Accounting and Reporting Manager

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Ames Finance Department
Location of position: 
Ames, IA
$73,467.89 - $110,045.10
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Closing Date: 
Friday, June 12, 2020
Job Description: 

General Information

The City of Ames is currently conducting a recruitment for an Accounting and Reporting Manager. This role reports directly to the Director of Finance and is responsible for organizing, directing, and controlling the Accounting and Reporting Division in the implementation and application of sound financial and accounting policies and procedures used by the City. Plans, directs, and manages staff in the areas of accounting, financial reporting, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable, capital asset management, and grant management, while performing related work, as required.

The salary range for this position as of July 1, 2020 is as follows: $75,671 to 113,346

Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 60,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.

Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at: City of Ames Benefits

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Performs highly responsible management and administrative work in assisting in the activities of the Finance Department responsible for the development and maintenance of the accounting , financial reporting systems, and organizational financial compliance with all local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. Oversees, maintains, and improves a citywide accounting system including a uniform chart of accounts necessary to report the financial condition of all funds, general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll systems, and establishes and maintains financial policies and procedures within generally accepted accounting principles and other applicable guidance. Prepares Comprehensive Annual Financial Report following generally accepted accounting principles, and guidance established by the Government Finance Officers Association for their Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting program. Prepares and files State financial reports; a nd prepares official statements for debt issuance, grant reporting, and other reports as needed. Manages, directs, and oversees the annual external audit of financial statements including the planning, management, and completion of required work papers and closing activities. Provides financial information and policy assistance to other City departments. Schedules reviews and evaluates performance of employees; conducts division meetings and arranges for training; prepares and administers division budget. Establishes and maintains a system of internal controls. Reconciles or supervises reconciliation of budget file to fund balances of annual report.

Other Job Functions: Prepares interim financial statements for internal and external use, administers grants, and advises and assists other City departments with financial administration to enhance the delivery of service to the citizens of Ames. Reviews and approves financial transactions including electronic banking transactions.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or business administration; and at least three years of experience in professional governmental accounting, auditing or budgeting, including one year at the supervisory or managerial level. An advanced degree or CPA designation may be considered as a substitute for one year of non-supervisory experience. An advanced degree in accounting, business administration, and/or CPA designation is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of governmental finance, accounting, budgeting and reporting; knowledge of the principles and practices of auditing, cash management, payroll and personnel management.

Knowledge and skill in the selection, implementation, and efficient use of computer based systems for governmental accounting, auditing, payroll and cash management systems; skill in analyzing, interpreting and reporting complex governmental fiscal and financial data; skill in applying the principles of governmental accounting to the maintenance of efficient and effective accounting/audit systems.

Ability to plan, organize and direct the activities and personnel in an Accounting and Reporting division; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish effective working relationships with subordinate personnel and other department and division personnel, City management, and outside auditors; ability to assist the Director with department projects and programs as needed; ability to coordinate multiple projects; ability to present a positive attitude.

Supplemental Information

Required Physical Activities: Finger dexterity, hearing, talking, and repetitive motions.

Physical Characteristics of Work: Work is primarily sedentary, requires the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift or otherwise move objects.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal and extensive reading.

Environmental Conditions: The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, phone interview, hiring assessment, on-site interview which will include a manager meeting and written exercise and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

**Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.**

Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego phone interviews.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.