Senior Accounting Manager

DATE POSTED:       April 24, 2018

SALARY:                  $82,000

DEADLINE:             Open Until Filled



The primary purpose of this position is to support the Director of Finance by managing the accounting and financial activities of the Authority, including the maintenance of all books and records in accordance with GAAP, GASB, and HUD regulations. The incumbent supervises department staff; helps manage the fiscal process; reviews and approves general ledger activities, including closings and the preparation of related reports; and ensures compliance with applicable regulations.


All activities must support the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC” or “Authority”) and related entities’ mission, strategic goals, and objectives.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The position duties and responsibilities listed below describe the general nature and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties and skills may be required and assigned, as needed.

  • Manages the work of staff including: assigning, planning, and reviewing work; evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations; coordinating activities; maintaining standards; allocating personnel; selecting and training new employees; completing staff training; acting on employee problems; and recommending and implementing discipline.
  • Responsible for oversight, coordination, guidance, and supervision of day-to-day activities related to the financial operations and accounting of HABC housing programs. Duties include, but are not limited to, cash management, general ledger maintenance and integration, recording and tracking of fixed assets, grant accounting and reporting activities, and financial reporting and analysis.
  • Supervises the day-to-day accounting processes for the Authority, including the timely and accurate processing of the accounting module, all subsidiary ledgers, and manual transactions for the general ledger.
  • Oversees all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems to ensure compliance with HUD based Asset Management requirements, appropriate GAAP standards, and regulatory requirements.
  • Assists the Director of Finance with all audit activities, ensuring the timely and accurate completion of audit reports and footnotes. Responsible for the timely and accurate preparation and presentation of FDS submissions, in compliance with HUD regulations.
  • Oversees all activities related to fixed assets, depreciation, leases, and notes.
  • Performs periodic analyses of financial data and presents financial reports in an accurate and timely manner. Monitors financial progress and changes to keep senior leadership informed of HABC’s financial status.
  • Provides oversight to trial balance activities for programs assigned to Program Accountants and Accounting Clerk.
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of HABC’s financial policies and procedures. Implements new policies and procedures resulting from changes to Authority programs and federal, state, and local directives.
  • Oversees the coordination and production of all internal and external financial reporting, including the monthly, quarterly, and year-end reports and closings. 
  • Ensures that the cash position, cash needs, and anticipated receipts of all sources are known at all times and that sound fiscal judgment is exercised in utilizing these funds.
  • Reviews work papers and financial reports for reasonableness and accuracy; manages the internal and external financial reporting systems as requested.
  • Reviews, approves, and posts journal entries provided by Finance staff.
  • Interfaces with staff throughout the Agency, independent auditing firms, and other federal, state and local governmental agencies.
  • Works with HABC departments to identify funding needs and matches needs with sources of revenue. Allocates expenses in accordance with funding requirements or practices established by the Budget section.
  • Maintains all areas of the Industry Software for general ledger reporting, including the Chart of Accounts, detailed general ledgers, and financial reports. Analyzes all general ledger accounts and financial reports for accuracy. Assists with year-end reporting and entry of the Financial Data Schedule (FDS) into Financial Assessment Sub-System (FASS).
  • Researches accounting issues and recommends solutions for complex transactions as needed. Assists in resolving customer and employee issues and concerns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Behavioral Competencies

This position requires the incumbent to exhibit the following behavioral skills:

Strategic Capability and Leadership: Provides mission, sets direction, and inspires others to deliver on the organizational mandate. Decisions are based on ethical and social responsible principles


Program and Project Management: Plans, manages, and evaluates specific activities in order to deliver the desired outputs


People Management and Empowerment: Directs the activities and development of team, while respecting their individuality and the benefit of diverse ideas and approaches. Has the ability to act in a professional manner to a diverse group of internal and external customers


Problem Solving and Analysis: Systematically identifies, analyzes and resolves existing and anticipated problems in order to reach optimum solutions in a timely manner


Job Knowledge: Exhibits requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the position effectively. Demonstrates knowledge of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, operational entities, requirements and activities as they apply to the assigned organizational entity of the Authority; uses appropriate judgment & decision making in accordance with level of responsibility


Client Services: Provides timely, courteous, and quality service to an individual whether internal or external by anticipating individual needs, following through on commitments and ensuring that our clients have been heard


Initiative: Proactively seeks solutions to resolve unexpected challenges.  Actively assists others without formal/informal direction.  Possesses the capacity to learn and actively seeks developmental feedback.  Applies feedback for continued growth by mastering concepts needed to perform work


Professional Behavior: Exhibits positive, polite, courteous, honest and conscientious behavior with all internal/external clients.  Accepts responsibility for actions and adjusts behavior as appropriate


Communication: Employee is clear, concise and organized in all facets of communication in order to fully transfer understanding.  Actively listens and is aware of the audience to adapt message appropriately.  Strives to communicate information with appropriate personnel in a timely manner


Teamwork: Actively and collaboratively participates, despite personal differences, towards a common goal.  Employee is open to new ideas and/or approaches.  Employee is aware of changes that impact internal and external customers and effectively communicates the impact when working as a team


Integrity: Employee is honest with oneself, coworkers and clients.  Stands up for what is right even in the face of opposition


Safety Awareness: Employee is cognizant of his/her surroundings.  Follows proper safety procedures and considers the safety of self and others.  Identifies, communicates and assists in the correction of any safety concerns where appropriate


Reliability and Judgment: Employee demonstrates sound reasoning and critical thinking by making decisions in line with established Authority expectations.  Performs work in a reliable manner that is both accurate and timely


Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's Degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field(s) and a minimum of 6 years of finance experience, including a minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience. Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and/or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation preferred. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered.  Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Authority’s plan.


Technical Skills

To perform this job successfully, the employee should have strong computer skills (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). Must have the ability to learn other computer software programs as required by assigned tasks.


Physical Demands

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


To perform this job successfully, the employee is frequently required to remain in a stationary position. Daily movements include sitting; standing; operating computers and other office equipment; moving about the office; and attending onsite and offsite meetings. The employee must be able to communicate via email and verbally via telephone. The employee must occasionally transport up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter with salary history via email to  Please include the title of this position in the subject line of your email.  EOE/Drug-Free Workplace