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Job Title: 

Accounting Manager

Job Location: 
Salary Range: 
$75,300.00 - $94,150.00 Annually
Full Job Description: 


The Accounting Manager supports Tacoma Housing Authority’s (THA’s) strategic and operational objectives in the following ways provides professional-level accounting, financial and administrative services to THA so its programs can provide high quality services, its funders will be more willing to fund THA and its regulatory partners, auditors and the public will have a high degree of confidence in THA’s operations.  This position will supervise core accounting functions which includes payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, tenant accounting, property accounting, and banking. The Accounting Manager will coordinate all accounting processes to ensure quick and efficient annual and monthly closing. This position will also serve as primary backup for the Comptroller and the Finance Manager.


The employee establishes methods and procedures for attaining specific goals and objectives and receives guidance in terms of broad goals.  Only the final results of work are typically reviewed.

Examples of Duties:


  • Supervision and leadership 
  • Supervise and guide staff using management practices that develop and retain highly competent and highly performing employees.
  • Direct, coordinate, develop and review the work plans for staff, assign work activities and projects, monitor workflow, review and evaluate work performance; methods and procedures and meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Perform all responsibilities in service to THA’s social justice and business mission to assist low-income households and other customers, and to do so in ways that aspire to programmatic and administrative excellence.
  • Comply with agency performance evaluation policy and conduct evaluations regularly and on time.
  • Build and maintain effective relations with a workforce that includes both union and non-union staff.
  • Present a professional image as a representative of THA.
  • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality relative to work performed.

Accounting functions 

  • Perform complex technical, professional, and managerial accounting duties such as monthly financial closings and system reconciliations.  
  • Oversee daily accounting operations and determine priorities and deadlines for areas of responsibility.  
  • Interpret and apply GASB and FASB pronouncements.
  • Oversee cash disbursements, receipting and reconciliations.  
  • Coordinate activities with federal, state and city auditors as well as independent public accountants for periodic inspections of THA’s and partnership books of account.
  • Develop and maintain working knowledge of state, federal, and HUD regulations specific to accounting support function and housing authorities in general.
  • Oversee the work of the Accounting Specialists and Senior Accountants.
  • Prepare financial statement in accordance with GAAP and in accordance with other third-party requirements.
  • Review and analyze partnership, management, and other agreements related to assigned tax credit projects to ensure fees and other financial transactions recorded are timely, accurate, and allowable.
  • Identify and perform required accruals during the year and at year-end close.
  • Prepare and maintain capital asset depreciation schedules, debt amortization schedules, management fee schedules, and any other supporting schedules needed for monthly and annual financial reporting
  • Prepare and analyze budget and financial reports to assist project management staff, finance management, investor representatives, and other interested parties.

Special Projects

  • Coordinate the accounting and recording of transactions for both the tax credit projects and THA.  This includes preparing, reviewing, and approving documents necessary to ensure timely and accurate maintenance of the general ledger, cash receipts, accounts payables, receivables, and cash disbursements.
  • Work with the Finance Manager and Comptroller in coordination with federal, state, and local auditors as well as independent public accountants and investor representatives to ensure they have timely access to financial records and accurate responses to requests for financial information. 
  • Ethical standards and compliance with THA policies
  • Fulfill all duties and responsibilities with a high level of integrity, honesty and adherence to agency policies and rules.


THA’s staff, its clients, and the staff of community partners are diverse in many ways, including diversity by race, national origin, language, sexual orientation, age, and disability.  THA considers this diversity to be an important asset.  All THA employees must engage diverse people in constructive and effective ways as supervisor, colleague, business partner, and/or service provider.



  • Serve as a member of committees, as directed.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Typical Qualifications:


  • Education Level and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required, preferably in accounting or equivalent experience.
  • Five to seven years’ experience in progressively responsible accounting or finance position(s).
  • Experience in public accounting, a governmental setting or other complex environment strongly preferred. 
  • Two or more years supervisory experience required.
  • In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess a combination of relevant education and experience that would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.


  • Possess or acquire and maintain a high level of expertise in the current and evolving principles and practices in the following areas:
  • Ability to prepare detailed meaningful financial analyses.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and Local laws, rules and regulations pertaining to Housing Authority accounting operations. This includes GAAP, Housing Authority operating policies and procedures, and HUD regulations pertaining to Mixed-Finance developments is preferred.
  • Skill in analyzing fiscal data, lending technical assistance related to accounting systems and controls and the ability to recommend problem solving strategies.
  • Expertise in principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to get along with others effectively, to lead and inspire, to build teams and manage conflict; to participate as a team member, and to give and accept criticism constructively.
  • Write clearly and informatively, edit work for spelling and grammar; able to read, write and interpret documents of a technical nature.
  • Able to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Can attend to highly detailed work accurately and efficiently, able to organize and work independently in an environment of frequent interruptions.
  • High level ability to plan projects effectively, manage their timely implementation and effectively use the agency’s other management tools.
  • Have a high regard and ability to meet schedules and timelines, demonstrate excellent ability to work independently with little direction.  
  • Ability to engage a wide variety of people with a high level of professionalism, courtesy, and good humor, including culturally, socially, and economically diverse populations, seniors, persons with disabilities, contractors, and professional colleagues.
  • Possess a high degree of proficiency in agency software and otherwise to be effective without close clerical support.
  • Certification/Registrations
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license with acceptable driving record and auto insurance.
  • CPA or CMA license strongly preferred.
  • Supplemental Information


  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee must handle to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  The job’s activities occur primarily in indoor office settings:
  • Occasional standing, walking, sitting, using hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reaching with hands and arms, climbing stairs, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, talking, or hearing.
  • Occasionally lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds.
  • Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The above job description is not comprehensive.  The job responsibilities may include other duties.  This job description also does not constitute an employment agreement between THA and the employee.  THA may change the job duties as it determines to be necessary or useful to meet its needs.

To Apply: 

Please go to tacomahousing.net/jobs to apply. 

Date Posted: 
Monday, September 20, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021
Posting Expiration Date: 
Friday, November 19, 2021
Job Location Details: 
Tacoma - Currently hybrid in-office and remote work.

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