Job: Senior Accountant
 Job Title:  Senior Accountant
 Position Type:  Full-Time
 Compensation/Salary:  $70,000.00 - $96,200.00 Annually
 Job Code:  JYP3809
 Posted On:  14 Feb 2013
 Deadline:  March 4, 2013 First Review
 Company/Agency:  City of Carlsbad
 Job Category:  Accntng-Audit-Controller
 Location:  Carlsbad, CA 
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 Job Description

The Senior Accountant offers an outstanding opportunity for a confident individual who enjoys working with others in a consensus-building atmosphere and is comfortable presenting information to large groups of people throughout the City. The Senior Accountant should feel comfortable working in a fast-paced, change-oriented environment, and have excellent problem-solving and decision-making abilities. This candidate must also possess excellent computer skills and be able to learn new applications easily. Being well-organized and having the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time are essential to be successful in this position. The Senior Accountant must possess strong communication skills, specifically in the areas of influence and persuasion. Strong analytical, public speaking and customer service skills are instrumental for a successful candidate. This person should be flexible to work evenings and weekends as necessary.

Under general direction, to perform advanced and complex professional accounting work in planning, organizing and auditing the accounting and financial transactions of the City; and to do other related work as assigned. This is the advanced professional level in the Accountant series. This level is distinguished from the Accountant in the variety of administrative tasks and independence in performing the assigned responsibilities. Work is normally reviewed on completion for overall results. Acts as a lead technical resource to other staff and may be involved in training and supervising others. Responsibilities may vary depending on the assigned area.


•PERS 2% at age 60, 3 year final average earnings for current CalPERS/reciprocal agency members or 2% @62(FAE) for those new to CalPERS, or who had a break in service of 6 months or more from a CalPERS/reciprocal agency.
•Medical, Dental and Vision
•Life Insurance
•Flexible Spending Accounts
•Paid Holidays, Vacation and Sick Leave
•Executive Leave
•Interest Free Computer Loans
•Deferred Compensation
•Excellent Tuition Reimbursement Program


With one of the City Council’s core values being the economic health of the city, a major emphasis is given to fiscal concerns throughout all city departments. The Finance Department mission is to ensure that the City of Carlsbad makes sound financial decisions, and the department takes pride in accomplishing this mission by maintaining individual and departmental credibility; working together as a team while respecting each other’s differences; and, consistently striving to go above and beyond expectations.

The Finance Department has approximately 31 employees, including nine management staff. In addition to the common finance functions, department responsibilities include the administration of the annual operating and capital budgets, financial reporting, purchasing, internal auditing, accounts payable, payroll, implementation of new technologies, assessment districts, debt issues, taxes, utility and other billings, cashiering, long range planning and risk management.


The recruitment is open until filled and the first review date is March 4, 2013. Applications will be reviewed to determine adherence to the filing deadline and application completeness. This is a very competitive process. Those applicants considered most qualified will be invited to continue further in the selection process, which consists of but not limited to: interviews, transactional financial and writing assignments. Panel interviews are tentatively scheduled for March 19, 2013. If an applicant is not found in the first review, there will be additional assessment dates.

Key Responsibilities:

Supervise and participate in all aspects of the City's accounting activity as assigned.

Analyze and research complex financial transactions to provide proper accounting treatment in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Coordinate the fiscal year-end audit activities including preparation and review of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Coordinate City-wide budget preparation and administration including the estimation of anticipated revenues; collection, assimilation and analysis or departmental expenditure requests; preparation of fund balance projections; and other budget related functions as assigned.

Prepare agenda bills, and present the information to City Council or other groups as necessary.

Convert and provide ongoing maintenance of automated accounting systems.

Develop and prepare narrative and statistical reports pertaining to fiscal activities, policies and; prepare special studies and reports as required.

Supervise and participate in auditing accounting systems and procedures to ensure proper internal control and compliance with policies; review and approve journal entries made by subordinates.

Supervise and participate in auditing City revenue sources when necessary.

Coordinate and participate in the development of the annual Capital Improvement Program CIP.

Analyze budget submittals from other departments including preparing both numerical and narrative reports; participate in budget development for various departments and/or funds.

Participate in a wide array of fiscal activities including administration of bond issues and assessment districts, and participation in the City investment process.

Assist in developing, recommending and implementing departmental policies and procedures to ensure compliance with governmental accounting standards.

Review current legislation and changing governmental standards to update and recommend changes to policies and procedures;

Supervise and train technical and clerical staff as assigned, assign and prioritize work activities, recommend methods and procedures, assess performance and make salary recommendations;

Respond effectively to public inquiries and complaints; Interface with and serve as finance representative at interdepartmental and professional meetings as required.

Perform other related work as required.

As generally described in the specification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties in a specific job. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of accounting (including working knowledge of all pertinent Governmental Accounting Standards Board requirements), budgeting, auditing, financial reporting and administration as practiced in municipal organizations.

Applicable federal, state, and city laws, regulations, and policies related to assigned work.

Automated financial reporting systems, spreadsheets, and computer applications.

Posting, ledger and journal activity, reconciliation, double-entry bookkeeping, math and financial records.

Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.

Principles of supervision.

Ability to:

Perform complex accounting activities with minimal supervision.

Audit and analyze accounting systems and procedures to determine compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies.

Coordinate, analyze and reconcile complex financial data and transactions.

Develop and implement efficient accounting procedures.

Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

Supervise, train and evaluate professional and/or clerical staff.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, outside agencies and the public.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Exercise good judgment, flexibility, crea
 Job Contact
 Contact Name:  Sandra Abbott  Primary Phone:  760-602-2440
 Title:  HR Technician  Fax:  760-602-88554
 Company/Agency:  Carlsbad  Email:
 Location:  Carlsbad, CA  Contact Web Site: