Responsible for the coordination and supervision of accounting staff to ensure the timely production of accurate monthly and annual financial reports as well as timely billing and collection for utility bills, property taxes, and other sources of city funding. Perform difficult professional work in the maintenance and preparation of complex financial records for all funds, general and proprietary.
Oversee and manage overall accounting and recordkeeping systems including general ledger accounts, journal entries and trial balances.
Oversee receipt and recordkeeping process of all monies and review reconciliations of all bank and investment accounts.
Oversee billing and collection process of all utilities and ensure compliance with service practice policy.
Oversee payment process of accounts payable.
Responsible for the timely payment of principal and interest payments of all debt obligations including preparing and posting journal entries to record payment activity.
Oversee bi-weekly payroll process and related reporting including 941, TCRS and year-end reporting for employee wage statements.
Responsible for balancing and payment of interfund payables and receivables.
Assign, direct, supervise, evaluate, and discipline personnel; coordinate daily work activities.
Prepare audit work papers as needed and work closely with auditors to provide necessary information during the annual financial statement audit.
Other Job Duties
Review current accounting procedures and recommend needed improvements.
Research and provide financial data on request.
Prepare annual employee performance evaluations.
Serve as custodian of petty cash fund.
Attend meetings in the absence of the Finance Director.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Primary Job Challenges
Keeping up-to-date with new accounting standards and regulations.
Managing assigned personnel including disciplining and motivating when necessary.
Using independent judgment with a minimum of supervision.
Education and Experience: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in accounting or related field and a minimum of three to five years of accounting and supervisory experience; experience in municipal and utilities accounting preferred; or a combination of education and experience and training equivalent to the required knowledge and abilities.
Required Certifications/Licenses: Must possess Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) designation or obtain within 24 months of hire date. Must pass a drug screen and physical examination based on the essential functions of the job given by the city’s designated physician. May be required to pass a background check provided by the City of Springfield’s designated representative.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
KEY COMPETENCIES REQUIRED –
Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting standards.
Knowledge of governmental accounting and auditing standards.
Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
Knowledge of various utilities.
Ability to maintain complex financial records and prepare reports and statements.
Ability to make arithmetical computations quickly and accurately.
Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and a variety of financial software packages.
Ability to effectively operate a variety of office machines including 10-key calculator by touch.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to supervise other employees.
Personal computer with associated standard and financial software.
Calculator, copier, and other standard office equipment.