Senior Accountant / Deputy Treasurer / Deputy Tax Collector

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Department: Finance 

Reports To:  Finance Director

Classification: Exempt

Salary: 68,023.90 – 72,162.48

Grade/Step:  126/1 – 126/3


The senior accountant must be self-directed, working with limited supervision from the Finance Director and/or Court; independently performing duties and tasks that require specialized knowledge of: budgeting, long-range forecasting, Oregon Tax Law, accounting systems and controls pertaining to all aspects of GAAP and governmental accounting processes and protocols.  These duties include, but are not limited to: organizing and preparing financial records and data for annual audits, reconciling payroll and bank statements, month-end reporting, and financial systems. This position also conducts gap assessments of the County’s accounting systems; engaging in and embracing a continuous improvement philosophy.

Independent judgment and strategic decision making is critical to the planning and organizing of this heavily diversified workload. Knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting practices, cash handling and banking procedures, as well as business mathematics and record keeping are required. This individual must also have the ability to take the lead on migration to a new financial system.

The senior accountant may also be required to serve as A) Deputy  or Tax Collector, carrying out all tax collection duties (may be required to receive training) and/or b) Deputy Treasurer dependent upon the County’s needs.  A successful candidate will commit to, and has the ability to undertake strenuous continuing education and professional development.

Essential Job Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must have ability to form and build good working relationships with co-workers, supervisor in addition to providing excellent customer service to internal and external clients

  • Keeps current with trends and developments related to essential job competencies

  • Ability to reconciles various bank statements with financial software

  • Enters and posts financial information into established accounting programs using GAAP principles (to include all functions of Finance-Cash Receipting, Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Tax Collection/Turnover)

  • Assists Finance Director with preparation of annual budget, supplemental budgets, and audit

  • Supports staff as needed and will cross train in Cash Receipting, Payroll, Property Tax collection, and Property Tax turnover

  • Ability to efficiently learn and effectively utilize various software programs

  • Reviews financial transactions for accuracy and prepares various adjusting journal entries as needed

  • Creates Excel spreadsheets for financial and accounting processes

  • Create and assist with updating operating procedures manuals

  • Assists with audits of cash drawers for all departments within the County

  • Develops and distributes month-end departmental budget reports under the direction of the Court, Finance Director, or Treasurer

  • Allocates interest as mandated by State Law or County Ordinance under the direction of the Finance Director or Treasurer

  • Provides internal auditing of County funds/departments (budget and actual expenditures); assists in forecasting and recommendations for adjustments, as well as correcting entries in a timely manner under the direction of the Finance Director or Treasurer

  • Serves as liaison with financial software provider,  coordinates and provides recommendations for implementing software based on processes consistent with county’s policies, bargaining agreements, and accounting practices

  • Serve as lead on special projects, including capital projects, as necessary


  • Ethical conduct as defined in the County employee handbook

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Accounting and financial management subject matter knowledge

  • Excellent problem solving skills and analytical ability

  • Exceptional customer service skills

  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills

  • High level of emotional intelligence and self-management ability

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related business field

  • Four years practical experience in accounting, record keeping, cashiering, and general clerical

Preferred Education, Experience, and Certification

  • Master’s degree in accounting or related field

  • CPA

  • GFOA-CPFO Certification

  • Oregon Budget and Tax law training/certification

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has supervisory responsibilities 0-6 employees.

Work Environment

This is largely a sedentary role; however some filing, lifting and carrying may be required. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; lift; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Possess the ability to lift up to 20 pounds, twist, and bend.                                    

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is an exempt position; days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as required.   


Occasional travel will be required

Closes: Open Until Filled


Location: Prineville, OR
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