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Accounting Supervisor

PURPOSE
This position is responsible for supervising MEA's payroll and payroll reporting functions, and assisting with supervision of other MEA accounting functions and related projects. Other accounting processes include general ledger and financial reporting, plant accounting and accounts payable functions. Other duties include acting as backup for the General Ledger Supervisor and Plant Accounting Supervisor; assisting with accounting, financial and regulatory matters; and performing related special projects.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Responsible for supervising payroll personnel.
Supervises the Association's payroll and payroll reporting functions, including review of entries, processes and reports.
Responsible for assisting with supervision of MEA's accounting functions, including review of entries, processes and reports. These processes include general ledger, financial reporting, plant accounting and accounts payable.
Acts as backup for the General Ledger Supervisor, learning the various duties of this position including supervising the general ledger functions. Backup responsibilities also include assisting with budget, financial forecasts and plans, banking and cash management functions, tax filings, insurance coverage, and administration and bookkeeping for other entities.
Acts as backup for the Plant Accounting Supervisor, learning the various duties of this position including supervising the plant accounting and accounts payable functions. Backup responsibilities also include coordinating the eBudget system, including user support.
Coordinates payroll input for MEA's annual Operating and Capital Budget, and prepares reports on related budget variances.
Assists in the preparation, analysis and distribution of financial, statistical, and compliance related reports. Assists with annual budget and annual audit. May assist with routine regulatory filings.
Special projects as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned, including specialized advice and assistance to senior staff and the General Manager as required.
May be called upon to provide interim supervisory or analytical support in other departments consistent with skills and expertise.
Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with the Association's work rules and safety policy.

The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity. The employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel. Duties performed will evolve over time in response to business needs.

ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Qualified candidates are required to have a four year college degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely related field.
Requires five to seven years progressively responsible experience, preferably in the following areas:
Electric utility accounting
Regulatory affairs
Supervision
Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is preferred.
Preference will be given to individuals with formal training and experience in computerized modeling, analysis, planning and forecasting, especially if such training includes utility related projects.
Candidates must have a valid Alaska driver's license and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by MEA's insurance carrier at standard group rates.

NOTE: Complete achievement of certain of the above specifications may not be required if, in the opinion of the MEA hiring supervisor, a particular candidate possesses significant offsetting characteristics, such as past accomplishments, experience, education, or estimate of future potential. Should an applicant be deficient in certain educational achievements, offsetting experience may be substituted or vice versa.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including presentations to large groups.
High degree of proficiency with spreadsheet and word processing applications, including hands on knowledge of a windows environment, is required.
Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.
Work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team.
Supervise and mentor personnel.
Prepare and present information on complex topics in a credible and understandable manner.
Solve complex problems.
Develop sound policy recommendations and serve as a facilitator for their consideration.
Mathematical analysis.
Proficient use of personal computer-based financial modeling and forecasting.
Strong customer relations skills.
Strong motivational and persuasion skills.
Up to date on current events and issues in the electric utility industry.
Knowledgeable of utility accounting theory and practices applicable to MEA.
Excellent collaborative leadership and organizational skills.
Exemplary relationship building skills.
Ability to effectively collaborate with others to accomplish assignments.
Strong commitment to safety performance including active safety leadership and advocacy.
Innovative, creative, and agile in developing solutions to assignments.
Self-motivated improvement based on successes and failures.
Effective, professional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work cross functionally across all levels of the organization.
Analyze processes for efficiency and make recommendations for improvements.
Contribute to a positive and constructive work environment.
Knowledgeable of regulatory and ratemaking theory and practices applicable to MEA.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee will be required to:
Discern writing on paper to include communication with others electronically, and reading, comprehending, reviewing, and performing complex analysis from technical information, documents and reports via paper and computer format.
Use a computer to draft documents and create spreadsheets.
Drive/travel to other offices and organizations to attend various meetings and programs.
Communicate through speech and hear conversations with others by telephone and in person.
Periodically lift, bend, and move materials weighing up to 25 pounds.
Requires occasional travel to other locations.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position primarily works in an office setting.
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
This position is classified as an exempt, non-represented position; and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensation. All MEA employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of time outside the normal shifts to assist in power restoration or other needs of the cooperative.

NOTE:
MEA requires a post-offer substance abuse test. Any positive test result, or refusal to consent to these tests, will disqualify

applicant from employment.
MEA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Individuals with disabilities who wish to apply and who require reasonable accommodations to participate in any portion of the application or interview process should advise MEA in advance.
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