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City of Johns Creek

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The Controller provides guidance and oversight to the staff assigned to the General Accounting Division. The Accounting Divisions’ functions will include audit; accounts payable; accounts receivable; capital asset programs; general ledger; and other items related to governmental fund accounting and reporting systems. The Controller will ensure that individuals in the division meet established deadlines, coordinate activities with other departments, and provide highly complex support to the Finance Director. The incumbent will ensure compliance with all applicable laws, policies, codes, regulations of governing agencies, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages a comprehensive accounting program that integrates Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards, statutory accounting requirements, and agency fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Manages, provides work direction and trains Accounting Division staff.
  • Analyzes and reconciles accounting data and transactions that require knowledge of complex rules and regulations and the use of advanced research and/or problem-solving skills.
  • Performs operational analyses of accounting systems, subsystems, and procedures to ensure the accuracy of data, compliance with GAAP, and to identify improvements in the methods for recording, maintaining, and reporting financial transactions. Implements changes to procedures and processes based on results of operational analyses.
  • Operates as the investment manager, following established guidelines; performs cash transfers; manages the cash position of the City including, but not limited to, daily, weekly, and monthly bank reconciliation of various bank accounts and fund balances; coordinates all banking relations and services.
  • Oversees the annual audit process.
  • Manages capital asset ledgers, property control, and inventory, records retention, and maintains ledgers and records of all funds.
  • Evaluates, monitors, and strengthens internal accounting controls.
  • Analyzes financial reports and makes corrections as needed to comply with GAAP.
  • Accounts for grants, local investment districts (LID), and related bond issues and other long-term debt of the city; monitors related revenues and/or expenditures; analyzes available cash balances, computes total costs, and submits reimbursement requests for grants; prepares annual debt service schedules.
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by attending continuing education programs.
  • Assist with the recruitment and training of staff.
  • Perform other similar duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, or a closely related field
  • A minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in accounting and financial work, preferably at a city or other governmental entity
  • Three (3) years of administrative and personnel mana­­gement responsibilities
  • Knowledge of state and federal tax regulations
  • Knowledge of investment practices, bond accounting, and cash management
  • Working knowledge of computerized financial systems
  • Working knowledge of GAAP, auditing, and reporting
  • Operates networked personal computers using proprietary financial software, plus worksheet, database, and word processing software (preferably Microsoft Office); supervises and controls computer-based financial systems
  • Ability to interact professionally and respectfully with city staff and the public
  • Must be bondable
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license


  • Candidates may distinguish themselves with a Certified Public Account (CPA) certification
  • Experience with Tyler, Munis, or similar ERP systems
  • Ability to read, interpret, apply and explain municipal codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to understand, execute and explain complex financial information using oral and written forms of communication


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 in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.  On a case-by-case basis, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand, talk, hear, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  The employee will be assigned to an interior work area within an office building.  The noise level in the work environment is typically moderate.

The City of Johns Creek is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or any other class or status protected by law.

IMPORTANT: By submitting your resume online, you hereby authorize the City of Johns Creek to contact, obtain, and verify the accuracy of the information contained in this application from all previous employers, references, and educational institutions. You also hereby release from liability the City of Johns Creek and its representatives for seeking, gathering, and using such information to make employment decisions and all other persons or organizations for providing such information.

You understand that any misrepresentation or material omission made by you on this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application or immediate termination of employment if you are employed, whenever it may be discovered.
The Controller's starting pay will be competitive and commensurate with the chosen candidate’s qualifications and experience.  The targeted starting pay is between $96,515 and $109,900/year.  The City of Johns Creek also offers an attractive benefits package, including health benefits, retirement (401(a) and 457 Plans), and paid leave.  

Interested professionals should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for professional references via this online portal.  No unsolicited letters, emails, telephone calls, or in-person submission will be considered in fairness to other potential candidates for this position.

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