El Segundo is a diverse economic powerhouse with a thriving business community. Known as the city "Where big ideas take off," El Segundo is home to a mix of established global corporations and Fortune 500 companies, world famous sports teams (the LA Lakers and the LA Kings), bioscience innovators, tech start-ups, and now the Los Angeles Times. The resident population is about 17,000, but over 60,000 people come to El Segundo to work in one of our many exciting businesses.
The City of El Segundo is seeking qualified applicants for the open position of Accountant assigned to the Finance Department and will report directly to either the Finance Manager or the Revenue Manager. This position works independently, under general supervision, and is expected to have thorough knowledge of professional accounting and auditing principles, practices, and procedures and to exercise independent judgment within established accounting systems. The Accountant prepares and enters correcting and adjusting journal entries to update and reconcile the accuracy of the general ledger and subsidiary accounts, prepares financial statements, reviews fiscal records, monitors financial transactions, and provides budgetary control for assigned funds and departments.
The Accountant will assist with month end and fiscal year closings, as well as preparing audit schedules for the City's annual external audit. This position also supports the preparation of the CAFR and other annual financial regulatory reports, as well as analyzes and reconciles accurate records for cash accounts, bank accounts, and trustee accounts. Work may include indirect supervision of lower level professional, technical and clerical personnel.
Ideal candidates will exemplify the following critical attributes:
- A resourceful professional who stays current with information, technology, trends, and developments relevant to the field
- A strong collaborator and consensus builder with a demonstrated ability to maintain and cultivate successful working relationships inside and outside of the organization.
- An excellent communicator (verbally and in writing) with a demonstrated ability to prepare written reports and records in a clear, concise manner
- An analytical thinker with a demonstrated ability to think logically, take initiative, and react calmly under pressure in order to arrive at sound conclusions
- A team player with exceptional organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to plan and organize work for self and others in order to ensure work is completed efficiently and in a timely manner
Only online applications will be accepted for this recruitment. All properly submitted applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed. A professional resume is encouraged. Only those applicants appearing best qualified based upon the application materials submitted will be invited to participate in the testing process. The testing process will consist of a written exam (Pass/Fail) and a structured, technical oral interview (weighted 100% for eligible list placement). The written exam will be multiple choice. Candidates who pass the testing process are placed on an eligibility list in ranked order. Eligibility lists are normally valid for one year. The list may be extended to fill subsequent vacancies. (An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a fingerprint background check and pre-employment physical examination.)
Essential Job Functions
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of duties and responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinates and performs accounting operational functions including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general journal and the like; evaluates accounting procedures and fiscal practices and recommends and assists in implementing new or revised accounting systems, procedures and records; participates in developing computer programs for accounting analyses.
May assist with bi-weekly payroll warrants, payroll registers and reports; prepares magnetic media for storage of payroll records; prepares tax return and other reporting documentation related to payroll matters; compiles routine reports related to payroll activity; merges payroll records in Finance System.
Prepares detailed accounting, statistical and narrative financial statements and reports requiring analysis and interpretation of source data; administers designated accounts and programs; performs both general ledger and bank account reconciliations and prepares related work sheets, cash balances, proofs and schedules.
Provides professional level staff support related to the administration of the City's employer-employee relations program, including duties requiring access to confidential information utilized in the development of management positions in the contract negotiations process.
Provides professional level staff support related to:
the analysis of association proposals and costing of association economic items; employee discipline; employee investigations; grievance processing; employee related litigation; processing of EEOC and FEHC complaints; reductions in force; departmental reorganizations; employee association decertifications and elections; performance evaluations; probationary releases; closed promotional testing processes; wage garnishment judgments, and confidential medical information.
Conducts and/or coordinates internal and external audits of financial records; examines, analyzes and verifies documents to ensure adherence to established internal controls and accepted professional standards.
Monitors, coordinates and makes adjustments to accounting subsystems; assists in closing the City's financial records at the end of the accounting period; assists with annual year-end audit and other periodic compliance audits throughout the year; and assists in budget preparation and interfaces with departments in preparing annual budget.
Coordinates and reviews work of fiscal and clerical staff in making entries, reconciliations and performing other fiscal record keeping work.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance, Finance Manager or Revenue Manager, as needed.
A Bachelor's degree with major coursework in accounting, business administration or a closely related field, and two (2) years of accounting-related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:
Knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and auditing, including governmental accounting and budgeting; including best practices related to internal controls and accounting procedures.
Knowledge of data processing applications related to accounting and budgeting procedures and practices, as well as general office procedures.