Job accountant in Ketchikan, AK at Ketchikan Gateway Borough

Job Details

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Company Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Company Website Hiring Organization
Company Address Ketchikan, AK
Industry Municipal Agencies
Sector Government & Public Administration
Salary 63396 - 41996 USD per ANNUAL
Job Location Ketchikan, AK

Job Description

Job Description

Under administrative supervision, responsible for providing specialized administrative and accounting support for the Finance Department.

Examples of Duties


  • Working with the Finance Director, compiles, formats, edits, proofs, and produces the proposed/recommended and adopted Borough annual budget documents, using complex budgeting software. Coordinates the activities of others in preparation and data entry of departmental budgets, and provides administrative support to other departments during the budget process. Responsible for proofing and editing the budget documents for accuracy and formatting.
  • Prepares, maintains and updates files that may contain confidential information used to project employee salary and benefit costs to be used for budget development and labor negotiations.
  • Assists with annual audit preparation, including preparation of confirmation letters, gathering work papers and requested information and providing to the auditors. Acts as a liaison, as necessary, between the departments and auditors.
  • Assists in proofing the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). Responsible for printing and distribution of the ACFR and posting on the Borough’s website.
  • Responsible for the overview and reconciliation of assigned general ledger and subsidiary accounts. Prepare monthly, quarterly, or annual journal entries and associated check requests as assigned. Compile back-up documentation for items to be capitalized and prepare appropriate asset forms.
  • Assists with the preparation of monthly and quarterly grant reports and submissions to state and federal agencies. Responsible for preparing back-up documentation for grant reports.
  • Assists with annual insurance applications for the Borough’s property and liability insurance. Coordinates with departments to gather information required for filing out the annual application. Coordinate with departments and insurance broker to maintain insurance coverages throughout the year on Borough vehicles, and other changes as necessary.
  • Processes incident reports and informs insurance carriers of any potential claims, as well as processing workers’ compensation claims and monitors FMLA eligibility of employees.
  • Under general supervision, generate the annual real and personal property tax bills.
  • Prepare documentation, reports and records for litigation involving delinquent tax accounts and works with the Assessment Department, Borough Clerk, Borough Attorney, and the court on tax collection and foreclosures processes.
  • Responds to requests for accounting and budget information from other departments.
  • 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.
  • Perform related other duties as directed.



  • Professional attitude and positive customer service skills. Ability to develop and maintain courteous and productive relationships with public, supervisor and co-workers.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative with little supervision; work cooperatively with department heads, other employees, and the public; use discretion in dealing with confidential matters; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; handle stressful situations; effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments to meet deadlines; establish and maintain filing systems; format, proofread, and edit documents; perform arithmetic calculations; use diplomacy and tact in disclosing information or referring callers.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including printers and computers. Computer and computer software knowledge mandatory.
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. Able to lift and carry boxes and other items weighing up to forty (40) pounds. Each of the listed activities also requires standing, sitting, walking, bending, stooping, and climbing on stools and ladders.
Writing by hand and long hours using a personal computer. Using various office equipment including, but not necessarily limited to, printers, calculator, and telephone.


Valid State of Alaska driver's license, and driving record acceptable to the Borough’s insurance carrier.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, public administration, business administration or a related field required.
  • Two (2) years of accounting and computer experience.
  • Education may be substituted with progressively responsible accounting experience at a professional or paraprofessional level on a year-for-year basis. Requires intermediate to advanced knowledge and experience of computer software, specifically Word and Excel. Government or nonprofit accounting experience is preferred.
Any combination of related education and/or related experience will be considered if the candidate possesses the demonstrated ability.

Job Location

Ketchikan, AK

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