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Accountant 2

Marion County
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Accountant 2


$28.91 - $38.75 Hourly


Salem, OR

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Full-time Regular

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This recruitment has been reopened for additional applicants and will remain open until filled. If you have already applied for recruitment #035-2023-1, you do not need to reapply. New applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.
Independently perform a variety of moderately complex professional level finance and accounting functions; reconcile financial records; review accounting entries prepared by accounting personnel; assist in preparing routine financial reports and annual financial statements.

Work under the general supervision of the Controller, or designee, who sets goals and evaluates performance through review of work and observation of results obtained.

Supervision is not a responsibility of positions in this classification.


Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following


  1. Review and reconcile accounting records to determine completeness and accuracy; responsible for reconciling subsidiary ledgers to general ledger. Reconcile general ledger accounts, initiate corrections, make adjusting journal entries, prepare trial balances, close and balance various accounts.
  2. Review journal vouchers and supporting documents prepared by accounting personnel to determine if complete and accurate. Establish and maintain statistical, financial, and budgetary control records.
  3. Assist in preparing periodic financial reports for departments.
  4. Perform specialized accounting studies, forecasting, analysis, and budgetary requests as assigned.
  5. Perform accounting related duties for capital assets.
  6. Develop and tests proposed changes to FIMS. Develop and maintain PC-based programming to automate account transactions and reconciliations.
  7. Assist in the development of user manuals for accounting systems currently in use or to be implemented. Assist in the review of accounting procedures and recommend changes or improvements as necessary. Advise departments on accounting procedures and deadlines.
  8. Work with departments and collections agencies to coordinate the collection of debts owed to Marion County.
  9. Provide training on spreadsheets, word-processing, and database applications. Provide instruction on FIMS and access to database through system inquiry.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements for the Position


  1. Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration or a related field; AND
  2. Three years of responsible experience in the field of accounting, preferably in a governmental agency; OR
  3. Any satisfactory combination of work, education, training, or experience relevant to the position, as determined by Marion County.
  • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.

  • This assignment is represented by a union.

  • This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.

  • Typical Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.

Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, practices, procedures, and controls; current pronouncements by the various standard setting bodies and their effect on accounting principles; accounting principles appropriate for use by governmental organizations; laws and regulations affecting the financial operations of governmental organizations, particularly those relating to accounting, budgeting and auditing; and knowledge of financial computer applications and related software.

Skills and abilities to understand and analyze the management accounting needs of a medium to large governmental organization; transfer or download information between computer applications or environments to provided special accounting analysis and reporting; analyze complex procedures and recommend changes or revisions as necessary; evaluate and make recommendations on internal controls; communicate complex financial information effectively in oral and written form; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, agency personnel, county officials, and the general public.


Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan.  Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at

Marion County is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Veteran and Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

Marion County
PO BOX 14500

Salem, Oregon, 97309
(503) 566-3949

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