Chief Accountant

  1. Coppell,TX
  2. Jul 24, 2018
  3. Accounting/Finance : General Accounting-Finance

Basic Function

Basic Function

The City of Coppell Chief Accountant is responsible for all aspects of the annual audit, including coordination of the audit, preparation of the audit work papers and other analytical documents required by the auditors. This employee is also responsible for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report document preparation according to established guidelines. The Chief Accountant supervises accounting personnel and works with them to resolve routine departmental issues and questions. This employee interacts frequently with the public, other City employees and officials, banks, investment brokers and auditors. Regular attendance is an essential job function and generally works an 8:00-5:00 schedule, Monday through Friday with some additional hours as required by the audit process and various meetings where attendance is mandatory.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Job Functions Provide financial analysis as it relates to accounting issues and communicating information to the management team and other City departments for their information and/or action. Coordinate the annual audit with independent auditors.  Prepare work papers and resolve questions regarding the procedures followed by the City for auditors, City employees and other pertinent parties. Prepare the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from the audited schedules, statistical data and other relevant information. Supervises accounting personnel and resolve routine departmental issues and questions. Reconcile, monitor and maintain the City's fixed assets. Perform account reconciliations and resolve variances. Review procedures, methods and performance of the accounting division. Responsible for month-end and year-end closings. Review and post all journal entries to the general ledger. Responsible for determining lease classification, maintaining lease spreadsheet and footnote disclosure information. Participate in the Self-Funded Health Fund Committee and provide management with financial reports concerning the status of the fund. Establish and monitor internal controls. Perform special assignments, research, or other related duties and tasks as requested, required or instructed.  

City of Coppell Core Competencies

Technical Competencies Knowledge and ability to correctly apply professional/specialized expertise; skillfully manage information; properly use tools, equipment and technology; effectively allocate resources; proactively identify and resolve issues; consistently make sound decisions; correctly execute policy processes and procedures; strictly adhere to/enforce safety polices; consistently produce quality results; proactively plan and organize; consistently provide exceptional customer service. Human Competencies Motivation of Self & Others: We demonstrate a core desire to serve the Public and the Organization through our commitment, passion, initiative and drive. Leadership of Self & Others: We motivate, inspire and influence others to strive towards excellence by being participatory, positive, accountable, team focused, influential in goal achievement, and empowering.Service -Oriented:   We behave in a friendly and professional manner centering on a desire to address the needs of internal and external customers while respecting their rights and dignity by being people-oriented, helpful, understanding and compassionate. Trustworthy: We earn the confidence of others by demonstrating both the character and the competence to fulfill our obligations with both integrity and honesty along with ethical,credible behavior. Relational: We establish trust, cooperation, mutual respect and support with an objective to improve relationships by valuing diversity and being diplomatic/tactful, cooperative, empathetic, broadminded, flexible, respectful and compassionate/caring. Communication: We exchange information and ideas in a manner which results in mutually supported decisions for the greater good by sharing thoughts & feelings, and through persuasiveness, assertiveness,empathic listening, conflict resolution and deliberating/debating. Emotional Maturity: We demonstrate the ability to manage and monitor our emotions and to assess the emotional state of others by understanding stress management, balance and consistency. Development of Self & Others: We are committed to improving the knowledge, skills, personal qualifications and performance of ourselves and others through mentoring, coaching, counseling/discipline, delegation and self-development. Conceptual Competencies Organizational AwarenessWe are aware of the Organization's structure and culture for how we do business by understanding organizational structure, departmental impact on organization, interdepartmental relations, organizational culture, organizational developmentand leadership style. Global Awareness: We stay informed of critical global issues and trends that may impact the Organization by understanding intergovernmental relations, political awareness, media/public relations and legal implications.Community Awareness: We have a sense of the community's culture and its impact on service delivery by understanding purpose of service, citizen/stakeholder expectations, demographics and branding. Professional Insight: We thoroughly understand our particular professions and apply the principles and ethics required in the professions' service delivery by applying principles, professional ethics and by understanding futuring/profession trends, legal implications and resource planning. Innovation: We successfully implement ideas that improve and/or add value to service delivery through creative thinking,risk taking, continuous improvement and by being quality minded and a change agent. Critical Thinking: We actively and skillfully conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to reach a sound answer or conclusion by understanding issue/problem identification, analysis, consequences, and by balancing decision factors. Visioning: We create the future direction of the Organization and understand the efforts and processes needed to achieve it through strategic planning, goal setting, policy development, mission/values and council direction.  

Minimum Requirements

Experience The Chief Accountant must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance and have a minimum of three (3) years of current experience in a finance-related role in a municipal government setting is required.  The Chief Accountant should have at least one (1) year of supervisory experience with progressively increasing management responsibility.  The Chief Accountant should be very familiar with the day-to-day operation of local government and finance-related activities. Additional required qualifications include CPA certification.  Preferred qualifications include CGFO certification and additional years of experience in municipal finance. Knowledge   The Chief Accountant must have an excellent working knowledge of accounting, administrative and personnel requirements related to the financial operations of a municipality, including municipal government operations, City policies, procedures, ordinances, and efficient administrative processes.  They must also understand and enforce compliance with all public sector governing and auditing regulations.  This employee must be thoroughly familiar with and have an excellent working knowledge of modern office procedures and office equipment.  Advanced knowledge of accounting, financial reporting and auditing processes and procedures is required.  The Chief Accountant must be familiar with and able to perform mathematical calculations related to accounting, cash management, financial reporting and fixed assets.  The Chief Accountant frequently reads and interprets accounting and finance-related information and publications.  Skills/Abilities   The Chief Accountant works as part of a team of individuals to ensure the efficient operation of City financial operations.  The Chief Accountant performs essential job functions, which require tedious, exacting work, constant changing of tasks and performing multiple tasks simultaneously in a noisy or distracting environment under strict time pressures.  This employee must possess the ability to effectively plan and prioritize tasks as well as the ability to oversee, direct and review tasks performed by subordinate personnel.  This employee must possess the ability to communicate verbally and in writing with other City officials, staff members, citizens, and other agencies, using the English language.  This communication must be in a cordial and professional manner.  The ability to operate a personal computer, ten-key, calculator, fax machine, copier, telephone and other office equipment is essential.  The Chief Accountant must be able to read, interpret and assemble a significant amount of financial or statistical data and make logical decisions with that information, including writing letters, memoranda and other documents.  

Coppell, TX

Other opportunities by this employer

Other opportunities in this area