City of Tucson

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT (#0834)

$25.58-$45.52 Hourly / $53,206.40-$94,681.60 Yearly
Salary Grade: 816


General Description

The position performs professional and highly technical accounting work of a varied nature and has the responsibility for major elements of the general accounting and budgetary systems such as development of accounting and reporting systems for federal grants, capital improvement projects, and various financial reports such as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the Single Audit, the Expenditure Limitation Report, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (AZEQ) Report, Arizona State Indebtness Report, Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA) and HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC).

This position supervises two or more professional accountants; and, may supervise additional support staff. Requires a conceptual grasp of complex accounting systems or sub-systems, as well as new systems development.  Other responsibilities include reviewing and auditing work prepared by departmental financial staff.   The class performs related duties as required.

This is distinguished from the Senior Accountant and the Senior Financial Accountant positions by the responsibility for supervisor work and/or the broadest scope dealing with highly complex concepts or issues of great importance to the City. This classification performs front-line supervisor duties; plans and directs work of others, hires, trains, prepares performance appraisals, and approves leave time of others. This classification decisions are defined by policies, standards and precedents but require independent thinking. The work done is determined by following established standard procedures or policy, the position has flexibility in which to apply which policy and/or procedure. This classification is supervised by the Finance Manager.

Essential Functions

Provides lead direction (supervision) regarding training and work assignment and review to professional staff; organizes work, sets priorities, instructs staff in work procedures; provides input into hiring decisions, performance evaluations and disciplinary actions  

Prepares and directs the preparation of financial statements including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and various other financial reports; reviews and analyzes central and departmental accounting staff’s work  

Researches and analyzes difficult and highly technical transactions; reviewing applicable accounting standards and pronouncements, implementing best practices, reaching out to other agencies Reviews and recommends modifications to accounting systems and procedures; reviews and analyzes accounting procedures for conformance with laws, regulations and accepted accounting practices  

Reviews accounting documents to ensure accuracy of information and calculations; Examines supporting documentation to establish proper authorization and conformance with agreements, contracts, state and federal regulations

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years finance, accounting and use of accounting software

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

None

Other Information

FLSA Status: Exempt

Occupational Group Code: 07

Occupation Group Description: Accounting and Fiscal

EEO Job Category Code: B

EEO Job Category Description: Professionals

Organizational Level: First Level Supervisor

NCCI: 8810

Bargaining Unit: No Representation

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position.

Driving Level: Secondary

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted D - Driver

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: No

Job Description Disclaimer

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

CLASS: 0834; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;