Senior Financial Accountant

Recruitment #210819-UNCD-174


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The Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma (“TRS” or “the System”) is seeking to fill the position of Senior Financial Accountant. This is a full-time position in State Government and is eligible for a generous benefits package. Benefits include medical, dental, life and disability insurance products as well as a defined benefit retirement plan (pension), a deferred compensation plan, and pay for performance incentives. Employees earn 3 weeks of paid annual leave and 3 weeks of paid sick leave in the first year as well as enjoy 11 paid holidays and longevity pay.

TRS was established in 1943 for the purpose of providing retirement allowances and other specified benefits for qualified persons employed by state-supported educational institutions. The System is a part of the State of Oklahoma financial reporting entity, which is combined with other similar funds to comprise the fiduciary-pension trust funds of the State of Oklahoma. The System administers a cost-sharing multiple-employer pension plan which is a defined benefit pension plan (the “DB plan”) and a cost-sharing multiple-employer plan providing post-employment benefits other than pensions (the “OPEB plan”). TRS currently serves 184,000 members and beneficiaries in
600 school districts in Oklahoma.

Under administrative direction of the Financial Accounting Manager, the Senior Financial Accountant is responsible for financial reporting and accounting functions in the Finance Division of the Teachers’ Retirement System with primary focus on reconciliation of accounts and assistance in financial statement preparation, the annual audit and the CAFR.

This position is assigned professional level work in the maintenance, analysis, interpretation and management of financial accounting data.  This may include the preparation and posting of various journals, ledgers and accounts, analysis and presentation of financial data, and preparation of financial statements and expenditure reports, review of various vouchers and invoices, analyzing budget requirements, preparing payroll data, allocation of funds to various accounts or functions, and other similar activities.

The essential duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Reconcile the 1715, 1715A, 1715B and 340 accounts.  This function requires running reports, analyzing data, compiling information to complete prescribed forms in a manner as required by Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES). 
• Reconcile the 200 Fund account.  This function requires running reports, analyzing data, compiling information in order to reconcile to the OMES general ledger.
• Reconcile federal and state tax withholdings.
• Prepare State Credit billing and invoices and transmit them to State Department of Education and Career Tech.
• Review/approve general administrative expense invoices for payment.
• Assist in the preparation of monthly financial statements.  This function requires running reports, analyzing data, compiling information in order to complete preparation of the financial statements no later than the Wednesday before the monthly board meetings.
• Assist in the preparation of schedules for the annual audit.  May meet with external and internal auditors to discuss financial reports of the agency.
• Assist in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  This function requires running reports, reconciling reports to prior years and compiling data in a prescribed order and format.
• Assist in the 1099 and voucher/reimbursement event testing for 1099 preparation.
• The back-up duties of this position include but are not limited to the following
o Income tax daily deposits
o Submission of check files to OMES
o Transfer of funds to custodian bank
o Submission of Debit files to OST
o Retirement Benefit Payment processed monthly
o Certified Procurement Officer functions

• generally accepted accounting principles and theories
• knowledge of governmental accounting standards
• financial statements and reports
• accounting ledgers and journals
• computer technology related to accounting systems
• review and analyze financial information
• maintain routine accounting data in appropriate ledgers and journals
• review revenue and cost data for the preparation of budget work programs
• perform highly independent work, make independent decisions and resolve complex accounting and financial problems
• exercise initiative
• make independent decisions in accordance with laws, rules and regulations
• apply policies to difficult problems
• follow complex oral and written instructions in detail and with accuracy
• possess effective communication skills; demonstrating proficiency in both oral and written communication
• establish positive and effective working relationships with others
• demonstrate integrity and a high degree of ethics

• Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or closely related business field; or equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of accounting or bookkeeping for each year (or 30 hours) of the required degree.
• One year experience in performing professional level accounting functions is required.
• Persons appointed to this position must possess or obtain certification as a Certified Procurement Officer (CPO) no later than eleven months from the date of appointment.
• Preference may be given to individuals with an accounting degree and business accounting experience.




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