Accounting Manager

Columbus Consolidated Government
Full Time $80,553 Per year GA Schwob School of Music, 100 E 10th St, Columbus, GA 31901, United States


Major Duties and Responsibilities

This position is responsible for performing managerial, administrative, supervisory, and technical duties in the coordination of accounting functions for the department.

  • Supervises and coordinates the activities of Accounting Division personnel; oversees the financial reporting, accounts payable, and capital asset reporting functions; oversees the preparation of all accounting entries for monthly and year end closeout, the disbursement of all funds related to vendors, the recording of all cash receipts, the disbursement of utility payments, the maintenance of the check register, and the distribution of monthly financial statements.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work of personnel in regards to payroll functions; oversees the analysis and balancing of all payrolls, the disbursement of all employee paychecks, the disbursement of federal and state withholdings, and the disbursement of court ordered deductions; oversees the preparation and remittance of monthly and quarterly reports; interprets laws, regulations, and policies affecting payroll administration; reviews and balances financial reports for the preparation and distribution of W-2s.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work of personnel engaged in grant accounting functions; oversees the analysis of grant financial data to ensure that grant rules and regulations are followed; oversees the review of all financial reports submitted to granting institutions; oversees the preparation of grant reports; responds to requests from local, federal, state, and agency auditors; prepares the annual cost allocation plan.
  • Coordinates the annual audit of all financial records by external auditors and the preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report; ensures that all adjustments are properly recorded, provides documentation, gathers information from outside agencies, answers questions, and provides direction to staff and others.
  • Maintains the consolidated government financial system to include chart of accounts, transaction recording, and payment distributions.
  • Provides policymakers and management with accurate and timely financial statements and information.
  • Develops policies and procedures for the accurate recording of financial transactions.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Governmental Auditing Standards, and Governmental Accounting Standards Board guidelines.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public finance, budgeting, accounting, governmental accounting, auditing, and debt management.
  • Knowledge of administrative principles and practices, including budget development and implementation.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, local ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of financial research, statistical analysis, and report presentation.
  • Skill in developing and implementing policies and procedures.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills in Excel, Word, and Access in addition to other financial computer software programs.
  • Skill in problem solving and decision making.
  • Skill in management and supervision.
  • Skill in gathering and analyzing complex data.

Minimum Educational and Training Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting or a related field is required. Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions and to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with three to five years of professional job-related experience within a leadership/senior/supervisory capacity. Financial statement analysis and/or governmental accounting experience is preferred.

Physical Requirements

The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table. The employee must occasionally lift light objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:

  • Feeling – perceiving attributes of objects by touch with skin, fingertips.
  • Grasping – applying pressure to object with fingers, palm.
  • Handling – picking, holding, or working with whole hand.
  • Hearing 1 – perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, receive information.
  • Hearing 2 – receive detailed information, make discrimination in sound.
  • Kneeling – bending legs at knee to come to rest at knees.
  • Manual Dexterity – picking, pinching, typing, working with fingers rather than hand.
  • Mental Acuity – ability to make rational decisions through sound logic, deductive reasoning.
  • Repetitive Motion – substantial movements of wrists, hands, fingers.
  • Speaking – expressing ideas with spoken word, convey detailed, important instructions accurately, concisely.
  • Talking 1- expressing ideas by spoken word.
  • Visual Acuity 1 - prepare, analyze data, transcribing, computer terminal, extensive reading.
  • Visual Acuity 2 - color, depth perception, field of vision.
  • Visual Acuity 3 - determine accuracy, neatness, observe facilities/structures.

The work is typically performed in an office, library, or computer room.