Accountant VI
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Austin, TX

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Serves as Team Lead providing oversight and direction to State Reporting and Reconciliation unit accountants in reconciling and reporting the use of agency funds. Performs highly advanced and/or managerial financial analysis work involving compiling, reviewing, analyzing and evaluating financial data, and preparing reports and reconciliations. Ensures compliance with state/federal rules, regulations, policies, and standards. Acts as liaison with internal units, as well as external entities. Work also involves planning, organizing, monitoring, training, and verifying work of unit staff, and coordinating the team’s leave schedule. Presents project updates to the Supervisor. Provides performance data toward the evaluation of team members, and makes recommendations regarding disciplinary or reward actions. Leads team for Annual Financial Report (AFR), Annual Report of Non-financial Data (ARND)and other state reports.

Work is performed under the direct direction of the General Ledger State Reporting and Reconciliation Supervisor, with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment for making decisions in accordance with Accounting policy, agency policy, state/federal laws and regulations.

Essential Job Functions:
Communicates on a complex level with others (internally or externally) to provide, exchange, or verify information, answer inquiries, address issues, or resolve problems or complaints.

Reconciles, reviews and releases accounting transactions and journal entries in Agency (HHSAS) and State (USAS) accounting systems to ensure accurate and timely completion of reconciling items.

Prepares or reviews preparation of required financial reports (annual, federal/state), including, but not limited to, the Annual Financial Report and the Annual Report of Non-financial Data.

Leads team in Trial Balance Reconciliation and other reconciliations. Monitors and reviews reconciliations by team members.

Represents assigned area at project meetings, planning sessions, committees, workgroups, meetings, conferences, or hearings to address significant issues.

Analyzes data on a complex level for reports, initiatives, or projects (to identify trends, problems, or issues; recommend improvements or new initiatives; for research or evaluation; or investigations).

Interacts with staff, other units or customers to discuss or develop action plans, schedules, or problem resolutions and reports to management on status and issues.

Assists in developing and monitoring accounting policies and procedures for assigned area.

Reviews, interprets, and communicates state/federal policy, rules, regulations, or standards.

Provides feedback to Supervisor regarding team members’ performance and recommends rewards or disciplinary measures as appropriate.

Monitors the daily workload, coordinates employee leave to insure coverage of all the teams’ area of responsibility.

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of governmental / fund accounting.

Knowledge of GAAP and GASB.

Skill in financial management and reporting.

Skill using Windows and spreadsheets (Excel or Lotus 123).

Skill in working in an Accounting / Finance department in the capacity of a professional accountant.

Skill in working with automated financial systems.

Ability to communicate financial results.

Ability to work in a complex automated environment.

Ability to develop policy and procedures.

Ability to effectively communicate financial information in writing and orally.

Ability to organize workload and set priorities.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Initial Selection Criteria:
Degree from a four-year college or university with a major in accounting, finance, management, or other business related field.

20 or more semester hours in accounting from an accredited college or university: plus four years accounting, auditing, or budgeting experience.

Experience in acting as a liaison to other divisions or state agencies.

Experience in the use of Microsoft software applications.

Experience leading/management projects.

Experience preparing business documentation (procedures, business processes, government reports, Annual Financial Report).

Additional Information:
Additional Information: Work will be performed under the direction of the General Ledger State Reporting and Reconciliation Supervisor, with the use of initiative and independent judgment for making decisions in accordance with Accounting policy, agency policy, state/federal laws and regulations.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the AccessHR service center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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