Accounting Manager Job at Belmont, San Mateo County, California

Accounting Manager

City of Belmont , California

Job Information 



Senior Level


$118,607.52 - $151,376.64 Annually

Application Deadline 

Until filled

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Belmont is looking for an experienced accounting professional for the position of Accounting Manager. The Accounting Manager is a key member of the Finance Department’s accounting function. Under general direction of the Deputy Finance Director, the Accounting Manager administers the accounting function of the Finance Department by performing, reviewing, and analyzing complex technical accounting and financial management work for the City and its related joint powers agencies; participates in the development of department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; and oversees, maintains, and reports on financial and budgetary records. Responsibilities may include direct supervision of major function containing professional, technical, and clerical positions.

Job PDF: 

PDF icon Accounting Manager Job Description - Final.pdf

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position must possess a professional history that demonstrates the following: 

· Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; general and municipal accounting and auditing principles and practices.

· Knowledge of Federal, State, and third-party regulations applicable to public finance and ability to interpret and explain department and City policies.

· Knowledge of internal control and cash handling practices.

· Ability to analyze and interpret financial and accounting records; examine, prepare, and verify financial statements, reports, and documents; perform and manage complex financial analysis and research for time-sensitive, high­ volume, large-dollar transactions; develop and implement modified and new accounting procedures and systems.

· Ability to act as primary liaison for annual audit; prepare and provide supporting documentation; ensure that audit is scheduled and completed in a timely manner.

· Ability to establish and maintain journals, ledgers, and supporting financial records.

· Ability to direct the technical accounting aspects of the preparation and processing of accounts payable and accounts receivable.

· Ability to develop and administer accounting and budget control systems as necessary to comply with accounting procedures, laws, ordinance, and other regulations.

· Ability to review, develop, and modify accounting methods and internal auditing controls to improve effectiveness of existing procedures, and to ensure conformance with existing policies.

· Ability to exercise principles of supervision, training, and performance management.

· Ability to use and train users on financial and accounting software, computer systems, and equipment.

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, fellow staff, government representatives, and consultants.

· Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

· A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting or auditing work.

· The equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, or related field.

· Public sector experience, CPA or CPFO desirable. Supervisory experience is preferred.


The following is a general overview of the benefits provided to City of Belmont full-time benefit eligible employees. For specific benefit information, please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and it's MMCEA labor group.


The City provides health insurance to eligible employees and dependents via the California Public Employees’ Retirement System(CalPERS) Health Benefit Program. The CalPERS program provides employees with several Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) options.

The City provides each eligible employee who participates in a City sponsored CalPERS Health Plan with an employer contribution towards the monthly health insurance premium, currently $2,115.46 per month.

The City provides dental insurance for employees and a nominal cost for eligible dependents.

The City provides vision insurance for eligible employees and their dependents via the Vision Service Plan (VSP) or a vision benefit for eligible employees and their dependents via the City’s reimbursement program (varies by MOU).

Flexible Benefits Plan
The City offers an Internal Revenue Code Section 125 Plan, which allows employees to contribute pre-tax income to the following accounts:

  • Health Care Reimbursement Account (up to $2,500 annually)
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (up to $5,000 annually)


Life Insurance
The City provides basic group term life insurance, the specific benefit amount varies by labor group. Employees have the option of electing voluntary additional and dependent life at their expense.

Long-Term Disability Benefits
The City reclassifies the cost of the long term disability insurance to the employee’s salary. The employee then pays the actual monthly cost of the premium on an after-tax basis.

Deferred Compensation
City sponsored deferred compensation account with monthly employer contribution of $335 per month.

Retirement Health Savings (RHS) Account
The City contributes a specified amount to a Retirement Health Savings Account based upon an employee's hire date and years of service with the City. For example, an employee working for the City for 1 to 5 years would be eligible for a monthly contribution of $150.00. An employee working for the City for 11 to 15 years would be eligible for a monthly contribution of $250.00. Employees are vested in the Retiree Health Savings Account after 10 years of continuous service with the City.

CalPERS Retirement
2% @55 for Classic Members and 2% @62 for PEPRA Members


Vacation is accrued on a monthly basis based on years of service.

The City observes twelve (12) holidays per year. In addition employees are granted two (2) floating holidays to be taken after 1 year of service.

Paid Sick Leave
Sick leave is earned at the rate of eight (8) hours per calendar month of service.

Special Instructions

Open Until Filled - First Review of Applications - May 10, 2021

Selection Process
Candidates who possess the best combination of qualifications will be invited to participate in the selection process; possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure continuation in the selection process. 

Reasonable Accommodation
The City of Belmont makes reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the selection process.  If you wish to request an accommodation in order to participate in the selection process, you must inform the Human Resources Department in writing no later than the final filing date.  Applicants requesting an accommodation should document the request including the type and extent of  accommodations requested to participate in the selection process and/or perform the duties of the job for which applied.

Background/Reference Check 
Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background/reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as well as a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check. 

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

Recruitment Contact

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1070 Sixth Ave

Belmont, CA 94003