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Senior Accountant

Atlanta Regional Commission

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018

End Date: Feb. 28, 2018

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults, and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.
The Senior Accountant is responsible for performing day-to-day financial, accounting and grants administration functions in the financial services unit of the Aging and Independence Services Group. The selected candidate will be responsible for developing systems for tracking and reporting on the Group’s financial position regarding all grants and appropriated budget(s). This position will report directly to the Finance and Contracts Manager. 
Financial Services Coordination
•       Interpret budget directives and establish processes for carrying out directives;
•       Compile and analyze accounting data to determine the financial resources required to sustain and implement new programs;
•       Assist in the development and analyzing of monthly budgeting and accounting reports to maintain expenditure controls;
•       Prepare regular and special budget reports weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually and on an as needed basis;
•       Consult with program staff and budget liaisons to ensure that budget adjustments are made in accordance with program changes; provide advice and technical assistance with cost analyses, fiscal allocations and budget preparations;
•       Summarize budget recommendation(s) and submit for review approval and consideration to the Unit Manager; examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy and conformance with procedures and regulations;
•       Review operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs;
•       Perform cost-benefits analyses to compare operating program components, review financial requests and explore alternative financing methods.
Accounts Payables/Accounts Receivables
•       Review and approve charges; all invoices and requests for payment, including any related backup documentation should be reviewed by the appropriate authority and signed as approved;
•       Ensure that all contract payments are made in a timely manner and in accordance with established guidelines and Group deadlines;
•       Conduct internal auditing of contract providers to ensure that state guidelines are being met and to ensure proper appropriation of expenditures; provide monthly financial summary reports;
•       Conduct review of all charges and deposits to accounts under purview regularly and as a part of monthly close out;
•       Review of budget vs. actual expenses and revenue on regular basis, but no less than monthly to identify any possible issues;
•       Coordinate billing and cash receipts, process and establish a system of “checks and balances” within the Central Finance unit;
•       Ensure proper recording and application of cash and revenue, management of outstanding or aged invoices and direct interfacing on accounts payable and receivable matters and resolution.
Contract-to-Budget Management
•       Ensure that all contract payments are made in a timely manner and in accordance with established guidelines and Group deadlines;
•       Conduct regular performance review meetings on contract budgets and make recommendations;
•       Monitor expenditures to contract deliverables;
•       Adjust the general ledger and research program enhancements;
•       Monitor revenues and expenditures and create new funds;
•       Develop procedures to meet accounting needs;
•       Perform other duties assigned to support agency goals and objectives.
•       Knowledge to review, analyze and evaluate business systems and user needs into requirements;
•       Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and federal and state funding regulations;
•       Knowledge of databases and understanding of fundamental accounting and finance principles;
•       Ability to analyze data to help formulate system or reporting requirements or test new functionality;
•       Ability to extract and manipulate data for report generation;
•       Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines successfully;
•       Possess strong process improvement and analytical skills;
•       Possess strong financial, analytical operations and business skills;
•       Proficient in all aspects of accounting;
•       Proficient in Microsoft suite, particularly Excel and Access;
•       Proficient knowledge in customer billing and tracking;
•       Skill in defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts and drawing valid conclusions;
•       Experience working with grant awards and sub-grantee relationships.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (equivalent combination acceptable): 
•       Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field
•       Three (3) years of accounting experience
•       Master’s degree in finance, business administration, statistics or related field
•       Previous supervisory experience
•       Experience in revenue recognition and posting
In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:
1.      Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
2.      Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
3.      Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
4.      Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and; 
5.      Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.   
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $54,920- $93,034 (no SS deductions except for Medicare portion, approx. 1.45% of salary)