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Job Title: 


Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Job Location: 
Portsmouth, VA
Salary Range: 
$70,000 - $90,000
Full Job Description: 


The controller position is highly independent.  The ideal candidate must be comfortable conducting research, finding solutions to accounting and finance issues and unusual transactions, and taking the initiative to determine and anticipate financial risks that may materially impact the financial statements, and develop appropriate controls to prevent or mitigate them within an acceptable level. The controller must be able to prepare, analyze and correct financial statements, be thoroughly familiar with year-end accruals, and audit procedures.  Under the supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller performs complex accounting functions as required for the proper accounting, reporting, collection and disbursement of Authority funds. Supervises the accounting personnel performing the daily accounting functions and ensures that a satisfactory accounting system and internal controls are established and maintained and that periodic financial statements and reports are prepared. Responsible for the overall cash flow and investment of funds, and accounting for escrow funds, modernization funds, and all of the financial activities of the Authority.


EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Illustrative Only)

  • Oversees, guides and participates in the daily financial operations; monitors the day-to-day cash flow; approves disbursements; approves cash receipts; prepares bi-weekly payroll; and reviews financial performance reports.
  • Prepares monthly basic financial information for the Board of Commissioners.
  • Prepares quarterly basic financial statements for partners and investors
  • Monitors and reviews the completion of bank reconciliations every month.
  • Coordinates and leads all efforts in the annual audits; establishes procedures for completing the audit engagement and supervises the efforts of the accounting staff in the development of preliminary financial information.
  • Coordinates the documentation of and monitors Program Reserves.
  • Keeps the CFO abreast of accounting needs, challenges, and operations in general
  • Reviews and approves a variety of financial documents and travel reports.
  • Assists in the preparation of reports of the fiscal condition of the Authority and provides information to the Authority’s Executive Staff as requested.
  • Monitors budget to evaluate the agency’s financial position throughout the fiscal year.
  • Assists in the organization of the year-end process to include accruals, REAC submission, W-2’s and tax reporting requirements.
  • Observes all safety rules and regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CFO.



  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of accounting and government auditing.  Having the CPA certification is highly desired. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal financial practices and procedures.








  • Ability to establish and maintain accounting policies in compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Ability to analyze financial records and reports to ensure compliance with budgetary restrictions governing public housing accounting and reporting.


  • Ability to prioritize and meet critical deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and be detailed oriented in performing and coordinating work activities.
  • Work requires application of considerable independent judgment and initiative.
  • Must show good judgment according to Authority policies and procedures and have the ability to make appropriate decisions with attention to details. 
  • Computer literacy and advanced excel knowledge is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential and comfortable making presentations before others.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, direct and evaluate work of others in the specialized field of accounting.
  • Performs supervisory duties including but not limited to setting standards for work performance, communicating standards to employees, assigning and coordinating work; developing, disciplining and counseling employees Approves leave and ensures timely completion and processing of attendance records.
  • Possess impeccable ethical standards and promote a positive image of the Authority by establishing and maintaining to the greatest extent possible a viable and positive working relationship with residents, co-workers, local agencies and all appropriate agencies of the City with which the Authority may come into contact.
  • Must be generally available for occasional after-hours and weekend activities; in the event of emergencies, must be accessible, preferably by telephone or by other effective means.



  • Sufficient manual dexterity and physical abilities required in an office environment and to allow operation of a variety of automated office machines



  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, a Master’s preferred, or related field and at least ten years of responsible public accounting experience.
  • CPA certification is highly desirable.
  • HUD / Public housing industry experience helpful.
  • GAAP knowledge and considerable supervisory experience required. 
  • Computer literacy and excellent verbal and written skills required.
To Apply: 


Date Posted: 
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Posting Expiration Date: 
Monday, March 27, 2023

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