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Job Description

Under the direction of the Finance Director, implements and maintains accounting systems, procedures and controls for payment of all Borough obligations, ensures compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and provides accounting and compliance support for all Borough Departments.

Manages, directs and oversees the accurate recording of all receipts and expenditures and the preparation of quarterly and annual financial reports.

Supervise department staff as assigned. Provide technical guidance to all Borough departments as needed.

Examples of Duties

  • Work under the direct supervision of the Finance Director. Extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgement and initiative. May review and analyze confidential Borough issues and/or prepare confidential reports.
  • Work with outside contractors to ensure timely completion of audit and publication of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  • Assist Finance Director in the preparation of the annual Borough-wide budget and Finance Department budget. Supervise the compilation of the budget.
  • Assist Finance Director in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Oversee the production of the Annual Report, ensuring compliance with GASB standards.
  • Assist the Finance Director with Implementation and continued reporting requirements of all applicable GASB pronouncements.
  • Regularly use advanced features of Excel to generate annual and interim financial reports, to perform high-level analysis, and for complex problem solving.
  • Regularly apply comprehensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Government Accounting and Auditing Financial Reporting (GAAFR) standards.
  • Prepare a wide variety of analysis and management reports as requested.
  • Ensure that the Borough’s internal accounting controls adequately safeguard assets, and properly records all financial transactions in the general ledger.
  • Approve all adjusting journal entries on a Borough-wide basis. Review and assist with preparation of general ledger journal entries and reconciliation of general ledger and subsidiary accounts.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly grant reports and reimbursement requests and submit them to state, federal and other agencies as required. Work with department heads or project managers to ensure progress reports are timely submitted.
  • Responsible for preparation and review of an inventory of Borough fixed assets, including capital assets. Prepares associated schedule of depreciation on an annual basis.
  • Assist Finance Director with identifying, reviewing, updating, recommending and developing department policies and procedural changes.
  • Review reconciliations of financial statements; determine Inconsistencies or errors and direct corrections.


  • Provide Instruction to other employees of this or a similar job classification in all aspects of procedure and technique relating to the duties required by this job description unless such Instruction requires a specialized certification, which the employee doing the training does not have.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be able to hear.
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Ability to use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch; and taste or smell.
  • Each of the listed activities also requires standing, sitting, walking, bending, stooping, climbing on stools and ladders, and routinely lift and carry items and boxes up to forty (40) pounds.



  • Valid State of Alaska driver’s license.


  • Five years of progressive professional accounting work experience.
  • Advanced Excel skills required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent, Masters preferred.
  • CPA License preferred.
  • Five years of accounting, auditing, and financial management experience.
  • Two years supervisory experience in accounting.
  • Familiarity with applicable GASB reporting requirements.

Any combination of related education and/or related experience will be considered if the candidate possesses the demonstrated ability.

  • Participation in the Alaska Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS);
  • Health, vision and dental benefits provided by the Borough through Meritain Health effective the first of the month following your start date. The premium associated with health benefits are $25 per pay period, however, the Borough encourages participation in the Healthy Merits Wellness Program, which allows each covered employee to “buy back” the anticipated premium through wellness participation.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) accrued at a rate of 176 hours or 22 days per year for the first two years and thereafter at higher levels set out in the Borough Code (KGBC 3.30.030).
  • Ten paid holidays every year and two annual floating holidays.


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