Accountant III

City of Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA3.9

Sr. Accountant, Enterprise Fund

Recently ranked #2 in best cities to live in, Virginia Beach continues to rise in popularity due to its beautiful beaches (35 miles of public beaches to be exact!), vibrant community, and relatively low cost of living. As the largest city in the commonwealth of Virginia, we maintain extraordinarily low crime rates, outstanding public schools, and an approximately 94% satisfaction rate among residents. Virginia Beach residents get to live where others vacation, so what are you waiting for? Apply to be Public Utilities’ newest Accountant III today, and start your permanent vacation in Virginia Beach.

The individual will provide financial analysis and reporting support for the Department of Public Utilities while working directly for the Public Utilities Finance Officer. The individual will also provide analytical and statistical support and research for a variety of wide-ranging topics pertinent to the department.

Duties include but are not limited to:
Developing complex worksheets, researching and analyzing financial information and documents, performing detailed cash and accounts receivable reconciliation
Providing assistance in development and monitoring of the Departmental Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program
Tracking revenue collection to budget estimates
Monitoring billing and payments associated with contracts
Conducting detailed revenue and expenditure analysis, as well as forecasting
Leading accounting issues related to the Banner Customer Information and Billing system
Preparing financial and statistical data for cost of services studies, bond feasibility studies, comprehensive annual financial reporting documents, review by independent auditors, and reporting to City Council and other city departments
Ensuring departmental compliance with contractual and/or financial standards and requirements, and administration of city financial policies within Public Utilities
Representing the department on various internal and citywide teams

Related Experience and Skills:
Excellent financial and accounting skills, as well as knowledge and application of accounting principles and auditing standards promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Experience working in a complex and professional financial role, capable of producing high-quality products with minimal supervision and short deadlines
Extensive oral and written communication skills
Ability to interpret complex financial data and communicate information to those without a background in finance
Ability to establish effective working relationships; experience reaching consensus on difficult situations in a team environment
Ability to lead junior staff as it relates to financial responsibilities
High level of self-sufficiency, complex analysis, and problem-solving
Experience using technology for information management as they apply to financial reporting and accounting; advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat
Experience working with senior management
Please Note: This position has been reopened and will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed periodically.

Official City Job Description:

Minimum Requirements:
MINIMUMS: Requires any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to ten (10) years in field such as professional accounting in such positions as principal accountant or senior accountant that utilize the required knowledge, skills and abilities. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: All employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term department needs and/or City-wide emergencies.

Additional Requirements:
DMV Transcript: Not Required
CDL: Not Required
DOT History: Not Required
CPS Check: Not Required
Physical: Not Required
Respirator: Not Required
Polygraph Review: Not Required
Psychological Screening: Not Required

Attachments Required: Resume

Preferences Include:
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finance/Accounting from an accredited college or university;
  • Governmental/Utility Enterprise Accounting experience;
  • Experience with utility/complex billing operations;
  • Certification or designation as Certified Public Accountant, completion of Certified Public Finance Officer Program, or other similar designation;
  • Experience in the review and documentation of policies and procedures and internal controls;
  • Experience in reconciliation of cash and accounts receivables involving multiple automated systems (Banner, iNovah, InSite);
  • Experience with advanced analytical and statistical tools.
Special Instructions:
Please Note: This position has been reopened and will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed periodically.

Please complete the application in its entirety. The application is the primary required document used to screen qualifications and years of experience. A resume does not replace a completed application. Fields on the application left blank, including but not limited to job duties, dates of employment, and hours worked, may cause your application to be incomplete.
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Your responses to any "Supplemental Questions", if attached to this requisition, must be supported by the information you give us in the work experience section of this application. Be sure you are thorough in describing your skills and duties as you complete the work experience section. If the information cannot be verified you will not receive credit.
Please provide a copy of any certifications or related professional licenses.

VRS Contribution: All full-time employees are required to contribute 5% of annual salary toward their retirement account; in accordance with VRS retirement provisions. This will be handled through a pre-tax payroll deduction.

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