Recruitment #2110-4964-001


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 DCD Accountant Lead provides professional accounting and related financial management services for the Department of City Development economic development programs.

Essential Functions

Accounting and Reporting

  • Serve as the lead accountant for Tax Incremental Districts (TIDs), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NIDs) and related City activities; provide general accounting entries and maintenance of all TID, BID, NID and related City accounts.
  • Meet all reporting deadlines for TID activities, including the Annual Report of Milwaukee’s Tax Incremental Finance Districts, Tax Increment Certification, TID closure reports, annual review and payment of assessments.
  • Prepare the TID’s annual audit, including preparation of work papers, financial statements and supplementary information. Respond to requests for information.
  • Provide interim financial reports to City Development project managers for all TID, BID and NID activities.
  • Lead the year-end closing of all TID, BID, NID and related City activities for the Department of City Development accounts and preparation of financial data. Prepare closing journal entries, review ledgers and distribute City account balances to the appropriate ledgers.
  • Work with the Comptroller’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, Assessor’s Office and Wisconsin Department of Revenue staff to determine and analyze the financial health of the City’s TIDs, BIDs and NIDs.
  • Lead the Comptroller’s annual outside audit of all TIDs and related City activities for the Department of City Development accounts and prepare financial data. Prepare closing journal entries, review ledgers, distribute City account balances to the appropriate ledgers and prepare the TID financial statements for the outside auditors.  

Financial Statements and Audits

  • Prepare year-end NIDC financial statements, including preparation of work papers, “Prepared by Client” documents, notes, statement of activities, statements of financial position, and cash flow statement.
  • Lead the year-end closing of NIDC accounting, including preparation of financial data. Prepare closing Journal entries, review and reconcile ledgers, provide the Accounting Manager with City account balances to the appropriate ledgers.
  • Assist the other Accountant Lead in the preparation of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) financial statements and audit. Assist in the preparation of work papers, “Prepared by Client” documents, and notes.
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of all Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) accounts and projects, and provide general accounting entries. Provide City interim financial reports, review and approve accounting entries related to NIDC and perform monthly closing of loan payment activities.  

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

  • Individuals who complete an application for general City employment on or after September 1, 2021 and are subsequently appointed to a position must provide proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or have an approved religious or medical accommodation within ten business days of their employment start date.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance from an accredited college or university.
  2. Three years of progressively responsible accounting and financial analysis experience.  

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Governmental, inter-agency and complex financial organization accounting experience.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of financial reporting and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and the ability to make accurate calculations.
  • Skill in conducting research, analyzing complex issues, and formulating recommendations.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret contracts, budgets, financial statements, accounting policies and procedures, corporate documents and audit reports.
  • Ability to proficiently use spreadsheet, database, and word processing software.
  • Ability to prepare financial statements.    

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Ability to practice active listening by giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, and asking questions as appropriate.
  • Ability to speak with others to convey information (technical and non-technical) clearly and effectively to people at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing such as reports, business correspondence, emails, and procedures manuals, clearly and effectively to people at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with people whose backgrounds may differ from ones’ own.  

Judgement and Professionalism  

  • Motivated self-starter who demonstrates professionalism, dependability, integrity, confidentiality and a positive, team-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to organize work to effectively and efficiently utilize resources to accomplish multiple tasks according to deadlines.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify problems and make sound decisions, including in situations where only limited information is available.
  • Ability to work well independently and to function as part of a team when necessary.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and work within tight time constraints.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 2IX) is $58,462-$81,844 annually, and the resident incentive salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $60,216-$84,300Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to the approval.  


The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program which includes:  

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • 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 https://city.milwaukee.gov/der/benefits.

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 Friday, October 29, 2021. 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 www.jobapscloud.com/MIL.
  • Applications and transcripts 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 staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.



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