This is responsible professional accounting and administrative work in planning, organizing and directing the operations for central fiscal control. Work involves supervising and participating in all general accounting activities of a department. Work includes the exercise of considerable judgment in planning, installing, revising and maintaining accounting procedures and in the preparation of statements and reports. Supervision is exercised directly or through subordinate supervisors over all employees of the unit. Work assignments are received in general form indicating results desired, and questions relating to major objectives and priority of work are discussed with the department head. Work is subject to verification by periodic audits and a variety of internal automatic checks.
Plans, organizes, directs and participates in the work of a group of subordinate professional, sub-professional and clerical employees engaged in maintaining general ledger and budgetary control accounts for a department.
Supervises and personally participates in the preparation of regular and special fiscal and statistical statements and reports.
Answers questions of subordinates regarding accounting problems which raise policy or other special questions and which do not follow prescribed patterns and procedures.
Directs the pre-audit and post-audit of purchase requisitions, receipts and invoices for correctness, legality and proper account classification; directs the preparation and maintenance of payroll records; reconciles banking transactions and exercises control procedures over cash.
Studies, devises and installs revisions of systems and forms to facilitate the production of information and the control of receipts and expenditures.
Confers with administrative personnel regarding interpretation of accounting policies, procedures and practices.
Performs research projects requiring a high degree of analytical ability, familiarity with City policy and procedures, and considerable knowledge of computer applications.
Work closely with multiple levels of the organization including management teams to produce the required financial deliverables and implement improvements to facilitate efficient and effective operations.
Supervises the monitoring, administration, and preparation of grant programs and reporting requirements.
Plans, organizes, supervises, and participates in the City's Annual Audit and the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
Performs related work as required.
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university, with a degree in Accounting. CPA preferred.
Four (4) years' experience in governmental accounting and fiscal operations including two (2) years of supervisory experience.
Required Documents: Resume and College Diploma or Unofficial Transcripts
Thorough knowledge of governmental accounting principles, procedures and processes governing the receipt, custody and expenditure of the monies of the City.
Strong functional experience in the analysis, development and administration of various financial applications in Client/Server environment including Oracle and Hyperion
Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of City fiscal administration.
Ability to analyze and solve a wide variety of accounting and fiscal problems.
Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of a group of professional, sub-professional and clerical personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other employees, City officials and the general public.
Ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing.
Thorough knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Standards and Statements. Including the ability to interpret and implement GASB Statements.
Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a recurring basis, routine keyboard operations.
The job risks exposure to bright/dim light, dusts and pollen.
The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception.
All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview, and/or any combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone. Please check your e-mail and telephone messages regularly, including "junk" folders. Test times and locations to be announced.
THE CITY OF LAKELAND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER AND A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE.
About City of Lakeland
Lakeland is a vibrant community conveniently located along I-4 between Tampa and Orlando. With a population just over 100,000, the city limits cover 74.4 square miles. Lakeland has many lakes that are community focal points, providing scenic areas for recreation. In fact, much of Lakeland’s culture and iconic neighborhoods are built around the 38 named lakes found in the community.
Downtown Lakeland is a vital and enjoyable place for residents and visitors. It has been dubbed “Lakeland’s living room” and truly embodies the community spirit of Lakeland. There are quaint shops, casual restaurants, pubs, craft breweries and fine-dining experiences to be found in and around the historic brick buildings that surround the historic Munn Park town square.
The City embraces its past and that is evident strolling the tree lined, brick streets in the historic neighborhoods found throughout Lakeland. The area is home to Southeastern University, Florida Polytechnic University, Polk State College's Lakeland campus, and Florida Southern College, which hosts the largest on-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
Visitors to Lakeland will love the history of our city and ...will surely enjoy museums such as the Polk Museum of Art, which features exciting exhibitions by featured artists and a permanent collection that includes pieces by some of the most notable names in art—Ansel Adams, Marc Chagall, and Henri Matisse to name a few! Flight enthusiasts can't miss the annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, the second largest event of its kind in the world and is Florida’s largest annual flight/fly-in convention. Classic car enthusiasts won't want to miss the annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Show, which draws top car collectors from all over the southeastern United States during this renowned showcase of classic automobiles.
As a visitor and a resident, there is a dynamic array of things to see and do on any given day. You might want to start by taking a stroll around the historic Francis Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror, stopping to take in the beauty of our majestic Hollis Garden—a classical botanical garden that is part of Lakeland’s parks system—or by taking a brisk walk on one of the City’s many multi-use paths. You might want to wrap up your day with a leisurely picnic at one of the picnic tables around Lake Morton—a designated bird sanctuary and home to Lakeland's iconic swans—followed by a trip to the Lakeland Public Library and Polk Museum of Art (located just off of Lake Morton).
Lakeland is also strong on the business front and boasts a number of notable corporate and mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. The community is the corporate home to Publix Supermarkets, one of the nations leading grocers, and Saddle Creek Logistics. Lakeland also houses regional hubs or distribution centers for GEICO Insurance, Amazon, Rooms to Go, Well Dyne, Advanced Auto Parts, Southern Wine & Spirits, FEDEX Corporate Services, O’Reily Auto Parts, Lockheed Martin and Pepperidge Farm. Visit the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the many local shops and restaurants that are an integral part of our community!