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Position: Senior Accountant
Municipality:Town of Glastonbury
Close Date:12/31/2021


                                                                        JOB DESCRIPTION



TITLE:                     Senior Accountant

DEPARTMENT:       Finance/Accounting                                   

REPORTS TO:        Controller





Under broad supervision of the Controller, prepares and examines financial records, data and reports.  Coordinates all aspects of payroll, and provides liaison to insurer for liability, auto and property claims. 





1.     Compiles financial information, prepares schedules and reports, including but not limited to financial statements, business activity reports, federal and state tax reports, unemployment and labor statistics; participates in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.


2.     Prepares data and creates reports to inform the work of others, such as contributing to the annual audits (e.g. town-wide audit, workers’ compensation audit, etc.), assisting with actuarial valuations (e.g. pension and OPEB), and aiding with the annual budgetary process.


3.     Reconciles account balances, including employee life insurance and retiree health insurance bills.  Maintains accounts receivable records for retiree health insurance, submits payments, and notifies retirees/HR of delinquencies.


4.     Provides liaison to insurer/broker for Town’s Liability-Auto-Property insurance claims; maintains related records.


5.     Coordinates/completes all phases of payroll, including but not limited to:

a.     Preparing, processing and disbursing bi-weekly, periodic, and special payrolls, in accordance with Wage and Hour laws, Town policies and collective bargaining agreements;

b.     Collaborating with Human Resources to ensure accuracy of data and administration. 

c.     Reviewing time and payroll data for accuracy and completeness, and reconciling discrepancies. 

d.     Maintaining records of employee fringe benefit use and accruals;

e.     Communicating in writing, by email, in person and by telephone to employees, coworkers and supervisors to provide information, such as, payroll practices and procedures, explanations of pay, tax and benefits deductions, deposit information and use of accruals;

f.      Creating journal entries and balancing totals to general ledger.  Performing necessary account reconciliations and reviewing monthly general ledger accounts related to payroll and employee benefits;

g.     Maintaining current knowledge of wage and benefits regulations impacting payroll processing and recordkeeping. 


6.     Contributes to a respectful and safe work environment by fostering a culture of positive communication, ethical behavior and emphasis on providing exceptional service to internal and external customers.





1.     Provides back-up to Account Clerk, and Controller in preparation of month-end closing activities.


2.     Provides administrative and technical support to accounting and finance personnel.


3.     Performs compliance procedures for unclaimed property payroll checks.



4.     Takes a leadership role in new projects and initiatives aimed at improving operations, and completes special projects as assigned.


5.     Performs other duties as required.





·         Maintains confidentiality of records and information as appropriate





·         Observes safe work practices

·         Represents the Town in a professional and courteous manner; observes and respects the dignity of all persons





·         Regularly attends and is punctual for work

·         May occasionally be required to work outside normal work hours




·         Knowledge of accounting principles and procedures, audit background preferred

·         Experience with administration of financial accounting software, preferably Munis 

·         Knowledge of payroll principles, best practices, regulations and procedures

·         Knowledge of federal and state payroll-related regulations

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and Outlook. 

·         Ability to work with recurring deadlines 

·         Ability to deal sensitively with confidential information

·         Ability to work independently

·         Detailed orientated, professional attitude and reliable

·         Strong interpersonal (verbal and written) communication skills, including the ability to communicate with various levels of the organization

·         Problem-solving, and analytical skills

·         Organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills





·         Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work.  However, there may be some walking, standing, stooping, carrying of light items such as papers, books, or files

·         Ability to perform manipulative skills which require hand-eye coordination such as keyboarding skills
Ability to see objects closely as in reading and typing a document

·         Ability to pay attention to detail and concentrate for sixty (60) minutes or more with frequent interruptions, remember multiple assignments given over long periods of time, and understand the theories behind several related concepts





Associate’s degree in Accounting or related field and five (5) years of directly-related experience, Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related field and three (3) years of directly-related experience, or a combination of education, training, and experience deemed sufficient to perform the functions of the position.






NOTE:  The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of

every task and responsibility. 














We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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