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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1314 - EO Senior Accountant

Job Description

GRADE: 313

Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in professional accounting and auditing work; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for the independent performance of professional accounting and administrative tasks in maintaining the centralized revenue and expenditure accounts of the department. This class is distinguished from the Accountant by the degree of complexity of assignments and project lead worker. The department head is available for consultation on difficult problems; however, the Senior Accountant is required to work on a production basis in the performance of professional accounting duties.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Plans, develops and implements policy and procedures for the administration of departmental accounting, accounts receivable, billing, cash collections, capital assets, debt service, grants, accounts payable and payroll
• Performs general ledger accounting, including journal entries, adjusting entries, and budget entries
• Prepares monthly financial reports for internal planning and external use Performs monthly close and account reconciliation
• Maintains capital asset records and develops capital asset replacement plans
• Prepares Single Audit (OMB Circular A-133)
• Review and verify 1099 status and expenses for annual reporting
• Assist in annual outside audit, including developing materials, preparing schedules, reconciling accounts, and creating year-end accrual entries, up to and including portions of the CAFR
• Prepares cost allocations
• Ensures availability of funds for payment of bills
• Reconciles cash and investments with balance per County Treasurer
• Assists in budget preparation and performs budgetary accounting, including budgets and accounting for grants and special projects
• Advises on the use and source of funds
• Prepares various reports and studies as assigned
• Acts as a project lead in the division including development project timelines, assigning tasks, explaining an coaching staff, monitoring progress
• Plans and monitors special projects in areas of responsibility
• Ensures that uniform accounting is maintained
• Coordinates with County Treasurer all sources of revenue and investments to ensure that they are utilized to their maximum advantage
• Attends budget hearings and explains budget calculations
• Prepares rates for services performed by department
• Makes estimates of work and material costs
• Controls expenditures of budgets
• Advises on accounting problems
• Assists subordinate personnel with work problems
• Sets up procedures to maximize efficiency and cost savings
• Continually works to improve internal processes
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Public accounting theory and practice
• Budget and fiscal procedures
• Preparation and analysis of financial statements and reports
• Account reconciliation
• Effective supervisory principles and practices
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others
• Analyzing, interpreting, and preparing financial statements and reports
• Developing appropriate methods to accomplish a variety of accounting transactions
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Monitor and evaluate employees and projects
• Prioritize work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues
• Convey excellent oral and written communication, with the ability to summarize ideas and data clearly and concisely in an organized and appropriate manner to both finance and non-financial personnel
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Economics from an accredited college or university and three years of experience in professional accounting work; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including than body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.