Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $18.36 - $27.74 gross per hour
  • Thornton



Under specified supervision, performs clerical and accounting duties involving financial record keeping and transactions including accounts payable and receivable, utility billing, collection and sales tax processing.

Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from level I or, when filled from the outside, require previous and directly related experience.

Accounting Specialist I:
Under immediate supervision, this is the entry-level class in the Accounting Specialist series. Incumbents entering the class have limited related work experience. Incumbents perform work under close supervision while learning job tasks. Generally, work is observed and reviewed both during performance and upon completion.

Accounting Specialist II:
Under general supervision, this is the journey-level class in the Accounting Specialist series. Incumbents assigned to this class are expected to perform the full range of work assigned to this class and to work with independence and initiative. Incumbents may provide functional supervision to clerical staff involved in the performance of accounting functions.

(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

Reviews, verifies, and checks the accuracy of routine financial documents, such as invoices, timesheets, water meter readings, utility bills, cash receipts, and sales tax returns.

Calculates payments due and determines correct accounting codes; enters transactions into computer; prepares individual computer transactions, reviews and edits reports, makes corrections, and balances entries.

Prepares checks, billings, notices, sales tax returns, and direct deposit advices. Generates summary reports, prepares mailings.

Maintains various computer databases, hard copy files and microfiche records. Establishes, modifies, and deletes records as necessary. Makes routine journal entries.

Provides general information by responding to questions regarding routine financial matters, such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, sales tax, and utility billing.

Searches databases, records, and files to retrieve information; prepares periodic notices or special reports.

Maintains responsibility for functions associated with the custody and accurate reporting of financial resources.

Routes and tracks financial documents to other departments for approval; creates year-end documents, reports, and account reconciliations.

May operate cash register; handle returned mail; process bankruptcy notifications.

May approve arrangements for collecting delinquent accounts following established guidelines.

May create and process utility work orders.

May provide work assignment or functional supervision of assigned staff as required.

May be required to work overtime.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Accounting Specialist I:
High school diploma or GED; one year of related experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Accounting Specialist II:
High school diploma or GED; two years of responsible bookkeeping or basic accounting experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Licensing/Certification Requirements:
May need the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as the job requires.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Accounting Specialist I:
Knowledge of the policies, procedures and goals of the City of Thornton and the department.
Knowledge of principles and procedures of basic accounting.
Knowledge of automated bookkeeping.
Skill in accurately calculating payments due.
Skill in operating cash registers.
Ability to maintain a high level of quality customer service.
Ability to accurately assign and verify account numbers and correct accounting codes.
Ability to prepare various items and notifications such as checks, invoices, notices, sales tax returns, and direct deposit advices.
Ability to use standard office equipment, computer equipment and software required for the position.
Ability to perform work requiring sound independent judgment.
Ability to listen well and communicate effectively orally and in writing with various audiences.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, other agencies and the general public.

Accounting Specialist II:
In addition to previous requirements:
Knowledge of City of Thornton financial matters, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, sales tax and utility billing.
Skill in reviewing, verifying, and checking routine financial documents, such as invoices, timesheets, water meter readings, utility bills, cash receipts, and sales tax returns.
Skill in accurately preparing, reviewing, verifying, and entering routine financial transactions into computer system.
Ability to operate and utilize automated financial systems.
Ability to generate summary reports and prepare mailings.
Ability to maintain various computer databases and hard copy files.
Ability to research and track financial transactions and information.
Ability to interpret, understand, and comply with ordinances, regulations, standards, and guidelines.

Physical and Mental Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, reach, twist, talk, hear, see and demonstrate manual dexterity. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, grasp and perform light lifting.

Examinations may include but are not limited to application screening beyond minimum qualifications; written, oral, practical exercise or any combination thereof or other job related assessment deemed appropriate by Human Resources.

Your application will be used as a screening tool. Completeness and accuracy are important! Any false or untrue statements or material omissions in the application and related paperwork or during the selection process could disqualify you from consideration.

As a condition of employment, the city of Thornton conducts background investigations for all positions which may also include a review of credit report and/or driving record. A drug screen, physical, and/or psychological examination administered by a city-designated provider will be required for pre-determined positions.

  • accounting
  • billing
  • performed
  • tax