Accountant I/II #50-2024-01

Modesto Irrigation District   Modesto, CA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on February 11, 2024
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Accountant I/II

Salary: $71,676.80 - $91,748.80 Annually

Location: Modesto, CA

Job Type: Full Time Regular

Job Number: 50-2024-01

Department: Controller

Division: Finance and Treasurer

Opening Date: 02/06/2024

Closing Date: 2/20/2024 5:00 PM Pacific

 

Description

The Modesto Irrigation District is currently recruiting to fill one full-time regular position under the direction of the Senior Accountant to perform a variety of professional accounting functions which include all phases of the general ledger, project accounting, miscellaneous accounts receivable, and account reconciliations including the employee benefit plans.

Any Qualified Individual May Apply.  This is a non-exempt position and is part of the IBEW Administrative, Technical, and Clerical Bargaining Unit. The list established as a result of this recruitment may be used to fill other Accountant I/II vacancies that may occur within the District through February 6, 2025.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
Accountant I – This is the entry level class in the Accountant series. Positions in this class typically have little or no directly related work experience. The Accountant I class is distinguished from the II level by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the II level.  Incumbents work under general supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to direction as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.

Accountant II - This is the journey level class in the Accountant series and is distinguished from the Accountant I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction of assistance as new, unusual or unique situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Accountant I level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Accountant I: Receives general supervision from a higher level supervisor or manager.

Accountant II: Receives direction from a higher level supervisor or manager. May provide technical and functional supervision of clerical and technical accounting personnel.

Examples of Duties

ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and reports for management, committees, and Board of Directors.
  • Maintain the integrity of the general ledger by reviewing, initiating, and performing journal entries, adjusting entries, and reconciliation of general ledger accounts. 
  • Prepare audit work papers and assist the independent auditors with the annual audit, develop internal control procedures and perform internal audits.
  • Provide accounting support for decision making by responding to requests for information, producing and distributing reports, and participation on various project teams.
  • Recommend or implement changes in accounting and auditing systems and procedures.
  • Prepare, analyze and review of estimated revenues, reimbursements, expenditures, fund balances or other proprietary and budgetary accounts.
  • Perform bank reconciliations of all District accounts on a monthly basis.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public and District divisions; research requested information and make recommendations appropriate to resolving inquiries and/or complaints.
  • Complete special projects, including but not limited to, design changes and implementation of accounting systems and procedures and the development and documentation of policies and procedures for the Finance Division.
  • Attend and participate in professional groups and committees; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of accounting.
  • Provide assistance to lower-level personnel as needed.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees, outside agencies and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Any combination of education, experience, knowledge and abilities may satisfy the necessary minimum qualifications. A typical way to obtain the education, experience, knowledge and abilities would be:

Accountant I

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with major course work in Accounting, Finance, Business or a related field.

Experience:  One year of professional accounting experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of generally accepted accounting practices.
  • Financial reporting practices, accounting systems, and procedures.
  • Basic principles of budget to actual analysis.
  • Principles and practices of safety management.
  • Principles and practices of financial and technical report preparation.
  • Modern office equipment including the use of applicable computer software.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service.

Ability to: 

  • Learn to apply accounting principles to the maintenance and reporting of financial and accounting transaction and audit of financial records. 
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • Learn pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations as they relate to accounting, auditing, assessment and reporting requirements.
  • Learn to apply accounting principles and practices.
  • Prepare a variety of routine financial statements, reports and analyses.
  • Prepare and present technical financial information in a meaningful way.
  • Collect data from various applications and transform that data into meaningful information to support business decision making.
  • Operate and use modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Special Requirement: Possession of a California Class C driver license.

Accountant II

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with major course work in Accounting, Finance, Business or a related field.

Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience similar to Accountant I with the District. 

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of general municipal accounting, budgeting, and auditing.
  • Principles, practices and standards of accounting, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  • Principles of budget to actual analysis and financial planning. 
  • FERC uniform system of accountants and related requirements.
  • State controller accounting, internal audit procedures, and internal control principles.
  • Complex accounting research and analysis techniques.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.

Ability to:            

  • Independently apply accounting principles to the maintenance and reporting of financial and accounting transactions and audit of financial records.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a variety of professional accounting and financial activities.
  • Analyze various problems including financial and operational.
  • Perform computerized modeling and forecasting.
  • Prepare, examine and verify the full range of financial documents and reports.
  • Monitor assigned accounting activities including compliance with local, State, and Federal requirements and professional standards.
  • Effectively provide technical support to District divisions and staff.

Special Requirement: Possession of a California Class C driver's license.

THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE VERIFICATION OF HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED AND APPLICABLE HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREE, PASS A MEDICAL EXAM INCLUDING A DRUG AND ALCOHOL SCREEN, AND A COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECK PRIOR TO BEGINNING WORK.

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