Grand Valley Power is located in Western Colorado and is a community-focused distribution cooperative that serves the Grand Valley as well as Glade Park, Whitewater, Gateway, Collbran, and Mesa. Our mission is Empowering Lives with Hometown Service.
Grand Valley Power is headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, and is just a short drive from the Grand Mesa, Colorado National Monument, and Powderhorn Mountain Resort. There is no other place in Colorado where you experience the intersection of so many prized ecosystems - mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts, vineyards, and canyons. The Grand Valley is an outdoor nexus.
The Staff Accountant position participates in the accounting, finance, and billing functions of the cooperative. This position is responsible for the day-to-day administration and supervision of policies, programs, and principles to ensure that all financial, technical, and statistical methods of reporting are in compliance with required laws and policies.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply.
RESPONSIBILITY / ACCOUNTABILITY:
Responsibilities include preparing ledgers, journals, and registers in conformance with generally accepted accounting practices and procedures. Also includes revenue and billing management, risk management, cash management, plant accounting, internal controls, and process development, planning and reporting; tax planning and regulatory compliance, and other duties as assigned.
BENEFIT PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Employer contribution to Health Savings Account
Defined Benefit Program
Employer 401k Contribution
Life Insurance/Long Term Disability
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Directly supports the Chief Financial Officer in responsibility for the overall financial management of the association, including specific areas such as cash management, asset management, financial forecasting, financial statements and reporting, bank reconciliation, ensuring and monitoring internal and external financial controls, budgeting, financial and fiscal policy recommendations, consumer billing, debt & equity management including capital credits, and accounting policies and procedures.
Ensures full accounting cycle and month end closing. Ensures the accurate and timely execution of all policies, processes and procedures pertaining to all accounting including revenue and billing.
Oversees preparation and input of data into the general ledger as the basis of financial reporting, including but not limited to accounting, technical, and statistical reports for entities such as GVP Board and personnel, government agencies and outside consultants. Develops and maintains reporting which provides key financial data for all managers within GVP. Reviews reports, data and all other submissions prepared by others to help ensure the accuracy and timeliness of all financial reports.
Maintains records necessary for accounting and financial audits including but not limited to internal and external, regulatory, governmental, and board-directed audits. Ensures that an audit trail is properly followed in all financial and accounting records, that books are kept in balance, and that the Annual Report is prepared for presentation to the customer-owners. Performs an ongoing audit of accounts to maintain policy and accounting integrity. Ensures that internal controls are memorialized, monitored, and updated to ensure adequate processes are used to safeguard the assets of the Cooperative and affirm the integrity of accounting records. Coordinates with all audit firms the external audits of the association. Assures implementation of corrective actions in a timely manner.
Ensures all financial affairs are managed in accordance with FERC, CFC, and GAAP Guidelines.
Reviews and coordinates economic data and financial requests from other departments and subsidiaries.
Responsible for the Accounts Payable workflow: ensuring invoices are promptly paid and coded for accurate reflection in the general ledger and maintaining vendor files for payment and tax reporting.
Responsible for Asset Management including accurately recording all assets to the general ledger with supporting documentation, setting up assets to be capitalized, and retaining current asset records. Along with preparing and working with Miscellaneous Receivable invoicing and procedures.
Provides technical support for the overall accounting systems. Coordinates with the Information Technology Department and other departments to maintain the software necessary for the payroll, customer billing, revenue, AMI records, reporting, and other systems. Advises the CFO of changes and implements updates and new programs for the computer information system related to respective areas of responsibility.
Responsible for continuous improvement of department and companywide goals and objectives. Develops documents and maintains procedures and guidelines for key processes and employee development and education initiatives.
This individual has the authority to take whatever action is deemed advisable or necessary and may initiate and carry out the action; but is required to advise superiors of the action taken when deemed necessary. Superiors must be informed of non-routine situations. Due to the nature of the position held, is responsible for ensuring that employees, regardless of rank, adhere to applicable laws, regulations and requirements that they are responsible for and are required to notify the CFO and CEO of any discrepancies in the enforcement of legal requirements.
Education and/or experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business is required; CPA certificate or candidate, or Master’s Degree in Accounting preferred, but not required. Requires at least five years of recent practical work experience in an accounting or accounting related discipline. Previous experience working in an electric utility or cooperative is highly desirable. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills are required. Strong communications skills are required. Proficiency using Microsoft Office products and accounting software programs is required with a competence in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Requires proficient knowledge and the ability to apply generally accepted accounting principles, revenue accounting, auditing and reporting at a level normally acquired through completion of four-year degree in accounting or related field, and five (5) years of accounting and/or finance experience, or two years related to utility or cooperative accounting. Knowledge of Rural Utilities Service reporting principles preferred. Must have demonstrated ability to effectively exercise supervisory skills, leadership, and functional performance of this position. Must demonstrate the ability to use analytical methods to identify, quantify and report data that includes routine and non-routine benchmarking (internal and external) in graphical and numeric mediums. Must have and maintain proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office products such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. Must develop and maintain strong proficiency in any accounting software systems used at the Cooperative.
Requires strong analytical and communication skills. Must be able to analyze data and reports; conduct research; implement recommendations; develop plans, procedures, and goals; present information to others; and work under pressure in a growing enterprise with numerous tight deadlines and priorities.
Understands the concept of providing quality services to GVP members and employees and agrees to maintain a continuing commitment to superior people-to-people service.
Regular, predictable attendance is required. Close to 100% of the work performed is done indoors in an office setting. Occasional travel may be required. Extended hours may occasionally be needed to meet deadlines or required duties.
Organized in 1936, Grand Valley Power is the oldest rural electric cooperative in Colorado. Serving over 19,000 meters within the Mesa County area, we are dedicated to empowering lives with hometown service.