Accountant I or II
Manhattan, KS Finance
Job Type
Full-time
Description

(Regular, Exempt)


Starting Salary Range:  

Accountant I $55,313.00 - $66,367.00, DOQ

Accountant II $61,932.00 - $77,421.00, DOQ


Closing Date: July 12, 2024


Workdays/Shifts and Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


How to apply: Using the “apply now” button on this page, please complete the required online application, upload a resume and a list of three professional references with full contact information. For general questions about the position, contact Unique Hiram at (785) 587-2447 or hr@cityofmhk.com.


The City of Manhattan values diversity and draws strength from the diversity of the team. The City is committed to providing opportunities for all employees to succeed by creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. The City is always seeking qualified Minority, Veteran, Women and Disabled applicants to fill available employment vacancies. The City of Manhattan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Summary/Objective

The Accountant I position performs professional, technical, and analytical duties in support of the city-wide accounting and budget functions of the Finance Department.


Essential Functions

Under supervision, performs professional, technical, and analytical accounting/finance functions as the liaison to one or more internal departments assigned.

  • Readies and maintains financial and business transactions, applying accounting principles that include work that is analytical, evaluative, and advisory in nature and that requires an understanding of both accounting theory and practice.
  • Assists supported departments in budget development and preparation, including operational budgets and Capital Improvement Program. Provides on-going budget review and management through preparation of financial forecasts.
  • Prepares budgetary and financial reports.
  • Interprets the meaning of accounting records, reports, and statements.
  • Performs basic and mid-level general ledger account reconciliations, accurate reporting, and data verification, enabling senior staff to analyze options and make financial decisions aligned with departmental and City objectives.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local financial requirements.
  • Conducts desk and field audits.

Performs general Finance department duties.

  • Performs tasks related to assigned functions/areas, such as, special assessments, banking functions, capital improvement plan, internal/external audit functions, city-wide budget, Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, month-end/year-end closing etc.

Performs additional duties required.

  •  Attends meetings and trainings.
  •  Maintains all records and documentation.
  •  Conducts financial research as assigned.
  •  Ensures compliance with all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures in all duties.

Summary/Objective 

The Accountant II position performs professional, technical, and analytical duties in support of the city-wide accounting and budget functions of the Finance Department.


Essential Functions 

Independently performs professional, technical, and analytical accounting/finance functions as the liaison to one or more internal departments assigned. 

  • Readies and maintains financial and business transactions, applying accounting principles that include work that is analytical, evaluative, and advisory in nature and that requires an understanding of both accounting theory and practice. 
  • Analyzes the effects of transactions upon account relationships and evaluates alternative means of treating transactions. 
  • Assists supported departments in budget development and preparation, including operational budgets and Capital Improvement Program. Provides on- going budget review and management through preparation of financial forecasts. 
  • Prepares budgetary and financial reports. 
  • Considers the need for new or changed processes and internal controls. 
  • Interprets the meaning of accounting records, reports, and statements. 
  • Performs mid and high-level general ledger account reconciliations, accurate reporting, and data verification, enabling senior staff to analyze options and make financial decisions aligned with departmental and City objectives. • Ensures assigned departments align with applicable policies and procedures. 
  • Identifies and suggests improvements for accounting reporting and recording procedures based on sound research of industry best practices. 
  • Complies with federal, state, and local financial requirements, including Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), by studying existing and new legislation and maintaining compliance. 

Performs general Finance department duties. 

  • Performs tasks related to assigned functions/areas, such as, special assessments, banking functions, capital improvement plan, internal/external audit functions, city-wide budget, Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, month-end/year- end closing etc.  

Performs additional duties required. 

  • Attends meetings and trainings. 
  • Maintains all records and documentation. 
  • Conducts financial research as assigned. 
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures in all duties. 
Requirements

Accountant I

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or other related business field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered as meeting the minimum qualifications. 

Preferred Education and Experience 

  • Two (2) years of professional budgeting, accounting, or financial administration experience. 
  • Knowledge of municipal, state, or federal government operations. 
  • High level user of spreadsheets, word-processing, and relational databases. 
  • Working knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Accountant II

Required Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or other related business field. 
  • Two (2) years of professional budgeting, accounting, or financial administration experience. 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered as meeting the minimum qualifications. 

Preferred Education and Experience 

  • Three to five (3-5) years of professional budgeting, accounting, or financial administration experience. 
  • Knowledge of municipal, state, or federal government operations. 
  • High level user of spreadsheets, word-processing, and relational databases. 
  • Working knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).