Full Job Description
Job Number: 347127
DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING
Department of Finance
Grant and Project Accounting (GPAD) Division
Number of Vacancies: 2
Under direction, functions as a second-level supervisor directing a professional accounting division, and performs related duties as required
Directs supervisors of accounting units in overseeing professional staff engaged in managing financial accounts
Monitors operations and directs the development of systems and procedures to ensure operational efficiency
Develops goals, objectives, and work standards and conducts performance evaluations of supervisory staff
Reviews and approves various actions or reports (e.g., program and operational budgets and amendments, audit reports, spending adjustments, fund re-allocations)
Meets with managers to determine fiscal information needs and directs the preparation of financial reports
Interprets general accounting principles and financial procedures to management
Oversees the conduct of audits performed by private firms, coordinates the preparation of replies to auditors' findings, and develops processes and procedures to implement audit recommendations
Directs staff training and development activities
Provides guidance on accounting-related issues to staff and other City and government agencies (e.g. Office of Budget and Management, City Comptroller’s Office, delegate agencies)
Provides oversight, review and guidance in the completion and approval of all grant applications, awards, fiscal reporting, sub-grantee agreements, direct payment vouchers, collections, accounting transactions, general ledger analysis, reconciliation and close-outs
Reviews all fiscal related tasks necessary to complete the City of Chicago’s Single Audit and the State of Illinois Comprehensive Year End Financial Report
Ensures the City of Chicago maintains compliance with federal and state grant fiscal requirements and regulations
Finalizes and approves all internal related fiscal reports for submission to upper management (Performance Management, Cash Flow, Cash Status and Grant Close-Out)
Communicates with federal and state funding agencies for clarification of grant requirements, special conditions and other issues as warranted
Conducts regular weekly status meetings with unit supervisor and participates in other management status meetings as required
Prepares weekly productivity, annual planning performance evaluation criteria and semi-annual performance evaluation for unit supervisor
Provides the Grant and Project Accounting Division (GPAD) with technical support as it relates to the Financial Management and Purchasing System (FMPS) and Business Objects reports
Maintains the GPAD’s Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual for use by various external reviewers and auditors
Responsible for the annual coordination of the City of Chicago’s Indirect Cost Recovery Process and Fringe Benefit yearly calculation for grant funded employees
NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class
LOCATION: Department of Finance
Grant and Project Accounting (GPAD) Division
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 700
Chicago, Il 60602
HOURS & SHIFT: Normal Business Hours, Monday through Friday
THIS POSITION IS EXEMPT FROM THE CAREER SERVICE
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a directly related field with 15 credit hours in Accounting, plus five years of professional accounting experience of which two years are in a supervisory role related to the responsibilities of the position; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, provided the minimum degree requirement is met
Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program.
Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following:
Previous experience in grants management
Previous experience with specifically guided and identified federal and state regulations
Previous experience in the preparation of associated audit schedules and corresponding reports
Previous experience managing a team of professional accountants
Previous experience with financial systems and associated upgrades
NOTE: You must provide your college or university transcripts with 15 semester hours of accounting courses at the time of interview. IF YOU FAIL TO PROVIDE this information at the time of interview, you will not be allowed to proceed with the interview and will no longer be considered for this position.
NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.
NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable.
This position requires applicants to successfully complete an interview which will include a written exercise and/or skills assessment as part of the interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, based on the oral and written parts of the interview will be selected.
Education & Employment Verification - Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.
VETERANS PREFERENCE NOTE: The City of Chicago offers Veterans Preference to both current, active military personnel AND military personnel who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received an honorable or general discharge. Eligible candidates must have at least six months of active duty documented. In order to receive the veterans preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a veteran by answering "yes" or "no" to the question on the online application that asks, "Are you currently serving on active duty for at least six months in the Armed Forces of the United States OR have you served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty for at least six months and received an honorable or general discharge?" In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your military service. For veterans, you must attach a copy of your DD214 (Member Copy-4) to your online application which includes character of service status OR a letter from the United States Veterans Administration on official stationery stating dates of service and character of service. For active military personnel, you must attach a letter from your Commanding Officer on official stationery verifying your active duty, length of service, and character of service in the Armed Forces of the United States AND a copy of your military ID to your online application. Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the Veterans Preference.
Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applications will be accepted.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City of Chicago as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.
If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.
ALL REFERENCES TO POLITICAL SPONSORSHIP OR RECOMMENDATION MUST BE OMITTED FROM ANY AND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED FOR CITY EMPLOYMENT.
The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer
City of Chicago Department of Human Resources
Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor Christopher Owen, Acting Commissioner
Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59 pm C.D.T. Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm CDT on March 4, 2021. No exceptions will be made
Job Posting: Feb 18, 2021, 12:00:00 AM | Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External: Mar 4, 2021, 11:59:00 PM
BU: 10 | Salary: $89,928.00 Pay Basis:Yearly