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Accountant I

Henry County

Listing Summary

Accountant I

Purpose of Classification:

  • The purpose of this classification is to perform professional level financial accounting and reporting functions in a designated department. Incumbents in this classification are assigned specific accounts, a specialized accounting function, or to a single department.

Essential Functions:

  • The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Performs accounting functions for assigned accounts: enters and posts financial data; prepares and approves journal entries; reconciles accounts; performs calculations and enters data into computer systems; researches errors and makes corrections as required; prepares tax forms; maintains financial records; and prepares and submits related reports as required.

  • Prepares and maintains comprehensive files and documentation for assigned funds and account groups, ensuring compliance with approved policies and procedures, generally accepted governmental accounting principles, and applicable regulatory standards.

  • Receives and disburses funds: receives cash, credit cards, checks or other financial instruments; prepares and process receipts and invoices; documents the receipt of funds into appropriate database; depending on area of assignment, processes and/or approves payments and communicates financial transactions to appropriate entities.

  • Processes a variety of accounts payable documentation: receives, reviews and verifies invoices, purchase orders, requests for payment, refunds, sales taxes, travel reimbursements, etc. for accuracy, completeness and proper authorization; enters data into accounting system for payment; prints, verifies, submits for signature(s); and sends payments to vendors.

  • Processes accounts receivable documentation: Processes and posts payments received for taxes, utilities, other services, or fees; reviews receipts, escrow accounts, and other financial reports; records and reconciles to general ledger accounts; prepares journal entries; makes corrections or adjustments as needed; prepares spreadsheets; and reviews and reconciles reports.

  • Processes and prepares employee payroll:Reviews/enters hours, disability time, salary information, payroll deductions, and other data; processes special payments, contributions, deductions, garnishments and withholdings; processes local, state and federal tax deductions and payments; verifies accuracy of register against system data; makes corrections as needed; prepares materials for Internal Revenue Service filings; prepares year-end payroll processing for W2's, 1099’s, quarterly tax and wage, and related reports; and ensures compliance with local, state and federal payroll and tax regulations.

  • Reconciles bank statements for assigned accounts: prepares journal entries to general ledger from bank reconciliations to reflect interest income, bank charges, or other adjustments; and contacts bank personnel to coordinate needed corrections.

  • Participates in year-end closing processes for assigned accounts and in preparation for annual audit: assists internal and external auditors; provides requested data, reports and/or other items to ensure the completion and accuracy of annual audits.

  • Ensures all work activities are in compliance with local, state and federal rules, regulations, policies, procedures and generally accepted accounting principles: and initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations.

  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.

  • Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.

  • Communicates with supervisor, other County employees, third party service contractors, banking and financial institutions, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Additional Functions:

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field required; supplemented by two years of experience in accounts payable and receivable, payroll, or related accounting functions; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

  • Specific License or Certification Required: None.

  • Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all County or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

Performance Aptitudes:

  • Data Utilization: Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.

  • Human Interaction: Requires the ability to work with and apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others to coordinate programs or activities of a project, and resolve typical problems associated with the responsibilities of the job.

  • Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

  • Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information, such as invoices, purchase orders and requisitions, time sheets, leave forms, tax data, bank statements, payment receipts, deposit slips, etc.

  • Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, and ratios; may include ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures.

  • Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.

ADA Compliance:

  • Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
    Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

  • Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.


Henry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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