accountant

YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON
CLASS SPECIFICATION
 
CLASS TITLE: Accountant
                 
BAND:   GRADE:   SUBGRADE:   CLASS CODE:  
C   4   1     2341  
DEPARTMENT:   ACCOUNTABLE TO:       OVERTIME STATUS:    
Varies   Varies       Non-exempt    
                 
JOB SUMMARY:   The Accountant performs professional level accounting activities involving            
research, evaluation and development of financial recommendations for county departments;                
drafts systems and procedures for compiling, tracking and monitoring financial accounts;                
prepares budgetary projections and provides financial assistance to accounting support staff.                
                 
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:                
The Accountant class is the entry level of a two level accounting classification series. The                
Accountant class is distinguished from the Senior Accountant class by duties oriented to research                
analysis and evaluation of financial data while the Senior Accountant has broader responsibility                
for policy development and serves as a lead to professional accounting staff.                
                 
DUTY ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative             BAND/
NO. sample: (position assignments may vary.)             GRADE
1. Researches files and account historical records; reviews and evaluates             B2
  information obtained; and provides historical comparisons and              
  financial forecasts for revenues and expenditures.              
               
2. Analyzes and evaluates financial information such as funding             C4
  sources, investment options and contracts; recommends appropriate action.              
               
3. Tracks and maintains assigned accounts, funds and contracts; performs             B2
related activities such as preparing general journal entries, reconciling              
accounts, reviewing contracts for compliance with terms and conditions              
  or accounts for consistency with generally accepted accounting principles.              
             
4. Compiles, monitors, maintains and analyzes county budget information;             C4
  prepares budget documents, budgetary projections and recommendations.              
             
5. Checks accuracy of financial tracking systems by testing, maintaining,             B2
  and evaluating financial information in the systems.              
                 
6. Performs other duties as required.              
                 
                 
                 
             
               
                 
                 
                 
CLASS TITLE: Accountant
                 
Knowledge (Position requirements at entry):                
Knowledge of:                
  Practices and principles of project management;              
  Accounting theories and principles;              
  Financial theories and principles;              
  Laws and regulations governing area of assignment;              
  Budgeting theories and principles;              
  Office practices and procedures including financial data processing.              
Skills (Position requirements at entry):                
Skills in:                
  Applying basic accounting procedures;              
  Interpreting policies, procedures, laws and regulations;              
  Attention to detail and accuracy;              
  Preparing financial reports, statements and budget documents;              
  Researching and analyzing financial data and formulating sound conclusions;              
  Giving presentations;              
  Using office equipment such as phones, copiers, calculators and fax machines;              
  Using computers and related software applications;              
  Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all              
  organizational levels and with the public;              
  Communication, both oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information              
  and to receive work direction.              
                 
Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):                
  Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field and one year of              
  financial experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience              
  which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the              
  essential duties of the job.              
Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):                
  None Required              
Physical Requirements:                
  Positions in this class typically require: reaching, mobility, fingering, grasping,              
  talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.              
               
  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.              
Classification History:                
New Class: 1/1/98                
Revised: 1/1/99                

Last Updated on 9/20/99
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