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Senior Accountant


Salary Range

starting salary of $50,175 to a maximum annual salary of $75,895 depending upon qualifications

Job FLSA Status


Public Safety


Job Details

This position performs a variety of complex professional, administrative and technical accounting and finance functions in maintaining the fiscal records and systems of the City.  This position also assists in the supervision of accounting personnel as assigned.  Assists the Finance Director in the execution of his/her duties. 
Works under the general supervision of the Assistant Finance Director and/or the Finance Director.

Job Duties

Assists in overseeing, organizing and the review of general procedures, methods and results of cash management, accounting, payroll processing, accounts payable processing, accounts receivable and other accounting functions.
Prepares and/or reviews monthly journal entries.
Maintains City’s general ledger and selected subsidiary ledgers.
Reconciles general ledger accounts.
Assists with coordination and preparation for the annual audit of the City’s budgeted finances and accounts including preparation of the CAFR.
Assists in the preparation of the City Budget and compilation of other data: and assists in the preparation of reports which outline the City’s financial position in areas of income, expenses, and earnings, based on past, present, and future operations.
Serves as back up to selected accounting personnel.
Assists in preparing the Administrative Department budget and assists in preparation of the annual budget as assigned.
Assists in maintaining and /or reviewing project accounting records as assigned.
Assists in maintaining and /or reviewing capital asset records as assigned.
Maintains and tracks the City’s cash and investment records.
Assists in the preparation and verification of daily cash receipts and A/R.
Prepares periodic reports. Assists in the preparation of the annual and other State or Federal reports.
Coordinates with other senior accounting staff to ensure that all the duties of the department are completed in a timely manner.
Responds to inquiries for solution of difficult accounting problems or for information/interpretation from third parties such as banks, auditors, vendors, and governmental entities.
Composes, types, and edits a variety of correspondence, reports, memoranda, and other material requiring judgment as to content, accuracy, and completeness.
Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(A)  Working knowledge of modern governmental accounting theory, principles, and practices; considerable knowledge of internal control procedures, Excel and management information systems; some knowledge of public finance and fiscal planning; working knowledge of payroll and accounts payable functions; considerable knowledge of budgetary, accounting and reporting systems, GAAFR, GAAP and  GASB;
(B) Skill in operating a personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet software: and
(C) Ability to prepare and analyze complex financial reports; ability to maintain efficient and effective financial systems and procedures; ability to accurately account for city funds; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, city officials; ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
(D) Ability to understand and carry out complex verbal and written instructions.
(E) Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with coworkers, employees and the general public.
(F) Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.

Must be bondable.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.                       

Job Education

Education and Experience:
 (A)  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in    accounting, finance, or related field and

 (B) Five (5) years experience in Governmental Accounting with two years of lead or supervisory experience; or

 (C)  An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Computer Skills

City Of Covington Department


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