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Capital Asset Accountant (Accountant III)

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 09/20/2019

The City of Portland, Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services is looking for an Accountant III to join their team.

The Accountant III positions typically perform the most responsible accounting-related functions and have a substantial impact on the integrity of financial systems, reporting, and management decision making. The Accountant III is responsible for accounting, reporting, and financial analysis and is significantly relied upon for accuracy, completeness, and timeliness by City management for decision making purposes. This position analyzes and proposes solutions to problems without direct supervisory involvement and functions on general instructions and guidelines without close daily supervision. The Accountant III may also provide lead direction and training to office support and other accounting staff. Supervision of the Accountant III is consultative in nature to guide the problem-solving process.

Accountant IIIs are also responsible for the following activities: researching business processes; developing and proposing recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness; ensuring accurate, efficient, and effective financial reporting; assisting City bureaus regarding intricate governmental accounting requirements and analysis; implementation of new accounting standards and regulations, including those promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; and performing a wide variety of accounting-related functions that involve interpretation and analysis, often with a high degree of independence.

Team work and cross functional collaborations are highly valued to facilitate smooth work flows and an in-depth understanding of the City's finances.

The City of Portland currently has one Accountant III vacancy in the Financial Systems and Training Section of the Accounting Division, Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services. This position will report to the Assistant Controller. The successful candidate will serve as the lead for the capital asset and project system functions, helping all bureaus coordinate capital asset accounting. Other duties may include assisting with posting of documents to SAP and performing master data maintenance, assisting with the City's compliance program and process mapping, assisting with the preparation of the City's financial statements, assisting with the development and maintenance of management reporting, conducting city-wide training, facilitating user group meetings and assisting with the development of training material. Understanding of technology, capital asset accounting, project systems, internal controls, customer service and communication skills are critical for this position.

Additionally, this recruitment will result in an eligible list that other City bureaus may use to fill future Accountant III vacancies.

In addition to the listed pay, employees licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Oregon receive an additional 5% for all hours worked.

External applicants start at the entry salary rate. This classification is represented by the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
1.Knowledge and experience applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
2.Knowledge and experience using enterprise resource planning financial systems (SAP preferred) and understanding the transactional effects and impact on the general ledger and other system modules.
3.Knowledge and experience applying financial analysis techniques to develop and prepare financial reports.
4.Advanced skills and experience using software technology, especially Microsoft Excel and Word.
5.Ability and experience leading projects in a team of professionals, including assigning, auditing, and reviewing work of others.
6.Ability and experience effectively communicating orally and in writing to colleagues and business partners.


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in your resume and responses to the supplemental questions weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Recruitment Timeline: •Posting: 09/02/19 - 09/20/19
•Applications Reviewed: week of 09/23/19
•Eligible List: week of 09/30/19
•Selection Phase Begins: Tentatively the week of 10/07/19

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions: Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
•Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
•Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
•If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.


Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Teresa Dahrens, Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4516

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