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Accounting Manager

Tacoma Public Schools

This position plans, organizes, and manages the general accounting activities of the District; supervises the preparation of the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) and internal reports required by District programs and other governmental agencies; directs the investment of District funds, provides technical accounting support to staff at all District sites, and manages accounts payable functions for all funds.


Supervises the preparation of internal and external accounting systems reports on the District's financial status; interprets, reconciles and controls periodic and annual reports for all regular and specially funded projects.

Supervises the preparation of the District’s annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Ensures that adequate controls and procedures are maintained in all financial systems interfacing the general ledger system; maintains the necessary accounts in the general ledger system to provide full disclosure of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenditures, and fund balances.

Ensures accounting safeguards of District assets; works with financial institutions, rating agencies and underwriters to ensure favorable financing rates and bond ratings.

Develops and recommends new and/or revised accounting procedures; assists in the analysis and design of alternative financial systems and their interaction with state and governmental agencies and outside financial institutions.

Monitors cash flow through the District’s clearing and checking accounts; maintains records on excess cash available for investments and approves cash investment recommendations; works with banking institutions and other outside financial agencies and/or advisors.

Manages and performs accounts payable functions for all funds, including payments to vendors for goods and services, Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 reporting, account distributions, contractual agreements, reimbursements to individuals for mileage or extended travel, and payroll fringe benefits claims; performs detail work relating to vendor information and claims processing.

Ensures the accuracy of detail work relating to the assignment of classifications to revenues and expenditures in accordance with the Washington State Accounting Manual for School Districts.
Manages financial accounting functions; supervises the reconciliation of account reconciliation activities.

Supervises assigned staff; makes hiring recommendations; appropriately evaluates, commends, and disciplines employees; approves leaves and overtime; assigns and reviews work; provides for and encourages participation in professional development opportunities; promotes a high-quality customer service environment; ensures staff receives District wide and department information.

Provides technical assistance to programs and departments on a variety of accounting and cost analysis projects.

Assists in the planning and forecasting of cash and/or fund balances, revenues, expenditures, and year-end accrual balances for all funds; assists in the planning, development, and implementation of the District’s annual budget.

Supervises overall ASB (Associated Student Body) budgeting and financial accounting activities; monitors cash register use/records; manages ASB financial accounting systems.

Assists in coordinating the District’s annual examination by the Office of the State Auditor and periodic audits by state and federal agencies.

Represents department on project implementation teams for new accounting systems; represents the Finance department on information systems steering committees as assigned. Performs related duties as assigned. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.

Reports to Director, Financial Services or another assigned administrator. Supervises professional/technical staff.


Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or closely related field, and five years of increasingly responsible experience in accounting, treasury, fiscal management, and reimbursements including experience in preparing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report; supervisory responsibility in a governmental or public school District environment; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

SALARY: $105,964.00 - $128,998.00 DOE

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