Accountant | Ponca Tribe of Nebraska



Expires on: 2019:02:26 11:59 PM

Position: Accountant
Division: Indirect Cost
Department: Finance
Reports To: Finance Director
Location: Niobrara
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Pay Grade: Grade 6 ($15.65 – $24.94)
Classification: Fulltime


Incumbent is primarily responsible for performing a variety of financial and administrative functions for multiple grants, contracts, and enterprises as directed by the Finance Director and Deputy Finance Director.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist accounting staff in daily maintenance of Accounts Payable , Payroll, Requests for Purchase, and Check Requests
  • Serve as secondary processor for Accounts Payable, Payroll and Procurement
  • Analyze and adjust financial transactions
  • Calculate indirect cost and allocate to funds
  • Review Accounts Payable entries for accuracy prior to submission to Fiscal Accountant
  • Prepare and/or assist with bank reconciliations, credit card statements, general ledger accounts, and reconciliation of detailed data to general ledger totals
  • Maintain wholesaler tax reports and reconcile tax payments from tribal entities
  • Use MIP accounting software to generate and distribute program reports as required and requested by departments and external funding agencies
  • Assist with supply ordering and tracking of capital expenditures
  • Control vendor data, including obtaining and maintaining W9’s, and tracking 1099 vendor expenses
  • Process Due To/From entries and activities to reconcile payments between internal programs and cash accounts
  • Identify and perform accrual and reversal and other close out entries of programs and grants to reconcile budget years
  • Provide program support through assisting with financial requests and participating in program audits
  • Participate in the preparation of annual audits
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by: attending seminars, workshops, conferences, conducting research, and contacting funding agencies and related organizations
  • Other duties as assigned

Relationships and Authority:

This position has no supervisory duties.

Working Environment and Physical Demands:

Physical requirements include carrying/lifting up to 5 pounds, frequently; up to 10 pounds, regularly; and up to 25 pounds, occasionally. Visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to drive an automobile and operate computer keyboard and basic office equipment; subject to carrying, lifting, twisting and reaching to perform essential job functions. Working conditions are primarily in an office environment with occasional travel to other locations



  • Associate degree in accounting or related field or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Two years of general accounting experience including fund accounting
  • Two years of payroll or accounts payable experience, or related professional field
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license and be insurable
  • Successfully pass drug and alcohol testing, motor vehicle, education, character, and criminal background checks.
  • Able and willing to travel


  • Bachelor degree in accounting or related field
  • One year Tribal accounting experience
  • MIP software experience
  • One year experience working with Native Americans or Native American organizations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Public Law 93-638” Indian Self-Determination Act.

Preference will be given to Ponca Tribe of Nebraska members or members of a federally recognized tribe. However, all qualified individuals are eligible.

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is an at-will employer.

Tribal Council Approval: 02/04/2019