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Accounting Services Manager, City of Ann Arbor

Published Nov 1, 2019


Salary Range = $95,000 to $110,000

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 The City of Ann Arbor has crazy good benefits:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match - Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement of $5000 after 1 year of employment
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft
  • Relocation assistance may be available

Role Summary Responsible for accurate, timely and relevant reporting, and for the overall operation of all Accounting Services Unit activities, including accounting, payroll, external audit and annual financial statement functions. Maintain and report the City's financial position in an accurate and timely manner.


Duties are performed under the direct supervision of the CFO and may include the following:

Essential Duties

  • Responsible for leading the operations of accounting (including receivables, payables, bank/investment reconciliations and general/subsidiary ledger activities, trial balances, financial reports and balance sheets), payroll services, preparation and supervision of all external audit schedules and activities, and preparation of the annual financial statements
  • Responsible for ensuring successful external financial audit
  • Responsible for grant consolidation, administration and reporting
  • Directly supervises and coordinates the activities of employees in the Accounting Unit, ensuring that generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are followed
  • Evaluates the performance of personnel in the Unit, recommends training requirements and has the duty of keeping the staff at the highest level of skill necessary to meet City needs and objectives
  • Creates and applies fiscal controls within the accounting area
  • Establishes and maintains financial objectives and policies
  • Responsible for all financial procedures and records, including maintenance of checking accounts and invoices
  • Development, analysis and interpretation of statistical and accounting information in order to appraise operating results in terms of performance against budget
  • Coordinate/prepare all State financial reports including tax related reports, annual disclosures, Local Unit Financial Report, grant reports and all CVTRS filings
  • Coordinate/prepare all Federal financial reports including 941 tax returns, grant reports, arbitrage reporting and other information as necessary
  • Oversees the administrator and internal controls over the city's purchasing card program
  • Ensure expenditure and budget transfers are performed appropriately
  • Maintains communication with the executive management team, providing relevant fiscal information
  • Prepares certain quantitative reports for presentation to senior management, City Council, or others, as appropriate
  • Conducts periodic audits of accounts, as needed
  • Responsible for oversight of Citywide accounting systems/sub-systems and ensures that accounting personnel within the Service Areas are accurately supporting the system

Related Work

  • Support ad hoc requests for financial analyses
  • Perform other related duties including ad hoc financial analyses as assigned
  • Ensuring City policy is carried out or complied with, and evaluating and implementing computerized accounting systems
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer services

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry)

  • Managerial accounting principles, practices and procedures
  • Audit practices and procedures and financial management
  • Governmental accounting/auditing standards
  • Computerized financial, accounting and payroll systems
  • Various costing/budgeting/accounting approaches and philosophies
  • Financial analytical tools (i.e. NPV, IRR, etc.)
  • Federal, State and Local tax laws and guidelines
  • Contemporary principles and best practices of personnel management and supervision
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices
  • Sound internal control procedures
  • Computers and software applications used in business (e.g. Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Access)
  • Advanced mathematical and statistical analyses

Skills and Ability to:(position requirements at entry)

  • Properly utilize accounting and financial principles, practices and procedures
  • Accurately interpret and implement policies, procedures and regulations
  • Problem solve and demonstrate decision making and analytical capabilities
  • Effectively communicate through oral and written communication
  • Develop and maintain non-partisan, respectful and effective working relationships
  • Analyze complex accounting issues and develop alternative solutions
  • Provide comprehensive support to assure the successful and effective performance of the Accounting Unit staff
  • Design and implement effective internal controls
  • Listen effectively to understand the intended meaning of the message
  • Set appropriate priorities while coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service techniques
  • Negotiate effective and appropriate solutions to difficult situations
  • Critically analyze operations, collaboratively design and institute improvements without disruption of existing operations and services


Standard office equipment, PC, fax, copier, calculator multi-line telephones and other miscellaneous office equipment.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Finance, Accounting, Economics or closely related field
  • Experience in Accounting and Financial Analysis or governmental auditing at least 5 years of progressive experience
  • Experience supervising others at least 2 years


  • Master's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics or closely related field
  • Union environment experience
  • CPA License at hire 

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry)

  • Must have a Valid driver's license
  • CPA License required within two years of hire