Accounting Manager

Department/Agency of position: 
City of San Mateo Finance Department
Location of position: 
San Mateo, CA
$9,118.66 - $10,876.93 monthly
Date Posted: 
Friday, October 27, 2017
Closing Date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017
Job Description: 

The City of San Mateo Finance Department is looking for highly qualified, experienced Accounting Manager

Why Join our Department? This is a management-level position responsible for managing, directing, coordinating and participating in the City’s general accounting functions. This position directly reports to the department head and is a member of the management team that sets the direction for the department.

What You’ll Do • Act as primary liaison for annual City audit; prepare and provide supporting documentation; ensure that audit is scheduled and completed in a timely manner • Recommend goals and objectives; assist in the development of and implement policies, and procedures relating to accounting, auditing, and budgeting activities • Plan, assign, schedule and review the work of assigned personnel • Direct the technical accounting aspects of the preparation and processing of accounts payable • Establish and maintain journals, ledgers and supporting financial records; supervise the maintenance of the General Ledger; supervise the recording of all revenue, encumbrances and disbursements • Develop and administer accounting and budget control systems as necessary to comply with accounting procedures, laws, ordinance and other regulations • Review, develop and modify accounting methods and internal auditing controls to improve effectiveness of existing procedures, and to insure conformance with existing policies • Lead and mentor the members of your staff and contribute to their professional development • For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

Who You Are • You possess knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; general and municipal accounting and auditing principles and practices; and principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation • You possess ability to analyze and interpret financial and accounting records; examine, prepare and verify financial statements, reports and documents; prepare complex financial statements, reports and analyses; develop and implement modified and new accounting procedures and systems. • You possess a desire to contribute to a positive work environment that fosters motivation and engagement in our workforce.

What You Bring • You possess at least five years of increasingly responsible experience in accounting or auditing work, including two years in a supervisory capacity • You have the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, or related field

Bonus Points (highly desirable) • CPA or CPFO is desired but not required.

What We Offer • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits • CalPERS retirement (2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members.

Classic employees contribute 7.4% to CalPERS and New members contribute

6.25% to CalPERS with participation in the Social Security Program • City contribution of 1.5% of base salary to Deferred Compensation and will match up to 1% Employee contribution • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership • Bilingual Differential $195 monthly (if applicable) This classification is represented by the San Mateo Management Employees Association

Are You Ready? Apply. Submit an online application, résumé, and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline: Recruitment will close by November 10, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications, résumés, and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.

Interview Process All applications, résumés (required) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process which may consist of an oral panel interview, tentatively scheduled for November 30, 2017.

An eligible list will be established for those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least 6 months with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months. Once placed on an eligible list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted October 27, 2017

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.

Fine Print The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.