Job Details

Accountant I

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 10/14/2019

The Portland Police Bureau is seeking an Accountant I to join their team.

PLEASE NOTE: This recruitment will remain open until 100 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, Monday, October 14, 2019, whichever comes first. Applications received after the 100 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process.

The Accountant I is responsible for performing professional accounting-related functions involving basic interpretation and analysis utilizing spreadsheets and databases. Duties include processing payments and accounts receivable; preparing, analyzing and researching financial information, such as purchasing requisitions, procurement cards, petty cash and accounts payable processing; maintaining information technology master data for employees, performing complex payroll interpretation and time entry, assisting in payroll administrative duties including grants reimbursements, and correcting journal entries ensuring completeness and accuracy of financial information, transactions and pay. By establishment of effective working relationships, the incumbent will answer inquiries, and educate and problem-solve with various levels of management and employees to reach sound conclusions and recommendations.

The current vacancy is located in the Police Bureau. The resulting eligible list may be used to fill future City vacancies in this classification.

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 utilizing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
2.Knowledge of governmental accounting practices.
3.Knowledge and experience preparing and analyzing financial information.
4.Knowledge and experience preparing spreadsheets using programs such as accounting software and Microsoft Office Suite.
5.Knowledge and experience using an integrated financial system (such as SAP or a similar system).
6.Knowledge and experience effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders orally and in writing.
Applicants must also possess: •The ability to successfully pass an in-depth background investigation.


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. Some positions may require those placed on the eligible list to complete and sign a criminal statement before being considered for employment.

Recruitment Timeline: •Posting: 09/30/19 - 10/14/19
•Applications Reviewed: week of 10/14/19
•Eligible List: week of 10/21/19
•Selection Phase Begins: Tentatively the week of 11/04/19

*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.

Applications for this position will be accepted, online, until 100 completed applications have been received, but will close no later than 11:59 PM, on October 14, 2019, whichever comes first. Do not attach materials not requested. Applications received after the 100 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process. 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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