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Company Name:Wayne County Government
Location:Detroit, MI
Employment Type:Full Time
Pay:$45,586 - Salary
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Wayne County Government is seeking some motivated leaders with Accounting skills. These leaders may work in various departments and locations in Wayne County. Are you an Accountant that wants to take your career to the next level? See below for more information.

The Annual Salary is $45,586 based on a forty-hour work week

Senior Accountants perform difficult and complex accounting work in various departments throughout Wayne County. They work under general supervision and are required to use independent, professional judgment. Senior Accountants are responsible for analyzing and providing specified financial reports and technical advice to department heads, developing accounting and financial reports, provide leadership, billing, auditing and performing a variety of cash management functions.

Specifically, Senior Accountants develop computerized spreadsheets, audit county contractors, reconcile cash and trust accounts, audit the general ledger and internal cash, resolving tax disputes, and grant billing. They also prepare and record asset, liability, revenue, and expense entries by compiling and analyzing account information. This includes maintaining and balancing subsidiary accounts by verifying, allocating, posting, reconciling transactions and solving discrepancies.

Team leadership duties include prioritizing work and scheduling assignments, monitoring employees, providing technical accounting expertise, training new staff, assisting in the development and modification of office policies and accounting procedures, and reviewing the work of lower level Accountants.

Requirements for hire:

Qualified applicants must possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration. They also must possess at least two (2) years of full time paid professional experience performing accounting duties as an Accountant.


A Written Test (25%) will be administered covering knowledge of governmental accounting, auditing, financial reporting and accounting practices and principles and related information.

An Assessment Center Test, covering accounting practices and procedures, leadership skills, the ability to prioritize and other knowledge, skills and abilities will be worth (75%).

Candidates must pass all tests in order to be placed on the eligibility list.

In the event that the number of eligible applicants is equal to or less than the number required for certification, the Department of Personnel/Human Resources may substitute for the above tests an evaluation of experience and training or other such tests as the Department may deem desirable to determine the competence of the applicants for appointment.


To establish an eligible list from which to fill present and future vacancies. The eligible list will remain in effect for six (6) months, but may be extended. All lists will remain in existence until exhausted or terminated by the Department of Personnel/Human Resources.

This is a continuous examination and ranking on the eligible list will be subject to change as names are added to and removed from the list.


Pay Rate and Fringe Benefits: Appointments will usually be made at the minimum rate with annual increases where applicable. Payment is on a biweekly basis. Employees receive liberal fringe benefits, which include vacation pay, sick leave pay, health care insurance, optical, dental, long term disability, life insurance and a retirement plan.

How to Apply: Application must be made on an official application form (P/HR-210), which may be obtained at the office of the Department of Personnel/Human Resources. The application will be used for determining eligibility for admission to the examination and as a basis for rating experience and training.

Drug Screen: A pre-employment drug screen may be given to persons hired by the County to fill positions requiring an employee to drive a County vehicle or operate County equipment. Candidates who do not pass the drug screen will be disqualified. Employees may be required to submit to random drug screening in accordance with departmental policy and/or collective bargaining agreements.

Background Investigation: A background investigation, which may include past employment, driving record and criminal history of candidates will be conducted prior to hiring.

Probationary Period: Appointees must satisfactorily complete a probationary period before the appointment will be considered permanent, in accordance with the provisions of the collective bargaining agreements.

Veteran's Preference: Honorably discharged war veterans who receive passing grades on examinations will have ten (10) points added to their final earned examination scores and those who have a service connected disability will have five (5) points added to their score, for a possible total of fifteen (15) additional points.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The County of Wayne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, arrest record or disability.

Accommodations for the Disabled: A disabled person needing accommodation in connection with a job application or to participate in the examination process must notify the Department of Personnel/Human Resources. A reasonable accommodation may also be required on the job to enable the individual to perform the essential job functions. Such accommodations will be evaluated at the time of appointment. Hearing or speech impaired persons using TDD's or similar devices may contact the Michigan Relay Center, toll free at (800) 649-3777 or 711 to communicate directly with the Department of Personnel/Human Resources during regular working hours.

Appeal of Rejection: Persons denied permission to compete in an examination may make a written appeal to the Wayne County Civil Service Commission for a final decision. An appeal must be filed within twenty (20) days following the mailing of the rejection stating the basis on which the application should be accepted.

Review of Examination: A request to review an examination must be made in writing within twenty (20) days after the notice of result of the examination is mailed. An appeal concerning the rating received must be made in writing within twenty (20) days after the review. An appeal must state the basis on which it is claimed that the rating is improper.

Retake Policy for this Examination: Applicants who fail any portion of this examination must wait 30 days before reapplying.

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