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CASCADE COUNTY Accountant-CCSO in GREAT FALLS, Montana

***Education/Experience/Training:***--Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance Management and four (4) years of experience in accounting.--Or any equivalent combination of education and experience relevant to the position totaling eight (8) years.***Certifications:****--Valid driver's license issued by the State of Montana or the ability to obtain one within thirty (30) days from date of hire.***JOB SUMMARY***The Accountant oversees the accounting for the Cascade County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and performs daily fiscal operations to provide for sound fiscal procedures that comply with acceptable accounting procedures and state and federal guidelines and is responsible for advanced accounting tasks within the CCSO. The Accountant will provide timely accurate data, status updates of contract billing and forecasting for fiscal year planning, make recommendations to CCSO management on possible cost savings, assist in cost accounting of the CCSO management team, participate as a productive member of the CCSO and County's accounting leadership team, may function as a backup to other County accountants and perform accounting functions and provide accounting assistance in other County offices/departments as part of the County's centralized accounting operation and perform other duties as required or assigned.***ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES***Oversee CCSO budget process to ensure compliance with directives; Provide advice and direction to CCSO managers regarding internal policies and procedures; Analyze past expenditures and develops methods for projecting future expenditures; Analyze accounting data and develops revenue and expenditure reports to keep CCSO management aware of current revenue situations; Project revenue excesses and shortfalls and recommends solutions; Review expenditure analyses and recommends modification to the spending plan; Manage accounts receivable and fiscal procedures for funding sources to ensure funds are available for intended purposes, state and federal reporting requirements are met and to prevent disallowances or audit findings; Interpret federal grant management requirements including match requirements and implements internal grant management policies to ensure compliance; Work with County Budget Office to develop techniques in financial forecasting and trend analysis; Manage accounts payable to ensure expenditures are recorded to the correct funding sources that expenditures are allowable according to funding source guidelines and an accurate record of income and expenditures is available; Prepare financial statements to provide current status of organization fiscal situation; Prepare for and be primary department contact for financial audits, including but not limited to, the internal audits and funding source audits; In collaboration with the County Accounting Manager assist in reviewing new or revised County policies and procedures for accounting and financial control; Represent the CCSO at Board meetings and other meetings regarding financial information; May function as a backup to other County accountants and perform accounting functions and provide accounting assistance in other County offices/departments as part of the County's centralized accounting operation; Conduct other duties or special projects as assigned by Accounting Manager; Supervise, plan, coordinate and direct the work of the Accounting Assistants within their assigned departments; Work with the County's data processing division to coordinate and implement the use of computer technology with assigned accounting duties and functions; Comply with and strictly adhere to CCSO/County state and federal confidentiality, privacy and safety/security laws, rules, policies, guidelines and practices; Prepare and submit accurate, timely reports and records and maintain updated files; Proficiently operate a computer and achieve knowledge of additional computer applications as needed to complete required job duties; Work collabo

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