DEFINITION Plan, assign, direct and evaluate the work of technical/clerical positions responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, cash receipts, grants, and general ledger accounting and reporting functions. This position is responsible for the annual audit and preparation of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and provides backup support for day-to-day investment of the City's funds. This position must work well independently and with teams, while providing excellent, respectful customer service and human relations skills, which support the City of Brighton's mission and values.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Receives general supervision from the Assistant Director of Finance. The Accounting Manager supervises administrative and clerical positions within the department.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES Supervises all aspects of the Accounting Division's accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, cash receipts, grants, and all general ledger accounting and reporting functions, including budget recording. Reconciles all bank and investment accounts of the City. Reconciles general ledger accounts to subsidiary ledgers or external statements; compiles detailed analysis; prepares various supporting reconciliation schedules, and coordinates with other departments regarding budget and accounting for funds and projects. Prepares highly complex journal entries and related supporting data; reviews and approves all requests for payment as to proper form and reasonable distribution; prepares and maintains financial records and reports; prepares financial documentation to support financial transactions relating to capital projects, trust and agency funds, and debt service. Researches and recommends proper accounting treatment and reporting presentation as prescribed by governmental accounting standards (GASB), State statues and other applicable rules and regulations for City transactions; offers suggestions for resolution of problems related to the financial and accounting systems. Researches and recommends proper payroll calculation and proper I.R.S. and State reporting of same, including Federal, State and Medicare taxability issues related to wages, retirement plans (401a and 457), fringe benefits, reductions, deductions, travel, entertainment, allowances, reimbursements related to accountable and non-accountable plans. Coordinates City's Fixed Asset records, including auditing all data for inventory control. Coordinates and prepares audit work papers and supporting schedules required for external audits. Coordinates with the external auditors in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Prepares application for the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Prepares the annual “TABOR” calculation. Performs all supervisory tasks such as hiring, terminations, scheduling, performance reviews, including communication of performance issues with division employees for technical/clerical positions. Coordinates scheduling of division functions to facilitate employee training; establishes goals and objectives for the division that are consistent with the goals of the department/organization. Supervises the preparation and processing of 1099's and W2's for City of Brighton employees and vendors. Supervises the preparation of all quarterly and annual payroll and unemployment tax reports. Provides backups support for the day-to-day investing of the City's general investment portfolio and daily cash management under guidance and approval of the City's Finance Director. Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.
QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of: City and departmental rules and regulations; Advanced principles, practices and techniques of modern accounting, including current Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards; Advanced payroll and fringe benefits taxability issues and the applicability of the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations; Financial reporting requirements of “TABOR” Amendment 1 to the State's Constitution; Advanced computerized accounting systems and internal controls, and the principles and practices of finance administration. Federal and State grant processes and requirements.
Ability to: Plan, assign, instruct, supervise and direct the work of subordinate personnel engaged in carrying out the functions of the division in a manner conducive to high morale and quality performance; Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper courses of action to be taken; Express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, the public and other agencies; Develop and implement accounting system modifications; prepare a variety of financial statements, reports and analysis; Monitor overall financial condition of the City; Implement governmental accounting principles and practices; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Train user staff in the use of financial computer system hardware and software.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Accounting or a closely related field. CPA or CPFO required. Four (4) years of professional accounting experience, local government accounting preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Ability to perform sedentary physical work, and to lift and carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally 20 pounds; ability to walk, sit, reach, grasp and perform similar body movements; possess hand/eye coordination adequate to operate office equipment, keyboards, calculator and telephone; ability to talk and hear in person and by telephone and to hear computer malfunctions; ability to see and read instructions, financial statements and documents, and characters on a computer monitor.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Possession of a valid driver's license with a safe driving record. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred. Ability to complete FEMA ICS 100 and IS 700 training within six (6) months of hire.