Accounting Manager Job at Richmond, Contra Costa County, California

Accounting Manager

City of Richmond , California

Job Information 



Senior Level


$8,117.00 - $9,868.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


05/11/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Under direction, the Accounting Manager plans, organizes, and administers the work of the accounting function of the City's Finance Department; acts as Deputy City Treasurer; and performs related work as assigned.



This class is a unit head, responsible for municipal accounting procedures and records in the areas of accounts payable, revenue, general ledger and grant program accounting, encumbrance, expenditure,  and appropriation accounting, general obligation, revenue bond and sale/lease financial records. The incumbent performs accounting and analysis work of a complex nature to assess long-range financial and accounting problems, and ensures accurate reporting of the City's financial position, in addition to supervising professional accounting and office support staff. This position is responsible for the City's cash management function, including investments, banking and banking relationships, debt service administration, and cash flow analysis and administration. This class is distinguished from the Deputy Finance Director in that the latter has overall supervisory responsibility for Accounting, Treasury/Revenue Service, and Cash Management Units.


Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the unit; and directs the preparation and administration of the unit's budget.

  • Plans, organizes, assigns, directs, reviews, and evaluates the work of assigned staff and is responsible for morale, productivity, and discipline of unit staff.

  • Confers and advises City staff regarding accounting, financial, and technical procedures and legal requirements.

  • Directs the preparation, maintenance, verification, and reconciliation of a wide variety of accounting reports, invoices, records, statements, and data processing input/output.

  • Develops, reviews, and recommends improved accounting methods and procedures; and directs the implementation of new financial systems.

  • Assists various federal, state, and private auditors in the audit of the City's financial records.

  • Interprets and applies legal and administrative concepts to various accounting functions.

  • Coordinates work activities with other unit staff to ensure proper interface of accounting transactions and adjustments.

  • Maintains current knowledge of legislation affecting City accounting practices and procedures; and implements revised procedures as required; and performs internal audits and analysis of control systems.

  • Prepares a variety of complex analytical, statistical, and narrative reports and correspondence required by City administration and federal, state, and private agencies.

  • Prepares and publishes the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

  • Manages the City's banking relationship and services.

  • Administers the City's debt service and bonded debt programs.

 Minimum Qualifications:


Knowledge of: the principles, practices, and terminology of general fund and governmental accounting; principles and practices of business data processing as related to the processing of accounting information and the interpretation of input/output documents; applicable laws regulating public fiscal operations; principles of budgetary administration and control; principles and practices of employee supervision, including selection, training, evaluation, and discipline; administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program development and implementation, budgeting, and employee supervision.

Skill in: planning, organizing, administering, reviewing, and evaluating accounting functions and related activities; selecting, training, motivating, and evaluating assigned staff; reviewing and verifying the accuracy of financial data and information, and associated legal documents; analyzing, evaluating, and reconciling complex financial data to arrive at accurate conclusions and recommendations; preparing clear, concise, and complete financial reports, and other written correspondence; performing accurate arithmetic calculations; recommending improved accounting methods and procedures; interpreting complex financial rules, regulations, and ordinances; exercising sound, independent judgment within established policy guidelines; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Graduation from a four (4)-year college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or a closely related field; AND five (5) years of professional accounting experience of which two (2) years were in a supervisory capacity. 

Experience in a public agency or governmental setting is highly desirable. 

Certification as a Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified Municipal Treasurer is also desirable.

 Additional Information:
TO APPLY: Each applicant must apply online by fully completing the City of Richmond Employment Application and attaching copies of any required education or certification by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Incomplete applications may be rejected.
APPLICATION SCREENING: Screening of applicants will be performed by Koff and Associates. Completed Employment Applications will be initially evaluated based on job-related qualifications criteria, with a secondary screening for the better qualified applicants taking place via phone call. Having all of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to the next step in the recruitment. (QUALIFYING ONLY).
PANEL INTERVIEW: A limited number of better-qualified candidates will be asked to participate in a panel interview (WEIGHTED 100%). An Employment List will be established and each candidate must receive a passing score of 70% or above in order to be placed on the list. Having all of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee placement on the Employment List. Following the establishment of the Employment List, candidates will be referred to the Hiring Manager for a final interview.

Panel interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of June 9, 2021.
EMPLOYMENT LIST:  A ranking of "A" (Best Qualified), "B" (Well Qualified), or "C" (Qualified) is required to achieve a position on the Employment List.  This Employment List will be in effect for a maximum of two (2) years; however, the list may be canceled, without notice, after six (6) months.

IMMIGRATION REFORM CONTROL ACT:  In compliance with the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986, individuals offered employment by the City of Richmond will be required to show documentation of eligibility to work in the United States as a condition of employment.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:  The City's policy prohibits discrimination against any applicant on the basis of race, color, age, physical or mental disability, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.


450 Civic Center Plaza

Richmond, CA 94804