Accounting Supervisor

Accounting Supervisor
City of Costa Mesa Finance Department
 Costa Mesa, California
Job Description

Under general direction of the Assistant Director of Finance, plans, directs, reviews and coordinates the work of the Accounting Division staffed by professional and clerical personnel. Prepares accounting reports in order to provide financial information required by City management and federal, state and county governments.

An incumbent in this classification performs responsible professional municipal accounting work of a highly technical and complex nature. Work assigned to this position involves the application of specialized knowledge and abilities in supervising general accounting functions within the Accounting Division. An incumbent is responsible for exercising the day-to-day formal supervision over professional and clerical personnel and, on occasion, additional supervisory responsibilities in the absence of the Assistant Director of Finance.


This class is distinguished from the Senior Accountant class, which performs at a high technical level but does not possess the formal supervisory responsibilities required. Work is assigned by the Assistant Finance Director, which is distinguished from the Accounting Supervisor class by the responsibility of assisting in the direction, planning and evaluation of all divisions within the Finance Department. Work is evaluated through conferences and reports.

Qualification Guidelines:

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


  • Four years of progressively responsible experience in professional accounting and financial analysis, including two years in a municipal government, and at least one year in a supervisory capacity.
  • Graduation from a four year accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business or closely related field.


  • Class C California Driver's License. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of generally accepted accounting principles, governmental accounting, auditing and financial reporting.
  • Knowledge of internal control and compliance audit principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to municipal accounting.
  • Knowledge of the principles of supervision, work organization, and personnel management.
  • Knowledge of complex financial analysis and research procedures.
  • Knowledge of techniques and methods of budgeting.
  • Knowledge of personal computer programs related to financial applications.
  • Knowledge of the utilization of financial computer application systems and programs.


  • Ability to plan, organize and implement a comprehensive municipal accounting system.
  • Ability to supervise, train and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Ability to prepare complete and accurate financial reports, analyses and statements of a complex nature.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, fellow staff and government representatives.