Under the supervision of the Director of Financial Control / Director of Financial Reporting within the General Accounting-Financial Reporting area, performs complex comprehensive accounting for the Cook County Comptroller’s Office. Prepares bank statement and financial system reconciliations. Originates and prepares general ledger account analyses and financial reports for the use of administrators and the organization. Assists with the monthly and annual financial system closing process. Assists with the annual external audit for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Single Audit Report. Assists with cash flow analysis and the payroll tax reporting process. Prepares and maintains accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting is required.(Must provide original college/university transcript at time of interview)*
Four (4) years of full-time work experience as an Accountant is required.
Experience utilizing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is required.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Accounting is preferred.
Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is preferred.
**At the time of the interview, candidates will be required to complete a 30 minute test to assess their abilities. You will be provided with note paper and a basic calculator. This will be a part of the selection process.
*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Skill in the use of an ERP system for purposes of managing, recording and reporting on financial and related data. Knowledge of principles, methods and procedures related to general accounting. Ability to assist others in projects involving financial systems. Skill identifying accounting errors, inconsistencies and unlawful practices. Ability to objectively and tactfully interact with departments in resolving difficult accounting issues. Ability to research, analyze and distribute financial records on behalf of the department. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and ERP systems. Ability to maintain control over accounting and financial reporting processes. Skill in organizing information in a logical manner to support decisions.
Sedentary Work involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.
When applying for employment with Cook County Government, preference is given in the application process to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for more than 180 consecutive days, or during War Time. To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:
MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION.
IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS A VETERAN ON THEIR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BY ANSWERING YES TO THE QUESTION “Are you a military veteran?”
ATTACH A COPY OF THEIR DD 214, DD 215 or NGB 22 (NOTICE OF SEPARATION) AT TIME OF APPLICATION FILING. IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE DD 214S, 215S, OR NGB 22S, PLEASE SUBMIT THE ONE WITH THE LATEST DATE. COAST GUARD MUST SUBMIT A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE MILITARY SEPARATION FROM EITHER THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (BEFORE 911) OR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (AFTER 911).
VETERAN MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL APPLICABLE DISCHARGE PAPERS AT TIME OF INTERVIEW.
Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
Basic Term Life Insurance
Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program
Employee Assistance Program
Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
You May Qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
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*Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
COOK COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
*This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a
background check, drug screen and medical examination.
About Cook County (IL)
Cook County, Illinois is a home rule unit created by the Illinois State Legislature. It is managed by 17 Commissioners elected for four-year terms. The President of the County Board of Commissioners is also elected and serves as the chief executive officer. The County provides vital services to 5.2 million residents, including health care, public safety, and general governmental services including property recording and taxation, economic development and finance and administration.