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Accountant I/II At Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Location: San Francisco, California

Job Description

DEFINITION

Under direction, performs professional accounting work relating to District accounting procedures and records; provides technical direction to accounting support staff; performs related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Accountant I is the entry level class in this series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform a variety of routine accounting duties while learning the District accounting policies and procedures. With experience, the work becomes more diversified, complex and requires increasing independent judgment, This class is alternatively staffed with the Accountant II level and incumbents may progress to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency sufficient to meet the qualifications of the higher level class.

Accountant II is the journey level class in this series. The incumbent is fully competent to perform the full scope and diversity of responsibilities. Successful performance requires a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting procedures, the ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines and skill in directing accounting activities. Accountant II level requires knowledge of GASB standards, existing financial and accounting procedures and precedents as well as the initiative to identify and resolve related issues. This class is distinguished from Principal Accountant in that the latter performs the more complex accounting duties and provides lead direction to accounting staff.
Examples of Duties for this Position: (Illustrative Only)

Reviews accounting and financial documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations and makes correcting entries into the computerized financial system.

Examines supporting documentation to establish proper authorization and conformance with agreements, contracts, and state and federal regulations.

Maintains control and subsidiary accounting records involving a variety of transactions and accounts.

Prepares trial balances; upon completion of accounting cycles, coordinates and calculates periodic closings.

Prepares journal entries and reconciliations of general ledger, subsidiary accounts and bank statements.

Assists in the preparation of and analyzes and adjusts budgets for departmental and District funds.

Confers with departmental representatives and provides information regarding access to the budgeting and accounting processes inherent in the computerized operating system.

Coordinates accounting and internal control activities.

Provides information to outside agencies as requested.

Analyzes programs and legislation to determine fiscal and budgetary impact; prepares budgetary appropriation transfers and supplemental budgets.

Reviews and recommends modifications to accounting systems and procedures.

Provides technical support to outside auditors and governmental program auditors.

Implements an indirect cost program.

Maintains Fixed Assets Records of the District.
Minimum Qualifications: EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:

Accountant I: Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, business or public administration, economics or a closely related field and two years of professional level accounting experience in a professional accounting department. Governmental or public agency accounting experience is desirable. Sub-professional accounting support work may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years.

Accountant II: In addition to the above, two years of professional level accounting experience
How to Apply & Selection Criteria: HOW TO APPLY
Interested individuals must submit a completed BAAQMD application, chronological resume, and the responses to the supplemental questions no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Applications are also accepted online. Please visit our website at www.baaqmd.gov/jobs to apply or to download an application. Resumes must be included, and not in lieu of the required application materials. Postmarks, faxes, and E-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Except as requested in this announcement, do not include any additional documents, such as letters of recommendation, performance evaluations, work samples, etc. They will not be considered or returned.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE INSTRUCTIONS
Individuals who apply for this position must respond to each of the supplemental questions. Both paper and online applications must be received by the Human Resources Office no later than the time and date specified in the vacancy announcement. The responses to the supplemental questions will be used in accordance with the procedures indicated under the Selection Criteria in the vacancy announcement.

Instructions: Please limit your responses to one page per question. Do not combine your responses, or reference your application, resume, or any other requested documentation that you have included with your application packet to answer a question. Please be advised that the information you provide will be evaluated "as is" and incomplete or illegible applications will likely receive lower ratings. Therefore, it is very important to provide a concise, organized, and easy to follow response to each question.

You must provide the following for each question regarding experience: The name of the employer where you gained your experience, your job title, length of time in years/months performing the specific function, and detailed examples that illustrate your duties and responsibilities.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Selection may be based upon a competitive examination consisting of a written exercise, interview, or combination of the two. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, an application screening and/or panel interview may be used to determine the most qualified applicants.

The District may hire from this recruitment process to fill future vacancies occurring within the next 18 months.

Updates regarding your status in the recruitment will be sent via email, unless you indicate a different preference on your application.

Persons with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations during the application and/or selection process should notify the Human Resources Office at (415) 749-4980.

The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.