Accountant I – Payroll Vacancy & List for Accounts Receivable

City of Mesa
December 27, 2018
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Salary:  $44,644.59 - $66,081.60

Application Period:  12/28/2018 - 1/03/2019

The current vacancy is in Payroll, and this list may be used to fill other Accountant I positions in Accounts Receivable (A/R) and/or Payroll. 

The Accountant I class performs professional-level accounting work in the assignment areas of Accounts Receivable and Payroll.  By assignment, examples of duties include:  assisting with annual financial statements which entails preparing statistical table section, audit schedules, trial balances, statements, adjusting/closing and General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) entries; applying or modifying personal computer (PC) software for such purposes as financial analysis, producing financial statements, bank reconciliations, accounting for revenues, expenditures, receivables, assets, and liabilities, construction work in process analysis for capital assets, verifying and auditing travel expense reports for all City employees for accuracy and compliance with City policies; reconciling the Court system to General Ledger, including Court receivables, payables, and clearing accounts, and working with Court personnel to resolve reconciliation items; administering the Property Damage Accounts Receivable system; assisting with the annual 1099 Federal tax form filing (includes corrections and the B-Notice process); balancing and preparing of working capital statements for available bond proceeds; reconciling and monitoring outstanding and returned checks and warrants; developing and updating spreadsheets for the calculation and reconciliation of accrued investment interest income; and reconciling investments to General Ledger.  An employee in this class may supervise technical/clerical accounting staff depending on assignment.  This class performs related duties as required and is FLSA exempt-professional.

An Accountant I assigned to Accounts Receivable area reviews, audits, approves, and maintains customer accounts, which includes:  posting data to the City's financial system; enters, validates, and approves invoicing data; balances and reconciles customer accounts and interfaces; prepares and enters journal entries, explains and interprets receivable and revenue rules, regulations, policies and procedures; assists with the preparation of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); oversees, monitors, and approves adjustments and changes to data; and troubleshoots and resolves any concerns.

An Accountant I assigned to Payroll reviews, audits, approves, and maintains employee payroll records, which includes:  posting data to the City's payroll system; enters, validates, and approves payroll data; balances and reconciles payroll records and interfaces; prepares and calculates termination checks; prepares and calculates Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) Retirement Requests; processes off-cycle paychecks; develops vendor/agency interfaces; monitors deferred compensation contributions; manages vendor/agency payments; calculates and processes retroactive deductions; calculates wages, deductions, and payments for employees on military leave; records and reports payroll items; explains and interprets payroll rules, regulations, policies and procedures; oversees and monitors, and approves payroll adjustments and changes to employee payroll data; troubleshoots and resolves payroll issues/problems encountered during daily operations; and works with technical staff to develop interfaces to transmit payroll data to third party vendors.

Progression from an Accountant I to an Accountant II may be accomplished through a noncompetitive criteria-based promotional process.  The incumbent must be employed a minimum of one year as a City of Mesa Accountant I and have successfully completed original City probation.  In addition, the incumbent must meet established work standards, demonstrate the level of competency necessary to independently perform assigned tasks, and meet the minimum qualifications of an Accountant II classification.  Based on the assignment area, supervision of the Accountant I class is received from a higher-level Accountant, the Payroll Administrator, or an Assistant Finance Director.  

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.  Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or a closely-related field.  Good (1 - 3 years) full-time professional employment in accounting, auditing, budgeting, or closely-related financial activity, which includes payroll for the payroll assignment.

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications.  Experience related to the specific assignment, Accounts Receivable or Payroll, is highly desirable.  Experience using a financial ERP system, computer spreadsheets and databases is highly desirable.  Consideration may be given for Certified Public Accountant Certificate (CPA) and/or Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM).

Payroll Assignment:  Payroll experience, HRM/FIN Advantage and Kronos software experience, and Excel/Access experience are highly desirable; and fundamentals of Payroll Certification (FPC) is desirable.  

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