This is complex professional accounting work in supervising one or more sections of a centralized accounting division.
Nature Of Work
Under direction, employees perform various professional accounting tasks of more than average difficulty; a higher degree of technical expertise is required and greater independence of action and decision making are expected than for lower level accounting positions. Positions require serving as the supervisor of one or more central accounting sections. Broad, general knowledge of a variety of accounting systems as well as in-depth, specialized knowledge of a particular accounting system are required as employees are subject to rotation through the various accounting sections. Considerable initiative and independent judgment are required in: ensuring that timely, efficient, and effective central accounting services are provided to departments while adequate control is maintained over transactions in accordance with sound accounting practices; design, review and revision of accounting systems; design, implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of a cost and information gathering, processing and reporting system; preparation of financial statements and reports; and, analysis and interpretation of fiscal records. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, results obtained, and audits.
Examples of Duties
Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of professional, technical, and/or clerical employees; provides training, technical advice, and guidance; recommends employments, promotions, transfers, demotions, suspensions, and dismissals; administers required discipline; serves as initial respondent to grievances; completes performance evaluations. Supervises and participates in one or more of the following centralized accounting functions: accounting for grants; control of accounts including preparation of accounts receivable and payable transactions; banking; general accounting; central payroll; property control; pension; debt; investments; systems; cashiering. Oversees the processing of transactions, resolving technical or difficult problems referred by subordinates; prepares financial summaries and reports. supervises and reviews various accounting and financial records keeping activities for accuracy, completeness and adherence to applicable policies, procedures, regulations, and accepted accounting practices; supervises and participates in gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and distributing financial data; coordinates activities with personnel in user departments. Verifies and reconciles ledgers, registers and journals, corrects or reports inaccuracies; balances receipt, transactions, and related payment amounts to totals to ensure accountability of transactions; approves requisitions, purchase orders, journal entries, and other financial documents. Designs, implements and maintains systems to monitor accounting activities of agencies administering grants for conformance to sound practices and municipal and federal requirements; prepares financial reports and schedules for use by auditors. Monitors, evaluates and implements changes for accounting efficiency, internal control, and records maintenance activities; reviews current practices, procedures, controls, and systems; develops recommendations for improved effectiveness and efficiency; reviews records and reports prepared by others. Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Considerable knowledge of: principles, accepted practices, and methods of accounting; database design and implementation.
Working knowledge of: data processing capabilities and applications to accounting; governmental accounting principles and procedures; laws, rules, and regulations applicable to municipal governmental accounting; effective supervisory techniques.
Ability to: analyze and interpret fiscal records and prepare accurate and complete financial statements, summaries, and reports; review accounting systems and pertinent programs and recommend modifications and improvements to meet changing needs and requirements; create database applications; maintain accurate and complete technical operating records; prepare oral and written reports and impart them effectively; plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of subordinate personnel; establish and maintain effective working relationships with user departments, employees and the general public.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a closely related field and three (3) years of professional accounting experience with one (1) year of supervisory experience preferred or an associate's degree in accounting or a closely related field and five (5) years of professional accounting experience.
Licenses or Certifications
Possession of a valid drivers license may be required.
Possession of one or more of the following certifications is preferred: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO), Certified Public Pension Trustee (CPPT) or an equivalent certification relevant to the area(s) of responsibility.
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.