Los Angeles Community College District

Senior Accountant (#1161)

$35.34-$43.78 hourly / $6,125.26-$7,588.14 monthly / $73,503.12-$91,057.68 annual


Definition

Performs professional accounting duties of a difficult and responsible nature requiring the application of established accounting principles and practices to a wide variety of technical and management accounting and fiscal problems and supervises the activities of a small unit engaged in processing accounting and other related documents.

Typical Duties

Supervises the activities of a small unit engaged in processing accounting documents, maintaining accounting records, preparing accounting statements and reports, and other related functions.

Prepares key statements such as balance sheets, income statements, source and application of funds statements, reports for assuring compliance with laws and regulations affecting the expenditure of funds, reports for controlling the budget, and reports on the status of obligations and expenditures.

Reconciles open accounts receivable with the general ledger on a periodic basis.

Devises and maintains control and summary accounts and effects reconciliation with subsidiary ledgers and records.

Analyzes accounting and reporting requirements of programs funded through a variety of sources and establishes appropriate monitoring procedures and accounting methods.

Conducts cost comparisons and analysis and develops cost expenditure data for use in budgetary and management analysis and planning.

Utilizes accounting enterprise systems in the processing of accounting and financial data.

Analyzes complex accounting and financial data, identifies and determines causes of discrepancies, and recommends corrective and preventative measures.

Devises accounting and fiscal forms and procedures within assigned area of responsibility.

Reviews and assists in the development of changes and revisions to accounting systems and procedures affecting assigned area of responsibility.

Answers non-routine inquires regarding account balances, codes, and accounting procedures and policies.

Identifies and reports accounting process and system issues and contributes to the analysis and testing of system modifications and improvements under the guidance of a functional business systems analyst.

Prepares complex periodic and special accounting statements and reports.

Acts as liaison and provides approved information concerning the accounting system to auditors, financial institutions, governmental agencies, and the public.

Maintains contact with District staff to supply accounting and financial data, secure information on operations and problems, and furnish advice on fundamental accounting practices and procedures.

May act for immediate supervisor in his/her absence.

May supervise payroll and personnel units at a college.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Senior Accountant supervises the activities of a small unit engaged in processing accounting and other related documents, applies a working knowledge of principles and practices of accounting in resolving problems related to various accounts, and is responsible for preparing accounting statements and reports. Incumbents in the course of their work are responsible for identifying and reporting accounting process and system issues and contribute to the analysis and testing of system modifications and improvements under the guidance of a functional business systems analyst.

A Supervising Accountant supervises multiple accounting units comprised of assigned professional, supervisory, and clerical accounting staff and applies a thorough knowledge of accounting systems and principles and practices of governmental accounting in analyzing and resolving complex operating problems, and is responsible for preparing the more difficult accounting statements and reports.

An Accountant, following established rules and procedures, performs professional accounting duties such as establishing and maintaining accounting records, preparing and reviewing trial balances, preparing statements and reports, making adjusting entries, and overseeing the clerical accounting functions that include the classification and distribution of income and expenditures for subsequent posting to ledgers. Incumbents in the course of their work are responsible for identifying and reporting accounting process and system issues and contribute to the analysis and testing of system modifications and improvements under the guidance of a functional business systems analyst.

Supervision

General supervision is received from a classified supervisor or administrator. Immediate supervision is exercised over assigned professional and clerical accounting and other clerical staff.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles, procedures, practices, and theories of accounting

Budgeting and accounting structures and systems

Federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, codes, regulations, and policies affecting the accounting and financial systems, including GAAP

Accounting codes, classification, and terminology

Research, statistical, and forecasting methods used in accounting analysis and management

Principles, practices, and procedures of auditing and budgeting

Current trends and developments in accounting and related fields

Principles and practices of business and public administration

Principles of supervision and training

Organization and management of records

Capabilities of enterprise systems, software, and hardware used in accounting

Ability to:

Supervise the activities of a small unit

Apply accounting principles to the analysis of complex accounting problems

Develop clear and comprehensive reports, statements, and forms

Make sound decisions and recommendations regarding accounting and fiscal activities

Explain complex accounting procedures, clearly, concisely, and comprehensively, orally and in writing

Effectively utilize accounting enterprise systems and software applications in the performance of duties

Interpret and apply laws, rules, and regulations related to accounting and fiscal procedures and practices

Review, verify, and analyze complex accounting and financial data and resolve discrepancies

Maintain accurate accounting and financial records

Meet schedules and deadlines

Work independently

Provide leadership and technical assistance to others

Give clear and concise instructions

Train others in specialized accounting practices and procedures

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with District administration, staff, and representatives of government agencies and various private organizations

Learn specialized software applications used in accounting systems  

Entrance Qualifications

Education:

A.  A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university, which included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester units of accounting coursework. A degree with a major in accounting, business administration, finance, public administration, or a related field is desirable.

OR

B.  A valid license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in California.

Experience:

Two years of full-time, paid, professional-level accounting experience. One year of the required experience must have been in a supervisory or lead capacity. A successfully completed college-level course in supervision or management may substitute for the required one year of experience in a supervisory or lead capacity. Experience in governmental accounting is desirable.

     

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.

 


CLASS: 1161; EST: ; REV: 8/23/2016;