We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the position of Senior Accountant !
Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) is a progressive, values-driven agency, with an international reputation for its leading-edge financial management practices, water recycling program, water use efficiency practices, water banking, urban runoff treatment, and energy generation and storage. Established in 1961 as a California Water District under the provisions of the California Water Code, IRWD is an independent special district serving central Orange County. IRWD provides high-quality drinking water, reliable sewage collection and treatment, ground-breaking recycled water programs, and environmentally sound urban runoff treatment to its customers. As an independent, not-for-profit public agency, IRWD is governed by a publicly elected five-member Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the District's policies and decision-making. Day-to-day operations are supervised by the General Manager. Additional information can be found at the District's website: www.IRWD.com.
Senior Accountants perform accounting and analytical duties with responsibility for one or more of the following areas: General Ledger, Accounts Payable and iExpense, Accounts Receivable, Payroll Administration and Accounting, Project and Grant Management, Fixed Assets, Year End Processing and Financial Reporting.
Summary of Duties
Understand and apply current knowledge in GAAP, FASB, and GASB.
Research accounting issues, determine/recommend proper accounting treatments, and make recommendations.
Understand and apply Chart of Accounts.
Perform / oversee the general ledger / subledgers period-end closing process.
Prepare / review analysis of general ledger accounts.
Prepare / review and approve journal entries including proper supporting documentation.
Understand and resolve issues on subledger(s) / general ledger interfaces and provide recommendations.
Prepare and review complex accounting transactions such as debt refunding, pension, other post-employment benefits, swaps, and leases.
Complete year-end processing of relevant accounting functions including preparation and review of lead audit schedules for the annual external audit.
Coordinate with auditors as appropriate.
Prepare, review, and complete the relevant annual report (ACFR) sections and State Controller's reports.
Ensure activities are in accordance with District policy, procedures, regulations, and guidelines.
Identify issues and make recommendations for business process improvements.
Formulate, establish, and maintain processes and procedures to maintain appropriate internal controls.
Oversee and administer the Oracle Time Labor (OTL) payroll processing functions; perform all payroll functions for the District including deductions, adjustments, analytical review, and audit and reconciliation.
Prepare, process, and review all payroll-related quarterly and year-end reporting such as State Controller's Report and Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements.
Coordinate with all internal District departments as needed; provide superior service to internal and external customers.
Prepare / review outside reports as appropriate.
Perform special projects and assignments or other duties as assigned.
Comply with District safety work-related practices and attend relevant safety training.
- Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field with accounting emphasis required. Additional qualifying experience may substitute for educational requirement.
- Three years of experience in a general accounting environment, including General Ledger, Accounts Payable and iExpense, Accounts Receivable, Payroll Administration and Accounting, Project and Grant Management, Fixed Assets, Year End Processing and/or Financial Reporting is required. Experience in governmental accounting environment preferred.
- Proficiency with the following software programs: Oracle Enterprise Business Suite R12 - financials, projects, assets, payables, receivables, payroll, inventory, and purchasing; OAC; Excel; Access; Word; Visio.
- Ability to create and maintain spreadsheets, amortization schedules, databases, and flowcharts including the use of financial functions; and basic knowledge of SQL queries.
IRWD Corporate Values
Irvine Ranch Water District believes that its values drive the character, culture, and capacity of our organization. IRWD was built on values, and we weave them into the fabric of everything we do. Values are the ingredients in our recipe for both institutional and individual success. They are a code of conduct to promote positive outcomes for others and ourselves. They are more than words on a wall or a website. We live by them every day. We pledge to keep them relevant in an ever-changing world.
IRWD's employees enjoy working in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment where they form strong bonds with fellow employees. To ensure effective communication and promote a collaborative team environment, employees report to work each day in the office or in the field, depending on their positions.
The physical and mental demands described below are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Language Ability and Interpersonal Commun ication
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees and management. Represent the District in a professional manner when dealing with outside customers and suppliers. Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well-established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple and difficult requests from others. Ability to effectively listen and communicate with multi-cultural customers.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate percentages. Ability to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (G.A.A.P.) and Governmental Accounting Standards (G.A.S.) to all analytical duties.
Proficiency with Oracle Enterprise Business Suite, OBIEE, Access, Word and Advance Excel skills.
Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability
Ability to use good personal judgment and discretion in performing all job functions. Ability to use good judgment in decision-making with customers. Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.
Regularly required to sit, walk, bend, stand and stoop. Ability to sit for extended periods of time. Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. on a routine basis.
The noise level is equivalent to typical office conditions.
IRWD offers a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. These benefits include the following: retirement benefits; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; anda variety of other benefits. Benefits may vary based on employment status. This benefits overview is intended to be a summary, is not intended to be all-inclusive,and may not be applicable to all employees.
Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013:
The District, in compliance with the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2012 (PEPRA), implemented a third tier for new employees hired on or after January 1, 2013. New employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 who have not been in PERS membership or in membership with a reciprocal retirement system within 6 months of hire date will receive benefits under the California Public Employees Retirement System at a 2 percent at age 62 formula. This formula gradually increases to a maximum benefits of 2.5 percent at age 67. Final compensation calculations will be based on the highest three-year average of regular recurring pay. The District pays the employer's share of these costs. The employee share of the pension cost of 7.50% is paid in full by the employees hired under this formula.
Employees hired on or after September 29, 2012 or "Classic" PERS members hired on or after January 1, 2013:
On September 24, 2012, the IRWD Board of Directors approved the addition of a second tier to the CalPERS retirement benefits. New employees hired on or after September 29th through December 31, 2012, and employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 who have been in PERS membership or in membership with a reciprocal retirement system, will receive benefits under the California Public Employees Retirement System at 2 percent at age 60 formula. This formula gradually increases to a maximum benefit of 2.418% at age 63. The District pays the employer share of these costs and the employee share of the pension cost of 7% is paid in full by the employees hired under this formula. Final retirement compensation calculations are based on the highest three-year average of regular, recurring pay.
IRWDdoes not participate or pay into Social Security except for the Medicare portion.
IRWD contracts with CalPERS for medical insurance coverage. Employees may elect coverage from a variety of PPO and HMO plans. The employee and District contribution for health insurance varies by plan.Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.
IRWD contracts with Delta Dental for dental coverage.IRWD pays 100% of the premium for dental coverage for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.
IRWD contracts with the EyeMed for vision coverage. IRWD pays 100% of the premium for vision coverage for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.
Elgible employees are provided with life insurance coverage equal to three or four times their annual salary, depending on their level of compensation. Eligible dependents are also covered for a flat benefit amount. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.
Participation in adeferred compensation plan is available through Great West Retirement Services. Enrollment is voluntary and contributions are employee-paid and subject to IRS limits. The District matches employee contributions up to 3% of base pay after 1 year of employment.
Eligible employees begin accruing vacation benefits at the rate of 80 hours per year for the first 5 years of employment and are eligible to use paid vacation time after 6 months of employment. Employees accrue 120 hours per year after 5 years of employment and 160 hours per year after 10 years of employment.
The District offers 11 scheduled paid holidaysplus one personal holiday per year.
Eligible employees accrue 96 hours of sick leave annually.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Eligible employees may elect to participate in the District's Flex Advantage program. This program allows employees to deposit pre-tax dollars into special accounts to be used for a variety of purposes, including paying for qualified miscellaneous health care expenses and dependent care expenses. IRWD contracts with a third party administer to process payments from employee accounts using claim forms or a Flex Spending debit card.
The District will share in the pre-approved educational costs of tuition and books for employees who wish to attend college or take certification classes.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous