Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Senior Accountant

Posted over 1 month ago · Full time

Job Description


Position Summary: Under general supervision from the Accounting Manager and/or Accounting Supervisor, completes timely and accurate month-end close, quarterly reporting process and general audit duties. Monitors and inputs general ledger entries and prepares, analyzes, interprets and verifies financial statements. Analyzes a variety of accounting transactions to ensure they are performed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for governmental accounting that meets the objectives of the Salt River Pima - Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.
Examples of Tasks
Essential Functions: Essential functions may vary among positions and may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.

1. Provides day to day supervision of the Accountants and/or Junior Accountants as assigned.
  • Plan and prioritize work schedules and coordinates staff workflow for direct report(s).
  • Identify and implement productivity and process improvements for direct report(s).
  • Mentors direct report(s) so they attain the technical and customer service skills along with experience necessary to perform independently and complete assignments accurately and on-time.
  • Evaluates the performance of direct report(s) and prepares the Employee Performance Appraisal Reports (EPAR).

2. Ensures proper and timely recording of financial transactions in the general ledger in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and SRPMIC policy.
  • Leads GL team in the month end close activities including the review and approval of standard month-end and year-end journal entries.
  • Assumes lead role in team related work activities involving general ledger and accounting practices.
  • Researches and resolves questionable GL entries (includes standard monthly data and ad hoc requests).
  • Pursues business issues impacting the general ledger in a proactive, independent manner.
  • Assists Accounting Manager in preparing policies and procedures for GL practices ensuring compliance with financial reporting requirements and other regulations.
  • Provides training for systems, procedures and functions for GL team members.

3. Prepares and reviews monthly account reconciliations utilizing the SRPMIC standard format and reports discrepancies to Accounting Manager for proper resolution of account.
  • Validates the general ledger and sub ledgers are reconciled with resolution to outstanding items monthly.
  • Researches and resolves outstanding reconciling items in a timely manner.
  • Review and approve reconciliations completed by direct report(s) and/or other General Ledger staff.

4. Prepares and reviews journal entries across multiple business units.
  • Prepares recurring and manual journal entry.
  • Provides and validates supporting documentation to substantiate journal entry.
  • Reviews and approve journal entries submitted by direct report(s).
5. Prepares management reports and submits to Accounting Manager for review.
  • Communicates issues and resolutions to General Accounting Management and affected areas/departments.
  • Utilizes tools such as system queries and downloads SAS reporting, Excel macros and Access database.
6. Reviews and analyzes a variety of accounting transactions involving State, Federal, Community funded programs and other funding sources. Ensures transactions are recorded properly, are debited/credited to the appropriate source/program and comply with generally accepted accounting principles for governmental accounting.
  • Reviews monthly budget reports for appropriate expenditures and spending levels. Communicate budget deficiencies and issues to Compliance team to address with program directors/managers.
  • Monitors daily banking activity, reviews and analyzes all monies received and ensures posting to proper accounts. Create correcting cash entries as needed.
  • Review and apply federal guidelines and references as noted in the project administration guidance checklist submitted by the Compliance team for each grant and contract.
  • Prepares reimbursement requests and submits to the Accounting Manager for approval and processing.
  • Prepares financial reports for grant, contract, and other funding sources. Due dates and reporting requirements are entered into the accounting system by the Compliance team.
  • Serves as a backup for the Accounting Manager with review and processing of cash reimbursement requests through the Payment Management System and other agency sites.
7. Coordinates and prepares interim and year-end audit schedules.
  • Acts as a key accounting contact for auditors in absence of Accounting Manager.
  • Assists Accounting Manager in preparing for internal and external audits performed throughout the year as well as year-end, including monitoring and reviewing of accounts and reporting of fixed assets.

8. Researches and prepares technical accounting solutions for new and existing complex business issues.
  • Facilitates and coordinates solutions of difficult scope and complexity with other departments, locations and divisions.
  • Works directly with the Accountants to recommend system enhancements.
  • Reviews, develops, and implements system and procedural financial control enhancements.

9. Ensures proper posting of automated, system generated entries.
  • Ensures automated interfaces to and from the GL are functioning as intended.
  • Troubleshoots problems with systems personnel until resolved (resolution may include manual workarounds).
  • Assesses and resolves prior period financial impact.

10. Consistently supports compliance with SRPMIC Policies and Procedures by maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of information, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting noncompliance, and adhering to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accreditation and licenser requirements (if applicable).

11. Provides assistance to Finance management team with respect to various accounting or special projects.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of the culture, customs, traditions, history and government of the Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community.
  • Knowledge of general accounting, auditing, and budgeting principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices for governments (fund accounting).
  • Knowledge of the financial reporting requirements of the State and Federal programs with which the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is involved.
  • Knowledge of the 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
  • Skill in reviewing and evaluating a variety of financial and budgetary records.
  • Skill in understanding and applying complex rules, regulations, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Skill in preparing a variety of computerized financial and budgetary records and reports.
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills a must.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and timely records of financial transactions.
  • Ability to utilize the personal computer and related software, such as, but not limited to:
  • Excel - Must be proficient in Excel, able to perform tasks including, but not limited to: sorting, summing, and referencing other worksheets or workbooks in a formula, formatting functions, pivot tables, lookup function.
  • MS Word - Must be able to, at a minimum, create memo's, use tables and to use draw functions to create org charts and diagrams in Word
  • Outlook (or equivalent email/calendar software) - Must be proficient in use of email system, managing of calendar and scheduling appointments
  • MS Access - Basic knowledge of MS Access preferred, including but not limited to creation or importing of tables, basic query writing, and basic report creation.
  • Ability to operate a variety of standard office equipment including calculators, printer, and copiers.

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Experience: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting, Finance or closely related field, AND
  • Experience equivalent to 5 years of progressive levels of accounting work.
  • CPA and/or MBA preferred.
  • Experience using PeopleSoft software, especially the General Ledger and related modules preferred

Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of experience and education that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered when filling the position.

Underfill Eligibility: An enrolled Community Member whom closely qualifies for the minimum qualifications for a position may be considered for employment under SRPMIC Policy 2-19, Underfill.

Special Requirements
May be required to work beyond normal work hours including nights, weekends and holidays.

Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

"SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer" Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods:
1) attach to application
2) fax (480) 362-5860
3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.