The city of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the counties of the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax. With a population of approximately 150,000 and an area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a bustling waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About a quarter of the city’s square miles have been designated as a National or Local Historic District. We proudly embrace our racially and culturally diverse community. If you are interested in working for the progressive city of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for the General Accounting Managerposition.
The City of Alexandria Finance Department is seeking a detail-oriented, experienced and collaborative General Accounting Manager to join our team. As a member of the Accounting Division, the General Accounting Manager directly oversees and manages our General Accounting team, which is responsible for developing accounting procedures and processes that comply with all federal, state, and municipal regulations and policies. and the day-to-day accounting operations of the city. The General Accounting team is also responsible for the City’s fixed asset inventory, weekly audits, year-end account reconciliations, bank reconciliations, and discrepancy research and resolution. An important aspect of this work involves the use of the City’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Munis. In general, the Chief Accounting Officer is an expert in the accounting field who takes ownership and champions the City’s ability to maintain a complete and accurate general ledger on a daily basis.
The General Manager of Accounting leads a team of six professional accountants responsible for recording all City revenue and expense transactions, interpreting changes to professional accounting principles and methods using the City’s accounting system and keep abreast of required procedural changes. The Chief Accounting Officer has wide latitude for independent judgment under the general supervision of the Comptroller. The day-to-day work of the Chief Accounting Officer is generally self-directed and determined by the general financial accounting needs of the City.
What you need to bring
The ideal candidate is an expert in the field of public or government accounting and has experience in successfully managing teams of finance professionals tasked with producing complex and critical financial reports and documents. Additional skills and abilities include:
- Thorough knowledge of accounting theory, principles and practice and their application to a wide variety of transactions and problem solving;
- Ability to analyze complex financial information with attention to detail to accurately prepare complex financial and administrative reports;
- Experience with GASB and FASB pronouncements and their applications, as well as the preparation and analysis of financial statements in accordance with GAAP;
- Excellent proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, in particular advanced skills in Excel and Word;
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate the technical work of accountants and provide technical training;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and external business partners.
The Opportunity – Working Examples
- Manages the daily reconciliation of accounting records with all banking transactions, ensuring that all income and expense transactions are correctly recorded;
- Ensures weekly verification cycles are fully accurate and timely;
- Prepares sections of the full Annual Financial Report (ACFR) which is presented to the City Council, the public and major rating agencies nationwide;
- Implements and maintains an effective system of internal controls over general accounting processes and transactions;
- Assigns tasks, oversees and evaluates progress, and sets direction for the City’s general accounting program, including co-management of the month-end and year-end accounting close process;
- Ensure staff are cross-trained and empowered to continually take on more responsibility with the aim of professional development;
- Interprets changes to accounting processes and procedures and recommends action plans;
- Communicates effectively with staff to ensure new practices, processes and procedures are implemented appropriately;
- Co-manages general ledger maintenance and account reconciliation;
- Respond to requests for financial reports from internal and external sources; and
- Performs related work as needed.
About the department
The City of Alexandria Finance Department is a fast-paced, diverse, and customer service-oriented operation that is responsible for the assessment, collection, and application of all municipal taxes, administration of cash flow and investments, accounting and reporting of city finances. mail, processing payroll, establishing a fair and competitive procurement environment, valuing all City real and personal property, managing the City’s risk and safety programs and management of the City’s pension plans. The finance department has seven divisions and, in fiscal year 2022, operates with a total budget of $13.6 million and 107.25 FTE positions.
The goal of the finance department is to treat all employees, citizens and business owners professionally, with fairness and compassion.
Minimum and additional requirements
Four-year college diploma; five years of experience in the field of professional accounting, including at least one year of experience as a supervisor; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or a related field; experience using a complex financial software system (e.g. Munis, Oracle/PeopleSoft, etc.) in a large organization; experience in performing complex reconciliations of financial information; experience in compiling financial statements based on government funds; professional certification (Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), etc.); advanced skills with Microsoft Excel (e.g. pivot tables, vlookup, etc.).
This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment checks, including but not limited to drug testing and criminal background.
The expected starting salary range for this position is $66,773.72 to $89,445.20, depending on qualifications and experience.