Posting Date:  06/10/2021
Salary:  $103,292 – $138,819 (New increased salary!)
Entity:  City of Salem, Oregon
Closing Date:  Apply by June 28, 2021 (open until filled)


City of Salem, Oregon
Salary: $103,292 – $138,819 (New increased salary!)

Salem is one of the most beautiful and livable areas of the Pacific Northwest. Located in the lush Willamette River Valley in central Oregon, Salem is just an hour away from the Cascade Mountains to the east and the ocean beaches to the west. Salem offers year-round outdoor recreation, sports, music, theater, and arts, and is supported by a diverse economy, including agriculture, education, manufacturing, technology, recreation, and tourism. Salem is Oregon’s capital city and has a population of over 170,000.

The City of Salem’s Budget & Finance Department manages the daily financial operation of the city, including accounting for and reporting on all financial transactions, debt issuance, purchasing activity, investment management, preparing annual five-year forecasts and the city budget, and monitoring the overall financial status of the city. The city maintains 25 distinct funds whose budgeted expenditures total $671.4 million in the current fiscal year 2020-21.

The Chief Accountant is part of the Finance Division and performs technical, analytical and administrative functions, along with supervising the management staffs for the accounting, project accounting, accounts payable, and payroll functional areas. This position is responsible for the publication of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit, grant compliance, completion of the monthly and annual closing of the financial records system, and the maintenance of the city’s Financial Information Management system. The Chief Accountant is responsible for accounting processes and internal controls and the completion of Transient Occupancy Tax and Internal audits.

A bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, or public administration, or a related field, and 8 years of progressively responsible professional managerial experience, including managing multiple divisions or units with subordinate supervisory staff. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) credential is required. 5 years of professional government experience in accounting is preferred.

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For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. To apply, click on “Apply Online” and follow the directions provided. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Salem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply by June 28, 2021 (open until filled). (Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of qualified applications.)


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