City of Tampa

Chief Accountant (#000269) MI

$53.32-$83.58 Hourly / $9,242.13-$14,487.20 Monthly / $110,905.60-$173,846.40 Yearly


This is highly responsible professional and technical accounting and supervisory work.

Nature Of Work

Under administrative direction, the employee supervises the accounting areas of payroll, pension, accounts receivable and disbursement, cash receipts, property control, and central cashiering. Work is of unusual difficulty and requires the application of extensive initiative and independent judgment in performing technical and supervisory accounting functions and managing a central accounting program which is efficient, responsive to user needs, and in conformance with sound governmental accounting practices and principles. The formulation of accounting policies and procedures, selection of work methods, and development of accounting systems are major responsibilities of this position. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results achieved. Appointed position; employee serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Examples of Duties

Plans, develops, implements, maintains, and coordinates the central accounting program, including accounts receivables, accounts payable, general accounting, central payroll, pension, etc.

Plans and organizes the annual external audit for all activities of the city; reviews unique projects for financial feasibility; reviews all financial transactions of the city relating to bonds and documents which require authorization for payment to county, state, and federal government entities.

Responds to internal auditors on various recommendations proposed for such areas as accounts payable, fixed assets, investments, cash receiving, debt, payroll, pension, federal funds, etc.

Consults with staff on investments to determine which is most advantageous for the city based on timing and type of investment; coordinates arbitrage rebates and files tax returns as appropriate.

Prepares Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for audit, banking services, travel and financial systems, and other accounting related services; serves as member of the Fire and Police Pension Board and attends their meetings.  

Reviews program changes and system access to the financial system; supervises the processing of payroll records, general ledger transactions, balancing of utility accounts, central cashiering services, and the production of financial reports.

Prepares reports and correspondence; assigns, develops and evaluates staff; manages unit budget and work processes.

Performs related tasks.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of: modern accounting principles and practices; internal accounting control principles and practices; governmental accounting standards; modern management practices and procedures; federal and state laws and guidelines relating to job duties; methods and sources for investing city funds.

Considerable knowledge of: application of data processing to accounting systems and financial analysis.

Ability to: prepare complex accounting and fiscal reports and statements; analyze financial transactions and effect appropriate original or adjusting journal entries; plan, assign, direct and coordinate the work of professional, para-professional and clerical employees in a manner that promotes full performance; establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials, directors, managers, other employees, and external auditing staff; plan, organize and refine procedures.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid drivers license may be required.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 000269; EST: 8/14/2013;