City of Knoxville Finance Department
 Knoxville, Tennessee
Job Description

Under administrative direction of the Chief Financial Officer/Director of Finance and Accountability, performs professional-level accounting work within the Finance and Accountability Department which includes responsibility for complex accounting/fiscal systems and supervision of professional and technical accounting personnel. This position functions as the Division Chief for the Accounting and Budget Division as per City ordinance.


  • Supervises the preparation of year-end audited financial reports working closely with external auditors (spearheads annual audit process).
  • Prepares and supervises the preparation of financial statements and budgets.
  • Conducts long-range planning/forecasting activities related to fiscal management.
  • Oversees all reporting activities (i.e., standard financial management reports, etc.), as well as Charter and Code mandate responsibilities (i.e., monthly closings, quarterly reports, annual audit, etc.).
  • Revise or prepare new accounting policies.
  • Reconciles periodic computerized reports for accuracy and completeness; including revenue and expenditure reports.
  • Supervises subordinates; monitors, completes performance appraisals, trains, etc.
  • Supervise Accounting/Budgeting personnel and monitor those functions for proper compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
  • Supervise Accounts Payable function of the City for proper controls and accuracy of payments to vendors.
  • Develops, recommends, tests, and/or implements improvements, adaptations, or revisions in accounting systems and procedures.


  • Performs related work as required.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
  • Knowledge of general governmental accounting principles, procedures, and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of the proper form and content of financial records, statements, and schedules.
  • Knowledge of auditing procedures.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of automated accounting systems and financial software
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)
  • Knowledge of business mathematics.
  • Knowledge of legislative procedures in local government.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of organization and management.
  • Ability to apply accounting principles and methods to a wide variety of accounting problems.
  • Ability to analyze financial transactions and make appropriate original and adjusting entries.
  • Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State, and City fiscal regulations and to apply such to specific situations.
  • Ability to prepare financial and statistical reports including financial projections.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.
  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise professional judgement in evaluating situations.