Senior Accountant

City of Mesa Published: June 8, 2017
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Salary: $59,685.89 - $88,566.40

Application Period: 1/27/17 - Continuous until filled

The current Senior Accountant vacancy will be in Accounts Payable (AP), but this recruitment will establish a List that may be used for other Senior Accountant vacancies.

A Senior Accountant is responsible for one or more of the sections of Accounting and is expected to display considerable initiative in meeting deadlines, as well as identifying ways to improve and/or streamline processes within their areas of responsibility.  They independently perform advanced journey-level accounting analysis and administrative work in the City's Financial Services Department, and can be involved in all areas (including financial statements, notes to the financial statements, budget schedules, and statistical schedules) of the compilation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  At this level, considerable initiative and independent judgment are expected in resolving day-to-day problems, even where clear-cut guidelines are not available.  Incumbents in this class may be asked for input to policy development/revision activities and are expected to explain/interpret policy to their subordinates.  Supervision is received from an Assistant Finance Director or the Finance Director who evaluates work through conferences, meetings, written reports, and overall results achieved.  This class is responsible for performing related duties as required and is FLSA exempt-professional.

The Accounts Payable Assignment involves managing the Accounts Payable section of the Financial Services Department, which includes but is not limited to planning, scheduling, and coordinating the work in AP, and supervising the AP Accounting Specialist staff; maintaining City policies and procedures for invoice processing, travel reimbursement, petty cash maintenance, procurement, and document management; preparing journal entries to make necessary corrections or adjustments; developing reports to recap AP statistics such as volume, error activity, and lost discounts; researching invoices for Use Tax audits; and interacting with external vendors and City department staff to resolve problems or discrepancies.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Employee Values:  All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City's shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications Required.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or related field.  A minimum of five years of full-time professional employment in accounting, auditing, budgeting, or closely related financial activity, including a minimum of one year lead/supervisory experience.

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications.  Previous experience in the area of assignment, governmental accounting experience and experience preparing the CAFR, and demonstrated ability to understand and interpret grant and contractual requirements and compliance are highly desirable.  For the Accounts Payable Assignment, knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) accounting and/or Modified Accrual Accounting as it relates to government and Advantage software experience is highly desirable Accredited Payable Manager (APM) or Certified Accounts Payable Professional (CAPP) certification are highly desirable.  Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) certifications are preferred.

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