Municipality of The District of West Hants 
Accountant 
Permanent Full-Time Job Posting 


The Municipality of West Hants, a growing and vibrant community located just 30 minutes from the provincial center, is seeking an experienced professional for the position of Accountant. 

Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Accountant provides accounting support and analysis for the Director and other senior staff. 
The candidate will hold post-secondary qualifications in commerce or related business field, an accounting designation (or working towards one), and a minimum of five years accounting related experience. Municipal experience will be considered an asset.


Position Summary:
Works under the supervision of the Director of Finance and in collaboration with all Departments. The Accountant supports the Director by analyzing financial information, examining efficiency and streamlining opportunities, preparing financial reports, supporting audit processes, and monitoring financial activities within the organization. The Accountant also supports other members of the Finance team through problem solving, analysis, and other related tasks.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide accounting support including: recording of accounts receivables, payroll journals, bank account maintenance, as well as tax reports and adjustments
  • Oversee project accounting and reporting for capital and special projects
  • Reconcile reserve, cash, and due to/from accounts monthly
  • Assist and act as back up for the billing functions for property taxes and water/sewer
  • Assist and act as backup for administrative activities such as: mail management and distribution, bank deposits, etc.
  • Ensure payroll and benefits requirements are met and paid on a timely basis
  • Review and revise financial controls, as needed
  • Work with internal and external auditors to support the audit process
  • Prepare reports and/or analysis as required by Council, CAO, department heads, and/or regulatory bodies
  • Provide accounting support to operations and management to assist in understanding and interpreting financial results

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Work Environment

The accountant will work in an office environment.

JOB REQUIREMENTS (KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING)

Education & Experience

  • Recognized university business degree and have, or working towards, a recognized accounting designation (CPA, CA, CMA, CGA)
  • 3-5 years of related work experience in an accounting/bookkeeping capacity


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities​
Knowledge of and experience in accounting standards

  • Knowledge of municipal accounting as required within the framework of PSAB and FRAM
  • Knowledge of Fund accounting
  • Familiarity with accounting software, preferably Diamond/Great Plains
  • Proficiency with entire Microsoft Office Suite with an emphasis on Excel
  • Knowledge of payroll/HR functions
  • Strong time management skills, able to determine priorities and meet deadlines
  • Accounting and bookkeeping acumen
  • Able to follow and consistently adhere to policies and procedures
  • Able to think analytically
  • Conscientious/detailed oriented
  • Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and high­ volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness
  • Procurement and accounts payable experience considered an asset


The Municipality of West Hants offers a competitive compensation package. A complete copy of the job description can be obtained at http://www.westhants.ca/employment-opportunities/

Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment and handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Nova Scotia.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their CV or resume with cover letter to the attention of the undersigned, no later than Friday. August 24, 2018.

Carlee Lowe, Director of Finance
Municipality of the District of West Hants
76 Morison Drive
PO Box 3000, Windsor NS BON 2TO
Email: clowe@westhants.ca
Fax: 902-798-8553