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Develops and analyzes fiscal statements and records; prepares financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Governmental Accounting Standards

The City of Oxnards Finance Department is seeking a Accountant II with professional accounting and strong technical skills to be part of the Finance team. This individual must be comfortable preparing and making recommendations with management. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising and participating in the posting, balancing, and reconciliation of accounts and analyzing budget transactions. This position will be responsible for providing maintenance and analysis of all General Ledger Accounts, and other account subsystems such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, inventory, fixed assets, revenues, and utility billing systems.

DEFINITION:
Under general supervision, performs professional accounting duties within an assigned Program or City-wide accounting in the Citys Financial Services Program; maintains, develops and analyzes fiscal statements and records; prepares financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Governmental Accounting Standards; performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
The Accountant II is the full journey level class in the professional Accountant series. An Accountant II is expected to perform the full range of professional accounting work including the more complex and technical accounting functions. Incumbents are expected to have a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting systems and procedures and the ability to exercise independent judgment within established systems and procedures.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED:
General supervision is provided by an Accounting Manager or by higher-level administrative positions within City Programs and exercised through team direction. May provide direct and indirect supervision of lower level professional, technical and clerical personnel as assigned.

WORK SCHEDULE: The normal work week is Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-6:00pm, and alternating Fridays, 8:00am-5:00pm. This position may be required to be available to work additional hours as needed to respond to workload needs. This position is eligible for overtime pay.

Please Note: Should a high number of qualified candidates apply, we reserve the right to conduct a comparative screening to determine which applicants will be invited to continue in the recruitment and selection process.
Essential Functions
(include but are not limited to the following)

Supervises and participates in the posting, balancing, and reconciliation of the general and subsidiary accounts; controls budget for the various funds and projects determining if funds are available and expenditures properly classified; researches and analyzes transactions to resolve budget problems; provides analysis of available funds at managements request; analyzes budget transactions.
Participates in the maintenance and analysis of all General Ledger Accounts, and other account subsystems such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, inventory, fixed assets, revenues, and utility billing systems.
Participates in the maintenance and analysis of all Housing Authority Accounts and other Programs; reviews and approves check requests, procurement requirements and journal entries.
Prepares financial statements for assigned projects; prepares schedules and financial worksheets to assess financial status of the programs and makes recommendations on corrections.
Participates in the preparation of financial statements, schedules, and other statistical and financial reports; prepares work papers, financial statements and various reports for federal and state agencies as well as for internal accounting; prepares fund balance projections and reviews with management.
Participates in central accounting functions such as preparing adjusting entries, fiscal year closing adjustments, and documents for auditors.
Monitors and reports on the status of federal grants; reviews and audits grant contracts, amendments, and other documents to insure grant compliance.
Recommends or implements changes in accounting systems and procedures; identifies and resolves problems and inconsistencies involved in maintaining accounting controls; prepares recommendations and invests surplus funds.
Coordinates accounting related activities with other divisions and/or City programs; answers questions and develops procedures for preparing accounting transactions pursuant to GAAP and procedures.
Performs complex accounting transactions; capitalized leases, Issue and Deficience of Bonds, and monitors grants and related costs/expenditures within prescribed governmental accounting systems.
Prepares analysis and work papers in preparation for audit examination pursuant to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).
Examines, reconciles, balances, and adjusts accounting records; reconciles, and prepares complex bank reconciliation for multiple accounts on an all funds basis.
Explains charges to customers for City-provided services as needed.
Prepares a variety of State, Federal, and local claims, statements and reports from a variety of sources including computerized data, accounting records, and other source documents.
Interprets data and generates related statistical and fiscal reports; prepares and submits accounting information for data processing and input data into the computer.
Monitors and controls revenues, expenditures, vouchers, and the allocation of costs; prepares cash flow projections for managerial use.
Qualifications
The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification:

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an Accountant II. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is
Education and/or Experience:
Possession of the equivalent of two (2) years of responsible professional experience in accounting comparable to that of an Accountant I/II in the City of Oxnard.
The equivalent to a Bachelors degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a closely related field.
License, Certifications and Other Requirements:
Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid, class C California drivers license.
Additional certifications, licenses, endorsements and training may be required, depending on assignment. You may be required to submit documented proof of these requirements.
Employment Information
The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by Service Employees International Association (SEIU). Union membership and accompanying monthly dues will be required within 30 days of employment.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Submit NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line application.
Complete and submit responses to the supplemental questions, if required.
Upload resume, cover letter, proof of degree (transrpt) or other requested documents.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the resume. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state see my resume or see my personnel file are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

NOTE: For most positions, the City of Oxnard relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.

Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all positions.

City staff may be required to play an active role in the event of an emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.

The list of qualified candidates that is established from this recruitment may be used to fill other full-time, part-time and temporary assignments as vacancies arise.

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
This position requires a twelve (12) month probationary period.

Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100, all public Employees are required to serve as disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: The City of Oxnard is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition, disability or sexual orientation.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The City of Oxnard makes reasonable accommodation for the disabled. If you believe you require special arrangements to participate in the testing process, you must inform the Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date. Applicants who request such accommodation must document their request with an explanation of the type and extent of accommodation required.

LEGAL REQUIREMENT: On the first day of employment, new employees must provide proof of citizenship or documentation of legal right to work in the United States in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, as amended.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

The City of Oxnard offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees. These benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage for yourself and all eligible dependents (spouse/domestic partner and children) that you enroll.

Benefit eligible positions include full time and part time employees working 20 hours/week or the equivalent of half-time or greater. These benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired; except if the employees hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begins on the day of hire.

More information about employee benefits and MOUs is available on the citys website at: https://www.oxnard.org/city-department/human-resources/

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