Accounting Manager

City of Santa Barbara
Until Filled
(805) 564-5316
(805) 897-1905


The City of Santa Barbara seeks an experienced and dynamic Accounting Manager to work 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 general accounting, payroll and accounts payable 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, 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 will possess a combination of technical, managerial and communication 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. The City prepares its own CAFR in collaboration with the City’s auditor, 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.

The ideal candidate will have strong technical and project management skills in leading financial and procurement system implementations, including the scoping, testing and staff adoption of new systems and functionality.

A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is a Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance. Five or more years of professional general accounting experience, including three or more years of supervisory experience. State licensure as a Certified Public Accountant is desirable.

Licenses, Certificates; Special Requirements:
A valid Class C California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's Vehicle Insurance Policy. 


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.

This position is open on continuous basis until filled, and may close at any time.  Applications received will be reviewed, and qualified candidates will be contacted for the City for an interview.

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