Chief Accountant

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Winter Haven Finance Department
Location of position: 
Winter Haven, FL
$49,234 minimum
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Job Description: 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Performs highly advanced and professional accounting work with little supervision, utilizing independent judgment to resolve problems in the municipal financial system. Monitors the City’s cash, investments and debt including analysis, reconciliations and wire transfers. Makes decisions based on generally accepted accounting principles and under the approval of the Finance Director. Maintains fixed asset records. Reviews the preparation of federal and state payroll reports. Monitors grants awarded to the City and prepares related year-end schedules. Analyzes and reconciles numerous accounts on a regular basis. Provides direction to other City department personnel relative to payroll and accounts payable matters. Prepares schedules for year-end close and the annual financial statement audit. Works closely with IT to resolve financial system errors and coordinate periodic updates. This is not intended to be an all inclusive listing of essential job functions; the performance of other essential functions may be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Knowledge of government accounting, auditing and internal controls. Knowledge of accounting systems and procedures. Knowledge of applicable laws and procedures in the receipt, custody and expenditure of monies. Ability to plan, organize, train and evaluate the work of professional personnel. Ability to prepare, analyze and maintain accurate financial and statistical statements, records and reports. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials and the general public.

MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in Accounting. Four years of progressively challenging accounting experience, one year of which should be in government accounting. CPA certification preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be directly related to the foregoing specific requirements may be substituted.

SALARY & BENEFITS: $49,234 year per year minimum with a benefit package that includes 12 vacation days, 12 sick days and 11 paid holidays per year; co-sponsored medical, dental and life insurance plan participation; a defined contribution plan and Social Security coverage.