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OPENS: 01/20/2022  CLOSES: 02/03/2023

The Accountant services as the primary financial projects coordinator for the Business Operations unit of the Birmingham Public Library.  This position is essential to maintaining internal controls under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer. Work involves maintaining financial records, analyzing accounts and/or other routine accounting documents according to generally accepted accounting principles.  Work is reviewed for accuracy, completeness, and timeliness.

  • Position reports to the Library Chief Financial Officer.
  • Maintains complete sets of accounts including subsidiary fixed assets, general ledger, budgetary, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and control accounts.
  • Coordinates system-wide bank deposits
  • Makes appropriate entries and prepares necessary reports relating to account status.
  • Performs analytical assignments including checking accuracy of entries and examining routine accounting documents such as payrolls, purchase vouchers, cash receipts, bank entries, travel advances and reimbursements, and disbursement vouchers;
  • Reviews requests for payment and assures availability of funds;
  • Approves or recommends approval. Prepares financial statements for internal use and public distribution;
  • Assist in budget preparation as assigned.
  • Reconciles accounts
  • Verifies that transactions are properly supported and in accordance with established laws and regulations;
  • Monitor and transfer funds according to established policy and procedure.
  • Examines a variety of financial statements for completeness and conformance with uniform accounting classifications or other specific accounting requirements;
  • Assists in preparation of adjusting journal vouchers.
  • Compiles statements and submits payments; makes routine disbursements as required;
  • Reconciles bank statements.
  • Cooperates with external auditors and government officials;
  • Compiles information to be used in audits and actuarial studies.
  • Prepare cash requisitions and letters of credit for draw down of grants.
  • Updates insurance values on property;
  • Assigns insurable value to renovated, remodeled or new buildings;
  • Prepares journal entries for insurance premiums; reviews and approves payments for insurance invoices;
  • Receives insurance return premiums.
  • Maintain fixed asset record-keeping system, as assigned.
  • Oversee accounting records management, destruction and retrieval, as assigned.
  • Review and recommend changes to computerized accounting system, policies and procedures.
  • Assign, coordinate, and review the work of Accounting Assistant II, as needed.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and procedures
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting, purchasing, tax, and related systems and procedures
  • Skill in using a computer
  • Ability to apply accounting principles to fiscal and accounting record maintenance
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, governmental officials, and the general public
  • Ability to use modern office methods, techniques and equipment
Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time; eyesight sufficient to read and understand information from microforms and PC monitors, and the manual dexterity necessary for the regular use of PCs; ability to stoop, twist, turn and move materials in the library; ability to lift moderate weight up to 20 pounds is required

Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or a closely related field with major course work in accounting and two years of accounting experience.

Grade 21, Full Time-Salary range is $43,347.20 to $50,190.40 with excellent benefits, such as major medical health coverage, dental and life insurance, pension plan, sick and vacation leave along with 12 paid holidays per year.
Applicants must register and apply at the Alabama Career Center (  A resume and transcript must be submitted with application. The application will be forwarded to the Birmingham Public Library Personnel Officer.  Library employees need not go through the Alabama Career Center but can submit applications directly to the Library Personnel Office. Qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview.  You must pass a pre-employment health screen before you may be employed by the Birmingham Public Library.  Position available immediately. 
This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbent may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.
Equal Opportunity Employer

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