Executive Director of Accounting Services

Department/Agency of position: 
Atlanta Public Schools
Location of position: 
Atlanta, GA
$106,656 - $146,652
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Job Description: 

The Executive Director of Accounting Services is responsible for planning, directing and supervision of all accounting and related activities. Provides guidance on updating policies and procedures related to financial activities considering risks associated with operational related activities. This position is responsible for all reporting requirements. Provides leadership through the direction, administration and maintenance of the District’s treasury functions, accounts payable and travel policies and procedures. Develops ongoing collaboration with external and internal stakeholders to ensure implementation and continued compliance to the audit requirements and recommendations. Adheres to and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local government requirements.


Direct and review the accounting functions, which includes inter-company accounting, balance sheet management, revenue reconciliations/recognition and financial reporting. Oversees the month end and year end close activities.

Coordinate work relating to both internal and external audits in the periodic review of the company financial records. Is responsible for the implementation of agreed upon recommendations, related to areas of responsibility, resulting from the audit findings.

Oversee the accounts payable functions including customer vendor relations and the AP disbursement group which handles all check disbursements, 1099 and tax related matters.

Oversee the travel card and purchasing card functions to ensure proper recording and reporting of transactions.

Establish and maintain banking relationships and analyzes market conditions relating to short-term borrowing opportunities and provides monthly cash flow requirements reporting, analyses and projections.

Maintain records and pro forma analyses of master lease agreements.

Develop ongoing and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Train and evaluate employees to enhance their performance, development and work product. Addresses performance issues and makes recommendations for personnel actions.

Assures compliance with all audit requirements to maintain an unmodified audit opinion. Conduct other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of the following: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; Knowledge of ERP systems and Excel; Strong personal computer and business solutions software skills; Strong interpersonal skills for interacting accountants, clients, and upper management; Strong analytical and problem solving skills; Good planning and organizational skills to balance and prioritize work; Federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines Principles and practices of sound business communication, correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary; uses of word processing, spreadsheet and other business management software.

Abilities in the following: Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; Ability to successfully deal with all persons in a fair and equitable manner; Ability to prepare clear, concise and accurate correspondence, reports and other written materials; organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility; Maintain complex and confidential records and files; work confidentially with discretion; Establish and maintain effective relationships with District administrators, management, staff, employee representatives, representatives of other governmental agencies, the public and others contacted in the course of work.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public or business administration or other appropriate field.


WORK EXPERIENCE: Seven years of experience in accounting and/or finance required (3 years in a leadership role); experience in government/school accounting preferred.