2A20

PAY RANGE: N30

 

ACCOUNTING DIRECTOR

 

GENERAL DEFINITION

 

††††††††††† This is administrative work managing the City's centralized accounting, verification, monitoring and payroll operations in accordance with established guidelines for governmental accounting and financial reporting. The employee in this class oversees the control of both subsidiary and general ledger accounts and the provision of reports reflecting the financial positions of the municipality. Work is performed under the general direction of a Deputy Finance Director.

 

ALLOCATING FACTORS:† (The following conditions must be met in order for a position to be allocated to this class.)

 

         Only one position in the City's central finance agency will be allocated to this class.

         The position must direct all functions of the Accounting Division.

 

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (Illustrative Only)

 

††††††††††† Anticipates operational and agency needs; sets priorities and deadlines; provides resources; optimizes use of personnel; modernizes processes and otherwise increases efficiency; coordinates work within and among Accounting Division subunits; assures conformity with professional and institutional standards and guidelines for municipal accounting, auditing and reporting; deals with officials to resolve accounting and reporting issues; reviews the propriety of major transactions; plans and directs training for new employees.

††††††††††† Directs, through the Assistant Accounting Director, the following:

††††††††††† Overall operations of the general accounting staff which includes posting transactions to appropriation and general ledgers, preparing periodic reports of the status of budget and revenue accounts and preparing special statements to demonstrate the financial position of the municipal government; insures that controls over disbursement of funds are maintained.

††††††††††† Financial verification staff engaged in verifying documentation of municipal accounting transactions by collecting and matching purchase orders, contracts, encumbrances, payment vouchers, payment vouchers and vendor's invoices; insures that transactions are processed in a timely manner.

††††††††††† Initiation and implementation of new, updated or revised accounting procedures.

††††††††††† Operations of the central grant accounting unit; insures that City-wide grant related financial activity is recorded and reported in accordance with federal and state legislation.

††††††††††† Monitoring of accounts for independent and delegate agencies; insures that such agencies conform to or adopt municipal accounting standards.

††††††††††† Processing of City payrolls and supporting records; insures that Civil Service regulations and labor contract changes are implemented; directs the processing of health and welfare benefits.

††††††††††† Performs related work as required.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

 

         the standards, guidelines and requirements for governmental accounting as set forth in various Governmental Accounting Standards Board(GASB) statements

         the principles, standards and practices of the accounting profession

         managerial theory and practice

         the uses and applications of computer systems to accounting, fiscal reporting and preparation of payroll

         the principles and techniques of accounting as they refer to municipal bond indebtedness and bond sales

 

ABILITY TO:

 

         direct the work of a large staff of managerial, professional, technical and clerical personnel

         administer a large centralized municipal accounting program

         resolve technical accounting problems and issues encountered in municipal accounting

         enlist the cooperation of officials to implement policy and procedural changes

         present ideas effectively both orally and in writing

         establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, departmental officials, and the public

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum acceptable training and experience standards which will be used to accept or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 1/15.)

 

EDUCATION:

 

††††††††††† Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university, with major course work in accounting.

 

AND

 

Option 1:† Finance Department

 

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:

††††††††††† Eight years of accounting experience, five years of which have been in a supervisory capacity.

 

AND

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE:

 

††††††††††† One year of managerial accounting experience as Accounting Assistant Director in the City's central finance agency.

 

OR

 

Option 2: City Controllerís Office

 

AND

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:

 

††††††††††† Eight years of auditing experience, five years of which have been in a supervisory capacity.†

 

AND

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE:

 

††††††††††† Three years as an Audit Director in the Cityís central auditing agency.†

 

OR

 

Option 3:† Other Governmental Accounting Experience

 

AND

 

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:

 

††††††††††† Fourteen years of post bachelorís degree accounting or auditing experience for a government agency or for an accounting firm providing accounting or auditing services to a government agency, which has included seven years of progressively responsible managerial experience.

 

††††††††††† Any equivalent combination of experience determined to be acceptable to the Office of Human Resources which has included the bachelorís with major coursework in accounting and the specific experience described above.

 

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL STANDARDS

 

††††††††††† Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

 

Class Established:

CSC - 5/96

Ad. Board - 5/96

Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC- 11/14

Ad. Board Ė 1/15

 

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