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Position: Chief Accountant
Municipality:City of Bridgeport
Close Date:4/20/2020




Job Title:                     Chief Accountant

Department:                Department of Finance

Union:                         BCSA

Job Class Code:          1313

Applicants send resume & cover letter to Kenneth.flatto@bridgeportct.gov



This position is primarily responsible for managing and supervising the general accounting functions of the City and the preparation of reports and statistics reflecting the financial conditions. With the Director of Finance, this individual will formulate and administer approved general accounting practices throughout the City to assure that accounting and other financial and operating reports accurately reflect the conditions that are ever changing and provide executive management reliable information necessary to control operations.


SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Supervision provided by the Director of Finance; and/or department authority or designee.


SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Yes – Accountants and Accounting Clerks



The essential functions or duties described below are the primary functions and duties of the position. There may be other types of work that may be performed, and the omission of a particular duty or function does not exclude that duty or function from the position provided the duty or function is similar in work, related to the work or logically assigned to the position.


·         Participates in or directs the development of accounting policy and administers approved accounting procedures.

·         Supervises the maintenance of general ledgers, revenue accounts, and helps to prepares consolidated operating and financial statements.

·         Conducts special accounting studies, analyses and cost studies, and prepares special accounting reports. Work on bond issuances with Director.

·         Responsible for reconciling bank statements and supervision of such.

·         Maintains cash and prepaid and accrual records and cash disbursement and check revenue entries and journal entry postings.

·         Cooperates with auditors of public accounting firm retained to audit accounting procedures and records.

·         Performs similar or related work as directed or as required.



·         Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline.

·         Seven (7) years of professional accounting experience; at least three (3) years of which shall have been in a governmental, non-profit, or private sector position with supervisory experience.


·         Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.



·         Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of generally accounting and financial accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

·         Knowledge of governmental accounting principles and general ledger practices and procedures.

·         Demonstrated administrative ability and working knowledge of standard office practices and procedures.

·         Financial audit principles and techniques.

·         Working knowledge of computer applications for accounting and financial management.

·         Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret financial data.

·         Strong aptitude for numbers and details, possessing strong organizational skills.




The conditions below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


  • Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of time. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. Frequent downward flexion of neck, side-to-side turning of the neck, fine finger dexterity and grasp to manipulate the keyboard, telephone, writing instruments, papers, books, manuals, and reports.
  • Ability to see and read objects closely, as in typing from another document, reading/proofreading a report, read plans, using a computer monitor, filing and/or retrieving information from a filing system and verifying the accuracy of financial information.
  • Additional hours and attending meetings outside regular work hours may be required. Work environment is professional and both team and autonomy oriented.



This job description is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions,

responsibilities and qualifications which comprise this position. The above is intended to be a fair representation of the “typical” demands of the position.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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