Recruitment #2209-0307DC-002


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old-world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The Accountant I/II provides professional accounting and related financial management services in the management of State and Federal Aid funded and locally funded paving, bridge, and sewer projects.

Eligible candidates who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the highest-level eligible list for which they qualify.

Essential Functions

Accountant I and Accountant II:

  • Review daily street crew asphalt and concrete usage reports and prepare related invoices for payment. Resolve any discrepancies with street crews and vendors.
  • Review grant invoices prior to payment for compliance with contracts, City, and grantor rules.
  • Review ProCard activity for compliance with program rules.
  • Review Environmental Engineering electricity invoices.
  • Gather and upload all Department of Public Works (DPW) Infrastructure leases into the City database and perform capital versus operating lease analysis.
  • Complete retrievals and analysis of interdepartmental requisition invoices received from various City departments.

Accountant II:

  • Query records in Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financial Management Information System (FMIS) and prepare analyses for project managers.
  • Enter equipment requisitions into FMIS.
  • Encumber DPW-Infrastructure contracts; analyze and process contract payments, change orders, and closeouts.
  • Prepare and update written procedures for processes and tasks.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy here.

Minimum Requirements

Accountant I and Accountant II:

1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited college or university. NOTE: Applicants in the final semester of earning their bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply for Accountant I; however, they will not be considered for hire at the Accountant I level until the minimum requirements are met. 

Accountant II:

2.  One year of full-time professional accounting experience.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Notice: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Oracle’s PeopleSoft FMIS and the Microsoft Office suite.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and accounting theory and practice.
  • Ability to learn accounting standards for government entities such as the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
  • Knowledge of accounts payable principles and processes.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply complex rules and regulations.
  • Ability to use the appropriate mathematical methods or formulas to complete work assignments.
  • Ability to work with computerized accounting systems, spreadsheets, and access databases.
  • Ability to learn and become proficient using Oracle’s PeopleSoft FMIS.
  • Ability to develop and run periodic and ad hoc reports.
  • Ability to use office equipment, including telephones, computers, copiers and fax machines.

Critical Thinking

  • Analytical skills to assess and resolve complex financial situations.
  • Attention to detail to ensure accuracy for accounting transactions and activities.
  • Ability to identify problems and develop and implement effective solutions.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Interpersonal skills and customer service skills to work with diverse individuals inside and outside the organization.
  • Written communication skills to prepare clear and concise business correspondence and reports.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers and residents whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to communicate verbally so as to clearly explain technical information to customers.
  • Ability to actively listen to others.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.


  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and complete work assignments using effective time management skills.
  • Honesty, ability to adhere to fundamental principles of ethical behavior for accountants, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to exhibit exemplary professionalism.

Current Salary

Accountant I:

The current salary range (Pay Range 2CN) is $47,274-$56,941, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $48,693-$58,650. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

Accountant II:

The current salary range (Pay Range 2DN) is $48,037-$60,688, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $49,478-$62,508. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

Applications and further information can be accessed by visiting

  • Applications should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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