Within the Finance Department, and under direction of a Senior Accountant, the Staff Accountant supervises the water & sewer billing and collection.
Directly provides and supervises general customer support, with a particular focus on water customers, including the answering, screening and forwarding of incoming phone calls. Provide basic and accurate information in-person and via phone and/or email. Maintain high standard of customer service and ethics in the workplace.
Manages Clerical Technicians and/or Finance Coordinator/s. Makes certain appropriate accounting control over water billing and collection is enforced. Continually evaluates the effectiveness of operational procedures and controls to maximize departmental productivity and minimize errors made by staff. This staff accountant audits customer invoicing, collection of monies, and cash receipt applications. They process off-cycle and month end transactions, prepares various standard and ad hoc reconciliations and reports.
This staff accountant manages third-party vendor relationships and inter-departmental coordination. Works with other departments to continuously identify opportunities for process improvements. Work with Senior Accountant in establishing and enforcing finance policies and incorporating adequate process controls.
Previous experience in accounting, finance, and supervision of a team of administrative support / finance staff.
Previous accounting, cash handling and / or cash balancing experience.
Requires a minimum of three years’ progressive accounting experience (Governmental experience preferred).
Undergraduate degree in Accounting or Finance
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and accounting software such as QuickBooks.
About City of Waukegan
Incorporated in 1859, the City of Waukegan is a political subdivision of the State of Illinois, located in the County of Lake along the state's northeast boundaries. Waukegan is approximately 24 square miles in area and has a current population of 89,877, making it the ninth largest city in the state. The city operates under a mayor-aldermanic form of government, with a mayor and nine aldermen representing nine wards and serving as the City Council.
Administration of city government is headed by the mayor, who is elected on at-large basis for a four-year term. Although the mayor and aldermen all serve for four years, their elections are held two years apart, making it possible for the city to maintain a realistic separation of duties and constituencies. With the consent of the council, the mayor appoints the various department heads, including the Director of Finance. The Finance Department is responsible for maintaining a fiscally sound organization that conforms to legal requirements and to generally accepted financial management principles. The Finance Department services include: accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivables, auditing, budget, debt management, payroll, and strategic financial planning.