Junior Accountant (General Ledger)
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community - Scottsdale, AZ

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Definition: Under general supervision from the Accounting Manager, the junior accountant analyzes, tracks and reports financial information and performs a variety of accounting transactions within the Finance Department’s General Ledger (G/L) functional area as assigned by the Manager. Prepare journal entries by applying generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for Governments including practices and procedures that meet the financial objectives of the Community. This job class is treated as FLSA Non-Exempt.

Examples of Tasks:

Distinguishing Features: The Junior Accountant (General Ledger) is distinguished from the Junior Accountant (A/P) by emphasis on general accounting rather than specific accounts payable functions. Maintains a similar skill set and proficiency to the Accountant (G/L) only with less overall experience. Focuses more on creating journal entries and reconciling general ledger accounts rather than reviewing the voucher entries and providing supporting documentation like the AP Junior Accountant is tasked with.

Essential Functions: Essential functions may vary among positions and may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.


1. Verifies updates and maintains accounts for all transactions including vouchers, transfers, requisitions and budget revisions on an ongoing basis.

2. Prepares journal entries to record, revise or re-class transactions as directed and approved by managers.

3. Files documents for easy retrieval, report processing and for audit purposes.

4. Reviews data for errors or discrepancies and makes necessary corrections. Verifies forms, lists, columns or aggregations of figures, noting discrepancies and rechecking own work for errors.

5. Gathers and prepares data and documents for a variety of financial reports that require the application of accounting principles and practices as well as independent judgment.

6. Reconciles assigned accounts by comparing the correct balance as indicated by source documents to the ledgers and clear any reconciling items in an accurate, timely manner.

7. Becomes knowledgeable in other areas of the Finance Department such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, lease and financial statement preparation.

8. Performs other job-related duties as assigned to maintain and enhance departmental operation.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of the culture, customs, traditions, history and government of the Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices for governments (fund accounting).
  • Knowledge of general accounting, auditing and budgeting principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices and their application in a computerized system.
  • Knowledge of how to maintain complex financial records, prepare reports and financial statements from incoming bills and departmental records.
  • Knowledge of basic customer service principles and techniques.
  • Skill establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State and Federal representatives, regulatory agencies, Tribal Officials, Community members, SRPMIC department directors and co-workers and the public.
  • Skill communicating orally with other employees and the general public, which includes responding tactfully and courteously to customer inquiries and complaints.
  • Skill analyzing and interpreting financial data as well as reviewing and evaluating a variety of financial and budgetary records.
  • Skill maintaining accounting records through an automated accounting system and in preparing a variety of computerized budgetary records and financial reports.
  • Skill researching information from a variety of sources and making recommendations for action.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts.
  • Ability to detect and avoid errors as well as prepare and maintain accurate and timely records of financial transactions.
  • Ability to utilize the personal computer and related software, such as, but not limited to MS Excel, Word, and Access, to fulfill job requirements.
  • Ability to operate a variety of standard office equipment including adding machines, calculators, photocopiers and FAX machines.
  • Ability to adapt to changing work situations, assist others and meet schedules in a calm, efficient and effective manner while dealing with interruptions and pressure.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow complex written and verbal instructions and procedures

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education : Graduation from High School or a GED equivalent AND (5) five years of professional level accounting experience OR an Associate’s degree from an accredited college in Accounting, Business Administration or closely related field AND experience equivalent to (1)one year of full-time bookkeeping or accounting work.
    • For enrolled Community members without a GED, must obtain a GED. Requires participation in the HR GED Program and successful completion of the Arizona state certified exam in order to continue employment with SRPMIC.
  • Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of education and experience that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered.

Special Requirements:
  • Special Requirement: May be required to work hours beyond the normal work hours including nights, weekends and holidays.

    Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

    “SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer” Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.

    In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods:
    1) attach to application
    2) fax (480-362-5860)
    3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

    Documentation must be received by position closing date.
    The IHS/BIA CIB form is not accepted.
    Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.

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