Accountant II – Finance

September 10, 2023
North Charleston, SC
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The Finance Department oversees the financial operations for the 45 departments within Charleston County Government. It is a 12-employee department that is subdivided into general accounting, fixed asset control, payroll for over 2500 employees, and accounts payable. Also assists with the annual audit that culminates into the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).
As a contributor on the finance team, it is expected that you will be a highly responsible professional who handles various financial operations of the entire County under the direction of Assistant Finance Director and/or Finance Director.

Hiring Range: $57,324 - $75,119 (Estimated Annual Salary)


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform account reconciliation and analyses
  • Review and verify the accuracy of transactions and accounting classifications assigned to various records
  • Interface with outside auditors to obtain and compile the information needed to expedite the annual audit process
  • Ensure that accounting systems are operating correctly, correcting incorrect entries, and investigating and resolving system problems as they occur
  • Provide needed information and training concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in similar classes in other departments
  • Keep immediate supervisor and teammates fully and accurately informed
  • Keep work knowledge up to date by attending meetings, conferences, workshops, and training
  • Communicate and coordinate regularly with teammates to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business, or related field, supplemented with at least 3 years' experience (Preferred) OR Associate degree in Accounting, Business, or related field, supplemented with at least 5 years' experience OR Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • Experience: in accounting, preferably within local government or similar; working within various areas of finance (payroll, AP, fixed assets, and general ledger), as well as preparing, interpreting, and analyzing accounting reports and records.

Must also:

  • Have extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for financial reporting as applicable to local government
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office, to include being an advanced Excel user
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills utilizing technical and non-technical language
  • Be driven and energetic with a high degree of professional integrity
  • Have the ability to interpret accounting reports and records
  • Be able to analyze accounting data for internal control and reporting purposes
  • Possess proven organizational, planning, and presentation skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Abilities necessary to be successful include but are not limited to:

  • Able to prepare and interpret accounting reports and records and to analyze accounting data for control reporting and recommendation purposes.
  • Able to maintain close attention to detail.
  • Able to handle confidential and administrative information with tact and discretion.
  • Able to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions.
  • Able to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Able to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
  • Able and willing to quickly learn and use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.
  • Able to use integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

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