Senior Accountant

  • Finance
  • La Mesa, CA
  • $89,292 - $113,952 Annually USD / Year
  • Salary: $89,292 - $113,952 Annually

Website Helix Water District

HELIX WATER DISTRICT, La Mesa, CA (located in East San Diego County) is seeking an experienced Senior Accountant to join our finance and accounting team.  Come work for an organization where people make the difference.  Helix believes that the spirit of collaboration is essential.  We value employee safety, development and leadership demonstrated by employees who, by example, set standards, inspire coworkers and serve as role models in supporting the vision and mission of the district.  If you share these values, we would love to have you join our team!

The Senior Accountant is an exempt, advanced journey-level professional classification who reports to the Finance Manager.  This position performs professional accounting duties in the analysis, preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports for various district accounts and funds; and performs related duties as assigned.

Overview of Responsibilities 

Maintains, evaluates and updates the district’s investments; maintains cash flow spreadsheet; makes necessary cash transfer investments and reconciliations to appropriate accounts.

Plans and manages special projects and studies such as special audits, bond issues, annual cost studies, water rate study and annual budget; implements computer program enhancements; analyzes and implements improvements to existing internal controls, work practices, policies and procedures.

Coordinates year-end audit process for the entire district including preparing a Request for Proposal for independent audit services; evaluates proposals and recommends CPA firm to the board.

Analyzes formulas and recommends appropriate changes to contracts and agreements with other agencies for services such as sewer billing and treated water laboratory analyses.

Reviews monthly budget report; researches and analyzes variances between budget figures and expenditures.

Conducts board presentations regarding accounting and financial matters.

Provides training to managers regarding district accounting and budget principles and practices; provides technical training to department staff; prepares detailed documentation and analyses of departmental tasks, procedures and accounting software applications.

Responds to requests for information from employees, management, governmental agencies and the public.

Prepares, analyzes and develops a variety of budgetary, accounting and financial schedules and reports, including the annual and mid-year budget documents, schedules and summaries, statistical reports, monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, board reports and treasurer’s reports.  Performs annual analysis of the district’s capital asset and depreciation schedules.

Reconciles general ledger and subsidiary accounts and other accounting transactions and reports, preparing correcting journal entries as needed.  Prepares and maintains control and subsidiary accounting records involving capital asset and other special accounts.  Processes entries to initiate, maintain, reconcile and close project ledgers for construction and other projects.

Provides backup assistance as needed for other members of finance department.


Our ideal candidate will have training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in accounting, or a closely related field.  At least six years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience.  The individual will be collaborative, flexible, resourceful and a team player with strong customer service skills.


Application Process

To be considered for the Senior Accountant, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

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