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Accountant I, General Accounting Office At Baltimore County Public Schools

Location: Baltimore County, Maryland

Job Description

Position Type:
LEAD - CENTRAL OFFICE PROFESSIONAL/ACCOUNTANT I (V76700)
Date Posted:
3/5/2020
Location:
GREENWOOD BLDG E (098501)
Closing Date:
03/18/2020
CLASS TITLE: Accountant I

WORKING TITLE: Accountant I, General Accounting Office

TITLE CODE: V76700

GRADE: 03/OPE

REPORTS TO: Fiscal Supervisor III, General Accounting office

DEFINITION: Under the supervision of the Fiscal Supervisor, performs a variety of professional accounting duties. Assists the fiscal supervisor with account reconciliations. Maintains the system chart of accounts tables and operational system tables. Reviews the daily processing of jobs and interfaces and reviews for accuracy. Reviews journal entries for proper backup and coding. Processes manual disbursement documents.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Review and update policies and procedures for the office of Accounting.

Maintains the chart of accounts tables for all accounts.

Processes interfaces and uploads of transactions to the Advantage Financial system.

Reviews journal entries for proper backup documentation and accurate coding and approvals.

Processes manual disbursement documents in the financial system to record ACH disbursements.

Reviews nightly cycle processing results to ensure all necessary jobs ran and completed successfully.

Processes periodic batch and chain jobs in the financial system and monitors for completion.

Maintain open and close periods in the financial and human resources/payroll system.

Reviews rejected payroll transactions for correction and follows up with accountants and supervisors to gather correction data.

Assists the Fiscal Supervisor with account reconciliations.

Acts as backup System Administrator to the Fiscal Supervisor.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education, Training, and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field, plus one year of professional accounting experience. Experience in governmental accounting is preferred. Experience with the AMS Advantage Financial software desired.

Note: Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience that provide the knowledge and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of the principals and practices of professional accounting. Knowledge of automated accounting systems. Knowledge of GAAP and standard accounting business practices. Knowledge of personal computers and Microsoft Office software applications.

Skill in organizing, preparing, and maintaining data in electronic and paper formats. Skill in maintaining and analyzing ledgers, journals, and other accounting records and statements. Skill in use of spreadsheets, word processors, and databases. Skill in communicating effectively. Skill maintaining accurate records and preparing reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to operate the Advantage Financial System. Ability to serve as a back up to and assist the Advantage Financial System Administrator.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
The work of this class is generally sedentary and performed in an office environment.

FLSA: Exempt

Eligible for the Baltimore County Employees’ Retirement System

This class specification defines the types of duties and level of difficulty of work required of positions in this title. It shall not be held to exclude duties not mentioned nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.

Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Application Instructions
Please read and carefully follow the instructions provided below.
  • Applicants are required to have a completed application on file for employment with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). Each time an applicant applies to a job with BCPS, the application must be resubmitted. If an applicant started an application with BCPS in the past and at a later date decides to apply for additional positions, it is the applicant's responsibility to review the entire application and ensure that all data is up to date (for example, the applicant may need to add additional schooling or certifications, an additional work experience, or provide updated references). The applicant must remember to review the entire application each time for accuracy and submit each time for a new or different vacancy.
  • Professional references must be submitted to complete your application. Examples of professional references include current and former principals, supervisors, managers, mentor teachers and university/college supervisors. Personal references from colleagues, friends, community members, etc. will not be accepted. Applicants should notify their reference proactively to inform them they will receive a form via email through a MAILBOT email address from Baltimore County Public Schools. Applicants should also inform their reference(s) of the job they are applying to.
  • Be sure to account for all periods of employment and unemployment, including student teaching and internship experience, and include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers.
  • Be sure to answer all criminal background questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the criminal background questions you must provide a written explanation. A criminal offense does not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment with BCPS. Factors such as passage of time since the offense, the nature of the violation, and the extent of rehabilitation will be taken into consideration.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • All persons employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools, regular and temporary, are required to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background investigation (State of Maryland, Senate Bill 315, effective October 1, 1986) completed. The fee charged for fingerprinting is $81.00. An identification card will be issued which must be shown prior to employment.
  • Anyone offered employment is required to provide proper identification and documentation of eligibility for employment in the US.
  • If you have military experience you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.
  • Official transcripts for all higher education must be received prior to contract signing.
  • Some positions will require employees to undergo a physical examination and/or drug testing.
  • All newly hired personnel must attend a Badges and Benefits session.
  • Additional job verification will be required for salary credit.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Education of Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to educational programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the Board’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: EEO Officer, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles Street, Building B, Towson, Maryland 21204 (443-809-8937). There is a compliance officer responsible for identifying, preventing, and remedying prohibited harassment concerning students. Complaints of harassment should be directed to the executive director, Department of School Safety and Security, 9600 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 118, Baltimore, MD 21220 (443-809-4360).


Contact Information
Michael Hodge
Director of Staffing
(AFSCME, ESPBC, OPE & Non-Represented)
Business Services Staffing
6901 Charles Street, E Building
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 443-809-7874
Fax: 410-296-0568
Email: mhodge@bcps.org