City of Ventura

Accounting Manager (#M48)

Unit: Management (M)
$45.86-$61.46 Hourly / $7,949.76-$10,652.81 Monthly / $95,397.12-$127,833.68 Yearly


Under general direction, plans, manages and supervises the City's preparation, processing and maintenance of all accounting and financial records, including the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Oversees the City's accounting, payroll, and accounts payable operations while analyzing data and making recommendations regarding complex accounting and financial reporting issues. The Accounting Manager is responsible for the successful and timely completion of the annual financial audit, including recommending areas for audit review and correcting deficiencies in the City's internal control systems.  Researches and analyzes special issues. Trains, supervises, and evaluates the work of assigned staff.

This position is designated as “at will” serving at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and subject to discharge without cause and right of appeal.


Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Participates in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies and priorities. Develops, implements and modifies section goals and objectives.

Manages the daily operations of the City's general accounting operations. This includes, directing staff in the preparation and maintenance of general accounting records, accounts payable functions, general ledger and other ledgers, grant accounting, financial statements and employee payroll processing. Develops systems and procedures to ensure accurate and timely management reports. Develops, implements and modifies City accounting and financial goals and objectives. Analyzes, addresses and completes a wide variety of highly technical accounting transactions and processes. Coordinates the implementation and enhancement of computer based accounting systems.  Expert user of the City's ERP system.  Analyzes and reports on the City's financial condition.

Monitors and reviews changes to relevant Federal and State laws and regulations.  Develops, recommends and implements changes to City policies and procedures, to ensure compliance with accounting standards and financial reporting requirements, including statutes pertaining to public funds and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements. Assumes responsibility for the preparation of the City's CAFR. Ensures the integrity and timeliness of the annual audit, year-end closing, and various annual financial reports. Provides recommendations regarding financial policies, controls and systems. Manages and oversees the annual financial audit, Single Audit, various federal and state audits, and maintains a working relationship with the City’s external auditors.

Participates in the development, implementation, and modification of financial system policies and procedures. Ensures adequate internal control and maintenance of the City's financial records.

Selects and oversees the work of assigned professional and clerical staff, determining individual assignments and reviewing work product. Plans, schedules, and prioritizes staff assignments and progress. Evaluates and monitors performance, providing training as necessary. Recommends merit increases, progressive discipline and other personnel actions in a timely manner. Develops and implements procedures and policies for work unit. Analyzes current staffing needs and projects future requirements.

Administers and oversees preparation of the division budget, recommending adjustments as necessary. Participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies. Monitors and approves expenditures and implements adjustments. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: generally accepted accounting and auditing principles, methods, and procedures; principles and practices of municipal accounting including GASB regulations and requirements; computerized accounting systems; applicable federal and state laws relative to payroll, public finance administration and governmental accounting methods; methods of research and analysis; and principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Ability to: perform varied complex analytical governmental accounting work and maintain a complex payroll system; understand and analyze detailed accounting records and information; prepare a variety of financial reports and analyses; employ sound judgment in the resolution of accounting problems; detect possible weaknesses of internal control or accounting procedures and to recommend and implement improvements; plan, supervise and maintain a complex accounting system; interpret and apply legal and administrative policies to an accounting system; supervise and train professional, technical and clerical staff; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective relations and maintain the confidence and cooperation of a variety of officials, employees and the public.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.


Environment:  works in indoor office conditions; attends evening meetings as needed; and works under pressure of deadlines.  Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone; uses hands and fingers in extensive use of personal computer; close vision and the ability to adjust focus sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; mental capability to read and interpret data, perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks and under pressure of deadlines; and sits for prolonged periods of time.  Hazards:  exposed to computer screens.


A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in accounting, or a closely related field, and five years of increasingly responsible professional accounting experience, including two years of supervision of professional accounting staff.  Governmental accounting experience in a California public agency, current designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a Master's degree in business or public administration is highly desirable.

CLASS: M48; EST: 3/2/2009; REV: 7/28/2014;