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City Comptroller At City of Jacksonville, FL

Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Job Description

Job Description

This position shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by Council, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. The City Comptroller is the division chief of the Accounting Division. This position reports to the Director of Finance and Administration/CFO and is responsible for managing the general accounting systems, cost accounting records, fund accounting, A/P, A/R, Payroll, and budgetary control records of the Consolidated Government of Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville is the largest City in Florida and the 12th largest in the Country with a $1.3 billion annual General Fund budget, $1.3 billion in annual Enterprise and Grant Fund budgets, $4.5 billion in Pension Funds, $1 billion in Operating Funds, $260 million in reserves, and is currently rated AA- by two of the three major ratings agencies. The accounting division is staffed with 50 employees.

Examples of Work

  • Maintains a general accounting system and such cost accounting records and budgetary control records designed to prevent expenditures in excess of appropriations or allotments.
  • Prepares disbursements and conducts a thorough pre-audit, where possible, of all City payment processes, including payrolls, before payment and shall maintain audit control over cash receipts.
  • Oversees the management of the City's fund accounting which is responsible for the accuracy of the general fund and the coordination between the general fund accounts, internal service accounts, grants accounts, enterprise accounts, all other accounts and capital assets.
  • Oversees the management of accounts payable/accounts receivable for the City.
  • Oversees the management of grants to include the recording, reconciliation, and reporting of multiple federal/state grant awards for the City.
  • Oversees the management of the system administration and financial reporting area responsible for the year-end financial statement audit and comprehensive annual financial report.
  • Oversees the management of the payroll and pension accounting and processing.
  • Coaches and provides direction and support to the appointed managers in charge of managing large units within the division to ensure positive outcomes and goal attainment that are responsive to customer needs.
  • Meets regularly with CFO for status reports, overall direction of City's finances, updates on special projects and updates on resolution of concerns and audit issues.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of Governmental Accounting Standards as maintained by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and is familiar with current related issues.
  • Communicates status of City's accounting position with internal and external auditors and coordinates overall division response on audits.
  • May periodically be asked to present to City Council committees or special groups interested in the City's accounting position.
  • May assist the CFO and Treasurer with the preparation of presentation materials for the City's bond issuances and ratings agency presentations.
  • Coordinates with other divisions, departments and agencies of the Consolidated Government to ensure accuracy and effectiveness in financial reporting and transaction management.
  • Communicates clear direction, manages for results and leads organizational change.
  • Assigns responsibility, takes corrective action, demonstrates leadership in evaluating, developing and motivating employees.

Open Requirements/Supplemental Information

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university in Accounting is required.
  • At least five years supervisory experience in governmental accounting or equivalent training and experience is required.
  • A CPA certificate and/or other relevant certifications such as CGFO, CGFM, CPFO are preferred.
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If claiming veteran's preference, you must attach a DD-214 (Member Form-4 copy) or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs listing military status, dates of service and character of discharge. If a candidate believes he or she was not afforded veteran's preference, he or she may file an email complaint or written complaint, within 60 calendar days upon receipt of notification of the hiring decision, requesting an investigation to:

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Preference Coordinator
11351 Ulmerton Road, Suite 311
Largo, FL 33778-1630