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Senior Accountant

Company: City of Upland
Location: Upland
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


Under general supervision, performs varied and complex professional accounting duties in the analysis, preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports for various City accounts and funds in conformance with general and governmental accounting practices, policies and procedures; and performs related work as assigned.



One full-time positionwith full benefitsin the Finance Division.


12 months per year; 10 hours per day; 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday).


Listed salary amounts indicate the first and last steps of the range for the position.


12 months of paid service.


Open Competitive.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this class. Other duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, either orally or in writing.

  1. Reviews and reconciles subsidiary ledgers and makes adjustments to the general ledger involving operating and capital improvement program accounts for City departments; researches accounting transactions to ensure proper reporting procedures are followed.

2.Classifies and assigns revenues and expenditures to appropriate accounts in accordance with City and grant standards and the City's Chart of Accounts.

  1. Researches variances in projected revenues and expenditures for various departments and divisions and works with staff to appropriately estimate revenues and expenditures.

  2. Conducts special accounting analyses and prepares a range of supporting schedules and reports; performs more difficult analyses of accounting transactions and schedules involving fund accounting and grant accounting.

  3. Provides lead support and guidance for the accounting function; trouble shoots problems with accounting system by performing test operations and making any changes to modify or enhance accounting program.

  4. Researches status of outstanding checks; proofs accounts payable batches; enters and distributes reversed, voided, hand writes and canceled general obligation checks.

  5. Explains accounting standards and practices to Accountants, Senior Accounting Technicians, Accounting Technicians, departmental budget and accounting technical personnel.

  6. Coordinates monthly and annual closing activities, taking action to ensure the accurate processing and timing of all required accounting transactions to present accurate statements of the City's financial position; answers staff and department questions about appropriate accounts for charging of expenses.

  7. Maintains and reviews fixed asset and other special fund records and accounts; prepares journal entries for the acquisition and disposal of fixed assets; tracks fixed asset purchases against budget; determines appropriate schedules and calculates and prepares journal entries for fixed asset depreciation; periodically reconciles fixed asset and special fund schedules to accounting records.

  8. Prepares and audits accounts for grant agreements and cooperative agreements.

  9. Develops schedules and completes accounting analyses for annual and periodic audits.

  10. Prepares annual State Controller's Report, and a variety of other government reports; obtains data and prepares special schedules and spreadsheets.

  11. Develops and writes reports using the financial systems software.

  12. Prepares bank reconciliations for all City bank accounts and related journal entries for month-end closing.

  13. Prepares complex year-end audit schedules for fixed assets, long term liabilities including pension and OPEB obligations, and assists in reconciliation and preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).

  14. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Principles, practices and terminology of general, fund, and governmental accounting, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control and reporting; grant accounting practices and reporting standards; fixed asset accounting and valuation practices; depreciation standards and cost accounting methods and procedures; laws and regulations relating to the financial administration of public agencies; principles of government financing and bond accounting practices; auditing principles and practices; payroll processing principles, rules, and regulations; operations and uses of integrated accounting software systems and spreadsheet applications.

Ability to:

Operate a computer and calculator and standard office equipment; use integrated accounting, spreadsheet and database software; research and analyze accounting transactions; verify the accuracy of financial data and information; ensure proper authorization and documentation for disbursements; analyze, post, balance, and reconcile complex financial data and accounts; exercise judgment in applying accounting standards; make accurate arithmetic calculations; prepare clear, concise and complete financial documents, statements and reports; organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, supervisors, consultants, contractors, and others during the course of work.


Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in accounting or closely related field.


Required: Four years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience in public finance including two years of experience in a lead position and at the level of accountant or above.


Experience in a municipal setting or government agency.

Proficiency in Tyler Munis software.

Licenses/Certificates/and Special Requirements:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license, an acceptable driving record and evidence of insurability.


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands or arms. Employees are frequently required to walk, stand, and to lift and move records and documents weighing up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to use oral and written communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret data and situations; use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new skills or information; perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks; work under changing and intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with City officials, media, citizens groups, employees, and others encountered in the course of work.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee works under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet.The employee may be required to work overtime to complete assignments.


Examination Process:

A competitive review of applicants' experience and qualifications will be conducted. Based on that evaluation, a limited number of applicants whose qualifications best meet the current needs of the City of Upland will be invited to participate in the next step of the examination process. The examination may include a written test or a technical project and will include a qualifications appraisal interview. Qualified candidates will be provided with more details prior to the start of the examination process.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: City of Upland, Upland , Senior Accountant, Other , Upland, California

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