Fiscal Analyst Senior, City of Raleigh (closes 6/3/21)

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Closing: 6/3/2021 11:59pm EST
Hiring Range: $59,595 – $80,000 annually

Job Description:

The Fiscal Analyst, Senior serves in a lead position in the Accounting Division overseeing complex accounting transactions for the City, being preparer or 1st reviewer for internal and external financial reporting in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and serving as a subject-matter expert for upcoming regulatory requirements and legislation. The candidate will have unique opportunities to collaborate with positions throughout municipal government and will serve as a fiscal liaison while coordinating financial services both to departments and external parties.

The City of Raleigh is looking for a highly competent and motivated accountant who can apply professional judgement and initiative to drive results.  Governmental accounting experience or CPA preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities:

This position supports accounting staff as they manage the day-to-day operations for City-wide accounting services and coordinates annual reporting requirements. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Prepares or reviews detailed accounting transactions that post to the general ledger to ensure the City maintains compliant with accounting principles, State and Federal regulations.
  • Monitors deadlines and coordinates timely reporting of financial information and deliverables due throughout the year to internal departments, external partners, and regulatory agencies.
  • Prepares and/or serves as 1st reviewer for various schedules and financial statements related to the Finance Department’s two major fiscal reports – Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and Citizens’ Annual Financial Report (PAFR).
  • Serves as part of a multi-level review for reporting requirements outside of year-end reporting.
  • Acts as point of contact for voucher and wire reviews to support the City’s compliance to the Fiscal Control Act.
  • Prepares or serves as reviewer for complex journal entries, analyses, reconciliations, and accruals to ensure data integrity.
  • Assists accounting team with maintaining an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly, and year-end close process.  Provides support and direction to departments, serving as subject matter expert as assigned.
  • Reviews and evaluates the soundness, adequacy, and application of financial and other operating internal controls.
  • Collaborates on revisions and recommendations for accounting policies and procedures, as well as special projects to drive efficiencies in operations and reporting.
  • Maintains an understanding of the ERP PeopleSoft accounting system and the interaction of sub-modules. Collaborates on strategic system design decisions involving these financial systems.
  • Performs data modeling and helps lead data-driven dashboards and reports for end users.
  • Supports data requests from the City’s external auditor for financial and pension audits.
  • Mentors and trains staff in the Accounting division, helping management steer assignments or oversee work of Fiscal Analysts. No direct reports.
  • Other duties and Committee appointments as assigned.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration and five years of progressive accounting and/or auditing experience required. Prior working knowledge of an Enterprise Wide Financial System (General Ledger and other modules) and prior working knowledge of annual reporting process Highly Desirable.

Licensing/Certifications: Current certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of: 

  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, as it relates to government accounting.
  • Principles and practices of general accounting theory, financial reporting, and fiscal management.
  • Preparing complex financial statements, supporting schedules, and footnote disclosures.
  • Internal control frameworks and ability to assess and monitor financial controls.
  • Enterprise-wide software programs (ERP General Ledger and all associated modules)
  • Techniques and methods for organizing, prioritizing, and monitoring work as needed.
  • Practices and methods of coaching and coordinating work with others.
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Principles and techniques of effective oral presentations.
  • Project management principles.
  • Customer service principles.

Skill in:  

  • Carrying out job responsibilities in a self-directed and autonomous manner.
  • Good record keeping and fiscal planning.
  • Interpreting, compiling, and preparing complex analytical, financial, and administrative data for reports.
  • Serving in a reviewer capacity for financial transactions and reporting.
  • Researching industry trends, financial solutions and best practices. Ability to provide recommendations.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations, particularly those applicable to governmental accounting.
  • Microsoft Excel with at least an intermediate skillset, including pivot tables, V-lookup, and formulas.
  • Working effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and balancing changing priorities.
  • Managing a project, and methods of coaching and leading the work of others (as assigned). Facilitating group discussions and building consensus using persuasive reasoning.
  • Providing good customer service, technical guidance, and direction to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintaining cooperative working relationships in support of financial management.

Supplemental Information:

ADA and Other Requirements: Positions in this class typically require: fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Working Conditions: Work is routinely performed in an indoor, office environment.
Note: This job classification description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designation may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.