CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 474
Established: 08/78
Revised: 06/79, 05/88
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2

ACCOUNTANT, SENIOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under direction, to supervise and perform difficult accounting work to prepare a variety of manual and computerized accounting, statistical and narrative reports; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Accountant series is primarily oriented to the planning and maintenance of the fiscal record keeping process for the County. The Accountant, Senior is the advanced journey level in the professional Accountant series characterized by the performance of difficult and complex accounting tasks, and in some assignments, supervisory responsibility over other professional accountants.

The Accountant, Senior reports to a higher level manager who has responsibility for an entire accounting section. The Accountant, Senior differs from the lower level Accountant which has no ongoing supervisory responsibilities.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  1. Preparation, supervision, or review of federal, state and local claims, statements, reports, budgets and worksheets from a variety of preliminary reports, data, accounting records and computer products in accordance with specific reporting formats and established fundamental accounting principles.
  2. Examines, reconciles, balances and adjusts records which require a specialized knowledge of the purpose, methods and practices of technical financial recordkeeping.
  3. Prepares special reports, answers questions and provides advice on procedures and the legality and propriety of expenditures which involve searching for and abstracting technical data, policies and procedures.
  4. Establishes and maintains statistical, bookkeeping and accounting control records; makes journal entries, posts to general and subsidiary ledgers, prepares trial balances, closes and balances accounts.
  5. Supervises personnel who maintain control accounts and subsidiary accounting records involving a wide variety of accounts and transactions; plans and organizes work activities of personnel as directed and trains as necessary.
  6. Conducts surveys, analysis and reports on general accounting, procedural and operating problems.
  7. Analyzes current accounting systems including cost accounting and makes recommendations for improvements.
  8. Makes specialized accounting studies.
  9. May supervise professional and other staff personnel.
  10. Makes changes in accounting systems and procedures within scope of authority.
  11. Assists in development of fiscal policy recommendations.
  12. Assists in coordination of accounting activities within the County.
  13. Preparation or supervision and review of accumulation or assembly of data for audits.
  14. Preparation, supervision or review of complex materials which require the review of complex source documents and a comprehensive understanding of policies, procedures, terminology and various applicable statutes in order to obtain necessary data.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of: Generally accepted accounting principles and accounting systems and procedures; business office management including application and use of standard office equipment; cost accounting principles and systems; general laws and rules regulating and influencing County fiscal operations; principles of personnel management.

Skill to: Interpret and apply legal administrative concepts to accounting functions; analyze data and draw logical conclusions; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; establish and maintain fiscal records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; prepare comprehensive, clear, concise and complex accounting and statistical reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Some positions must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS:

Completion of undergraduate degree in accounting and four years of municipal accounting experience including one year in a supervisory capacity OR any satisfactory combination of experience and training that would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and skills.