Accountant III – Municipal Court Job at City of Phoenix – 4.2 Phoenix, AZ

The Accountant III position performs advanced professional accounting work, which requires the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and sound internal controls. This position may analyze financial data and prepare financial statements and reports, calculate rates, coordinate audits, and serve as a professional accounting resource for special projects or major programs, and implement new systems or processes. May be responsible for preparing presentations and presenting information to high level executives, committees, or Boards. The Accountant III may supervise professional and paraprofessional accounting staff (e.g. account clerks) and may assist in managing major city accounting operations, such as payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, rate development, grant management, and budgetary and GAAP accounting/reporting.

In the Municipal Court, this position directly manages the Court’s accounting functions and the accounting features in the Court Management System. The accounting section is responsible for ensuring the accurate reporting of all monies receipted by the Court and disbursing the monies as required by Arizona Revised Statues, City Ordinances, and other governing authorities. This position ensures policies and procedures are being followed and deadlines are being met; that Minimum Accounting Standards are being enforced; that Payment Card Industry standards are being followed; that generally accepted accounting principles are followed; and that all staff comply with software and internet policies. The Accountant III oversees the Audit & Support Division of approximately 45 employees, directly supervising one Accountant II and three Court Supervisor positions.


The ideal candidate will have the ability to continuously improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.

The successful candidate will also have well developed competencies in complex decision making, effective communication, personal & interpersonal skills, and managing projects.

The incumbent must be able to develop credibility quickly and build meaningful business relationships that ensures success of the Court. Knowledge of municipal budgeting process and strong Microsoft Excel skills is essential.


$57,075.20 – $86,902.40 annually. Candidates may be hired up to $86,902.40 depending upon qualifications.


A comprehensive benefits package is offered which includes traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, or HSA/HDHP plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; 401(a) and 457 plans; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement program; paid time off includes 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 15 sick days and personal leave days.

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Four years of progressively responsible experience as a professional accountant, including some experience training and supervising paraprofessional and professional accounting personnel

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or public administration or a related field

Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted

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The minimum qualifications listed above, plus:
Experience communicating with middle management staff, executives, committees, or Boards, and working in a team environment

Experience working on and/or managing interdepartmental efforts/projects

Experience writing administrative reports/memos.

Federal accounting and reporting techniques as applied to federal grants

Experience in auditing.

Experience with SAP or similar Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Experience with municipal budgeting process.


Recruitment closes December 6, 2021. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.


Apply online by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.


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