Accounting Manager

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Jun 21, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $92,102.40 - $126,900.80 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

This recruitment is to fill one vacancy within the Administrative Services Department, Finance Division.

Salary placement upon hire: Employees may expect to be placed on the salary range between steps A - F; however, additional steps may be considered based on prior education and experience.

Union: This Accounting Manager position is covered by the Chico Management Employees (CME) labor group.

NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department.

Job Description

Under general direction, plans, organizes, oversees, coordinates, and manages the staff and operations of City-wide departmental accounting and financial services and the transaction systems of the Finance Office; manages the effective use of division resources to improve organizational productivity and customer service; provides complex and responsible support to the Administrative Services Director in areas of expertise; and performs related duties as assigned.

Receives general direction from the Administrative Services Director. Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative support staff.

This is a management classification responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the staff, operations, and activities of the Finance Office. Incumbents are responsible for performing diverse, specialized, and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibilities, which include division budget administration, program evaluation, and recommendation and implementation of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, priorities, and standards related to accounting and financial functions. Incumbents serve as a professional-level resource for organizational, managerial, and operational analyses and studies. Performance of the work requires the use of considerable independence, initiative, and discretion within broad guidelines.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Plans, manages, and oversees the daily functions, operations, and activities of the Finance Office, including accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fund accounting, and payroll.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the division; recommends within division policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Participates in the development, administration, and oversight of division budget; determines funding needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; ensures compliance with budgeted funding.
  • Develops and standardizes procedures and methods to improve and continuously monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of assigned programs, service delivery methods, and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Participates in the selection of, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; works with employees to correct deficiencies; recommends and implements discipline and termination procedures.
  • Develops and manages requests for proposals for professional and/or contracted services; prepares scope of work and any technical specifications; evaluates proposals and recommends award; negotiates contracts; administers contracts to ensure compliance with City specifications and service quality.
  • Validates sales and property tax remittances; performs subdivision reconciliations; validates transient occupancy tax (TOT); performs accounts receivable and general reconciliations; prepares and posts journal entries; administers the utility user tax refund program; updates fee schedules; audits the Police Investigation Fund; performs sewer consumption accounting; produces the Development Impact Fee annual report, annual financial statements for several entities, and performs the year end close.
  • Reviews legislation, regulations, and case law to determine effect on operations; implements all new accounting and reporting requirements from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Serves as the Finance Office's technical resource in accounting, auditing, and automated financial reporting systems.
  • Prepares needs assessments; researches automated information resources; researches and resolves problems with expenditure reports.
  • Coordinates and manages accounting and auditing, planning, development, administration, and evaluation procedures and cost allocation activities to ensure compliance with established accounting and auditing principles and practices.
  • Monitors state and federal regulations to ensure compliance in the accounting for, and auditing of, funds from external sources.
  • Plans and assist in the implementation of internal audits; reviews and responds to internal audit reports; consults with external auditors in the auditing and preparation of annual financial statements.
  • Serves as acting Administrative Services Director, as assigned.
  • Prepares and presents staff and agenda reports and other necessary correspondence related to assigned activities and services; presents reports to various commissions, committees, and boards.
  • Conducts a variety of organizational and operational studies and investigations; recommends modifications to assigned programs, policies, and procedures, as appropriate.
  • Serves as a liaison for assigned functions with other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies; provides staff support to commissions, committees, and task forces, as necessary.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in finance and accounting; researches emerging products and enhancements and their applicability to City needs.
  • Monitors changes in regulations and technology that may affect operations; implements policy and procedural changes after approval.
  • Receives, investigates, and responds to difficult and sensitive problems and complaints in a professional manner; identifies and reports findings and takes necessary corrective action.
  • Directs the establishment and maintenance of working and official division files.
  • Ensures staff compliance with City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and project management.
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Principles and practices of leadership.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Principles and practices of contract administration and management.
  • Generally accepted accounting principles and practices applicable to local government agencies.
  • Principles, practices, and methodologies of automated accounting and information systems.
  • External funding-source regulations concerning accounting and auditing functions.
  • General provisions governing appropriation limits.
  • Budget development practices.
  • Techniques used in the preparation of financial statements, needs analysis, and organization design and development.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of the assigned division.
  • Methods and techniques of preparing technical and administrative reports, and general business correspondence.
  • City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, oversee, and manage the financial services activities, staff, and operations.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
  • Provide administrative, management, and professional leadership for the division.
  • Select and supervise staff, provide training and development opportunities, ensure work is performed effectively, and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Evaluate and develop improvements in operations, procedures, policies, or methods.
  • Understand, interpret, and explain laws, regulations, and policies governing accounting and auditing practices and procedures.
  • Develop and implement operational policies and procedures; identify and analyze operational and administrative problems and implement changes
  • Read, analyze, and explain complex procedures associated with automated accounting systems.
  • Prepare clear and concise narrative and statistical reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data in an effective manner.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Effectively represent the division and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals.
  • Direct the establishment and maintenance of a variety of filing, recordkeeping, and tracking systems.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, public administration, public finance, or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in finance administration including three (3) years in a management or supervisory capacity over clerical and professional accounting staff.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is desired.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


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

  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, public administration, public finance, or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in finance administration including three (3) years in a management or supervisory capacity over clerical and professional accounting staff.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is desired.

Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting, a background, and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, or need additional assistance regarding City of Chico employment opportunities, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 879-7900 or .
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Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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