Accountant (Project Accountant)
Irvine Ranch Water District - Sand Canyon, CA

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Routinely perform analytical duties with responsibility for one or more of the following areas: Project Accounting, General Ledger, Year End Processing, and Financial Reporting.

Essential Job Duties:

The following is a non-exclusive list of essential duties and responsibilities. The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar or related as determined by the incumbent’s superviso r.

The responsibilities assigned to Project Accountants may include any of the following depending on functional areas of expertise and District needs:

General Ledger
Understand and apply accrual basis of accounting and GAAP.

Understand and apply Chart of Accounts.

Prepare, review and approve journal entries with proper supporting documentation for recording and adjusting transactions.

Review, analyze, and balance various general ledger accounts.

Process, review, balance, and report G&A and provide recommendations.

Review, reconcile, and report equipment usage.

Project and Grant Subledger Accounting
In charge of project and grant subledger accounting.

Maintain project accounting files.

Set up and maintain project budget/expenditure authorization information.

Perform financial analysis and reconciliation of projects costs vs. budget.

Prepare and maintain multiple funding sources.

Process daily, monthly, and yearly transactions from various subledgers and within project/grant subledger.

Process billings and receipts.

Ensure all information in the project cost system and underlying supporting records are properly classified and recorded.

Provide timely project financial information.

Transfer and reconcile projects to fixed assets.

Reconcile project/grant subledger to general ledger.

Analyze and reconcile projects identified and entitled from local agencies, state or federal grants.

Prepare supporting documentation for grant filing.

Year End Processing and Financial Reporting
Responsible for year-end processing of relevant accounting functions including preparing lead audit schedules for the annual external audit.

Prepare related CAFR’s introductory section, notes to the basic financial statements, basic financial statements, and statistical section.

All assigned areas
Perform as back-up to other Accountants / Senior Accountant.

Perform special projects and assignments.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Safety Responsibilities: Attend appropriate safety training regarding job duties. Attend safety meetings of at least 30 minutes in duration, quarterly. Report safety violations or safety hazards to the Safety Office as soon as possible after awareness. All employees are required to notify their supervisor and the Safety Office of any sub-standard working conditions.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in business or related field with accounting emphasis required.

2-3 years of project accounting experience. 1-2 years of public accounting experience preferred. Proficiency with the following software programs preferred: Oracle Enterprise Business Suite.

Ability to create and maintain spreadsheets, amortization schedules, databases, and flowcharts including the use of financial functions. Basic knowledge of SQL queries preferred.

License / Certifications Required

CPA License preferred.

Additional Information:

The physical and mental demands described below are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees and management. Represent District in a professional manner when dealing with outside customers and suppliers. Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple and difficult requests from others. Ability to effectively listen and communicate with multi-cultural customers.

Mathematical Ability
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate percentages. Ability to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (G.A.A.P.) and Governmental Accounting Standards (G.A.S.) to all analytical duties.

Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability
Ability to use good personal judgment and discretion in performing all job functions. Ability to use good judgment in decision making with customers. Ability to work independently with minimum of supervision.

Physical Requirements
Regularly required to sit, walk, bend, stand and stoop. Ability to sit for extended periods of time. Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. on a routine basis.

Environmental Adaptability
Noise level is equivalent to typical office conditions.

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