Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California

Accountant I

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Posted On: Wednesday, 1st February 2017
Department: Finance
Location: Gardnerville
Gardnerville, NV
Job Type:
Full Time Exempt
Pay Rate: $37,231 - $55,847

Job Description:

Position Summary:

Under direct supervision the Accountant I is responsible for performing general ledger and related accounting functions for multiple funds, enterprises, and departments owned or administered by the Washoe Tribe. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

Preferred Skills:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Prepares accurate financial reports to departments and agencies within and outside of the Washoe Tribe.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with Program Managers and Directors of assigned funds, enterprises or departments.
  • Prepares account analysis of specific accounts.
  • Prepares bank reconciliation.
  • Assists accounting clerks in daily maintenance of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, purchase orders, encumbrances and check requests.
  • Prepares accurate monthly financial reports.
  • Schedules and prepares financial reports required by funding agencies.
  • Acts as departmental supervisor in the absence of the Finance Director.
  • Uses MIP accounting software and Microsoft Office software to maintain the general ledger and related journals in accurate and timely order.
  • Compiles reports showing statistics of receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable, profit and loss, fund balance and other items pertinent to business or administration operations.
  • Reviews and approves purchase order requests and check requests.
  • Reviews receiving reports and matches to purchase orders in order to close/complete purchase order or process partial payment.
  • Prepares and executes reimbursement requests and draw requests.
  • Applies Washoe Tribal Policies and Procedures consistently when approving or authorizing transactions.
  • Reconciles bank statements, credit card reports, general ledger accounts and other data, accurately tying detailed information to ledger totals.  
  • Creates and generates spreadsheets as required.
  • Prepares and sends monthly, quarterly and yearly financial reports.
  • Assists with fixed assets as needed.
  • Assists in supply inventory and ordering.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by: conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; and conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, accounting, or other related field and two years of experience in general ledger accounting with a governmental entity or for multiple companies owned by one organization, or two years as an Accountant Entry Level; or a combination of education and experience.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.
  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background


  • Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications:

  • Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.
  • Knowledge of payroll practices, policies, procedures, and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and record-keeping practices.
  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
  • Knowledge of computerized general ledger accounting systems.
  • Knowledge of Government Contracts and Grants funding concepts or ability to learn.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellence in everything, and continually seek improvement in results.
  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Ability to learn or operate MIP fund accounting software application.
  • Ability to learn or utilize Microsoft Word “Business Suite” applications, with intermediate Excel skills.
  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
  • Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and meeting strict deadlines.
  • Skill in filing and math.