Accounting Manager

  • City of Sparks
  • Sparks, Nevada
  • Aug 26, 2021
Full time Accounting Finance Government

Job Description

Are you looking for a meaningful career that has a positive impact on the community? If you answered yes, come join the City of Sparks! Aside from working for an organization that is dedicated to the community, you will also receive a generous and competitive salary, benefit package, tuition reimbursement, bilingual pay (when applicable) and retirement plan. People who come to Sparks stay in Sparks. 

This is an exciting job opportunity open to all candidates who meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Sparks is seeking to hire an Accounting Manager that will lead the Accounting Systems and Compliance Division. Preference will be given to candidates that not only meet the minimum requirements but have proven experience in a public agency setting with direct governmental accounting in a lead and/or technically proficient role. The City of Sparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply here to start the process. 

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Closing Information:
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. While the closing date is set to September 23, 2021, hiring may occur early in the recruiting process and the posting may close without notice when a hiring decision has been made.


Oversee and manage the accounting operations or system and compliance division within the Financial Services Department, ensuring compliance and accuracy in the City’s financial processing and reporting.   


This position is a Division Manager  in the Financial Services Department. 


Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications to continue in the recruitment process:

Education and Experience:

Master’s Degree in accounting, economics, business, public administration or a closely related field and three (3) years of professional accountant experience to include budgeting, analysis, administrative and supervisory experience. Budget development, accounting, auditing and administration experience in a public agency setting is required.  


Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, economics, business or public administration or a related field and 5 (five) years of professional accountant experience to include budgeting, analysis, administrative and supervisory experience. Budget development, accounting, auditing and administration experience in a public agency setting is required.  


Licenses and Certificates:

Specified positions may require possession within thirty (30) days of hire and maintenance throughout employment, of the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license.

Must possess within six (6) months of hire and maintain throughout employment, Incident Command System (ICS) 100/200 and ICS 300 as soon as available.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) is preferred.

Example of Essential Duties:

Develop and direct the implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures and work standards for assigned division.  

Manage and direct the maintenance of general and subsidiary ledgers within an ERP software system.

Plan, organize, coordinate and supervise the work of assigned accounting and support staff, both directly and through subordinate management. Evaluate the work of assigned staff and provide for their training and development. Provide technical accounting advice to city staff.

Manage and direct the City’s accounting operations. Analyze, evaluate and implement necessary changes to accounting practices, procedure and systems in accordance with governmental accounting standards, changes in law or City directives.

Plan, organize, facilitate and coordinate preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Coordinate information between city departments and external auditors. Review and recommend methods, practices, and projects, that will improve financial controls and reporting.

Prepare and present reports to City Council regarding compliance and financial reporting. Maintain accurate records and files. Prepare clear, concise and complete financial reports and statements.

Develop and review internal controls in the Financial Services Department and provide professional assistance to city departments in the development and review of their internal controls.

Coordinate external audits for revenue collection compliance. Analyze, post, balance and reconcile complex financial data and accounts. Analyze system functionality and improve as needed. Coordinate multiple projects and meet critical deadlines.

Plan, organize and coordinate information between City departments and actuarial firms. Perform complex analysis of actuary data to assure reasonableness.

Assist in selection, development, and implementation of a full range of financial systems that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of finance operations including, payroll, fixed assets, and financial reporting. Instruct others in the use of financial software and related programs. Serve as a technical resource in developing and producing standard and ad hoc reports from departmental systems. Customize software as required.

Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines. Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during work. Train others in work procedures. 

Perform other duties which may be assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Supervisory principles and practices including methods for selecting employees, providing training, conducting performance evaluations, and administering disciplinary procedures
  • Public administration practices, principles and methods, including setting goals, project management, development and implementation
  • Principles, practices and terminology of general, fund and governmental accounting and generally accepted accounting principles including financial statement preparation and methods of reporting
  • Laws and regulations regulating governmental accounting operations
  • Financial/statistical/comparative analysis techniques and formulae
  • Basic principles of public agency funding and income forecasting
  • Public administration principles and practices
  • Purchasing procedures and bid proposals
  • Principles and practices of emergency management
  • Computer applications and software related to the work including Microsoft Office

Physical Demands:

Requires ability to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment. 



  • This position is Exempt under FLSA guidelines
  • This position is at-will and exempt from the Regulations of the Civil Service Commission 
  • This position reports to the Financial Services Director
  • Supervision exercised: Direct the work of professional, technical and support staff. May act as Financial Services Director. 
  • May be required to work during emergency circumstances or inclement weather conditions
  • May be required to pass a pre-placement drug screen and background investigation


General-Other: Accounting-Finance