Accounting Manager

Job Title: Accounting Manager

Salary range: $82,097.60 to $97,572.80 DOE/Q

Location: Sitka

Department: Finance

Hours: Full-Time; Benefitted

Start date: Negotiable

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

Leads the day-to-day recording of all accounting entries for the City and Borough.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

  • Assures that accounting records of the City and Borough are accurate, current and comply with applicable legal requirements;
  • Supervises daily posting and coding of all financial transactions including accounts payable invoices, utility and municipal billing, ACH and check payments, and monthly re-occurring journal entries;
  • Supervises ACH, Check, and P-card payments for all municipal obligations;
  • Maintains debt service payment schedule
  • Assists the Controller in implementing desk procedures for Accounts Payable, Municipal Billing and Utility Management
  • Assists in development and implementation of improved finance and accounting data processing applications;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio- visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Trains, assigns, prioritizes, supervises, motivates and evaluates the work of assigned employees;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of fund accounting, auditing and reporting requirements;
  • Thorough knowledge of the legal requirements of municipal government accounting, budgeting and accounting controls;
  • Thorough knowledge of principles of effective office and personnel management;
  • Good knowledge of data processing technology as applied to financial, accounting and auditing functions;
  • Good knowledge of computer and data processing technology as applied to financial, accounting and auditing utilizations;
  • Ability to interpret complex financial reports and records and analysis of financial data;
  • Ability to develop appropriate accounting methods for control and reporting purposes;
  • Ability to communicate well with others to secure cooperation and efficient coordination in the preparation of financial records and reports;
  • Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing facts, findings, conclusions and recommendations;
  • Ability to plan, organize and develop studies and analyses of financial accounting methods and procedures;
  • Ability to communicate well with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology,
  • Integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree or equivalent in accounting, business, or related field; and
  • Considerable experience in accounting; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • Experience in governmental or public accounting desired.

Required Special Qualifications

  • Possession of a driver's license issued by the State of Alaska. 

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate well with other employees and the general public;
  • Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to use a computer screen and process numeric data;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a computer keyboard and access files;
  • Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to move about in an office environment.


  • PERS Defined Contribution Retirement
  • SBS Annuities program - 6.13% match
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance (employee and dependents)
  • Medical Dental Vision (90%/10% employer/employee paid) (employee and dependents)
  • Annual Leave & Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Eligible for 457 Retirement Plans
  • Eligible for Supplemental Insurance Plans

The City and Borough of Sitka is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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