Accounting Manager

City of Santa Barbara

Accounting Manager



Annual Salary is $ $99,514.80 - $120,961.08 Annually (DOE/DOQ)


The Position

Under the direction of the Finance Director, the Accounting Manager is one of five division managers in the Finance Department. The Accounting Manager oversees the accounts payable, payroll and general accounting functions. Typical duties include: establishing and maintaining uniform accounting policies for all accounting operations in the City; coordinating the year-end closing and the annual audit; preparing the City's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), the State Controller's Report, annual street report, monthly financial statements, and other financial reports. The Accounting Manager also works closely with other City Departments, providing financial support, expertise and information; routinely prepares written and verbal financial reports to the City Council and Finance Committee.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of technical, managerial and communications skills. As a division head, the candidate must have experience in leading, motivating and directing the activities of multiple professional and clerical staff. Although each of the functions is overseen by a supervisor, the Accounting Manager is expected to be engaged and knowledgeable about all aspects of the accounting operations.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background and experience in accounting and financial reporting of a municipal government, particularly with respect to the preparation of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The City prepares its own CAFR and the Accounting Manager plays a large role in its completion.

The ideal candidate will have strong technical and analytical skills that are applicable to a variety of special projects and assignments. In addition, the candidate must possess strong writing skills and have the ability to present complex financial information in an understandable and effective manner to the City Council and related sub-committees.


It is important that your application and supplemental questionnaire show all relevant education, training and experience that qualify you for this position. Applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited to continue the selection process. The exam process may consist of an application/questionnaire rating, practical/written exam, oral board and selection interviews. Open until filled.


You may visit the City’s website to view more information and to complete the application and required supplemental questionnaire:

The City of Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Open until filled. Apply by Thursday, February 26, 2015 for priority consideration.

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