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Accountant II

City of Austin
Job Description
Posting Title Accountant II
Job Requisition Number COA078164
Position Number 100170
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Administration-Finance
Minimum Qualifications


  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to Accounting, twenty-four (24) college semester hours in Accounting, plus two (2) years of accounting experience; A Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for 1 year of experience; CPA license may substitute for the education requirement.
Licenses or Certifications:

  • None

Notes to Applicants

A detailed and complete employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Please list your complete employment history (to include all job duties responsibilities and employment dates) on your online application. The application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered (e.g., “see resume” or “see Linked In Profile”). Resumes will not be used to qualify for the position and will not be used to recommend salary. Supplemental information or changes to your application will not be accepted after the job posting closes. The responses to the supplemental questions inquiring about experience should be reflected on your application.

Driving on City business: This position must travel between various locations as part of the regular job duties and individual may be required to drive own personal vehicle or City vehicle. Successful candidate must be in possession of a Texas driver’s license as authorized by the Texas Transportation Code. A driving record verification will be conducted. Applicants for positions for which City driving is an essential function must meet the standards of the program: age 18 or older, current applicable driver’s license, proof of insurability, and no more than six (6) points assessed on Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) based on Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver Record Report. This position falls under the COA safe driver program requirements. Go to the Driver Safety Program for more information:

Veteran candidates will be required to provide a copy of their DD214 at the time of interview.

Top candidate will be subject to a minimum 10 year criminal history background check and security threat assessment.

Due to the responsibilities related to this position the top candidate will be subject to the Financial Responsibilities Criminal Background Investigation.

This position will require a skills assessment

Overtime may be required with or without notice.

Please note that the Department may close the job posting at any time after 7 days.

Employees, in Good Standing, who are candidates within the department/division that the position resides in and who meet the minimum and preferred qualifications (if any) of the position will be included in the initial interview. Department/division employee must remain in Good Standing through the Top Candidate Selection phase at which time the Good Standing status will be re-verified.

Must have the ability to read, write, and fluently speak English.

Sitting for long periods of time to perform computer and accounting tasks; Reaching with arms forward and sideways to perform various tasks; Reasonable dexterity of hands, fingers and arms to operate and/or manipulate computer; keyboard, mouse, calculator, telephone, and other office equipment; Moderate walking throughout the day on carpet / hard surfaces; Moderate standing; Bending from side to side, up and down to pick up / place small files / items; Lifting /carrying small items / files and items up to 30 lbs; Overhead reaching to file or pick up items; Utilize eyes for long periods of time reviewing spreadsheets/reports to ensure accuracy and completeness and operating keyboard, computer monitor, copy machines and other office equipment; Ability to demonstrate mental alertness during the entire 8 hour day; Utilize mental capacity for comprehension, analysis and decision-making throughout the day; Must possess the physical and mental capacity to safely operate motor vehicle during daytime
and/or night time; Ability to push / pull a dolly containing boxes of files, weighing up to 75 lb.

Pay Range

$25.80 – $33.43 per hour


Core Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Shift may change according to departmental needs. Work hours may include after hours, holidays, and weekend work

Job Close Date 05/16/2018
Type of Posting External
Department Aviation
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 3600 Presidential Blvd., Austin, Texas
Preferred Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with an Accounting Degree.

Experience with grant applications, reports, reimbursements & closes; inventory & fixed assets

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Maintains general ledger information and reviews financial transactions by creating and/or monitoring electronic files and/or accounting documents.

  2. Maintains accounting ledgers by posting/reviewing and/or approving the posting of accounting transactions of intermediate and higher dollar-value and complexity, insuring transactions are processed in accordance with City policy, applicable laws and regulations, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and sound business practices.

  3. Processes revenue collections and/or customer payments; prepares analysis of delinquent accounts, calculating/assessing delinquent fines/fees for supervisor/manager review; prepares/ reviews accruals and/or other accounting entries, insuring transactions are processed in accordance with City policy, applicable laws and regulations, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP.

  4. Prepares and/or reviews grant accounting entries and reconciliations by compiling and analyzing general ledger account information.

  5. Prepares and/or reviews asset, liability, inventory, and/or capital accounting entries by compiling and analyzing general ledger account information.

  6. Reconciles general ledger and/or bank accounts and resolves account discrepancies by reconciling statements and transactions and investigating supporting documentation.

  7. Prepares financial statements and/or special reports by preparing balance sheets, income statements, cash flows, and other special reports; at an intermediate to advanced level; collecting, analyzing, and summarizing general ledger account information and trends; conducting variance analysis; applying intermediate skills and knowledge of accounting and reporting requirements; generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP.

  8. Prepares audit work papers for annual or special audit by preparing accurate supporting work papers at an intermediate level for assigned area(s); work is reviewed by other staff; providing explanations of city policy/procedures and responding to auditor’s questions/requests in a timely and accurate manner.

  9. Assists departments and other internal or external customers by providing procedural/financial information and/or other information and guidance with automated or manual systems.

  10. Carries out projects by completing projects of moderate to advanced levels of complexity and/or completing parts of complex projects.

  11. Maintains financial security by following established internal accounting controls.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

• Knowledge of bookkeeping procedures.
• Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
• Knowledge of the preparation process of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.
• Knowledge of financial reporting concepts and preferred business practices.
• Skill in effective verbal and written communication.
• Skill in analyzing and interpreting financial records.
• Skill in processing large volumes of numerical data.
• Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations.
• Skill in classifying fiscal data and compiling fund level statements and reports.
• Skill in operating a personal computer and related equipment.
• Skill in designing spreadsheets and utilizing word processing and database software.
• Skill in analyzing, preparing, checking and balancing routine fiscal transactions and accounts.
• Ability to prepare accurate financial statements at an intermediate level of complexity.
• Ability to resolve problems or situations requiring the exercise of good judgment.
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public


Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in a field related to Accounting, twenty-four (24) college semester hours in Accounting, plus two (2) years of accounting experience; A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for 1 year of experience; CPA license may substitute for the education requirement. Do you meet these qualifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have an Accounting degree from a four-year accredited college or university?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Describe your experience working with Federal grant applications, grant reimbursements, grant accounting, grant reporting, and grant financial closes.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe your knowledge and experience with fixed asset accounting.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * The Transportation Security Administration (TSA-division of the USA Dept. of Homeland Security) requires all employees of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to pass a minimum 10-year criminal background investigation and security threat assessment. Do you agree to a minimum 10-year criminal background investigation and security threat assessment?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a valid Texas Class C driver’s license or the ability to acquire by hire date?
    • Yes
    • No
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