This is highly responsible professional and managerial work serving as Operations Manager to the Chief Accountant in a centralized accounting division involving complex supervisory accounting work.
Nature Of Work
Employees are responsible for supervising and coordinating the activities of major accounting sections within the city’s centralized accounting division. Assignments are of unusual difficulty and include supervising professional, technical and clerical personnel, and performing specialized accounting tasks and the full range of professional accounting and business functions. Employees participate in development of personnel and operating policies and procedures for the division as well as development, communication, implementation, and monitoring of accounting policies and procedures throughout all city departments. Extensive initiative and independent judgment are required in ensuring that timely, efficient, and effective central accounting and business services are provided to departments while adequate control is maintained over transactions in accordance with sound accounting practices. Incumbents and their subordinates proactively communicate and interact with department leaders to meet specific and ongoing needs. Work is performed independently and under direction and reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, results obtained, and audits.
Examples of Duties
Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of personnel involved in one or more of the following accounting functions: accounts payable, general accounting, reporting, central payroll, grants accounting, property control, banking, pension, accounts receivable, billing, debt, bond issuance, investments, cashiering, systems and security; recommends employment, promotions, transfers, demotions, suspensions, and dismissals; takes an active role in the development of staff; administers required discipline; responds to grievances; completes performance evaluations. Develops, designs, recommends implementation of, and maintains accounting policies and procedures in areas of assignment for the city-wide financial needs; coordinates accounting and business needs with administrators and department directors, and ensures that those needs are met. Plays a major role in design, implementation, maintenance, and control of accounting and business systems; coordinates needs and systems of assigned areas with those of other central accounting areas and business partners; reviews existing processes and develops and presents recommendations for changes to promote utility, effectiveness, and efficiency; serves as liaison with information technology, budget and departmental personnel in order to implement changes in data programs pertinent to assigned area and departmental operations. Supervises and directs various accounting and financial record keeping activities; reviews activities of subordinates for adherence to applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and generally accepted accounting practices; reviews financial reports, statements, and other records prepared for accuracy, completeness, and conformance with required standards and accepted practices; prepares financial summaries and reports to provide needed information and verification. Supervises and directs gathering, recording, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and distribution of financial data; prepares financial statements, summaries, schedules, and reports; directs the preparation of audit reports and packages; serves as liaison with internal and external auditors to clarify and explain information pertinent to assigned area. Organizes, facilitates, leads, and participates in meetings; makes presentations; gives reports to a variety of audiences. Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Extensive knowledge of: principles, accepted practices, and methods of accounting, tax preparation, systems operations, and investments; IT 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 data programs and recommend/implement modifications and improvements to meet changing needs and requirements; maintain accurate and complete technical operating records; prepare oral and written reports of a highly technical nature and impart them effectively to a variety of audiences; plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of subordinates; establish and maintain effective working relationshipswith department leadership, employees and the general public.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s, preferably a master’s, degree in accounting or a closely related field and a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience in a government or government related setting, including supervisory experience or an associate's degree in accounting or a closely related field and a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience in a government or government related setting.
Licenses or Certifications
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 areas of responsibility.
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.