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Accounting Manager - Finance Department

Accounting Manager - Finance Department

Full Time
Leawood City Hall, Leawood, KS, US

Salary Range: $73,500.00 To 92,000.00 Annually

The City of Leawood, Kansas will be accepting applications for the Accounting Manager until September 27, 2021. 

The Accounting Manager serves as division manager in the Finance Department. This position directs, manages, and coordinates the programs and activities of the Accounting Division including but not limited to accounts payable/receivables, general ledger, payroll, fixed assets, and cash management and maintenance of the financial software. Provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Finance Director. 
Essential Functions / Responsibilities
  • Oversees all finance services and activities of the Finance department including accounts payable, fixed assets, investments and cash management, and sales tax receipts. Responsible for assigning and evaluating the daily work activities of the Finance department. 
  • Responds to inquiries and complaints from employees and the public about the finance department, completes a follow-up in each situation as appropriate. Deals directly with employees and the public on non-routine issues not easily resolved by subordinates. 
  • Develops and prepares standard and customized reports, including summaries of balances, cost information and other reports; assists with processing fiscal period opening/closing transactions; prepares complex documents including but not limited to financial statements, annual department budget. 
  • Manages the preparation of the City’s annual financial report, including the preparation of materials and documentation for the external auditors and the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Ensures Comprehensive Annual Financial Report meets the standards set out by the Government Finance Officers Association and conforms to Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures. 
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the finance department. Monitors and evaluates the quality, responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department’s programs and services.
  • Oversees the general ledger accounts ensuring data entry and accuracy of account balances. Duties include but are not limited to preparing and entering highly complex journal entries, reviewing accounts and financial reports and auditing and adjusting journal entries. 
  • Reviews and evaluates accounting records and fiscal activities to ensure accuracy and compliance with accounting/legal requirements; identifies issues, trends and patterns; analyzes and explains variances and reports on irregularities; and prepares documentation for revenue estimating. 
  • Assists in the development, modification, implementation and maintenance of an automated financial tracking and recordkeeping system to improve efficiency of the finance department. 
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends within department policy, appropriate changes. 
  • Responsible for reviewing and overseeing the annual audit conducted by the City’s independent outside auditors. 
  • Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of government financing including but not limited to state and legal mandates on accounting trends, payroll, licensing, general ledger, and accounts payable. 
  • Reviews all accounting transactions, including but not limited to general ledger, payroll, and accounts payable, to insure conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and formulates policies and procedures to provide improved operational controls.   
  • Conducts employee performance appraisals, provides development opportunities and performance improvement needs, and handles disciplinary actions.
  • Assists in the hiring, training and development of the finance department personnel. 
  • Reviews existing revenue sources, performance agreements, and contracts to ensure compliance with specified agreements. Distributes all tax and franchise revenue receipts to various funds in proportion to approved budget.
  • Coordinates banking arrangements for the City including but not limited to making recommendations, monitoring daily cash requirements and investment of idle funds and electronic funds receipts. Responsible for tracking these funds and maintaining the records for pledged securities for all City funds.
  • Responsible for coordinating the General Long Term Debt Account Group (GLTDAG), ensuring all entries, adjustments and records comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • May take on some of the responsibility of the Finance Director and oversee the department in his/her absence.
  • Employee may be asked by the supervisor to perform other duties that are not listed but are essential to the job. 
Minimum Qualifications / Requirements
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting theory, principles, and practices.
  • Knowledge of budgetary, accounting and reporting guidelines, Governmental Accounting and Auditing Financial Reporting (GAAFR), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
  • Knowledge of internal control concepts.
  • Knowledge of state and federal statues on sales tax. 
  • Ability to prepare and analyze complex financial reports.
  • Ability to process, prioritize and organize large and varying amounts of information with effective results.
  • Ability to read, write, and understand the English language with proper spelling and grammar to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines with effective results. 
  • Ability to avoid safety hazards. 
  • Ability to understand and operate the city’s financial software program. 
  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team and/or with the public. 
  • Ability to protect and maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Standard office procedures, systems and practices including the use of a computer.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel.
  • Must be proficient in 10-key by touch and knowledge of general ledger, accounts payable or payroll software.
  • Must have achieved an “Exceeds Expectations/Exceptional” or better in each primary performance category in the last two (2) performance evaluations. 
Education, Training, and Certification Requirements
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration from an accredited higher education institute and eight (8) years of combined experience in payroll, general ledger and accounts payable with a minimum of three (3) years of experience in a supervisory or lead role in a municipality.
  • Must have successfully completed and demonstrated a knowledge of two (2) out of the four (4) required tests for the Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) certification/designation or be able to obtain within time determined by Finance Director upon hire. 
  • Must have and maintain Certified Payroll Professional Certification or be able to obtain within six (6) months of hire.
  • Must have and maintain Accredited Payable Specialist Certification or be able to obtain within six (6) months of hire.
  • Completion of NIMS requirements within one year of hire date or promotion. 
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record per the City’s drivers Use of Vehicles for City Business policy throughout employment with the City.