Accounting Manager

JOB CODE: 1414


SALARY RANGE: $66,972 - $112,213

Finance Department

Under the direction of the Finance Director and Assistant Finance Director, performs highly responsible professional administrative and supervisory work as head of the Finance - Accounting Division. Work involves responsibility for directing, planning and coordinating the activities of a large division of professional and clerical/fiscal employees engaged in maintaining a complete governmental accounting system for all agencies and funds of the City-Parish government. Work is performed with complete independent judgment in accordance with established policies, rules and regulations subject to verification by periodic audits and a variety of internal automatic checks. Work is reviewed through progress reports and discussion of overall results. Performs other work as requested.

Plans and directs the work of a large division engaged in maintaining a complete governmental accounting system for all agencies and funds of the City-Parish government. Studies, devises and installs revisions in accounting practices and forms. Supervises and participates in the preparation of regular and special financial and statistical statements and reports. Reviews all debt issuances of the government and develops and administers accounting practices for carrying out their legal requirements. Interprets City-Parish financial and accounting systems and practices for personnel of other departments and agencies. Confers and works with outside auditors in audit programs, making necessary corrections in areas of concern. Supervises and participates in all work relative to accounting for grant funds received through federal and state assistance programs; sets up accounting systems; provides for financial reports to related agencies. Assists City-Parish departments and outside agencies with accounting problems, policy matters, audits and special studies. Analyzes and makes recommendations on the economies for financing City-Parish capital improvement projects. Testify on behalf of City-Parish government where financial records are subpoenaed or policies are questioned.

Knowledge of the Plan of Government, and of all ordinances and resolutions relating to the operation of the municipal accounting system. Knowledge of the relationship of all duties performed in the Accounting Division. Knowledge of modern accounting principles, practices, and procedures and of how they may be applied to municipal accounting situations. Knowledge of basic mathematics and statistics used in accounting work. Knowledge of business English used to prepare brief narrative reports. Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment. Skill in the operation and care of calculators, computers and other office machines used in connection with accounting work. Ability to supervise the work of a large staff of professional financial analysts and allied clerical employees. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to use a computer for word processing and spreadsheet applications. 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 or Master's degree with at least twenty-one semester (thirty-one and a half quarter) hours of a university professional accounting curriculum, and eight years of professional level experience in accounting (auditing, budgeting, revenue collection, etc.), including four years of managerial experience (may include complex budget or project management).

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.