Senior Accountant

November 17, 2023
Missoula, MT
Job Type



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  • Please attach to your completed application: College Transcripts (unofficial accepted), a letter of interest.
  • Incomplete applications may be disqualified.
  • Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.
  • Position can be hybrid after proficiency in position.

Performs professional level accounting work for the Financial Services Department with primary responsibility for the general ledger, grants fiscal reporting, cash management, tax administration and financial reporting for the County of Missoula, school districts and other local agencies within Missoula County. Employees within this job class may have assigned areas of responsibility and provide back up and support for all duties.

Representative Examples of Work

Performs general accounting duties including monthly reconciliation of cash receipts and disbursements; developing monthly correcting and adjusting entries; coordinating and performing month-end closing process; and coordinating year-end closing. Performs miscellaneous reconciliations, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, warrants payable, and miscellaneous clearing funds. Assists with the preparation of detailed, complex financial accounting reports and statements for both month end and year end. Performs general ledger duties including balances payroll distribution; monitors outstanding warrants for claims and payroll; coordinates check write-offs; maintains the County chart of accounts; creates budget coding and project accounts; develops and enters budget amendments, transfers and corrections. Works closely with departments to determine Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS ) appropriate accounting needs related to Projects and Grants. Calculates and distributes countywide revenue and expenses including personal property tax reimbursements; entitlement share; credit card fees; investment revenue and expenses; forest reserve receipts; and permissive medical levy. Generates and distributes monthly accounting reports to county management and outside agencies. Assists other departments, agencies, and the general public to interpret accounting reports and information, and to identify and correct errors. Performs tax administration duties including calculating and entering mill levy values; generating, reconciling and archiving tax bills, and bills for rural special improvement districts; processing tax abatements and payments made under protest; allocating and distributing tax monies to appropriate funds or jurisdictions. Updates tax program coding information. Receipts and distributes deposits to appropriate funds; determines daily working capital needs; prepares and posts transfers between cash and investment accounts. Responsible for daily and monthly reconciliations of cash and investments, outstanding warrants, revenues, expenditures, payroll liabilities and other areas. Sets up and maintains all warrant users and authorized signers on all accounts. Coordinates and performs electronic transactions including debt service, payroll, and other wire transfers in and out. Responsible for disbursements through checks and wire transfers for warrant clearing and bond payments. Researches and identifies procedural changes related to assigned duties, with a focus on enhancing efficiency, transparency of operations, and effectively communicating financial reports with elected officials, department heads, countywide agencies, and the public. Serves as a lead worker in the Financial Services Department. Provides work direction; ensures work is completed in a timely manner; provides training; may participate in hiring and scheduling; and may participate in employee development or corrective action with the Deputy Financial Services Director and Chief Financial Officer. Collects, prepares and develops information and work papers for outside auditors. Works on year end financial schedules to be used for Annual County Financial Report and State reports such as Annual Financial Report.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree required. Degrees best suited to this position are accounting, finance, math, statistics and information technology. CPA or CGFM desired. Requires three years of experience in the accounting field. Requires strong financial analysis skills. Work experience with an emphasis on adjusting and correcting entries, reconciliation and financial statement preparation is desired. Experience dealing with real and personal property taxes is desirable. Experience in governmental accounting desired. With no degree, four additional years of experience in accounting and or cash management may be considered.

Physical/Environmental Demands

The work requires little physical activity and the employee commonly remains in an office setting. May require occasional travel, locally and out of town to meetings and training. Requires a significant amount of time performing work at a computer workstation. Requires occasional medium lifting, (boxes, 25-35 pounds).

This summary outlines the benefit programs; actual benefits may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

Missoula County will reward your contributions to our community with competitive compensation and generous benefits, including but not limited to:

Excellent Medical Health Benefits- Group health benefits, including dental and vision coverage, are available to eligible County employees. The medical health benefits premium is covered for full-time employees. The County contribution is pro-rated on hours paid for part-time employees. The employee pays the premium portion for dependent coverage. Family health benefits coverage is $258.00 per pay period.

Medical deductible is $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a family.

Flexible Benefits Plan- Pre-tax out-of-pocket medical expenses and day care expenses.

Voluntary Life Insurance Coverage, Long and Short-Term Disability, Critical and Accident Insuranceare offered through Mutual ofOmaha.

Public Employees Retirement System- Montana public employees of the state, university system, local governments and certain employees of school districts are covered by the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). New members to the PERS have an opportunity to choose between two retirement plan options: the Defined Benefit Plan or the Defined Contribution Plan.

Sheriffs' Retirement System (SRS)- A public pension plan for all Montana Sheriffs hired after July 1, 1974 and Detention Officers hired after July 1, 2005.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness- Working for Missoula County may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness. Look here to learn more and understand whether you may be eligible.

Supplemental Retirement Benefitsare offered through Valic or Nationwide.

Sick Leave- Full-time employees accrue 7.38hours per month and are eligible to use sick leave once you have been an employee for 90 days.The accrual is pro-rated for part-time employees.

Vacation Leave- Full-time employees accrue 9.24 hours per month and are eligible to use leave after continuous employment for a period of 6 full months. The accrual is pro-rated for part-time employees.

Holidays- The County observes eleven legal holidays in even numbered years and ten legal holidays in odd numbered years.

Paid Parental Leave (PPL)-In recognition of the importance of bonding and care of a newborn child or a child placed for adoption, Missoula County 6 continuous weeks of PPL to eligible full-time employees that have been with the county for 180 days. The hours are pro-rated for part-time employees.

Tuition Assistance- Because we value the professional and personal development of our employees, Missoula County is proud to offer reimbursement of certain education expenses.

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