Principal Accountant
Orange County Sanitation District - Fountain Valley, CA

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What do you value in your next job?
At the Orange County Sanitation District our Core Values form the framework of our organization and reinforce our professional work ethic. If the following values ring true with you, we’d love to invite you to explore our career opportunities further.
Honesty, Trust, & Respect
We aspire to the highest degree of integrity, honesty, trust, and respect in our interaction with each other, our suppliers, our customers, and our community.
Teamwork & Problem Solving
We strive to reach OCSD goals through cooperative efforts and collaboration with each other and our constituencies. We work to solve problems in a creative, cost-effective and safe manner, and we acknowledge team and individual efforts.
Leadership & Commitment
We lead by example, acknowledging the value of our resources and using them wisely and safely to achieve our objectives and goals. We are committed to act in the best interest of our employees, our organization, and our community.
Learning/Teaching - Talents, Skills and Abilities
We continuously develop ourselves, enhancing our talents, skills, and abilities, knowing that only through personal growth and development will we continue to progress as an agency and as individuals.
Recognition/Rewards
We seek to recognize, acknowledge and reward contributions to OCSD by our many talented employees.
OCSD is currently looking to fill the role of a Principal Accountant.
Under general direction, the Principal Accountant performs a variety of professional and complex accounting duties requiring advanced experience, knowledge, and competency. The Principal Accountant applies comprehensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles for governmental entities to financial transactions, journal entries, bank reconciliations, grant activities, and reconciliation of general ledger accounts. This person will also perform debt service management duties; provide technical accounting assistance to other departments; interpret accounts, methods, and financial records; and provide technical leadership to junior accounting staff. Specifically, this person will be responsible for accounting functions associated with the Sanitation District’s general ledger and financial reporting functions, such as: maintaining and analyzing general ledger accounts of monthly and quarterly revenues and expenses; reconciling assets, liabilities, revenue, and expense accounts in the general ledger; maintaining the chart of accounts, and participating in the preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports, including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the State Controller’s Report. Other duties include: budget preparation, updating policies and procedures; coordinating annual audit activities; serving as liaison between external auditors and District staff; preparing annual audit schedules for external auditors, responding to questions, and performing other complex assignments as needed.

Qualifications & Requirements:
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field; and five (5) years of increasingly responsible accounting or financial management experience. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and/or Master’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration is highly desired, but not required. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience maintaining general ledger accounts and preparing financial reports in a governmental setting, preferably for a local government utility or municipality. Knowledge of generally accepted accounting theory, principles and practices is required. The ideal candidate will possess advanced analytical, critical thinking and organizational skills; and have the ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization. Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Excel, Word, Access, and Outlook is required; experience with the J.D. Edwards OneWorld financial information system is desired.

Recruitment & Selection Process:
Vacancies: 1 APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: Tuesday , January 29, 2013, 5:00 P.M.
(or until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received) Hiring Salary Range: $99,028 – $109,179/year

Supplemental Information:
Physical Demands Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Environmental Elements Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. Disaster Service Workers All Orange County Sanitation District employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the Orange County Sanitation District requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. OTHER information For the full range of duties, responsibilities, and essential job functions please review the Classification Specification for this position found on the Class & Compensation page of our website.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate, through their application materials, that they meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job announcement and class specification to receive further consideration. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of OCSD’s pre-employment process, which includes a background investigation and a physical examination. For some positions this may include a drug screen. False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification.

OCSD only accepts applications submitted via our online application system. Resumes submitted via mail, fax or email will not be accepted.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

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