La Crosse County – Senior Accountant

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    Sharon Davidson

    Senior Accountant
    La Crosse County, WI
    Finance Department

    Come expand your career with an organization that values and supports you to learn, grow, and develop your career! We are looking for a professional level Accountant, ideally with governmental accounting expertise, to join our collaborative, supportive, and results-driven Finance team to work in all areas of accounting and budgeting. This role provides the opportunity to bring your whole self to work, engage, lead, and drive your own learning and growth within the organization. This role interacts with all levels of leaders across La Crosse County. 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 full-time position working core hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.

    Salary range: $60,923 – $80,121

    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.
    Excellent 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

    We will be accepting applications until the right person is hired.

    La Crosse County Respects Diversity
    Essential Job 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.
    Responsible for the preparation and review of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) including balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statements, notes to the financial statements, statistics, management discussion & analysis (MD&A), and supplementary information. Responsible for the preparation and review of the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) including converting CAFR data to a more understandable format for public use. Responsible for preparation of schedules of State and Federal Awards for the County Single Audit by reviewing, reconciling, and compiling necessary data. Compiles, reviews, and analyzes the annual budget for the County. Additionally, prepares all schedules, reports, and line item detail necessary for department and Board review. Prepares, reviews, and submits all State and Federal reports as required, including but not limited to Municipal Finance Report (Form A), Levy Limit Worksheet, Apportionment Worksheet, and Data Collection Form (DCF). Prepares assigned reports that are of a complex specified nature, including but not limited to analyzing “what if” scenarios, preparing pro forma statements, forecasting financial effects of business practice changes. Works closely with administration on planning and forecasting County debt service needs. Prepares and/or reviews all workpapers required for all external audits. Follows up on and implements audit recommendations made by external auditor. Responsible for establishment and implementation of inventory controls and purchasing systems. Additionally, responsible for maintaining all fixed asset records in ERP system. Responsible for the review, approval and posting of all departmental journal entries. Prepares and/or oversees the preparation of reconciliations for key account balances including but not limited to cash, accounts receivable, prepaid balances, fixed assets, accounts payable and liability accounts and investigate abnormalities. Maintains general ledger chart of accounts. Analyzes cash flow and follows up on the preparation of necessary data. Audits grant reporting submissions for multiple Federal and State programs. Assists in planning and purchasing of major services related to the financial area. Assists in the review of County payroll related reports. Assists County departments with complex accounting issues. Performs fiscal duties for departments that don’t have fiscal staff. Conduct quarterly review meetings with each department. Responds to departmental questions regarding ERP software use. Acts as a resource for all financial users regarding policy and procedures. Reviews and implements all Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements and statements. Participates in ongoing training, attend conferences and seminars to maintain knowledge of current laws, rules and regulations pertaining to relevant financial matters. Creates, develops, and performs independent program and compliance audits to ensure that resources are safeguarded against waste, loss and misuse in accordance with Internal Auditing Standards, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards, and Governmental Auditing Standards. 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. Assists 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. Prepares written reports expressing opinion on the adequacy, effectiveness, and efficiency of the system or function under review and presents findings to management in written and verbal formats. Serves as subject matter expert for internal controls in the ERP software. Communicates necessary changes to IT for proper system security. Monitors software patch release notes and test software patches to ensure controls continue to operate as designed. Builds and maintains system settings for all financial modules within the ERP system. Devises, recommends and implements departmental and county-wide financial, administrative and data processing controls, systems, policies and procedures. Audits departmental “certificates of insurances” files. Audits departmental petty cash accounts. Plans, trains, and coordinates the work of financial staff as assigned in the performance of general accounting duties, as well as applies knowledge of software systems and programs to improve automation and efficiencies.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    •Trough 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 CAFR preparation and review.
    •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 five years 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 CAFR.
    •Strong preference for experience in governmental accounting and public administration.
    •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.

    Employees in this class are offered a comprehensive benefit package including:
    ~Health Insurance
    ~Dental Insurance
    ~Life Insurance
    ~Wisconsin Retirement System
    ~Sick Leave
    ~Deferred Compensation
    ~Section 125 – Flexible Spending Account
    For a more detailed overview of each of these benefits, please click here.
    La Crosse County, Wisconsin
    212 6th St N
    Suite 2500
    La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601

    La Crosse County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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