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Lead Accountant

Brighton, Michigan
Green Oak Charter Township, Michigan (18,700 residents), is a suburban community (AA- bond rated) with commercial retail and light industrial businesses located along the US-23 and I-96 corridor in Livingston County.  We are seeking a candidate for our Lead Accountant position.
The Lead Accountant Position
Position:  Lead Accountant/Municipal Accounting
Reports to:  Township Clerk
FLSA Status: Exempt
General Responsibilities for the Lead Accountant position:
  • Under the direction of the Township Clerk, maintain detailed accounting records of the township utilizing the Uniform Chart of Accounts prescribed by the State Treasurer
  • Maintaining the accuracy and integrity of the Township’s General Ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, utility, payroll, and financial reporting 
  • Review, monitor, and maintain internal controls for the Township and makes recommendations for improvements 
  • Ensures that accounting records are following GAAP and GASB accounting standards, laws, and regulations  
  • Effectively utilizes the Township’s BS&A financial management software including the General Ledger, Accounts Payable, and Purchase Order modules 
  • Understand the Cash Receipting, Tax, and Utility Billing modules
  • Work with the Treasurers Department regarding revenue, analysis, and reporting and prepares reports for the Township Board
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by Clerk
  • Verify and analyze financial transactions, reports and statements
  • Complete monthly reconciliations of all the Township bank and investment accounts.  Reconciles all balance sheet activities to the various funds including all due to/due from.  Analyzes all revenue and expenditures to detect misclassifications.  Makes all necessary journal entries to balance the various funds.  Participates in non-routine special finance projects for the Township
  • Provide a monthly budget to actual report of financial status to all departments.  Answers questions and resolves accounting problems for requesting departments.
  • Aids, as requested, in the annual preparation of the Township budget and actively involved in annual audit
  • Leads in the annual preparation of the audit which includes all year-end schedules and workpapers on the Township funds
  • Provides payroll provider with accurate wage and hourly information for the Township administration, Police, and Fire departments biweekly.  This includes timesheet entries into the payroll system and tracking payroll expenses by department.  Initiates all register and distribution reports for payroll.  Completes the annual worker’s compensation report.  Works with Human Resource services to provide necessary employee and benefit information
  • Leads in processing and posting accounts payable and purchase order requests.  Supervises and assists staff in maintaining records of expenditures on accounts payable and prepares necessary accounts payable reports for various departments and the Township Board
  • Effectively utilizes the Township’s BS&A financial management software including the General Ledger, Accounts Payable, and Purchase Order modules.  Understand the Cash Receipting, Tax, and Utility Billing modules and work with the Treasurers Department regarding revenue, analysis, and reporting
Desired Experience, Skills, and Abilities for the Lead Accountant
  • Bachelor’s in Accounting or Business Administration with a strong emphasis in Accounting
  • Must be bondable
  • Prefer a minimum of two years municipal accounting experience and in use of municipal accounting software
  • Familiarity with GASB accounting rules desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Officeâ applications, copy equipment, and other applicable office environment equipment
  • Ability to work under pressure of deadlines and with frequent interruptions
  • The position requires skills necessary to effectively interact and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers and vendors. Applicant must be able to interact with the public to respond to inquiries
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move items of moderate weight, including file boxes, portable computers, etc.  The employee must occasionally drive a vehicle, walk, stand, climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision, depth perception, color vision, and ability to adjust focus
Compensation, Benefits, and Structure
This is a full-time permanent position and typical hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Additional hours may be required during audit and budget preparation time periods. The salary will be commensurate with experience.  The Township offers a very competitive benefit package which, upon eligibility, includes but is not limited to 100% township paid medical, dental and vision for the employee and any eligible dependents.  
The Recruiting Process for the Lead Accountant
Candidates should apply with cover letter, resume, references and        completed Green Oak Charter Township application.  Submit application and resume by August 13, 2021. Submit the documents to Human Resources, at 10001 Silver Lake Road; Brighton, MI 48116 or email them to HR@greenoaktwp.com.
  Green Oak Charter Township is an equal opportunity employer.


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