Recruitment #2209-0815-001


The Business Services Department (BSD) of the City of Tucson is seeking motivated and qualified Senior Financial Accountant(s) to perform professional level accounting activities, play an integral role in the analysis and implementation of accounting principles, assist in preparing financial statements and work in accordance with accepted accounting principles and best practices. These positions will assist with year-end audit and will be responsible for the preparation of fund financial statements. The ideal candidate will possess experience in full-accrual accounting, knowledge in account reconciliation, long-range financial planning, developing accurate financial reports, interpreting financial information to managerial staff, recommending courses of action, analyzing day-to-day financial activities and playing an integral role in the implementation of accounting principles and ensuring continuous improvement of the financial system.  

This position resides in Business Services Finance and will be responsible for the compilation of annual comprehensive financial reports, monthly financial preparation and analysis for discussion with public housing managers, in depth research of tenant ledgers and grants accounting/administration. The position will be very involved in providing professional direction to various grant and federally funded programs, including, but not limited to, Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

***The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, and are hired on or before September 24, 2022, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs.  You will need to  submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption and/or accommodation from your representative..***

General Description

Using professional judgment performs a full range of city-wide accounting and reporting duties for all fund types including proprietary and fiduciary funds; maintains compliance with city, state and federal regulations (e.g. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Governmental Accounting Standards Board, OBM Circulars, Internal Revenue Service, State of Arizona, City of Tucson Charter/Code).

Essential Functions

This is a senior position. It differs from other positions in the classification series by performing tasks at a proficient, accomplished level and handling the more difficult, complex or irregular tasks. Individuals in senior positions typically assist in setting priorities for work and are asked upon occasion to use judgment to solve unusual problems.

Performs a full range of city-wide accounting and reporting duties for all fund types including governmental, proprietary and fiduciary funds; maintains compliance with city, state and federal regulations.

Prepares annual financial statements, schedules and note disclosures for the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit in compliance with city, state and federal regulations.

Identifies and records city-wide capital assets and reconcile transactions to the general ledger.

Maintains city-wide accounting records for long-term debt. Ensures compliance with city, state and federal regulations.

Prepares city-wide reports, reconcile transactions to the general ledger, maintain spreadsheets and analyze accounts and data.

Performs variance analysis and analyze city-wide trends to ensure the accuracy of financial data, as well as budget-to-actual variances.

Performs city-wide financial analysis by downloading data from the ERP system using existing reports or by designing new reports/queries, as well as participate in ERP system testing.

Acts as liaison to customer departments on city-wide accounting issues. Performs a full range of city-wide accounting and reporting duties, as well as communication with customer departments.

Provides technical assistance regarding compliance issues.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years finance or accounting experience with additional experience in accounting software and Microsoft Office products with special emphasis in Excel.

Selection Plan

*A Chronological Resume is required for this recruitment.  Any applications received without a chronological resume will be considered incomplete*

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile, the responses to their supplemental questions, and panel resume review. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate an Oral Board Interview.   

  •  Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held: October 13, 2022 via Microsoft Teams. 
Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:   

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 90% of your Oral Board Interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Curtis Rohlfs at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly.  Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to Curtis Rohlfs at

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

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