounts as necessary to assure proper collection of property taxes and ensures the accuracy of both the bills and the collections.
  • Records monthly journal entries timely and accurately and maintains accuracy of general ledger reports.
  • Correctly applies various accounting theories according to GAAP, governmental accounting standards, and City fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Prepares journal entries and maintains accuracy of general ledger records.
  • Prepares monthly bank reconciliations.
  • Performs daily monitoring and monthly analysis of revenues.
  • Allocates interest earnings to designated funds; maintains and reconciles financial data to general ledger.
  • Researches and takes appropriate corrective actions regarding discrepancies in expenditure and revenue transactions.
  • Prepares all reports for specific grants, as applicable.
  • Attends and participates in training sessions, meetings and conferences, as directed.
  • Provides functional guidance to Accounts Payable, Purchasing and Utility Billing.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting or related field from an accredited college or university;
  • Four (4) years of experience in performing related work in a governmental setting;
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable;
  • Possess a valid State of Georgia Driver's License and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR);
  • Satisfactory background and credit check.


  • Thorough knowledge of theory, practices, principles and terminology common to governmental accounting.
  • Knowledge of GAAP, GASB, standard government fund accounting principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Skill in utilizing various hardware and software computer applications, such as INCODE, Harris.
  • Skill in operating a calculator.
  • Ability to work independently under general supervision.
  • Ability to efficiently plan and organize work, prepare and maintain accurate and organized statistical and narrative reports.
  • Ability to review accounting records for accuracy.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and interpret financial documents and reports.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to read understand explains and apply rules regulations and policies and procedures.
  • Ability to apply theory, practices, principles and terminology common to governmental accounting.
  • Ability to analyze financial and accounting data and to draw logical conclusions.
  • Ability to assist and provide customer service to internal and external customers using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Ability to interpret and prepare financial reports and statements.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and detailed accounting and financial records.
  • Ability to meet assigned schedules and timeline.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to follow complex written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other co-workers, City employees, local government officials and the general public.
  • Ability to use a personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet and other related software; networks; printer; phone; fax and copy machines.

Supervisory Controls:

  • Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Finance Director.



  • Guidelines include City and departmental policies and procedures and applicable ordinances.



  • The work consists of a variety of highly administrative and technical duties.


Scope and Effect:

  • The purpose of this position is to effectively and efficiently maintain the City's accounting records, monitor the operating budget under the direction of the Finance Director.


Personal Contacts:

  • Primary contacts are with the Finance Director, department employees, other City Hall employees, and auditors. Secondary contacts include other department heads, consultants, and other external customers.

Purpose of Contacts:

  • Contacts are typically to give and exchange financial information, provide services, resolve problems, and to negotiate or settle matters at the director of the Finance Director.

Supervisory and Management Responsibility:

  • This position has no direct reports.

Working Conditions

• The work is typically performed sitting at a desk in an office environment, with a moderate level of noise. The employee uses tools or equipment requiring dexterity, especially computer and calculator.


Fund Accounting, General-Other: Accounting-Finance



$63,351.20 - $63,351.20

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