Budget Accountant

Salary: Expected hiring range: $71,232 - $85,479 DOE
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Vail Valley, CO
Publish Date: Posted September 20, 2022
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The Town of Vail is now hiring a Budget Accountant!

Expected Hiring Range: $71,232 – $85,479 Depending on Experience


The Town of Vail Budget Accountant provides professional level accounting services and is responsible for coordination of the annual budget process, day-to-day accounting and financial reporting for the Town of Vail and all component units.  Establishes processes and makes recommendations for the management of the annual budget process and ongoing budget reporting.


Budget Accountant duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Administers the budget process including budget timetable creation, preparing budget worksheets and fund statements, training users in budget entry and request process, and participating in departmental budget reviews.
  • Analyzes records, trends and expenses to prepare estimates for future revenues and expenses to create budget projections.
    Partners with department managers and directors on receipt and organization of budget requests.
  • Adheres to and maintains appropriate financial systems, policies, and procedures to assure proper budgeting and financial reporting.
  • Accountable/Coordinates the midcycle and annual Council Contribution process, including online application functionality, tracking, reviewing and summarizing all submitted applications.
  • Coordinates with Economic Development on updates to the funding process. Prepares analysis of submissions and hosts meeting with the internal contribution committee to finalize funding recommendations for Town Council.
  • Document and track approved in-kind contributions provided by the town to special events and other organizations.
  • Maintain capital project update reports for Town Council and senior management by coordinating with public works, housing and other departments.
  • Reviews and monitors monthly accounting reports for proper accounting treatment; identifies and corrects errors; analyzes budget variances; prepares adjusting journal entries as needed; advises management of any budget issues and recommends resolution. Assists in directing staff in proper accounting treatment and journal entry preparation.
  • Responsible for monthly project reconciliations and monitoring project budgets.
  • Assist in administration of the internal audit program.
  • Prepares miscellaneous reports such as Road & Bridge Highway Report, a variety of census reports, Colorado Municipal League surveys, Federal Certification reporting, etc.
  • Assists in monitoring contract accounting with the Accounts Receivable function to ensure proper amounts and timing of billings for those contracts/leases. Assists in monitoring outstanding receivables.
  • Various reconciliations, including retainage amounts withheld on large construction projects, deposits held for developers (street cut, public way permits, developer improvement agreements).
  • Monitoring and reconciliation of Construction Use Tax collected by the town.
  • Maintains fixed asset records for all town assets.
  • Provides back-up support to financial management positions including Budget Analyst, Finance Director, Accounting Manager, and Sales Tax Administrator

Vail is a guest service oriented and resort destination community. We realize that to set the standard for world-class alpine resorts, our employees make all the difference!  That is why we are looking for passionate individuals who strive for excellence in all that they do.  Qualified applicants must possess:


  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Advanced personal computer skills (especially Microsoft Excel) and experience using financial systems is required.
  • Knowledge of accounting functions such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, cost accounting, etc. is preferred.  
  • Working knowledge of accounting principles and practices (GAAP) and governmental accounting is preferred.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both in writing and verbally.  
  • A motivated and detail-oriented person with strong organizational skills is well suited for this position.

In addition they must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in Accounting;
  • A minimum of three to five years of professional level accounting and financial reporting experience required;
  • Experience in government accounting preferred

Job Benefits

  • Education / Training
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Health Insurance
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Retention Bonuses
  • Retirement
  • Wellness

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