Accountant III - Open Continuous

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 7/05/2022

This recruitment will remain open for six (6) months. The next application review will consist of all applications received by 7/24/22 at 11:59PM.

The City of Portland is excited to announce openings for an Accountant III.

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.

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. Applicants start at the entry salary rate. If you are a DCTU represented employee, see labor agreement for additional information or talk to your union representative

Designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is preferred but not required. Premium pay of 5% is offered for hours worked, for accountants that have acquired and maintain an Oregon CPA license, in accordance with the 2017-2020 DCTU labor agreement.

Work Performed falls into the following categories:

  • Preparation of City Financial Statements.
  • Accounting of capital assets.
  • Processing accounts payable.
  • Processing accounts receivable.

The combination of strong finance and accounting knowledge, advanced data analysis skills, and strong communication skills are essential to be successful.

This recruitment will establish an eligible list that will be utilized for current and future Accountant III vacancies within the following bureaus:

Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services (BRFS) - Two vacancies currently with additional vacancies in the near future.

The Accountant III in the Accounting Division of the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services will report to the Assistant Controller. The position will work with the Bureaus to assist with posting of documents to SAP, perform SAP master data maintenance, assist with capital asset accounting, assist with process and internal control mapping, assist with the City's compliance program, and train City personnel in the use of SAP. Understanding of information technology, internal controls and communication skills are critical for this position. This position will be working with the City's bureaus and must handle competing priorities in a professional and diplomatic manner. The ability to maintain confidentiality is also very important. The BRFS vacancy is a limited term position through 12/31/2024.City's bureaus and must handle competing priorities in a professional and diplomatic manner. The ability to maintain confidentiality is also very important.

The Accountant III in the Revenue Division of the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services will report to the Accounting Supervisor. The position will support additional tax collections for Multnomah County pre-school for all and Metro Regional Supportive Housing. The position is responsible for monitoring the tax collection and ensuring that the correct amount is paid timely to our business partners. Managing the estimated cost recovery allocations, billings and year end true ups in accordance with inter-governmental agreements are other areas of responsibility.

Primary responsibilities in the Revenue Division include but are not limited to:
  • Daily deposit to bank and/or scan virtual bank deposit.
  • Metro and Multnomah County tax deposits.
  • Reviewing monthly, quarterly, and annual cost allocations and preparing billings for various business partners.
  • Reconciliation of SAP and the Integrated Tax System (ITS) transactions.
  • Backup function for other tax collection programs on an added needed basis.

Bureau of Environmental Services (BES)

The Bureau of Environmental Services is looking for a Capital Assets Accountant. This Accountant III will perform duties which include establishing capital project records; monitoring and analyzing financial transactions to ensure accuracy, proper classification and compliance with accounting principles and policies.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Review and approval of final project cost summaries for project billing.
  • Acquisition and retirement of fixed assets.
  • Coordination of grant project accounting and billings.
  • Calculation and allocation of interest and overhead to capital work.
  • Transfer of completed construction costs to fixed assets records and establishment of depreciation schedules.
  • Preparation of audit schedules for capital project and fixed asset accounting.
  • Develop and provide project cost reports for program and project management.
  • Analyze and research asset cost accounting records to respond to inquiries from internal and external customers.
  • Quarterly utility franchise fee reporting.
Portland Water Bureau (PWB) - No current vacancies

The Accountant III in the Water Bureau will be responsible for reviewing, validating, and analyzing capital project cost and working with project managers and other departments ensuring that transactions are recorded properly. The Accountant III will also research business processes and develop and propose recommendation to improve efficiency and effectiveness; and perform a wide variety of accounting-related functions that involve interpretation and analysis, with a high degree of independence.

Primary responsibilities in the Water Bureau include but are not limited to:
  • Review and allocate project costs to the appropriate capital asset.
  • Analyze financial transactions and prepare capital project summary reports.
  • Identify and post cost accounting adjustment.
  • Review spreadsheets prepared by others and approve allocation of capital cost.
  • Explain and communicate accounting procedures, process, and requirements to others in the bureau.
  • Review and analyze work order cost and initiate adjustments.
  • Prepare audit schedules for capital projects.
  • Review monthly cost allocations and prepare billings.
  • Analyze financial transactions and prepare summary reports.

As a person, you are:
  • Collaborative: An authentic professional who has interpersonal skills, values partnerships, and develops and supports relationships to get things done.
  • Curious: A curious professional who is always seeking to learn new things and grow as a person and as a professional.
  • Results Driven: A person who is able to work effectively and efficiently in a high-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strong Communicator: A person who builds trust and strong relationships through frequent, transparent, and clear communications.
  • Solutions Oriented: A person who possesses and uses strong communication skills to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to create, implement, document solutions, and problem solve.
  • Someone who Values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Someone who embraces anti-racist approaches through intentional partnership, self-awareness, and action, showing cultural humility, advocacy, and mindfulness. Someone who understands the importance of using DEI concepts to guide and inform your work.
  • Equitable: A person who maintains and advocates for an inclusive, respectful, and culturally responsive workplace for all.
  • Emotionally Intelligent: A person who is motivated, passionate, team-oriented, and empathetic, and works to create the same characteristics in their Team.

City of Portland Core Values:

Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?

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 City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

Work Location

Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction and approval.

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume how their education, training, work experience and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge and experience applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for governments.
  2. Knowledge and experience using enterprise resource planning (ERP) financial systems (SAP preferred) including understanding the transactional effects and impact on the general ledger and other system modules.
  3. Knowledge and experience applying financial analysis techniques.
  4. Skill using advanced-level software technology, especially Excel, Word and other Microsoft Office products.
  5. Ability to lead projects in a team of professionals, including assigning and auditing/reviewing work.
  6. A team player with the ability to communicate orally and in writing to all business partners.
Applicant must also:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

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 Activity Schedule (Updated):

  • Job Posting closes: 8/29/2022
  • First review period: 2/28-3/21
  • Eligible List/Notices Generated: week of 3/28
  • Fourth Review Period: 5/2-5/22
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 5/23
  • Next Review Period: 7/5-7/24
  • Eligible List/Notices Generated: week of 7/25
The selection process will happen periodically throughout this recruitment. If you are placed on the eligible list, you do not need to reapply. You will be contacted by the bureau when being considered for the selection process.

Please note: 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 résumé 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 on the closing date and time 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, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), 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.

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Contact Information
Tamara Larison, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3523

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$33.45 - $42.07 Hourly
Salary Type

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