JOB TITLE: Accountant
DEPARTMENT: Administration
REPORTS TO: Controller

Performs a variety of full performance, professional accounting duties as needed to expedite
various day-to-day functions of the finance department; including general fund accounting,
accounts receivable, accounts payable, and customer service.
This position description may not include all of the listed duties, nor do all of the listed examples include all tasks
which may be found or assigned to this position.

Monitors all purchasing activity of the department; audits and reviews all purchases to assure
compliance with established procurement policies and practices; verifies and validates purchases
against requisitions, purchase orders and vouchers; identifies areas of dispute and coordinates
solutions with vendors and town staff; accepts or rejects requests based upon assessment of policy
compliance; apprises departments of rejected purchase requests and assists to resolve problems.
Monitors accuracy and balancing of financial reports with accounts payable check amounts;
eliminates discrepancies; verifies and authorizes the disbursement of accounts payable checks to
Performs timesheet duties for finance department; audits time sheets for accuracy; enters work
time, leave accrual and leave usage into computer programs; completes record keeping entries
based upon approval of the finance director.
Monitors and reviews accounting and related system reports for accuracy and completeness;
prepares and reviews budget, revenue, expense, and payroll entries, invoices, and other accounting
Maintains and balances the general ledger and prepares or reviews all necessary journal entries
as required.
Participates in the preparation of financial reports and the maintenance of vendor information;
researches vendor information related to past-due invoices, lost checks and payment status.
Compiles payroll data such as hours worked, taxes and insurance to be withheld, and employee
identification number, from time sheets and other records; reviews wages computed and corrects
errors to ensure accuracy of payroll; records changes affecting net wages such as exemptions,
insurance coverage, and various payroll deductions for each employee to update master payroll
records; prepares and issues paychecks; enters payroll data on ledgers, control sheets, warrants and
other accounting records; enters accounts payable expenditures into financial system; prepares
IRS, State Treasurer, insurance and other periodic financial, statistical or operations reports as
Assists programs in preparing contract and grant applications including the development of funded
partnerships and subcontracts; prepares corresponding budgets.
Provides guidance, technical assistance, and training to internal staff and external recipients
of contract and grant funds to ensure that proper financial accountability systems are
developed and implemented.
Establishes a monitoring system for contracts/grants to ensure reports are submitted on
time by all Program Managers.
Primary liaison with funding agencies. Resolves any disputed items. Conducts month-end close
for all contracts/grants.
Utilizes knowledge and understanding of underlying operational issues to create, compose, and
edit technical and/or administrative correspondence and documentation.
Provides and/or oversees support activities such as answering telephones, assisting and resolving
problems and inquiries of visitors, review and control of incoming and outgoing correspondence,
and follow-up on operational commitments.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Improves staff effectiveness by motivating, coaching, counseling, training and recommending
disciplinary action for employees; planning, delegating, monitoring, appraising job tasks and
results in a timely manner, and approving time sheets.

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field and three years accounting
experience. One year contract and grant experience. One year lead or supervisory experience.
Government accounting preferred. Must be able to pass drug test and background check, with
NO prior convictions of any felonies.
Taos Pueblo reserves the right to exercise preference in hiring for qualified Tribal members/Indians in connection with all positions.

Knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounted Principles (GAAP) and
Governmental Accounting Standards.
Knowledge and understanding of computerized accounting systems.
Knowledge of cash management principles and/or procedures.
Knowledge of financial and accounting principles and procedures.
Skill using inventory and accounting software.
Skill in operating business computers and office machines.
Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing
Skill in supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to set up and maintain financial accounts and ledgers.
Ability to prepare financial reports.
Ability to sort, check, count and verify numbers.
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 work independently and meet strict time lines.
Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.
Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; walk; use hands
to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or
hear. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance. The employee occasionally is
required to stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work is regularly performed in an office setting with a low noise level. Evening and/or weekend
work may be required.