Chief Accountant

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Lakeland Finance Department
Location of position: 
Lakeland, FL
$67,910.55 – $105,351.56 Annually
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Closing Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Job Description: 

This is responsible professional accounting and administrative work in planning, organizing and directing the operations for central fiscal control.

Work involves supervising and participating in all general accounting activities of a department. Work includes the exercise of considerable judgment in planning, installing, revising and maintaining accounting procedures and in the preparation of statements and reports. Supervision is exercised directly or through subordinate supervisors over all employees of the unit. Work assignments are received in general form indicating results desired, and questions relating to major objectives and priority of work are discussed with the department head. Work is subject to verification by periodic audits and a variety of internal automatic checks

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES: •Plans, organizes, directs and participates in the work of a group of subordinate professional, sub-professional and clerical employees engaged in maintaining general ledger and budgetary control accounts for a department. •Supervises and personally participates in the preparation of regular and special fiscal and statistical statements and reports. •Answers questions of subordinates regarding accounting problems which raise policy or other special questions and which do not follow prescribed patterns and procedures. •Directs the pre-audit and post-audit of purchase requisitions, receipts and invoices for correctness, legality and proper account classification; directs the preparation and maintenance of payroll records; reconciles banking transactions and exercises control procedures over cash. •Studies, devises and installs revisions of systems and forms to facilitate the production of information and the control of receipts and expenditures. •Confers with administrative personnel regarding interpretation of accounting policies, procedures and practices. •Performs research projects requiring a high degree of analytical ability, familiarity with City policy and procedures, and considerable knowledge of computer applications. •Work closely with multiple levels of the organization including management teams to produce the required financial deliverables and implement improvements to facilitate efficient and effective operations. •Supervises the monitoring, administration, and preparation of grant programs and reporting requirements. •Plans, organizes, supervises, and participates in the City's Annual Audit and the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

QUALIFICATIONS: •Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university, with a degree in Accounting. CPA preferred. •Four (4) years' experience in governmental accounting and fiscal operations including two (2) years of supervisory experience. Required Documents: Resume and College Diploma or Unofficial Transcripts

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: •Thorough knowledge of governmental accounting principles, procedures and processes governing the receipt, custody and expenditure of the monies of the City. •Strong functional experience in the analysis, development and administration of various financial applications in Client/Server environment including Oracle and Hyperion •Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of City fiscal administration. •Ability to analyze and solve a wide variety of accounting and fiscal problems. •Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of a group of professional, sub-professional and clerical personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. •Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other employees, City officials and the general public. •Ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing. •Thorough knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Standards and Statements. Including the ability to interpret and implement GASB Statements.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT/CONDITIONS: •Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a recurring basis, routine keyboard operations. •The job risks exposure to bright/dim light, dusts and pollen. •The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception.

All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview, and/or any combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone. Please check your e-mail and telephone messages regularly, including “junk” folders. Test times and locations to be announced.