Staff Accountant

The Delta Regional Authority (“DRA” or “the Agency”) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in the “Delta Regional Authority Act of 2000” that serves 252 counties and parishes in an eight-state region: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. DRA operates as a federal-state partnership and works with its local development districts by utilizing market-proven processes to improve economic outcomes and enhance the quality of life for the people in its region. DRA makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into projects supporting basic public infrastructure, transportation improvements, business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, and workforce development.

Together, the Federal Co-Chairman – who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate – the Alternate Federal Co-Chairman, and DRA’s Board of Governors, seek to foster local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and quality of life for Delta residents.

 

JOB TITLE:  Staff Accountant (Accountant I)

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROL:

This position reports directly to the Accounting and Human Resource Supervisor, along with Chief of Staff. The incumbent is relied upon to use initiative and judgment in carrying out assignments, guided by knowledge of Authority’s policy and mission.

 

POSITION LOCATION: Clarksdale, MS

 

POSITION SUMMARY: The Staff Accountant supports the Accounting/HR Supervisor by preparing financial statements and other reports as well as collect and analyzes financial data, trends, costs, revenues, commitments and obligations to assist management in making informed decisions based on verified and sound financial evidence. The Staff Accountant must apply math, computer and financial skills to help the accounting supervisor and organization leadership know the financial status of the Authority. The Staff Accountant ensures the Authority satisfies obligations to employees, creditors, and regulators.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Staff Accountant is expected to possess the following skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to execute and deliver the following outcomes on time as specified by the Delta Regional Authority:

  • Prepare accurate, timely financial statements in accordance with established schedule;
  • Perform certain balance sheet, revenue, expense and payroll account reconciliations to ensure accurate reporting and account integrity by agreeing month/YTD amounts to verifiable documentation;
  • Receive, code, pay and maintain organized creditor invoices by verifying approved invoices and cross-referencing to other documentation such as lease agreements, contracts, approved obligations, memorandum of understanding (mou) and the budget; set up approved vendors in the accounting system;
  • Present findings and error correction based on examination of the financial statements and other verifiable records;
  • Analyze financials for discrepancies and conduct monthly general ledger maintenance;
  • Maintain class codes, review and correct errors or misclassifications and/or prepare inter-fund journal entries to balance inter-fund transfer in/out and inter-fund payable/receivable;
  • Assist the DOFA with the annual audit and budget processes;
  • Prepare payroll journal entries, analyze project costs to ensure accuracy of obligations, de-obligations and commitments;
  • Ensure financial statements comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles;
  • Record receivables and payables at year end and other account analyses;
  • Prepare or recommend documented journal entries prior to input into accounting software;
  • Ensure the reliability of the financial statements and internal controls by verifying that documentation exists to support all balance sheet, revenue, and expense accounts. Verification requires analytical skills and the ability to test the adequacy of internal controls designed to protect the integrity of the information contained therein.
  • Performs a variety of complicated tasks with minimal supervision; other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance & Administration.

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

EDUCATION:           A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college in accounting, or a minimum of 21 accounting credit hours. MBA/CPA a plus.

EXPERIENCE:          0-3 years of experience in an accounting or bookkeeping position; knowledge of fund or governmental accounting a plus; familiar with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) concepts, practices, and procedures.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Strong work ethic, analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent oral & written communications, Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Various accounting software, fund or governmental accounting knowledge.
  • Analyzing financial statements and finding inconsistencies in reports and records to determine the agency’s compliance with policies, internal controls and applicable laws.
  • Candidate must possess computer skills, be able to access data and information, develop and/or use spreadsheets, report writers, word processors, power point and other financial systems.
  • A degree of creativity and latitude is allowed.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and prioritize workflow to meet deadlines;
  • Independent and accurate work with great attention to details.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the following essential functions.

(1)       Audio-visual and perception sufficient to make accurate observations and communicate effectively with others;

(2)       A mental capacity for: (a) sound decision-making and exercising good judgment; (b) evaluating and interpreting the implementation of DRA established rules and regulations;

(3)       A physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which will include but may not be limited to: (a) standing, walking, sitting for extended periods of time; and (b) use of hands and fingers or adaptive equipment to safely operate assigned equipment;

(4)       The ability to travel and occasionally work outside of normal work hours while performing essential functions.

 

COMPENSATION: Salary ranges from $40,000-$50,000 based upon education, experience, and the job market.

 

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume with no more than three references to jobs@dra.gov with the subject line: Staff Accountant.