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Staff Accountant At Racine County

Location: Racine, Wisconsin

Job Description

Basic Function

To be responsible for the recording, classifying and summarizing of financial transactions in the Finance Department. This includes the use of a financial reporting system to assure the accuracy and timeliness of financial reports and to ensure that financial matters in the Finance Department are processed consistent with generally accepted accounting principles, practices and procedures.

Essential Duties

  • Process Accounts Payable payments and reports.
  • Assist in the analysis and verification of financial reports and statements, accounts and records of expenditures, revenues, and other financial transactions.
  • Prepare various financial reports as requested.
  • Develop new techniques in accounting methods which will facilitate the gathering and presentation of accurate accounting information.
  • Work with and prepare analysis work sheets for external audit personnel.
  • Perform internal audit and other special projects under the direction of the Finance Director and Finance & Budget Manager.
  • Voiding and stale dating AP and Payroll checks.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Liaison with various departments providing accounting support and billing services.
  • Monitor prepaid accounts.
  • Prepare and monitor County bank reconciliations.
  • Internal audit of cash drawers and petty cash.
  • Monitor AP and Receivable accounts.
  • Prepare journal entries as needed for wire transfers.
  • Prepare and enter journal entries as needed.
Supervision Received
Receives general supervision from the Finance & Budget Manager.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance and three (3) years recent accounting, finance or auditing experience.
  • Familiarity with Governmental Accounting practices.
  • Prompt and regular attendance.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of bookkeeping/accounting procedures.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers (PC's), computerized accounting and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work independently and make independent decisions.
  • Ability to exercise professional discretion in assisting coworkers and other employees.
This description has been prepared to assist in properly evaluating various classes of responsibilities, skill, working conditions, etc., present in the classification. It is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and characteristic levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
EXEMPT EMPLOYEES
(For a complete list of benefits, refer to the Human Resources Policy Manual)

Full Time, Regular Employees - (40 hours per week)

Health Insurance Coverage:
Racine County is self-insured. The Third-Party Administrator is UnitedHealthcare. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty days of employment.
  • Premium sharing: Racine County pays 85%, employee pays 15%.
  • IN NETWORK: Individual deductible $400, family deductible $800 per calendar year. After the deductible is met, the plan pays 80% of allowable charges. Out-of-pocket maximum per calendar year is $2000 for individual and $4000 for family.
  • OUT OF NETWORK: Individual deductible is $800, family deductible $1600 per calendar year. After the deductible is met, the plan pays 60% of allowable charges. Out-of-pocket maximum per calendar year is $3000 for individual and $6000 for family.
  • Prescription drug, vision, and mail order maintenance drug benefits.

Dental Insurance Coverage:
Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty days of employment. Choose either basic coverage or premium coverage.

Basic coverage :
Racine County is self-insured. The Third-Party Administrator for basic dental coverage is UnitedHealthcare.
  • Individual deductible $25, family deductible $75 per family per year.
  • No deductible for diagnostic or preventative services.
  • Co Insurance 80% of usual and customary charges of covered services paid. Maximum of $1200/year per person.
  • Fully paid insurance premium by Racine County.
  • No orthodontic coverage.
Premium dental coverage (Anthem/Dentacare):
  • No deductibles
  • 100% coverage at participating dental center
  • Employee pays for lab work (prosthetics, i.e., caps, crowns, bridges, dentures)
  • Premium sharing Employee pays difference between basic coverage and Dentacare.
  • Orthodontic coverage - Employee pays 50% of the fee up to a maximum payment by the employee of $695.
  • Choose one dental clinic from a provided list for services.
Flexible Spending Accounts:
  • Optional - Regular full-time employees are eligible to contribute to two flexible spending accounts: Health Care Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account. Newly hired employees may enroll by submitting an enrollment form to Human Resources within thirty (30) calendar days from their date of hire.
Life Insurance:
  • Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty days of employment.
  • The County provides Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage in the amount equal to one times the employee's annual base salary rounded to the nearest $1000.
  • An employee can elect to pay for additional life and dependent life insurance on a payroll deduction. The premium is determined by age and increment of insurance.
Sick Time and Short-Term Disability:

Sick Time:
  • Eligible after completion of six (6) months of service in a benefit-eligible position and upon successful completion of the introductory period.
Short-Term Disability:
  • Eligible after completion of six (6) months of service in a benefit-eligible position and upon successful completion of the introductory period. After a twelve (12) day elimination period, eligible employees may receive short-term disability coverage for a period of up to thirteen (13) weeks. All short-term disability coverage will be at 60% pay.
Long Term Disability Program:
  • Coverage becomes effective after six (6) months of continuous employment in a benefit-eligible position and upon completion of the elimination period. The elimination period is 90 days of continuous employment subject to the conditions of short-term disability (90 days). Racine County pays the full premium amount for covered employees. In the event of a total disability due to injury or illness, the long-term disability plan pays 60% of covered salary to a maximum monthly payment of $6,000.00. Benefits payable to employees may be reduced by Worker's Compensation, Wisconsin Retirement Annuity or Disability payments, Social Security or other specified income.
Social Security:
  • Racine County contributes the statutorily required employer's share of social security contributions.
Wisconsin Retirement Fund:
  • Effective from date of hire. The County contributes the employer's share to the Wisconsin Retirement fund. The employee contributes the employee's share, through automatic payroll deduction, to the Wisconsin Retirement fund, as required by State statute.
Holidays:
  • The following holidays are observed by Racine County and shall be granted with pay to covered employees:
  • New Year's Day
  • Friday before Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday following Thanksgiving Day
  • Day before Christmas Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Day before New Year's Day
Floating Holiday:
  • A newly hired employee is not eligible for a floating holiday until after successful completion of the introductory period. If the calendar year ends before an employee has completed the introductory period, the employee is not eligible for a floating holiday for that year.

Vacations:
Anniversary date of employment Weeks of Vacation
6th month anniversary 1 week
1st through 4th 3 weeks
5th through 7th 4 weeks
8th through 12th 4 weeks, 3 days
13th through 17th 5 weeks
18th through 22nd 5 weeks
23rd and beyond 5 weeks

Funeral Leave Pay:
  • Eligible after completion of the introductory period. Reimbursement of up to three (3) paid days for the purpose of arranging and attending the funeral of a member of the employee's immediate family.
Deferred Compensation:
  • Optional - Automatic payroll deduction from salary prior to tax deductions into a tax deferred savings program. Employees may enroll at the time of hire or during the designated open enrollment periods.
Direct Deposit:
  • County employees are required to arrange for direct deposit of their pay to accounts in financial institutions.
Employee Assistance Program:
  • Racine County has an Employee Assistance Program. EAP is a resource for emotional, financial, and legal support. EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Racine Employee Health & Wellness Center:
  • Racine County has partnered with the City of Racine and with Racine Unified to create a health center for:
    • Racine County full-time employees, who are covered under the county health plan;
    • Dependents of Racine County employees who are covered under the county health plan; and
    • Racine County retirees and their dependents that are covered under the county health plan.
Visits are by appointment only. Available services include primary care, chronic disease management, wellness consultations, immunizations, physicals (including school and sports physicals), diagnosis and treatment of urgent care needs (e.g., ear or sinus infections, strep throat), and lab work. There is no fee or co-pay for visits to the center, but there may be costs for services referred outside of the health center (radiology, some lab services, etc.). County health coverage may be applied to any of those costs. Some medications are dispensed for free at the Wellness Center.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
PART TIME AND LIMITED-TERM EMPLOYEES
EXEMPT EMPLOYEES

Regular Part-time Employees:
  • The classification of "regular part-time employee" shall include all County employees who are scheduled to work less than 40 hours per week on a regular basis (see Racine County Code of Ordinances, Section 15-81).
  • Regular part-time employees who are scheduled to work twenty (20) hours or more per week, but less than forty (40) hours per week on a regular basis, are ineligible to participate in County group health, dental or life coverage. Other benefits such as vacation, disability leaves and holiday pay shall be pro-rated.
  • Employees who are scheduled to work less than twenty (20) hours per week shall receive no fringe benefits, except that employees who are eligible to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement system will be enrolled therein.
Limited Term Employees:
  • Employees appointed to limited term positions for an anticipated duration of less than six (6) months will receive no fringe benefits, except that employees who are eligible to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System will be enrolled therein.