Posting Date:  01/24/2019
Job Title:  Accounting Manager
Salary:  $82,464.00 – $105,264.00 Annually
Entity:  City of Bellingham
Closing Date:  February 22, 2019 4:30 PM Pacific


The scope of this position is to provide direction and oversight to the City’s accounting, financial reporting and internal control functions. The position is responsible for establishing and maintaining City-wide accounting systems and procedures and the training of City staff in their use. The Accounting Manager produces the City’s Annual Financial Report and manages the annual audit process. Additionally, the position functions as a consultant to City departments.

Primary Duties


1.Directs the accounting function of the City, including the establishment and monitoring of City financial policies. Ensures that all financial accounting production meets conformance standards established by State and federal regulations and functions in an effective and efficient manner.
2.Assists in the development, analysis and reporting of key financial information to City Council, staff and the public. Communicates this information to State, federal and bond rating authorities as required. Produces the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
3.Establishes appropriate internal control procedures for the safeguarding of City assets and assists in the development of specific audit programs for investigation of areas of concern. Coordinates with department managers and Financial Analyst to resolve control issues. Reports instances of non-compliance to Finance Director.
4.Coordinates with the City’s Information Technology Services Department to identify problems, develop corrective action and implement new software. Evaluates and provides systems support for accounting and financial reporting issues. Maximizes the potential of available systems.
5.Coordinates and provides staff training for all departments in the use of the City’s financial procedures, systems and reports.
6.Hires accounting staff, regularly evaluates employee performance, investigates and resolves personnel problems. Assigns work, provides direction, training and assistance with problems encountered by accounting staff. Ensures that quality accounting services are provided to City departments and that accounting procedures are followed.
7.Serves as a professional resource for City Council, department heads and City staff in the interpretation of accounting and internal control requirements. Consults with departments to develop informative financial reporting systems that accurately reflect operational results. Provides analysis and assistance to departments in developing improved operating procedures.
8.Organizes, controls and manages City-wide accounts payable. Monitors the workflow process and identifies and corrects weaknesses in internal controls.

1.Directs and coordinates the compilation of information for use in official statements and City ordinances related to the issuance of long-term debt. Assists in the analysis of financing alternatives. Ensures that debt-issue management is in compliance with federal, State and arbitrage regulations. Administers special assessment district financing (LID). Responsible for oversight of debt service repayment.
2.Liaison with the State Auditor’s Office in the examination of City compliance with state reporting and regulatory requirements and the CAFR.
3.Serves as a member of the City’s Finance Systems Team. Assists in the development of requests for information and requests for proposals.
4.Answers questions from the general public concerning financial reporting issues.
5.Provides budget support as needed.
6.Performs other related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
•Bachelor’s degree in business (preferably accounting or finance) required.
•Minimum of four years of progressively responsible accounting or finance experience required.
•Minimum of two years supervisory or management experience in the accounting or finance fields required.
•Strong knowledge of computerized accounting procedures and spreadsheet/database applications required.
•CPA or other professional accounting designation desired.
•Experience in a governmental environment preferred.

Necessary Special Requirements
•Employment contingent upon passing a criminal conviction and local background check.

Contact Information

Phone 360-778-8228


Other Information

Work is performed in an office environment. Works extensively at a computer work station.

Selection Process
Applications must be submitted at

As part of the application process, a cover letter and resume are required. Within the cover letter, please answer the following questions:
1.Why does the position of Accounting Manager appeal to you?
2.What specific experiences and skill set do you have that make you the ideal candidate for the job?

Applications are initially reviewed for minimum qualifications and a standard degree of completeness. Candidates must provide specific, detailed information so an initial determination can be made regarding level of qualifications for this position. This includes completing all application fields and supplemental materials. Relevancy of your experience and training, together with composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation will be considered when evaluating responses. Provide as much detail as you believe will fully describe your experience and training. Resumes and work experience listed on the application will not substitute for responses to the Supplemental Questions.

Interviews for the most qualified candidates are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 18, 2019. We anticipate notifying candidates selected for interview on or around March 7, 2019.

Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.

Equal Opportunity:
Our environment is characterized by respect for cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and ethnic diversity. The City of Bellingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its work force. We do not discriminate or make decisions on the basis of an individual’s race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age (40+), disability, retaliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. All are encouraged to apply for employment.

Fair Hiring Practices
•The City provides individuals who have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense an equal and fair opportunity to obtain employment.
•The City will not inquire about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional job offer has been made.
•The City will disregard the prior arrest and conviction record of an otherwise qualified individual unless the offense is directly related to the job position for which the individual has applied.
•The City will notify an otherwise qualified applicant about a potentially disqualifying conviction and give the applicant an opportunity to submit information regarding the accuracy of the criminal records as well as evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation, as appropriate.