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We're Hiring: Accounting Technician / Accounting Specialist

Career Opportunity

Position:          Accounting Technician / Accounting Specialist
Salary Range: Accounting Technician     $28.95 - $38.80 hourly
                         Accounting Specialist   $35.03 - $46.94 hourly

Posted:          July 06, 2021
Closing Date: Open until filled, apply immediately.
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About the Position
Scotts Valley Water District is seeking qualified Accounting Technician / Accounting Specialist candidates to fill an existing full-time position.

The Accounting Technician / Specialist is an alternately staffed position. Accounting Technician is the entry and training level position and performs routine work under direct supervision following established guidelines.  Accounting Specialist is the intermediate journey level position that performs more complex tasks. exercises broader discretion with more independent judgement and requires higher level education and expertise with utility billing systems.

About the District
Scotts Valley Water District has established itself as a regional leader in sustainable water management and is the trusted source of high-quality water for our local community.  The District has about 4,000 customers, employs 18 full-time staff and has an annual operating budget of $7M. 

Minimum Qualifications

Principles, techniques, and practices of fiscal and recordkeeping activities and functions; methods and practices of data collection and report preparation; common computer software and hardware; business mathematics; principles and practices of verbal and written communications; proper use of office equipment.

In addition for Accounting Specialist: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), principles and practices of data collection and report preparation; budget development and fiscal controls; professional application of research and writing skills; project management. 

Quickly learn an integrated financial management system, make accurate mathematic calculations, deal tactfully and courteously with the public, staff and vendors, work effectively and maintain attention to detail despite frequent interruptions, quickly learn policies and procedures pertaining to the work, work cooperatively and effectively in a team setting, work independently and in the absence of supervision, understand and carry out oral and written instructions, establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping and tracking systems.

In addition for Accounting Specialist: Plan, coordinate and perform professional accounting work related to the maintenance and development of District financial, accounting, budgeting and management information systems; analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives and develop and recommend effective courses of action; understand GASB statements and interpretations; perform complex technical professional accounting and financial analysis.

Education and Experience
Any combination that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Accounting Technician
Experience:  Two or more years of accounting or financial experience.

Education:  Completion of high school or its equivalent. Some coursework in business administration, accounting, economics, mathematics, public administration, or a related area of study.

Accounting Specialist
Experience:  Four or more years of experience in accounting, finance or business administration with demonstrated increasing responsibilities and work in an independent manner. Water utility experience desired.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, economics, mathematics, public administration, or a related area of study.

Physical Demands
This position requires verbal skills to effectively interface with other staff members and the public; sufficient near vision to read documents and use a computer and far vision when interacting with others; acute hearing is required when communicating via telephone. The ability to push, pull, lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds is also required. 

Working Environment
Work is performed in an office environment and the nature of the work requires that the incumbent operate a computer and other office equipment in a seated position for extended periods of time.

License or Certification
Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and a safe driving record.

Desirable Qualifications
Experience performing accounting functions for a water utility. Familiarity with governmental accounting.

To be considered for this position
Please submit via email to employment@svwd.org  a completed District Job application, a detailed resume and a compelling cover letter that describes 1) what makes you a good fit for this position and our team; 2) what differentiates you from other candidates; 3) why did you choose us, the Scotts Valley Water District as a potential employer; and include where you heard about this career opportunity.

Selection Process
All submissions will be acknowledged and reviewed, and those candidates presenting the most relevant qualifications for the position will be invited to continue in the selection process. 

All offers of employment are contingent on proof of a good driving record and successful completion of a District paid physical examination. The District paid physical examination includes physical abilities testing as appropriate for the position and drug and alcohol testing as required for safety sensitive classifications.

This classification is represented by the District’s Employee Union, AFSCME Local 101 (AFL-CIO) and is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Vacation – up to 2 years 16 days, 2 through 7 years 21 days and over 7 years 26 days annually
Holidays - 11.5 days annually
Sick Leave – 7 days annually
Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance coverage is provided for employee and eligible dependents
Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
Supplemental Life Insurance
California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) -New Members 2% at 62, Classic Members 2% at 55
457 Deferred Compensation
Tuition Reimbursement
Employee Assistance Program
AFLAC Supplemental Insurance plans