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Accounting Associate III

Austin, TX

Job title

Accounting Associate III

Position type


Work-Study program


Job description

Posting Title: Accounting Associate III

Job Requisition Number: COA090891

Position Number: 108717

Job Type: Full-Time

Division Name: Budget Accounting

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and/or Equivalent Experience: 

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university with major coursework in a field related to Finance, Accounting, or Economics plus two years of related experience.
  • Any combination of related experience and/or education may be substituted.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • None.

Notes to Applicants

Working with Austin Water provides a number of benefits including medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

When completing the City of Austin employment application:

  • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job title and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered.
  • A resume is required, but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include contact information from previous employers.
  • A cover letter is also required. In the cover letter, candidates should describe in concise detail their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.

If you are selected as a top candidate:

  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution and proof of your professional licenses or certifications.
  • If you are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.
  • A criminal background investigation is required.


If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

Secondary Employment:

All Austin Water employees are prohibited from accepting or engaging in any secondary employment that might conflict or interfere with an employee’s duty and responsibility to the Department.

Austin Water must review all secondary employment.

Employees are required to submit a Secondary Employment Application for review and approval upon being hired with Austin Water, as well as current Austin Water employees considering secondary employment.

Effective October 1, 2014, all Austin Water worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any AW worksite – including construction sites, parking lot, garage or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.

Pay Range: $24.56 – $28.80

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Job Close Date: 01/29/2024

Type of Posting: External

Department: Austin Water Utility

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Grant Funded or Pooled Position: Not Applicable


Location: Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th St. Austin, TX 78701

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge of and experience with the City of Austin Procurement Card Program, Accounts Payable and Purchasing, and Revenue recording.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Prepares, reviews and approves accounting transactions for routine and non-routine accounts payable, cash receipts, billing or other accounting transactions by verifying documentation from multiple sources.
  2. Review and reconciles high volume and complicated transactions.
  3. Coordinates and prepares asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information. Researches and analyzes basic and non-routine asset information for establishment of fixed assets.
  4. Performs non-routine and complex duties associated with the reconciliation, balancing or processing of vouchers, ledgers, journals, reports and statements.
  5. Prepares complex and non-routine financial analysis and trend analysis of data.
  6. Researches and resolves complex and difficult billing, invoicing, financial inquiries, accounting and budget information.
  7. Reconciles accounts, identifies and prepares corrections by collecting and analyzing account information and analyzing accounting options.
  8. Responds to inquiries requiring knowledge of accounting practices, policies, and procedures.
  9. Prepares complex, non-standard financial analysis, data analysis and trend analysis to produce financial and graphical reports. Prepares financial statements and/or special financial reports including balance sheets, income statements, and other reports.
  10. Investigates and reconciles accounting transactions, reconciles and resolves discrepancies. Provides root cause analysis of process problems.
  11. Maintains information and reviews financial transactions by creating and/or monitoring electronic files and/or accounting documents.
  12. Performs financial analysis of special projects and programs as requested.
  13. Prepares audit work papers for annual or special audit by accumulating data accurately for assigned area(s) in a timely and accurate manner.
  14. Assists in the development of guidelines, procedures and templates for financial review and reporting.
  15. Maintains accounting controls and financial security by following policies and procedures and internal controls.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Knowledge of financial reporting concepts and preferred business practices.
  • Knowledge of data and trend analysis.
  • Skill in analyzing and interpreting financial records.
  • Skill in processing large volumes of numerical data.
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer and related equipment.
  • Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations.
  • Skill in classifying fiscal data and compiling reports.
  • Skill in data analysis and financial analysis using spreadsheets.
  • Ability to make recommendations to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to identify and select appropriate tools and techniques to identify problems and develop solutions.
  • Ability to plan and organize tasks to complete projects.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize duties.
  • Ability to resolve problems or situations requiring the exercise of good judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.

Criminal Background Investigation

This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.


City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or Texas Relay by dialing 7-1-1.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual’s AIDS, AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.


Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within

the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The minimum qualifications of this position are graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university with major coursework in a field related to Finance, Accounting, or Economics plus two years of related experience. Any combination of related experience and/or education may be substituted. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
  1. * How many years of experience do you have with purchasing and/or accounts payable?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 - 3 years
  • 3 - 5 years
  • More than 5 years
  1. * How many years of experience do you have using a financial system or application for vendors’ invoice payments?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 - 3 years
  • 3 - 5 years
  • More than 5 years
  1. * How many years of experience do you have in posting and applying incoming payments from customers and recording revenues from cash, checks and credit card payments?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 - 3 years
  • 3 - 5 years
  • More than 5 years
  1. * How many years of experience do you have with Procurement Card processes and compliance in an organization and using a company credit card payment system?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 - 3 years
  • 3 - 5 years
  • More than 5 years
  1. * Providing first class customer service is essential for this position. How many years of experience do you have in customer service to internal and external customers?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 - 3 years
  • 3 - 5 years
  • More than 5 years
  1. * Do you have the ability to travel to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties?
  • Yes
  • No
  1. * This position requires a criminal background investigation (CBI). By selecting the following, you are acknowledging that you understand if you are selected as a top candidate for this position, you will need a successful CBI to be hired.
  • I acknowledge and understand this position requires a Criminal Background Investigation.
  1. * Were you referred to this opportunity by an Austin Water employee? If yes, please provide the employee’s full name.

(Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

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