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Staff Accountant


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General Nature of Work

The purpose of this classification is to perform general and specialized accounting work involving the application of bookkeeping principles and maintenance of the City's fiscal records.


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 and reports; enters and posts financial data; prepares and approves journal entries; reconciles accounts; balances report; calculates data and enters data into computer systems; researches errors and makes corrections as required; generates reports; maintains financial records; prepares tax forms; and submits mandatory reports.
  • Maintains accounting records for various City funds; analyzes general ledger accounts for accuracy and appropriateness of transactions; reviews cash receipts and deposits, as well as journal, for accuracy; performs monthly closeout of general ledger.
  • Assists in recommending and implementing financial procedures, including audit procedures; reviews efficiency and effectiveness of financial methods, processes, and procedures; makes recommendations for improvements; provides technical assistance to other employees regarding financial and audit procedures.                                                                              
  • Performs cash flow analysis and comprehensive review of City funds; reviews account balances; verifies money transfers; reviews cash deposit receipts; ensures deposits made to proper accounts; assists with yearly cash flow projections; maintains related files and documentation.
  • Assists auditors in completing the annual/periodic audits; determines accrual balances; compiles data for notes and schedules; reviews all general ledger and sub ledger entries for accuracy; obtains information, retrieves records, prepares reports, and provides other assistance as needed for auditors.
  • Participates in special projects as assigned; researches, compiles and prepares reports; analyzes data and makes recommendations; assists in making financial decisions; serves on committees; submits all mandated reports to regulatory agencies or others as required.
  • Assists in preparing the annual budget; participates in forecasting revenues, capital requirements and cash flow management for all funds; compares data and recommends appropriate adjustments; checks, balances and verifies completed budget requests; provides technical and analytical support as needed; proofreads completed budget for printing.
  • Communicates with supervisor, City employees, banking personnel,  auditors, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, budget spreadsheets, financial statements, general ledger spreadsheets, trend reports, or other documents.
  • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, journal entries, bank statements, deposit slips, policies, procedures, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
  • Operates a personal computer, general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or other system software.

Additional Functions: Performs other related duties as required.


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 apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in coordinating activities of a project, program, or designated area of responsibility.

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.

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.

Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.

Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field; supplemented by three (3) year(s) of experience in governmental accounting; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

ADA Requirements: Individuals applying for the posted position must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation.

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 perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors and visual cues or signals. 

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

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