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Financial Systems Analyst

Salary: Financial Systems Analyst I (#3510)

$32.07-$39.15 hourly / $5,578-$6,809 monthly / Range: 6286

Financial Systems Analyst II (#3511)

$33.71-$41.15 hourly / $5,863-$7,158 monthly / Range: 6386

Financial Systems Analyst I-Restricted (#3512)

$33.21-$40.54 hourly / $5,776-$7,051 monthly / Range: 6356

Financial Systems Analyst II-Restricted (#3513)

$34.91-$42.62 hourly / $6,071-$7,412 monthly / Range: 6456

DEFINITION: Under general direction, participates in and coordinates the design, testing, implementation, and evaluation of automated and manual financial accounting systems; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents learn County accounting policies and procedures and the operation of existing accounting systems and provide functional supervision over professional, technical, and clerical accounting staff and systems analysis and programming staff.

Financial Systems Analyst I is the entry-level class, in which incumbents are responsible for coordinating the design, modification, and implementation of smaller or less complex systems or processes, involving only one or a small number of departments. Incumbents are expected to progress to the II level within a reasonable period of time.

Financial Systems Analyst II is distinguished by its responsibility for coordinating the design, modification, and implementation of a full range of financial accounting systems, including large, complex, Countywide systems, such as the Financial Management Information System.

The Financial Systems Analyst class series is distinguished from the Accountant-Auditor class series and from the EDP Systems and Programming Analyst class series in that incumbents integrate their knowledge of systems analysis and design methods, computer application systems and development procedures, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards to develop, modify, and implement financial accounting systems.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Evaluates manual and automated financial accounting work processes, systems, and procedures for efficiency of workflow and conformance to principles of government accounting; gathers information on processes, organizational structure, policies and procedures, and computer technology; identifies needed process improvements and analyzes system design alternatives for new financial accounting systems and improvements to existing systems.
2. Obtains input and feedback on system needs from appropriate parties; assigns and reviews the work of accounting and systems analysis and programming staff in developing or modifying systems; interacts with centralized data processing staff to resolve issues and problems related to platforms and data processing staff to resolve issues and problems related to platforms and data communications; conducts or obtains evaluations of system performance and makes modifications or adjustments as necessary.
3. Reviews and evaluates proposals for new departmental systems involving financial accounting methods, policies, and procedures, and recommends needed improvements; evaluates internal controls and security of new and existing automated accounting applications to ensure adherence to auditing standards; monitors the procurement, development, and implementation of those systems to ensure proper integration with other financial accounting systems; assists departmental and Auditor-Controller staff in the ongoing maintenance of accounting information systems.
4. Prepares and presents comprehensive evaluations, proposals, and recommendations to executive management, advisory committees, and elected officials; prepares specifications and documentation, such as user manuals and systems/code documentation, for new and revised computerized accounting systems.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Financial Systems Analyst I:

1. Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Accountant; and one year of professional experience as an accountant, auditor, or computer programmer analyst that included participation in the design of financial accounting systems; or,
2. possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, computer science, or a related field, and two years of professional experience as an accountant, auditor, or computer programmer analyst that included participation in the design of financial accounting systems; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Financial Systems Analyst II:

1. Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Public Accountant; and two years of increasingly responsible experience in the design and implementation of financial accounting system applications in a computer environment utilizing advanced database technology and independent operating platforms; or,
2. possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, computer science, or a related field, and three years of increasingly responsible experience in the design and implementation of financial accounting system applications in a computer environment utilizing advanced database technology and independent operating platforms; or,
3. possession of an associate's degree in accounting, business administration, computer science, or a related field, and four years of increasingly responsible experience in the design and implementation of financial accounting system applications in a computer environment utilizing advanced database technology and independent operating platforms; or,
4. two years of experience performing the duties equivalent to Financial Systems Analyst I with Santa Barbara County; or,
5. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of:

Both Classes - Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, including internal control systems; Generally Accepted Auditing Standards; methods of systems analysis and computer systems design; computer programming principles; applications development procedures; relational databases and database design methods; principles and practices of project management; standard English usage and grammar.

Financial Systems Analyst II - Computer programming; advanced database technology and database design methods; a variety of computer mainframes and independent operating platforms.

Ability to:

Both Classes - Gather and analyze data, develop solutions, project consequences, and evaluate results; plan, organize, and prioritize work; establish and maintain working relationships with a variety of County staff and vendors; interact with staff with limited computer knowledge; prepare a variety of written documents; make presentations to groups; maintain impartiality and objectivity; learn principles of governmental accounting and County accounting policies and procedures; provide direction to others.

Financial Systems Analyst II - Delegate work; balance competing priorities; coordinate work of others over whom one has no direct authority; exercise independent judgment; gain cooperation and consensus through discussion and persuasion; influence others to work together toward common goals; represent the department with tact and diplomacy.

 



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