Staff Accountant

Summary:

Applies principles of accounting to analyze financial information and prepare financial reports by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Other duties may be assigned.

Compiles and analyzes financial information to prepare entries to accounts, such as general ledger accounts, documenting business transactions.

Distributes expenditures, encumbrances, receipts, and receivables according to schedules.

Determines proper handling of financial transactions and approves transactions within designated limits.

Monitors compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and company procedures.

Reviews, investigates, and corrects errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents, and reports.

Devises and implements system for general accounting.

Conducts studies and submits recommendations for improving the organization's accounting operation.

Collects appropriate data and prepares federal, state, and local reports and tax returns.

Competencies:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations.

Qualifications:

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 the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Accounting software.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Must possess a thorough understanding of all phases of payroll processing on a computer including the requirements for filing federal tax deposits, quarterly federal and state income tax reports, and annual W-2 preparation and reporting.

Must possess a thorough understanding of the accounting function, its role in an organization, and the ability to develop and implement policies and procedures that are responsible to the organizations needs for accounting services, internal control, and regulatory compliance.

Must possess good planning and organizational skills to coordinate work flow and meet multiple deadlines in a timely manner.

Must possess good oral and written communication skills to successfully implement policy and procedure changes as well as deal with problem resolution situations with staff and outside contacts. Must be able to keep sensitive information confidential.

Other Qualifications:

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment
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.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

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