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Assistant Director, General Accounting

Central Administration
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Title: Assistant Director, General Accounting  

Department: Financial Services  

Reports To: Director, General Accounting  

Salary Range:  $83,116 - $107,685

The School District of Philadelphia is the cornerstone provider of public education in Philadelphia. For forward thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound. The 130,000 students entrusted to the District  arrive at school every day with an extraordinary range of needs and aspirations. We are committed to  delivering on their right to an excellent public school education, and we are particularly focused on ensuring  every student has access to exceptional educational opportunities close to where they live. Equity is our  mandate. Will you join us?  

Job Summary 

Assists the Comptroller and the Director, General Accounting with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the  General Accounting Department. Acts as the key resource to the Director, General Accounting in managing all  financial reporting and accounting work for the School District of Philadelphia which includes the oversight,  creation, maintenance and preparation of financial statements as well as compliance with state and federal  reporting requirements. Makes decisions regarding day-to-day operations and the preparation of complex  fiscal transactions and financial schedules. Develops policies and procedures as it relates to generally  accepted accounting principles and government accounting standards. Coordinates financial reporting with the  District’s auditors as it relates to accounting and reporting requirements.  

Essential Functions 

  • Provides primary support to the Comptroller and Director, General Accounting; assists in  managing the day-to-day operations and oversight of the General Accounting department and  all related functions and activities.  

  • Oversees and manages all components of the accounting and financial reporting functions  related to the District; performs advanced accounting and financial reporting functions. Plans, assigns and reviews the work of a professional and paraprofessional accounting staff  engaged in the recording, analyzing and reporting of the District’s financial operations. Oversees key financial data and accounting information needs essential to the District’s financial stability and controls. 

  • Develops accounting policies and procedures which conform to Government Accounting  Standards and Board (GASB); oversees the coordination and preparation of subsidiary and  general ledger information as well as journal vouchers with business users and the  consolidated reporting as part of the annual reporting process. 

  •  Keeps abreast of current accounting standards and principals and GASB which impact the  District; ensures that the District is in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles  and government accounting standards. 

  • Serves as the key accounting resource in the use of reporting and spreadsheet tools such as  EXCEL and Seagate Crystal Reports to extract, determine, analyze and review financial and  accounting data. 

  • Reviews the propriety of accounting entries; conducts highly sophisticated financial analyses  and uses this information to impact financial performance.  

  • Leads process improvement projects and develops performance measurements and  management reports. 

  • Develops and establishes monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting processes for  financial reporting and accounting.

  • Coordinates with the Systems Administration Unit on ADVANTAGE accounting needs. Interfaces with internal and external auditors as well as external audiences on advanced  accounting requirements. 

  • Coordinates and directs business operations on their accounting entries, data maintenance  and accounting requirements. 

  • Maintains, controls and monitors many of the District’s accounting processes and entries. Prepares a variety of accounting reports and financial information as needed. 

Minimum Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting at an accredited college or university.  

  • Seven years of full-time, paid, professional accounting experience in a large public or private institution which  have included fund and grant accounting, financial statement preparation, and advanced financial analyses,  at least three of which have been in a supervisory capacity and have included project leadership and process  improvement experience.  

Note: A CPA or a master’s degree in business administration or accounting from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of experience.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Demonstrated knowledge of: 

  • the principles, practices and procedures of accounting as promulgated by the Government Accounting  Standards and Board (GASB).  

  • mainframe and PC accounting software and systems.  

  • the State and City’s accounting and budgeting requirements for school districts or public entities.  o the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Finance system.  

  • the current methods and techniques utilized in the effective administration of day-to-day operations.  o supervisory methods and techniques.  

  • the principles, practices and procedures of government accounting, including fund and grant accounting  o the use of a wide variety of data processing systems and personal computer software, especially as  they relate to accounting and financial analyses.  \

Demonstrated ability to:  

  • plan, schedule, review and oversee the work of a staff of accountants and paraprofessionals involved in  key accounting functions for the District.  

  • plan, schedule, review and oversee the work of many business users who provide input. 

  • handle multiple activities simultaneously.  

  • to comprehend and analyze organizational and procedural problems and make recommendations for  improvements and implement them.  

  • devise, modify and implement accounting policies and procedures.  

  • prepare advanced accounting entries and financial reports.  

  • validate accounting information which is entered into the ERP Finance system.  

  • analyze, improve and resolve major problems in accounting operations and procedures.  

  • prepare financial analyses and interpret results.  

  • plan, organize, and direct project activities and process improvement initiatives.  

  • effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.  

  • establish and maintain effective working relationships. 


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by  people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,  duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  

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