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Senior Accountant

  • City of Largo
  • Largo, Florida, United States
  • Jul 10, 2024
Accounting Government

Job Description

Please note that applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm ET on the day prior to the close date listed on the job posting.

Mission: Provide Superior Services that Inspire Community Pride

Vision: To be the Community of Choice in Tampa Bay

Values: Integrity, Collaboration, Passion, Creativity

Largo's commitment to a High Performance Organization (HPO) model builds a flexible and resilient organization that intentionally builds leadership capacity at all levels of the organization.

CITY OF LARGO ... Naturally A Great Place to Work!


$58,157 - 93,059 USD Annually

Job Summary:
Supervisory professional accounting position which includes preparing, reviewing, and maintaining a general accounting system and related financial reporting (internal and external) for municipal government. An employee in this class is expected to exercise independent professional judgment based on knowledge of accounting practices and principles, and supervises professional, clerical and technical personnel. Must have the ability to multi-task and complete varying assignments while meeting departmental deadlines.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Assistant Finance Director.

Hiring Range: $58,156.80 - $66,882.40

Additional Compensation/Benefits:
- Additional $3,800 employee benefit dollars; the unused balance of which can be kept as taxable income

- Defined Contribution Plan 401(a) with a generous 6.5% City match

- Benefits also include 12 paid leave days and 24 hour full access to City fitness center. Continuous learning is supported through tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunities.
- May receive$2,500 in relocation assistance for candidates outside Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, or Manatee counties.


All employees share components of leadership, management, technical, and team skills to assist in making the City of Largo the community of choice in Tampa Bay.

  • Demonstrates an understanding and reflection of the City's mission, vision, and values and a commitment to achieve organizational goals aligned with the City's strategic plan
  • Champions a high performance work culture that encourages and embraces new ideas, develops individuals and welcomes and encourages diverse perspectives
  • Articulates strategic and innovative thinking and provides clarity to deliver superior services
  • Approaches the job with enthusiasm and curiosity to promote a solutions-oriented work culture

  • Effectively manages assignments and priorities to ensure the fulfillment of projects, tasks, and responsibilities
  • Follows suggested procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety and risk avoidance
  • Supervision of professional, clerical, and technical personnel
  • Develops and conducts internal training sessions and programs

  • Develops, performs, and manages various accounting functions such as:
    • preparing account reconciliations
    • utility billing and rate analysis
    • loan and grants management (monitoring, recording, auditing, and reporting)
    • researching accounting and reporting issues and developing recommendations, inclusive of issues related to application of generally accepted accounting principles
    • preparing year-end account analysis and adjusting, closing, and reversing journal entries
    • preparing statements and statistical reports and maintaining up-to-date, accurate files
    • preparing, reviewing, and filing of state sales tax and federal payroll returns
    • conducting daily accounting operations
  • Prepares annual financial statements and audits related schedules and analysis
  • Reviews, develops, and improves accounting processes and systems, including systems of internal accounting control within the department and throughout the City
  • Researches accounting and reporting issues and develops recommendations, inclusive of issues related to application of generally accepted accounting principles and account analysis
  • Maintains accounts in compliance with federal, state, and municipal laws, City policies and procedures and rules and regulations
  • Performs analysis of accounts, and calculates percentages of change of revenues and expenditures for use in financial reporting; extracts, classifies, and summarizes information from computer reports
  • System administration responsibilities for accounting and other software
  • Serves as a liaison for billing and process partners inside and outside of the organization
  • Prepares and assists with City Commission reports and presentations
  • Completes special financial projects as assigned

Team Skills
  • Supports honest and transparent decision-making
  • Collaborates with all team members in a way that builds upon ideas and takes personal accountability and ownership of projects, roles, and assignments
  • Openly exhibits a positive attitude, in words and action, and encourages others to do the same

Performs related work as required.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE STATUS: As a condition of employment, City of Largo employees will be required to work as directed during an undeclared and/or a declared emergency. All employees are subject to recall around the clock for emergency response operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the normal work location, and may include duties other than those specified in the official job description.


Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting and three (3) years directly related professional experience in accounting or equivalency of training and experience
  • Supervision experience in governmental finance setting is preferred
  • Professional certification is preferred - Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), etc.
  • Valid Driver's License

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting principles, procedures, and practices
  • Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations pertaining to budgetary accounting for government agencies
  • Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures relating to governmental accounting
  • Ability to apply accounting principles to the preparation and maintenance of accounting records
  • Ability to perform detail work involving written or numeric data and to make mathematical calculations rapidly and accurately
  • Ability to analyze transactions, identify errors, and prepare adjusting journal entries
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing


Work Environment: 100% inside a climate controlled building.

Physical Requirements: The essential functions of the job require: sitting approximately six (6) hours per day, standing approximately one (1) hour per day, and walking approximately one (1) hour per day. The job also requires frequent fine manipulations and repetitive motion, with occasional bending/stooping and reaching. On rare occasions the work requires: climbing, grasping, kneeling, and lifting/carrying objects weighing up to 15 pounds.

Sensory Requirements: Hearing: Ability to understand what others are saying in normal conversation and on the telephone. Speaking: Ability to communicate orally with others and speak effectively on the telephone. Seeing: Ability to see and read computer monitor screens and read normal and fine print.

Technology: The work requires ability to operate telephones, smart phones, tablets, photocopiers, printers, desktop and/or laptop computers, calculators and all associated software. The work also requires proficiency with computer hardware and software programs including word, spreadsheet and/or database applications, internet applications, and database management.


No - DRUG TESTING (Safety Sensitive)



No - FDLE AND CJSTC SECURITY CLEARANCE: As mandated by the FDLE, CJSTC and the Largo Police Department, this position may be subject to additional security clearances due to access to the police department facility or police department's electronic data.