Columbia Public Schools

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The Accountant will oversee processing all transaction in the district’s accounting system, ensuring compliance with district policy and generally accepted accounting principles. The Accountant will also help implement and enforce a strong system of internal controls to ensure the district’s assets are properly safeguarded and that financial transactions are recorded in an accurate manner.  This position will be responsible for monitoring and processing accounting functions/compliance across muliple programs and District-wide.  




• Assist with preparation of Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR)

• Review and approve all transactions of the district related to purchasing and stores inventory
• Prepare journal entries received from schools and within own area of responsibility
• Ensure all transactions are properly accounted for in the District’s accounting system
• Maintain the District’s chart of accounts and set up new accounts as needed
• Write accounts payable checks and work with vendors on more complicated payment issues
• Process and upload invoices relating to the District’s contract for outsourced substitutes
• Keep up on all relevant accounting pronouncements by GASB and other authoritative bodies
• Work with Transportation Department to get accurate bus counts for October and February, respectively, for application of State Transportation Aid
• Update fixed assets schedule annually
• Review and audit petty cash in schools on a regular basis
• Reconcile various bank accounts monthly
• Maintain accurate district grant records and work with district staff wishing to pursue grants and donations
• Provide BusinessPLUS training to staff as necessary
• Assist with procurement card review and approval process as necessary
• Assist the Director of Business Services and Senior Accountant on various projects as needed


Performs other duties as necessary to support the mission and vision of Columbia Public School District.




All employees of the District are expected to adhere to the policies and regulations of the Board of Education, maintain appropriate certification and competencies necessary for the position, and demonstrate the values of the district at all times. For information on polices, regulations and values, visit




Reports To:        Senior Accountant

Supervises:        None





Minimum:  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, Finance, or a related field


Experience is preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate. Excellent communication skills, organizational ability, knowledge of governmental accounting practices and standards.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.



Language: Respond to questions, concerns, and complaints and respond appropriately. Read, analyze, and interpret complex documents and accounting figures.


Computation: Apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.


Reasoning: Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Interpret instructions presented in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Demonstraanning, organizing, remembering, and regulating information and behavior as they pertain to student performance and achievementte executive functions such as pl


Technology: Demonstrate strong computer skills including word processing, and working with spreadsheets and databases; understand and submit online reports; Learn new systems and software.


Other Skills: Demonstrate excellent listening, interpersonal, and non-verbal communication skills. Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. Manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Maintain collegial working relationships with staff. Maintain a positive relationship with members of the community. Effectively manage conflict.


Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position, an employee is regularly required to move about, talk, and hear; Close vision ability to look at a computer screen for long periods of time is required. Travel between district facilities.  Moderate amount of travel, both in and out of state.


Attendance: Consistent and regular attendance is an essential function of this position. Expected to attend Board meetings and other District events throughout the community.  


Prospective and current employees with disabilities are encouraged to contact human resources to discuss reasonable accommodations to perform the essential job functions.  


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