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Grant Accountant #2108-221100-03

Accountant II

Date Opened
Tuesday, August 03, 2021 8:00 AM
Close Date
Saturday, August 14, 2021 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $61,717.68 - $81,0004.00/year


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

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Under general supervision, in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, performs professional accounting duties in the creation and maintenance of accounting records, the analysis of financial transactions, the verification of accounting records and financial data, and the asserting of compliance with established laws, procedures, and policies as related to grants and the related financial reporting.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists Supervisor of Financial Reporting and other staff in the preparation of financial statements, schedules, and analysis under CATS established closing schedule and with input from Financial Reporting and Grant Accounting.
  • Performs specialized accounting tasks for CATS grants, and financial reporting; prepares analyses and verifies accounting records and financial data; ascertains compliance with established accounting principles, procedures, and policies.
  • Conducts month-end account reconciliations to ensure accurate reporting and ledger maintenance.
  • Applies the principles of accounting practices to maintain an accounting system; interprets accounting system policies and implements accounting procedures; records financial transactions as related to grants and financial reporting.
  • Prepares and records asset, liability, revenue, and expense entries by compiling and analyzing G/L account information.
  • Maintains subsidiary schedules and reconciles general ledger accounts by verifying, allocating, posting, verifying transactions, and resolving discrepancies.
  • Reviews transactions for technical accuracy and completeness against the general ledger account entries for relevant support documentation and classification.
  • Reconciles balance sheet accounts and conducts regular general ledger maintenance of existing accounts.
  • Prepares monthly journal entries required to adjust accounting records to properly account for accruals, as needed.
  • Assists in coordinating the system closeout and external reporting, i.e., National Transit Database, Cost Allocation Plan, Urban Operating Statement, CATS TRAX, American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG), Benchmarking Group of North American Light Rail Systems (GOAL).
  • Performs other duties as may be required or assigned.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, rules, and regulations.

  • Principles, practices, and methods of accounting as related to grants.
  • Public agency accounting and finance principles, methods, and applications, including generally accepted governmental accounting principles and government accounting standards.
  • Federal Circular 5010.1E and OMB regulation referred to as the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) and other applicable governing Federal Regulations.
  • Principles of capital program development and grant administration
  • Transit systems operations
  • Automated accounting systems.

    Skilled in:

    • Strong skills and experience with management, research, grant accounting, project management and budgets for a major Federal grant (i.e. New Starts).
    • Must be able to read, interpret, analyze and recommend effective solutions with respect to grants and contracts and financial and administrative reports.
    • Strong computer skills are a must; advanced proficiency with Excel is required.
    • Experience with and working knowledge of grants management systems, payment processing system (ECHO), and NCDOT grant management systems.
    • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple projects in a fast paced environment.


    Ability to:

    • Ability to perform and interpret statistical compilations and investigate variances.
    • Ability to be detail oriented, ensure accuracy and ensure deadlines are met.
    • Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports, assist with developing complex grant proposals, and negotiate complex grant issues.
    • Follow strict deadlines and be highly organized.
    • Plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects.
    • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals.




    Preferred Qualification

    Must be able to demonstrate ability to analyze complex financial issues and preparing effective recommendations and solutions.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's level degree and one year relevant experience.

    Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance or related field, and two (2) years’ experience in financial reporting, accounting, analysis, and statistical reports.

    Experience in a similar position in the transit industry is preferred.  Considerable knowledge of governmental accounting, Federal, State and Local regulations is required.


    Conditions of Employment

    The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

    Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

    Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

    The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How To Apply

    Apply online.

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    You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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    The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

    Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

    The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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