Financial Accountant (GAAP, GASB)
Classification Title: Financial Accountant I, 150
Location: 14 South Ft. Harrison, Clearwater, FL 33756
The Clerk of the Circuit Court, as an elected Constitutional Officer responsible for safeguarding public records and funds, is seeking a results-driven accountant to join our team. This professional governmental accounting position works predominantly within the General Accounting department and the financial reporting function. Experience with governmental capital asset management and reporting is highly desirable. The incumbent partners with the financial accounting team to analyze funds and transactions, prepare internal and external financial reports including the annual financial statements and various other required financial and compliance reports. This position understands governmental accounting rules for capital expenditures, state rules and statutes for local government and constitutional officer financial reporting, Governmental Accounting Standards Board pronouncements, and generally accepted accounting principles. The Finance Accountant I, under the guidance of management, interprets and applies GAAP and GASB pronouncements, rules of the State Auditor General, and overall best practices for county government.
Essential Job Functions
- Maintain integrity and accuracy of capital equipment records and related information reported in the general ledger and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
- Prepare and analyze reports of complex financial records involving construction invoice processing and analysis of complex contracts.
- Assist in developing and presenting policies, procedures and training programs to users of the Oracle Fixed Asset application.
- Perform processes and reconciliation of the Fixed Asset application
- Participate in the County contract review process by reviewing capital construction agreements, joint participation agreements, and other contracts.
- Maintain custom tables utilized by the Oracle Fixed Assets and Cash Management applications.
- Maintain inventory records and manage on-going inventory tracking and counts.
- Format and design customized reports for accounting and management information.
- Reconcile and analyze transaction data for appropriateness
- Reconcile asset and liability accounts, including receivables, special assessments, investments, inventory, capital asset, or short/long-term assets and liability records.
- Conduct analysis of entries and transactions having impact on financial statements for accuracy; reviews journal entries for appropriate correcting, accrual, or adjusting entries.
- Document processes and recommends improvements.
- Implement process improvements and automated controls.
- Ensures the financial statement preparation provides accounting controls, and adequate audit trails.
- Recommend and implement automated controls.
- Perform other work as assigned or required.
Position Specific Requirements
Experience: Professional experience in governmental accounting or auditing, and financial reporting, including capital assets.
Education: Degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field.
- At least 7 years of experience as described above; or
- Associate degree as described above and at least 5 years of experience as described above; or
- Bachelor’s degree as described above and at least 3 years of experience as described above; or
- Master’s degree as described above and at least 1 year of experience as described above.
- Doctoral degree in as described above.
- An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.
- Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
- Ability to apply knowledge of accounting principles with emphasis on capital assets, capital grants, governmental accounting (GASB pronouncements), and GAAP accounting.
- Analytical skills to maintain and sustain financial reporting integrity.
- Knowledge of rules and regulations from the federal, state and local governments, as well as ordinances, fee schedules, grants, and other agreements used in county government to guide creation and audit of journal entries for appropriateness
- Knowledge of the effect transactions created in subledgers, (payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, fixed assets, and projects), have on the General Ledger and Financial Statements.
- Knowledge of the effect of functional reporting on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Florida statutory financial reports.
- Ability to develop reporting dashboards that communicate complex financial information in a user-friendly format.
- Written and verbal communication skills to effectively partner with internal and external customers.
- Experience working in ERP financial/HR systems such as Oracle EBS, Peoplesoft, SAP, CaseWare, etc.
- Experience in governmental capital asset reporting.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- High proficiency in Microsoft Office products with an emphasis on Excel, and preferably experience with Oracle applications.
- Ability to analyze complex transactions and reports (including reconciliations) and make appropriate correcting entries and/or recommendations.
- Ability to conduct research, identify and evaluate process improvement opportunities and assist the manager with implementation of approved strategies.
- Ability to understand advanced automated accounting systems as well as to train and guide others on how to understand and maintain financial accounting files.
- Knowledge of best practices and procedures for government general ledger management.
- Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff within the Finance Division, county departments, and external users.
- Ability to organize, multitask and prioritize deadlines, such as external audit requests that include gathering information and preparing statements while still supporting the department's day to day needs.
- Aptitude to readily navigate within other systems such as Accela, SAP, Munis, CaseWare, EZ Lease and cashiering software. May assist with application testing and report writing.
The work is sedentary work and requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
- Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
- Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
- Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand.
- Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
- Mental acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
- Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
- Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
- Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
- Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
- Visual acuity: Have close visual acuity such as color differentiation, depth perception, and adequate field vision.
- Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
- Work is typically performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to changing goals, priorities, and needs.
This position has supplemental questions. If unable to complete all questions, you may save your answers as a draft during the application process and return at any time prior to the closing date. Please note that the application is complete upon final submission.