TITLE: Accountant CLASS: Exempt
DEPARTMENT: Finance DATE:
July 12, 2022
Town of Canton seeks applicants for the position of Accountant. The Finance
Department is responsible for maintaining all budgets, accounts and financial
records of the Town and school district.
This is a highly responsible position requiring strong financial
management and analytical skills.
position involves the performance of a wide variety of professional accounting
and financial control functions. Salary range $68,000 to $76,000. A Bachelorís
Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration or closely related
field, with at least three (3) years of increasingly responsible governmental
accounting experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience,
which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and abilities, is
application and job description can be found at www.townofcantonct.org/employment-opportunities
and resume must be received by August 1, 2022 by 4:30 p.m. to Robert Skinner, 4
Market Street, P.O. Box 168, Collinsville, CT 06022.
under the general direction of the Finance Officer/Treasurer. The Accountant
performs governmental accounting duties in maintaining accounting controls and
financial records of the Town and Board of Education. Accountant assists the Finance Officer/Treasurer
in complex analysis of financial and budgetary matters.
The Accountant works under the general guidance and
supervision of the Finance Officer/Treasurer.
Essential Job Functions (Examples)
Receives oral or
written directives from the Finance Officer / Treasurer.
cash receipts including reconciling Town investment and cash accounts,
assigning account numbers to all cash receipts, completing journal entries to
record investment income, grants, debt service payments and department
Assess daily cash
requirements and recommend action to provide adequate funding for issued checks
so as to maximize investment return.
interfund accounts on a monthly basis.
records all transfers between bank accounts, including governmental investment
accounts to checking accounts for disbursement purposes.
review monthly revenue, tax collection, investment income, sewer assessment,
sewer use and special revenue fund income reports for the Finance Officer/Treasurer.
reconciles self-insurance fund and prepares monthly summary reports.
summary reports of cash balances per bank and investment accounts.
verifies that receipt deposits are recorded correctly and booked to proper
entries for revenues at year-end for Town and Board of Education.
Officer/Treasurer in gathering information and preparing financial and
statistical data for comprehensive annual financial report.
preparation and maintenance of fixed assets schedule and related tables are
required by GASB #34.
and fiscal year-end reports required by external agencies (including State and
Federal governments) as assigned: delinquent tax schedule (including
reconciling to general ledger accounts); sixty day tax collection revenue;
state DEEP reports for land use permits and Dog Fund reports; and various
reconciles driveway and performance bond schedules and processes additions and
releases with Building Official.
Review with Board
of Education business office staff personnel expense and cash reconciliations
to Town general ledger.
of Education interfund account to Town account.
year-end journal entries to recognize Board of Education expenses and all
reimbursements related to such expenses.
Officer/Treasurer with surety performance bond reviews submitted by developers
before initiating construction of public improvements, including verification
of registration and compliance with insurance requirements.
assignments and prepares confidential reports and analysis as directed by the
professional government finance organizations and related continuing education
to stay current with developments in public finance and municipal accounting.
Additional Job Functions
additional tasks and duties as necessary and/ or requested.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
knowledge of general accounting principles and practices, governmental
accounting preferred, with the ability to apply these principles to solve
practical problems, perform complex mathematical computations and establish and
maintain complex financial records.
interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral or schedule
financial information management systems.
knowledge of Microsoft Office software (including Word and Excel) and use of
of governmental accounting principles and practices; internal control
procedures and financial management information systems; payroll and accounts
payable functions; budgetary, accounting and reporting systems; GAAFR, GAAP,
establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees,
suppliers, service providers, financial institutions, Town officials and the
communicate effectively in a non-confrontational manner with the general
public, elected and appointed officials, regulatory agencies, and other
exercise sound, expert independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
interpret and apply regulations, codes, policies and procedures.
ability to analyze problems.
Ability to apply
common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral
or diagrammatic form.
acquire skills to operate office equipment.
initiate, organize and follow through on comprehensive programs and projects.
Ability to deal
effectively with elected and appointed officials, contract providers, employees
and the general public.
Ability to act
calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
Required Physical and Mental Effort and Environmental Conditions
to sit at a desk or to stand and work continuously for extended periods of
range of body motions, manual and finger dexterity and eye and hand
additional hours beyond regularly scheduled workday to meet cyclical workload.
Ability to lift
up to 35 pounds necessary to move office files or equipment.
Works in office
setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.
Work may include
extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and/ or operating a
Exposure to video
display terminals on a daily basis.
additional hours beyond regularly scheduled workday on occasion to meet
Ability to work
under stress from contact with public, demanding deadlines and changing
priorities and conditions.
Ability to hear
normal sounds with some background noise and to communicate effectively.
concentrate on fine detail with constant interruption and to attend to task/function
for more than 60 minutes at a time.
Ability to file
letters, correspondence, reports, etc. in file cabinet drawers ranging from 1í
to 7í from the floor.
Ability to move
throughout the Town Hall and other Town buildings and sites.
Ability to get
into and out of an automobile.
Ability to see
objects closely as in reading a map.
remember multiple task/ assignments given to self and others over long periods
License or Certificate:
Must possess a
valid and current driverís license.
Note: The above description is illustrative only. It is not meant to be all-inclusive.