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Accountant II At Baltimore County, MD

Location: Towson, Maryland

Job Description

Pay Schedule I, Grade 28, Regular Schedule: 35 hours per week

A vacancy exists in the Accounting Division, Office of Budget and Finance.

A list of eligible applicants will be established based on the examination as outlined below.

Current and future vacancies occurring in any Office or Department of Baltimore County General Government may be filled from the list of eligible applicants.

All interested transfer and promotional candidates must apply at this time.

List all promotions and changes in job duties due to reclassification as separate work experiences on your application. Applicants must include the dates of the promotions and reclassifications.

Note: Failure to complete all fields of the "Work Experience" section of the application will result in your application not being considered. A resume will not be considered in determining your qualifications for a position. Applicants selected for an interview may provide a resume at that time.

You can attach your transcript(s) or license(s) to your application.

Failure to submit proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education may result in your application not being considered. Proof of licenses, certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.


Baltimore County's businesses, its government, and its people share a common vision for a bright future; not merely over the next five or ten years, but for generations to come.

With the goal of boosting community engagement and identifying budget deficiencies, the County Executive has created a new blue ribbon commission tasked with studying the County budget process.

It is the mission of Baltimore County to provide its citizens with sound economic and fiscal management as reflected in the completion of the county's budget. The primary focus is to ensure that the fiscal management of Baltimore County offers its citizens a safe, prosperous, and friendly place to live.

Baltimore County received the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget. The FY 2020 budget has been submitted to the GFOA to determine its eligibility for another award. Additionally, Baltimore County has received the GFOA's Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its latest issued FY 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

The Accounting unit within Fiscal Operations of the Office of Budget and Finance serves as the custodian of accounting and reporting for all fiscal activity within the county's operations. In addition, the unit is responsible for issuing the county's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), along with other external and internal fiscal management reporting, as well as fiscal compliance.

This position will be part of a dynamic team of professionals driven by excellence, with a customer experience and results focused approach.

Examples of Duties

Under general supervision, performs comprehensive professional accounting and pre-auditing work.

  • Maintains a variety of accounts. Prepares and analyzes complex accounting reports and financial statements related to accounts. Prepares accounts for audits by internal and external sources. Reconciles various general ledger accounts.
  • Maintains subsidiary ledger balances and expenditure activity status for County grants-in-aid. Provides assistance and direction to accounting staff of grantees. Conducts and participates in periodic audits of grant accounts.
  • Participates in closing procedures and other year end operations. Prepares estimates and statements of account. Prepares detailed statistical reports and analysis.
  • Participates in special accounting, financial, and procedural studies.
  • Assumes a strong knowledge of governmental accounting principles.
  • Processes journal and budgetary transactions.
  • Helps reconcile and manage activity processed through the county's point of sale revenue systems.
  • Reconciles payroll runs.
  • Assists the revenue and grants accounting units in performing their day to day operations as needed.
  • Works across multiple units within the accounting department.
  • Comprehends general and complex accounting principles.
  • Effectively assists in monthly, quarterly, and annual financial presentations.
  • Works with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assists in the completion of the annual financial report.

Examples of Other Duties
May train, lead, or supervise professional and clerical accounting personnel. May coordinate or supervise a specialized accounting function. Performs other related duties as required.

(NOTE: The duties and responsibilities listed above are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications for all positions in this class. They may not include all of the essential job functions of each position in the class. Each position may not be required to perform all of the essential job functions listed.)

Qualifications

Required Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in accounting
plus
at least two years' professional experience in accounting or auditing

or

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an A.A. degree in accounting
plus
at least four years' experience in accounting, auditing, or bookkeeping, at least two years of which were at the professional level

or

Possession of an accounting certificate from an accredited college or university
plus
at least five years' experience in accounting, auditing, or bookkeeping, at least two years of which were at the professional level.

(Education in accounting beyond a bachelor's degree may be substituted on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of two years for the required experience.)

Preferred Qualifications
Grant reporting experience
Budget and financial statement preparation experience
Experience working in a governmental agency

Proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education
You can attach your transcript(s) or license(s) to your application.

Applicants are required to submit proof of licenses, certifications and education beyond high school to meet the required and preferred qualifications of the position. Diplomas or transcripts must show the applicant's major field of study. Copies and unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Failure to submit proof of Licenses, Certifications and Education will result in your application not being considered. Proof of licenses, certifications, and/or education must be submitted with each application.

Proof of Degree Equivalency
Applicants who have obtained a degree from outside the United States of America are required to submit degree equivalence documentation from World Education Services, Inc. (www.WES.org)

Mail or deliver documents to:
ATTN: Accountant II
Office of Human Resources
Baltimore County Government
308 Allegheny Ave.
Towson, MD 21204

EXAMINATION PROCEDURE
Applicants will be qualified based on an evaluation of their training and experience, as stated on their application, which includes answers to the supplemental questions. Applicants must state the dates and duties of past and present experience clearly and completely for evaluation purposes.

Conditions of Employment

Physical and Environmental Conditions
The work of this classification is essentially sedentary but may involve walking, standing, and other limited physical activities.

Medical Examination and Employment Background Investigation
Applicants selected for an appointment to a position in Baltimore County must successfully complete a physical examination and drug screen and an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to a criminal background, education, and fingerprint check.