Public Works Accounting Section Supervisor

JOB CODE: 1492


SALARY RANGE: $47,595 - $80,659

Office of Business Operations and Capital Programs

Under the direction of the Assistant Public Works Director of Management/Finance, performs advanced and highly responsible governmental accounting and supervisory work directing an accounting section within the business office for departments performing public works functions. Work involves planning, directing, and coordinating the activities of a section responsible for payroll, accounts payable, or accounts receivable. Supervision may be exercised over fiscal and clerical personnel. Work also involves the use of independent judgment and is reviewed through conferences and results obtained. Performs other work as requested.

Plans and directs the work of the payroll, accounts payable, or accounts receivable section within the business office. Assists in the preparation and control of the department's budget and the maintenance of detailed operating costs and analyses of each division. Prepares and verifies bi-weekly payroll; reviews special assignment pay and workers' compensation calculations; performs payroll field audits to ensure compliance with internal controls; prepares calculations for litigation. Prepares and authorizes payments dispersing operating funds; prepares monthly equipment use charges; prepares and verifies partial payments for construction projects and retainage; develops, prepares, and supervises the execution of the Equipment Replacement Program. Prepares financial reports regarding the landfill; audits landfill tickets for accuracy; analyzes and reconciles landfill accounts. Performs complex financial analyses, including budget projections and forecasting, used by upper-level management in its decision-making process. Serves on various committees regarding policies developed for the City-Parish and departments performing public works functions. Prepares personnel requisitions and ensures allotment tracking for all public works related departments. Reconciles purchasing card payments and indirect cost tracking for all public works related departments. Interviews, hires, trains, and supervises employees.

Knowledge of the operations, functions, policies, and procedures of the business office. Knowledge of labor contracts and grievance procedures. Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, practices, and procedures and how they are applied to municipal accounting situations. Knowledge of mathematics and statistics used in complex accounting work. Knowledge of business English used to prepare narrative and technical reports. Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures, computer equipment, and of standard clerical techniques. Skill in the operation and care of computers, calculators, and other office machines used in connection with accounting work. Ability to supervise a staff of fiscal and clerical personnel. Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions as well as the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to make decisions based on recognized precedents and practices and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting problems. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and employees. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


Bachelor's degree with at least twenty-four semester (thirty-six quarter) hours of a university professional accounting curriculum, and four years of experience in bookkeeping, fiscal record keeping, or accounting duties.

Equivalent higher education in accounting may substitute for work experience; CPA may substitute for one year of work experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) None.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.