June 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm #2589Lanae NickelottiParticipant
Bring your leadership skills and accounting experience to advance your career!
Come expand your career with an organization that values and supports you to learn, grow, and develop. Join our collaborative, supportive, and results-driven team. This role provides the opportunity to bring your whole self to work, engage, lead, and drive your own learning and growth within the organization. La Crosse County leaders are committed to provide a supportive and inclusive work environment. We are also dedicated to your learning and development to grow in an organization that is deep in talent.
This is a professional leadership and accounting position in the Finance Department assisting the Auditor/Finance Director. This role is responsible to lead, plan, organize, develop and direct the financial functions of the Human Services Department, and to supervise assigned staff. Work is performed under moderate supervision utilizing professional skills acquired through appropriate academic training and experience in carrying out assigned tasks within guidelines as established by the Auditor/Finance Director. This is a full-time, salaried position working primarily Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. There is opportunity in this role to work remotely.
Associate Experience – What’s In It For You?
Supportive, collaborative, inclusive, and diverse workforce.
Career learning, development, and growth opportunities.
Culture of respect and dignity, teamwork, honesty, and integrity.
Serving your community in a purposeful and meaningful way.
Flexibility with generous paid time-off benefits.
••Wisconsin Retirement System – Very stable and strong
••Health Insurance with options for free care
••Dental Insurance with many services covered at 100%
••Life Insurance with short and long-term disability
Salary Range: $78,437 – $100,859
We will be accepting applications until the right person is hired.
La Crosse County Respects Diversity
Essential Job Functions
ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP FUNCTIONS
Acts with integrity and builds trust through demonstrated respect, humility, and honesty. Treats others with dignity. Encourages open communication. Actively listens and demonstrates open-minded thinking and willingness to accept other’s points of view. Engages stakeholders and effectively collaborates. Demonstrates the courage to speak out appropriately with leaders and peers even when your point of view is unpopular. Employs vision and strategy to drive positive results by leading with clear goals, objectives, and desired outcomes. Seeks out new opportunities to drive results through new processes and initiatives. Evaluates and monitors to hold self and others accountable for results. Demonstrates ability to be flexible while informally influencing others through coaching, motivation, and team-minded thinking to arrive at solutions that provide positive outcomes for all stakeholders. Seeks feedback and listens to learn despite personal setbacks. Demonstrates agile thinking while understanding the dynamics of the organization and public influence and perception. Uses analytical skills, experience, and input from others to make critical decisions. Takes intelligent risks and leads the organization through change. Demonstrates perseverance by pushing through difficult and challenging situations.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Leads, supervises and directs the financial activities of the Human Services Department (HSD), which includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing to Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance and clients, collections, petty cash, procurements, data management, rate setting, cost allocations and other related functions. Leads the review, approval and posting of all departmental journal entries. Leads and oversees the preparation of reconciliations for key account balances including accounts receivable, prepaid balances, accounts payable and liability accounts and investigate abnormalities. Assists in the establishment of short and long-term direction and priorities for HSD Fiscal Unit and ensures reconciliations are performed between all data management systems utilized and the County financial system. Leads the preparation of and reviews all workpapers required for all external audits. Follows up on and leads the implementation of audit recommendations made by external auditor. Hires, supervises, trains, motivates, evaluates, disciplines and schedules work flow of the HSD Fiscal Unit. Monitors timely completion, accuracy and accountability of all fiscal-related, state and federal financial reports for the HSD; review of state and federal reports prepared by HSD such as monthly CARS/SPARC reporting, grant reporting, WIMCR Cost Reports, Human Services Revenue Report (HSRR), 942 Report and Year-End Reconciliations Required for certain programs. Supervises the HSD collection systems: institutes and monitors procedures to enhance collection efforts and reviews and approves settlement agreement requests for accounts at collections. Serves as a resource to the HSD management team providing input regarding fiscal issues for the ongoing development and improvement of the Department’s outcomes and mission. Leads the preparation of the annual HSD budget, working with the Human Services Deputy Director along with the Section Managers. Leads the analysis of multiple funding sources to maximize the use of Federal, State and County revenue; monitors budget expenditures and revenue collections and provides forecasting for management staff; prepares budget adjustments as needed; conducts ongoing analysis of various cost factors to identify potential savings. Reviews contract language from the State and private funding agencies to maximize and monitor utilization of such funds. Analyzes cash flow and follows up on the preparation of necessary data. Leads the provision of complete and accurate financial and statistical data on an ongoing basis and when requested. Leads the preparation of assigned reports that are of a complex specific nature, including but not limited to analyzing “what if” scenarios, preparing pro forma statements, forecasting financial effects of business practice changes. Ensures compliance with accounting procedures required by regulatory agencies, including all Governmental Accounting Standards Board pronouncements and statements. Works in cooperation with the Auditor/Finance Director to maintain adequate accounting systems, implement recommended internal controls and monitor existing controls. Develops, composes and organizes a variety of professional-level narratives, reports and correspondence; monitors the maintenance of reporting and recording systems, including application of electronic information systems, to ensure accurate records are kept in accordance with legally-mandated record management practices and procedures. Serves as a resource to HSD in the development of business applications within Information Technology and related committees and projects. Attends various committee and board meetings to represent Human Services financial interests at the county, regional or state level. In addition, may also serve as a member of various local, regional or State committees, representing La Crosse County Human Services Department. Assists in the oversight of preparation and review of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) and the Report on Federal and State Awards (Single Audit).Assists Auditor/Finance Director with review of fixed asset reporting, property tax reconciliation, self-insurance calculations as well as other year-end reconciliations as needed. Works closely with administration on planning and forecasting County debt service needs. Assists in the preparation of the annual budget for the County. Provides backup and support to Auditor/Finance Director for financial issues/problems which may arise within various departments of the county. Assists County departments with complex accounting issues. Assists in planning and purchasing of major services related to the financial area. Assists Auditor/Finance Director with the planning, training and coordination of the work of financial staff as assigned in the performance of general accounting duties. Assists Auditor/Finance Director in reviewing and identifying key control points and weaknesses in the system or function being audited and provides recommendations for improvement. Develops innovative and creative solutions for correcting unsatisfactory conditions, improving operations and reducing costs. Reviews internal policies and procedures to ensure they are written clearly, comprehensively, provide sufficient internal controls, and are in compliance with County Ordinance and other laws. Devises, recommends and implements departmental and county-wide financial, administrative and data processing controls, systems, policies and procedures.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Considerable knowledge of governmental accounting and budgetary procedures.
•Considerable knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
•Considerable knowledge of computerized accounting systems.
•Considerable knowledge of GASB Standards.
•Considerable knowledge of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report preparation and review.
•Demonstrated competency in accounting and auditing procedures and practices.
•Ability to plan, coordinate and direct the work of others.
•Ability to plan and make independent investigations and audits of a difficult nature.
•Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
•Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
•Ability to prepare reports and present accurate accounting statements.
•Ability to maintain effective working relationships with County officials and employees.
•Ability to communicate effectively with County and state officials.
•Ability to understand state and federal requirements as they apply to County government.
•Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy, both verbally and in writing.
•Ability to work as a contributing team member in a professional manner.
•Ability to use effective judgment and problem solving skills to make reasonable business decisions and recommendations.
•Ability to maintain confidentiality and safeguard sensitive information.
Training, Experience and Other Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting required; Master’s Degree in Accounting preferred.
Minimum seven years (7) of accounting experience with the knowledge of GASB, proper audit techniques and internal controls. Experience must be in professional accounting work with automated systems. Strong preference for work in preparing or auditing a GFOA award-winning Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Strong preference for experience in governmental accounting and public administration.
Strong preference for Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor.
Proven proficiency and advanced expertise in using Excel spreadsheets and Access database; proven track record of excellent organizational and analytical skills and precision in working with details.
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