The Finance Department partners with customers to achieve their service goals through sound management of finances. Finance provides strategic financial planning, accounting, and reporting services to the city, processes citywide accounts payable and accounts receivables, manages the investment of city funds and issuance of debt instruments, and provides risk control and prevention for the city.
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.
Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.
The City of Charlotte Finance Department is seeking a Financial Reporting Accountant II to work in the Financial Reporting Division. This position serves as a member of the Financial Reporting team which consists of a Chief Accountant, Assistant Chief Accountant, Accountants, Administrative Officer and Accounting Technicians.
This position will perform advanced professional work managing an accounting related operation and reviewing and preparing financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for governmental organizations.
The selected candidate will work with the Chief and Assistant Chief Accountant, department heads, city staff, and other financial professionals inside the organization. This position reports to the Financial Reporting Accountant III.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Ensure the integrity of the City’s financial statements
- Monitor financial transactions and ensure appropriate application of generally accepted accounting principles
- Prepare the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal and State Awards and review the Data Collection Form
- Communicate with external auditors as needed
- Update the Grant Workbook and reconcile monthly to the General Ledger
- Maintain and update approved City’s Ordinances
- Record the City’s annual budget in the General Ledger
- Organize and conduct quarterly grant meetings
- Prepare quarterly reports to record Cost Allocation, Asset Forfeiture, and Block Grants
- Enter journal entries to record grant revenues received by Automated Clearing House (ACH).
- Prepare annual and interim financial statements, including supporting work-papers; preparing other reports as required by federal and state regulations, auditors (internal or external) or other agencies.
- Complete monthly account reconciliations; reconciling and analyzing subsidiary ledgers.
- Prepare and/review journal entries; conducting research and providing information as needed.
- Reconcile the Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification Report (ESAC)
- Prepare annual reports such as portion of the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) Report and Occupancy Tax
- Attend and participate at assigned meetings as a representative for Financial Reporting
- Provide grant management training as needed
- Maintain and update grant management policies and procedures
- Ensure compliance with other required financial reports
- Participate in other projects as needed or assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Degree in Accounting/Finance or closely related field
- Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental accounting
- Advanced knowledge of the general methods for evaluating financial performance such as income statement preparation, variance analysis and break-even analysis
- Proficient with personal computers including spreadsheet and database applications
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certification required
- In depth knowledge of governmental accounting and sophisticated governmental entities
- Three or more years of relevant government work experience in accounting
- CPA Certification required
- Bachelor’s degree with two (2) years of relevant work experience; or a master’s degree with relevant work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential job duties
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.
As of October 1, 2021:
The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for all new City of Charlotte employees.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How To Apply
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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.
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