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Accountant

Company: LANE COUNTY
Location: Eugene
Posted on: January 15, 2020

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Accountant (A032)PrintApplyAccountant (A032)Salary$24.97 - $34.60 HourlyLocationEugene, ORJob TypeRegularDepartmentCounty AdministrationJob Number202000006Closing1/27/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

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  • QuestionsDescriptionLane County has an open Accountant position in the County Administration Operations, Financial Services Division. We are seeking a candidate who has a strong background in accounting, data analysis, account reconciliations, and financial reporting. The accountant is responsible for the preparation of Lane County's indirect cost plans, various federal and state survey submissions, balance sheet accounts reconciliations, managing and reporting capital assets, monitoring fiscal yearend closing process, coordinating yearend grant reporting across departments, assisting with the annual audit, CAFR preparation, and annual operating budgets for the County's operational units. This position is an opportunity for a technically competent candidate who can bring accounting expertise, efficiency, and innovation to the position while contributing positively to a team environment. Schedule: Monday Friday, 8:00 am 5:00 pmThis is an AFSCME represented positionIn alignment with Lane County's Strategic Plan, incumbent(s) will be expected to demonstrate the following core behaviors: Passion to Serve, Driven to Connect, and Focused on Solutions.The 2018-2021 Strategic Plan focuses on the areas that Lane County will pursue as a way to deliver on our vision for the residents of Lane County. To meet these challenges, we know that the basis of our efforts lies in leveraging our people and partnerships to achieve our Strategic Priorities. We also recognize that the quality and commitment of our staff is essential to a shared future where Lane County is the best place in which to live, work, and play.Examples of Duties - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following Analyzes and develops or supports departmental policies and procedures; documents and recommends changes in internal controls; studies and implements accounting and reporting systems. May participate in the preparation of the year-end audit work papers, financial statements and schedules. In cooperation with Internal Auditor, may research and respond to external audit findings. Develops training and documentation for staff in the use of financial analysis tools and models. Coordinates financial activity for departments, including creating and approving journal entries, reconciling and balancing accounts, and ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and County financial policies, procedures, and practices. Oversees compliance with applicable and relevant state and federal laws. May provide back-up support for the investment and treasury functions and support the preparation of the internal and external cost allocation plans. Coordinates the posting, balancing, and reconciliation of the general ledger and subsidiary ledgers. Assists in the development and monitoring of division or department budgets. Participates in the development or study of and/or acts as a technical resource in the implementation of new financial systems or business technology, and makes recommendations for improvement. May provide centralized financial coordination for grant programs.Minimum QualificationsKnowledge of: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles applicable to local government; methods and procedures of governmental and grant accounting; compliance auditing; cost allocation principles; budgeting and financial administration. Elements of accounting controls and internal control structures and their application to government accounting practices. Current pronouncements by the various standard setting bodies and their effect on accounting principles; working knowledge of accounting principles appropriate for use by governmental organizations. State and Federal laws and pertinent regulations applicable to the award and management of grants. Comprehensive research and report-writing techniques. Automated financial management systems and software, including web-based technology. Basic principles of supervision, training, and project management. Principles of work planning, teamwork, and organization. Modern office procedures and methods, and use of standard office equipment.Ability to: Take a lead role in coordinating the accounting, compliance monitoring, training, and financial reporting. Analyze, interpret, and apply federal and state laws and regulations, and develop or modify policies, procedures, and processes to meet those requirements. Interpret and apply professional accounting literature to county financial administration and reporting. Train staff in the areas of compliance, monitoring, and reporting requirements. Research, prepare, and/or analyze financial statements, reports and analyses; present technical financial information, both orally and in writing, to a wide variety of audiences. Use a variety of personal computers, networks, and Internet applications. Develop proficiency in County financial systems, internal control structures, and policies and financial systems. Analyze data and draw logical conclusions; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.Experience and Training; Additional InformationTraining:Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration. or a closely related field (all with major course work in accounting) from an accredited college or university.Experience:Three years of increasingly responsible professional level accounting experience, preferably in the public sector environment. Experience with lead responsibility over a function or program is required.An equivalent combination of experience and training that will demonstrate the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.Special Requirements:To be considered for this position, candidates will be required to pass a multiple choice accounting test.Desirable Qualifications:Direct work experience managing complex financial systems; able to research discrepancies and resolve issues; knowledge and experience in governmental fund accounting and reporting; experience in reconciling account balances; and technically competent in developing and improving processes and systems. Tobacco Free Campus Policy The Board of County Commissioners wants to help Lane County be the healthiest county in the state. Effective October 1, 2018, any tobacco use, including vaping devices, will not be allowed inside or on the grounds of properties owned or occupied by Lane County including: All outdoor areas, parking lots, County vehicles, and personal vehicles while on County property.Equal Employment OpportunityLane County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act and would like to request an accommodation, you may request an accommodation during the online application process, or request an accommodation by contacting the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date at 541-682-3124.Careers with Lane County Offer Extraordinary BenefitsAt Lane County, we value our employees and we show it with our extraordinary benefits. We know that you chose public service for more than a paycheck, and our outstanding benefits are designed to help you Live Well, Live Lane - throughout your career. Read on to learn what great benefits await you in a career with Lane County.Benefits to keep you & your family well - Physically Health insurance coverage becomes effective the first of the month following your first 30 days as an eligible employee.Medical/Rx/Vision - Lane County offers medical, prescription and vision exam coverage for you and your eligible dependents. The plan options and costs per month for 2018 are outlined below:If you enroll in the HDHP the County will contribute to your HSA: $1,500 (individual) or $3,000 (family) annually. This amount is prorated based on date of hire.Eligible employees who complete a Health History Risk Assessment (HHRA), Biometric Screening, and Comprehensive Health Review (CHR) at the Live Well Center receive a $20 per month credit.Wellness Clinic - The Live Well Center is for Lane County benefits-eligible employees, spouses and dependents (ages 2 and up) who are enrolled in the Lane County health plan. Marathon Health manages the Live Well Center and their clinical team provides confidential, affordable care for your acute and preventive healthcare needs. The Live Well Center also provides health coaching, chronic disease counseling, comprehensive primary care services, and much more.Dental - Lane County provides dental coverage for employees and their eligible dependents.Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Lane County provides this counseling and concierge service to employees and members of their immediate households.Fitness Center Membership - Lane County provides employees with a free membership to a local fitness center. Employees may add their families at a discounted rate.Benefits to keep you & your family well - Financially Retirement - Lane County pays for, and enrolls employees in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) and the Individual Account Program (IAP) following six full months of employment. (Current members are eligible upon hire.)Disability - Lane County pays a portion of wages for eligible employees through Short-Term Disability, and provides Long-Term Disability coverage. Lane County complies with all State and Federal disability laws for employee, family, parental and pregnancy leaves regulations.Time Management - Lane County provides employees with a generous bank of hours to be used for sick, vacation, family emergencies and personal days.Holidays - Lane County provides nine paid holidays per year.Life Insurance - Lane County pays for employee group term life insurance.County-paid training & development to keep your career well On-site Classes - Lane County offers a variety of on-site classes to develop employees' soft and technical skills.Online Training - Lane County offers a variety of online classes through LEAP to help employees continually improve their skills.Conferences & Seminars - Lane County pays for employees to attend professional conferences to encourage continuous learning and professional development.Lane County offers these other valuable benefitsDeferred Compensation Retirement Savings - Employees may enroll in a deferred compensation program 457(b) to save for retirement.Vision - Eligible employees may purchase supplemental vision insurance.Supplemental Life Insurance - Employees may purchase supplemental life insurance for themselves and their dependents/spouse.Aflac - Optional employee-paid voluntary group coverage is available through Aflac.Group Discounts - Group discounts may include homeowners and auto insurance, pet health insurance, credit union membership.The above information describes typical benefits available for Regular Full-time Employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position, employment status (regular, temporary, or extra help) and/or bargaining group. Paid medical, dental and vision coverage for dependents is determined by labor agreement or APM, as applicable. Physicians should contact their supervisor for health plan options and rates. Please note that Temporary and Extra Help positions are not typically eligible for benefits. This is only brief summary of benefits available to eligible Lane County employees. In all cases, plan documents govern. For additional information about these extraordinary benefits contact the Benefit Resource Center at 1-866-468-7272, or Lane County HR at (541) 682-3124.01Describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this Job. Include any experience in year-end GL closing, reconciliations, audit work, and preparation of financial reports and analysis. Also include any accounting work experience in the public sector and professional certifications obtained (CPA, CPFO, etc.).02Lane County uses PeopleSoft for its financial and payroll systems. Please describe the types of enterprise-wide accounting systems you have used and the types of work performed in each system. Also list the Microsoft Office business applications you use and your level of proficiency in each application.03Share an example where you helped internal customers in another department or work section resolve a financial issue or general ledger discrepancy.a) What communication or actions did you take to ensure you met or exceeded their expectations?b) If the task required periodic follow-up, what provisions did you put in place to ensure future compliance?04Describe your experience using data extraction tools for financial research, reconciliations and reporting (e.g. pivot tables, macros, queries). Provide specific examples for verifying and reconciling account balances between different ledgers or applications, and identifying and resolving any accounting errors. Additionally, what techniques might you utilize to quickly compare two large data sets to identify discrepancies and why?05Provide examples of how you have contributed to an inclusive workplace culture where all employees are welcomed and respected.Required QuestionAgencyLane CountyAddress125 E 8th AvenueEugene, Oregon, 97401Phone(541) 682-3124 Websitehttp://www.lanecounty.orgApply

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