CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 475
Established: 8/78
Revised: 6/79, 5/88
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 2

ACCOUNTANT

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under direction, to perform varied professional accounting tasks; to prepare manual and computerized analytical, statistical and narrative accounting reports; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Accountant series is primarily oriented to the planning and maintenance of the fiscal recordkeeping process of the County. The Accountant is the fully experienced working level in the professional Accountant series. Positions work under the direction of a higher level accountant.

The Accountant differs from Accountant, Senior that has supervisory responsibility over professional accountants in the development and maintenance of more complex accounting systems for the County.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Prepares, supervises or reviews 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 involves 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.
  6. Participates in the study of accounting systems and makes recommendations for improvement.
  7. Assists in the installation of accounting systems.
  8. May assist in the preparation of budgets, assembling and evaluating supporting technical accounting data.
  9. May supervise accounting personnel in fiscal recordkeeping.
  10. Prepares, supervises and revises 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, accounting systems and procedures; business office management, including application and use of standard office equipment; general laws and rules regulating and influencing County fiscal operations; data processing as it relates to accounting records and applications.

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; prepare comprehensive, clear and concise accounting and statistical reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental, County and other personnel; 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 course work in generally accepted accounting principles and four years of municipal accounting OR any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.