Department/Agency of position: 
City of Centennial Finance Department
Location of position: 
Centennial, CO
$55,000.00 – $60,000.00 Annually
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Job Description: 

The City of Centennial, Colorado is an organization driven to quality products and outcomes while adhering to sound fiscal practices and efficient provision of services. We seek to attract and retain the best staff to assist us in this mission and, in return, foster a culture which supports all employees using their talents every day to do what they do best. A winner of the 2017 Gallup Great Workplace Award and named a 2017 Workplace Achiever by the Denver Post, we are proud to embody the link between highly engaged workforce and excellence in business outcomes. We are an innately collaborative culture dedicated to talents and focused on results.

Under general supervision, this position performs technical and professional general accounting activities including general ledger account research, preparation of various reconciliations, account analyses and assisting with the cash management function. In addition, this position is responsible for the monthly investment report and for maintaining a cash flow analysis, bank reconciliations and positive pay files. The position requires hands on accounting and financial analysis work as well as coordination and monitoring of multiple assigned projects with assigned deadlines. Employee responsibilities also include assisting other finance staff, department directors, City staff, vendors, and the public as requested. Position is responsible for providing leadership in assigned areas of responsibility. The Accountant represents the Finance Department with a commitment to reflect excellence and professionalism in contact with other departments, City Council, and citizens.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES The following statements are illustrative of the essential duties of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. The City of Centennial retains the right to modify or change the essential and additional functions of the job at any time.

General Accounting • Performs account research and reconciliations by reviewing assigned general ledger accounts; makes recommendations for adjustments and prepares written documentation of findings. • Performs account analysis and prepares narrative reports (internal and external) explaining account activity and/or findings. • Assists with the preparation of mid-month bank reconciliations, as requested. • Assists with the cash management function by monitoring cash and investment balances and/or charges. • Prepares periodic reports of balances/fees. • Prepares various documents for annual financial audit, as requested. • Tracks, maintains and prepares various monthly financial or analysis reports, as requested. • Prepares grant billings, accounting and design of internal controls for grant management. • Assists with City investment transactions and reporting. • Performs internal audits as requested.

Accounts Payable • Review bi-weekly Accounts Payable check registers and invoices for proper general ledger account coding and documentation. • Prepare the positive pay file for upload to the City’s bank.

Other • Acts as a back-up for accounts payable and cash receipt functions. • Assists in the development and documentation of accounting and finance policies and procedures. • Designs, prepares, and compiles information for various reports, as requested. • Assists in general improvement district reporting. • Establish appropriate accounting systems for the City’s Fiber Works Enterprise Fund. • Maintain City capital asset and depreciation systems. • Trains and reviews the work of clerical and/or technical staff. • Performs other duties as assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment connected to the position.


Knowledge of: • Methods, practices, principles, documents, and terminology used in financial and accounting record keeping; • Practices, procedures, and terms of basic governmental budgeting and accounting; • Fundamental accounting and internal control policies and procedures; • Analysis of reports and records; • City ordinances, rules, procedures, and practices governing accounts payable processing; • Knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software (MS Office Professional 2007 – MSWord, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint); • Modern office practices and procedures; • Modern office equipment.

Skills: • Possess self-management skills; • Requires skill in operating modern office equipment; • Maintain a professional appearance; • Customer service driven; • Strong organizational skills.

Ability to: • Check accuracy of vouchers and be familiar with accounting classifications assigned to various records; • Operate a computer using spreadsheet and financial accounting software; • Effectively meet and communicate with the public with courtesy, discretion and sound judgment; • Be punctual during required working hours; • Occasionally work an adjusted work schedule, overtime, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines as approved by supervisor; • Handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and use good judgment in prioritizing work assignments; • Work well under pressure in a constantly changing environment; • Work with minimal supervision; • Discretely handle confidential information; • Establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with City staff, vendors, auditors, Elected Officials, and members of the public.


Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field, 1 – 2 years of previous experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.


Must be able to perform the essential functions of this job, with or without accommodation.

Physical Demands The person in this position must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time; needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. Occasionally moves office equipment weighing up to 30 pounds. The person in this position frequently communicates with Council members, staff, vendors, and residents; must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Must be able to identify Council members, staff, vendors, and residents, as applicable. Must be able to observe, assess, record, and interpret information.

Work Environment Work is performed primarily in an office setting with in-person and telephone contacts and may involve frequent interruptions. Work may require attendance at evening and/or weekend meetings.

Equipment Used/Required Frequently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy/fax machine, and computer printer.

EXPECTATION OF ALL EMPLOYEES: Support the City’s mission and values.

Mission – The City of Centennial is dedicated to providing a high quality of life, delivering superior customer service and achieving the highest professional standards. We strive to uphold our Mission by adhering to our organizational values.

Values – How We Govern Efficient, Effective, Responsive, Accountable, and Innovative

Values – How We Treat Each Other Respect, Integrity, Partnership, Trust, and Personal & Professional Development

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Department: Finance Reports To: Deputy Director Finance

Division: Finance FLSA Status: Exempt

Pay Grade/Range: 12 Revision Date: 1/30/2018