The Accountant III is responsible for performing complex accounting work in one or more areas of Finance. This position is expected to display considerable initiative in identifying ways to improve and/or streamline processes and internal controls within their areas of responsibility, as well as meeting deadlines. Additionally, this position independently performs complex financial analysis, prepares accounting and financial reports, evaluates financial transactions, can be involved in all aspects of the compilation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Accountant III is the third level in a three level Accountant class series.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a closely related field from an accredited educational institution;
experience equivalent to four (4) years of full-time professional level
experience in accounting, auditing, budgeting or closely related financial/fiscal activity which includes some experience utilizing computer or personal computer-based financial system; including a minimum of one year lead/supervisory experience; OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties such as those listed above.
Experience in governmental accounting and preparation of the CAFR.
Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret grant and contractual requirements and compliance.
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and theory, GASB statements, and experience with computerized financial software systems and complex financial models.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Arizona Driver's License
Employment is contingent upon the results of the background and credit check.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES / KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
Essential Functions: Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area(s) which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:
Assists management by providing analysis of special projects and proposals;
Researches and advises on implications of new Governmental Accounting Standards Boards (GASB) pronouncements and assists with implementation;
Assist in the coordination and/or preparation of various financial reports, such as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR);
Plans, directs, and supervises the work of professional and paraprofessional accounting staff;
Participates in the implementation, design and enhancement of new financial systems to improve fiscal management capabilities;
Ensures that accounting procedures and internal controls are in place and are effective;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships;
Acts as a consultant to Agency departments, assists in various financial analyses, and provides training and guidance regarding finance and accounting issues;
Demonstrates superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity.
Principles, standards and practices of governmental accounting, auditing, budgeting, and financial reporting;
Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations;
Computerized financial systems and complex financial models;
Internal controls policies and procedures;
General trends and current developments in public sector (governmental) accounting;
Federal, State and Local grant funding related to operating and capital improvement project requirements and compliance with grant requirements.
Listen, communicate and deal effectively with management, peers, representatives of other government agencies and the general public, researching as necessary to provide requested information;
Communicate both verbally and in writing with all levels of the Agency using clearly organized thoughts, proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar;
Be committed to teamwork with internal and external staff and outside organizations
Analyze and interpret fiscal and accounting records and provide thoughtful and thorough analysis and provide recommendations, as applicable;
Perform a broad range of supervisory responsibility over others;
Interpret Federal, State and Local ordinances, rules and regulations;
Handle multiple projects simultaneously and use good judgement in prioritizing work assignments;
Use computers, financial and other related software systems;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Positions in the class typically require: fingering, grasping, talking, hearing and seeing.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority RPTA) provides both Bus and Light Rail transportation services for the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Highlights of Valley Metro services include:
*First ever light rail system in Phoenix, Arizona. Began service in 2008.
*Local, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
*Online carpool matching system
*Assistance to local businesses to help them meet the Maricopa County trip reduction goals through alternative modes of transportation (bus, carpool, vanpool, bike, telework, etc.)