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Chief Accountant

City of Alpharetta

Posted: Dec. 4, 2018

End Date: Dec. 31, 2018

Under general direction of the Accounting & Operations Manager, leads, oversees, and participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for performing a variety of professional level accounting duties involved in preparing, maintaining, analyzing, verifying, and reconciling complex financial transactions, statements, records, and reports.  Assists in the preparation of assigned budgets, annual audit, and month/year-end closing; applies GASB pronouncements; accounts for City’s grants and insures compliance with applicable laws and regulations; prepares and maintains all tax and compliance filings; and provides highly responsible staff assistance to assigned management staff.
Overview of Duties, Responsibilities and Position Requirements
  • Leads, plans, trains, and reviews the work of staff responsible for providing assigned accounting related services and activities; provides assistance with day-to-day coordination of workload and tasks; participates in performing the most complex work of the unit.
  • Trains assigned employees in work methods, procedures, and techniques; provides orientation to staff on departmental policies and procedures.
  • Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications.
  • Oversees and participates in the compilation, reconciliation, analysis, and preparation of a variety of financial statements, general and subsidiary ledgers, supporting schedules, and other financial and statistical reports; oversees and participates in the preparation of work papers, financial statements, and various reports for federal and state agencies as well as for internal accounting.
  • Participates in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  Prepares and researches data for assigned sections including cash flows, income statements, balance sheets, notes, economic condition and outlook, changes in long-term debt, debt service funds, capital project funds, schedule of long-term debt, ratio of net general bonded debt to assessed, revenue bond coverage, demographic statistics, property value, and construction activity.  Reviews, examines, and verifies that CAFR is accurate and in balance.
  • Oversees and participates in the performance of duties related to the City’s assessment district bonds. Prepares annual bond disclosures and reviews annual arbitrage analysis; reviews delinquent management on assessment district bonds; processes parcel pay-offs and reviews annual debt and cash analysis on all bonds; sets up files and records transactions based on the addition of new assessment district bonds and the refinance of existing bonds.
  • Oversees and participates in the preparation and submittal of bond principal and interest payments; analyzes and processes bond requisitions and invoices; forecasts and monitors bond cash analysis; sets-up spreadsheet and processes journal entries for new bonds; updates bond spreadsheets with monthly changes.
  • Oversees and participates in a variety of accounting duties related to area of assignment including those related to the processing, administration, and reconciliation of assigned City revenue sources. Tracks bank transactions, records and reconciles investment earnings and interest allocations, prepares cash flows, preparation and submittal of financial reports related to grants, reconciliation and balancing of bank statement to fund balance and general ledger, and establishment of fees to charge for assigned programs.
  • Oversees preparation of bi-weekly payroll, including time entry, printing of checks, preparing reports and disks for automatic deposits in absence of Payroll Coordinator.
  • Participates in the year-end audit; compiles and prepares supporting schedules, work papers, and financial reports as requested by auditors.
  • Verifies for accuracy and processes journal entry requests; prepares correcting journal entries for errors found in general ledger analysis.
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of accounts payable, cash receipt procedures and automated systems.
  • Approves accounts payable checks; verifies that accounts payable checks comply with the City’s purchasing policy and have proper authorization.
  • Provides analytical and administrative support to special projects; researches, compiles, and reports data for special projects including those assigned by the Department Director.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of financial services, payroll, public administration, and related fields; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.
Any combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job qualifies.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, public administration, or a related field.
  • Five years of increasingly responsible technical accounting experience, governmental accounting and/or finance including areas of accounts payable, payroll and financial analysis, and policy/procedure development including three years of administrative and supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge and use of Tyler Technologies Munis software is desirable.
  • Experience in a public sector agency is desirable.
  • Possession of a valid Georgia Class C driver’s license.
Please submit: (1) a cover letter of interest, (2) resume, and (3) employment application (https://www.alpharetta.ga.us).
All documents may be submitted electronically by e-mail to kbott@alpharetta.ga.us or fax to 678-297-6041.  If you are mailing your submission, send all documents to Kathy Bott, Human Resources Manager, City of Alpharetta, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009. Completed application packages will be received until the position is filled.