Accountant II

August 29, 2023
Minneapolis, MN
Job Type


Position Description
As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose - serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Police Department is accepting applications for Accountant II. The position will work with MPD leadership and assist MPD Finance with various accounting functions.

Responsible for all aspects of the accounting function, including developing and maintaining Federal and City Accounts, budget assembly and analysis, closing fiscal month/year-end accounting records and internal audit functions.

This position may be eligible for flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work with some days working remotely and some days working in the office.
Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform and/or act as a lead worker for a variety of accounting tasks, working closely with the accounting manager or supervisor to plan, organize, delegate, and monitor assigned accounting activities.
  • Act as a technical consultant to management, staff members, and customers on financial issues, providing general information and guidance.
  • Coordinate, review, analyze and monitor all budgets submitted by the assigned departments, and assist in the preparation of related financial, and business plans.
  • Provide technical assistance to, and financial monitoring of sub-recipient organizations to comply with grant requirements.
  • Audit and analyze accounting records and statements, including budget to actual comparisons, reasonability of account balances, and preparation of financial projections.
  • Prepare financial statements, reports, and notes to financial statements on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis including preparation of the City's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR)
  • Provide financial information to State Auditors as requested.
  • Manage the accounting for and financial reporting of revenues, and expenditures, capital assets of grant funds, and related billing and reimbursement request processes.
  • Recommend and assist with the development of new accounting systems and procedures.
  • Review internal control and accounting practices of the department's purchasing and inventory, billing, payroll, accounts receivable, etc.
  • Reconcile the credit card bank accounts for the City and review monthly bank activity.
  • Establish, update and report periodically on cash forecasting.
  • Maintain logs of confidential funds ensuring that all funds are segregated and accounted for.
  • Recommend changes in accounting practices to conform to City ordinances and other legal requirements.
  • Develop and maintain Federal and City accounts.
  • Act as team lead to oversee, assign, and monitor the work of Accountant I and Account Clerk staff including reviewing and commenting on work and providing guidance.
  • Train staff in use of the accounting system and procedures, reviewing their work and providing any additional assistance needed.
  • Provide technical assistance to non grant funded activities that include the preparation of required reports, processing of invoices, etc.
  • Perform special accounting projects and financial analysis as required.
  • Analyze requests for bond issues, expenditure requests.

Normal office environment
Required Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or a closely related field.

Two years professional level accounting experience, which has included preparing financial statements and reports, developing and monitoring budgets, monitoring grant expenditures and reimbursements, general ledger, cost, or fund accounting.

An equivalent combination of education and highly related experience in a similar environment may be considered.

None required.


Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or other accounting certification (please attach to your application if applicable).

REQUIRED ATTACHMENT: You must attach a resume to your application.


The selection process will consist of a rating of relevant education and experience (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions. Only those candidates who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.

The City has determined that a thorough Minneapolis Police Department criminal background check is necessary for positions with this job title. Applicants must sign an informed consent allowing the City to obtain their criminal history information in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be considered for the position.

All job applicants must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Applicants will be required to sign a notification and consent form prior to undergoing drug and alcohol testing. Applicants who do not consent to undergo drug and alcohol testing will not be required to do so and the City will withdraw the conditional job offer, resulting in the job applicant no longer being considered for the position.


This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Professional Employees Association (MPEA). For more information on the terms and conditions of this agreement please visit: MPEA

The names of applicants who meet minimum qualifications and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title. This eligible list will expire three (3) months after it has been established.


The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list. If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles of public finance administration and modern accounting technology.
  • Considerable knowledge of Governmental, Cost and General accounting standards including standards set by GASB, Federal and State agencies, and State and local laws.
  • Knowledge of the law as it relates to professional accounting activities.
  • Good knowledge of the City's budget process and procedures and of existing finance policies and their application.
  • Knowledge of the City software systems such as PeopleSoft Financials (COMPASS), HRIS, GOGNOS, Data Warehouse.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze abstract data and put it into a meaningful format.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.

Benefits Summary
Our employees enjoy competitive salaries and generous benefits. We pride ourselves on a comprehensive benefits program that supports employees' health and financial well-being.
Programs, resources, and benefit eligibility varies based on position, average hours worked, location and length of service. For detailed benefits information, pleasevisit the benefits page .

New 12 weeks of paid Parental Leave.
City employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave in the event of a birth or placement for adoption of a child.

Health insurance
Eligibility for benefits begins the first of the month following employment date. The City of Minneapolis offers eligible employees one plan design with a choice of six provider networks, allowing you to select the best option for you. Available plans include Medica Choice Passport, Medica Elect, VantagePlus with Medica, Park Nicollet First with Medica, Ridgeview Community Network powered by Medica, and Clear Value with Medica.

Dental insurance
The City of Minneapolis offers dental insurance through Delta Dental of Minnesota and pays 100% of the monthly premium for eligible employees.

Paid time off
Our generous leave package includes vacation, holidays and paid sick leave, which gives employees the opportunity to enhance their quality of life outside work. Amounts and accrual rates are based on years of experience and collective bargaining agreements .

City employees earn a pension and may choose to participate in additional retirement savings programs.

  • Pension: The City of Minneapolis participates in the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). Employees and the City both contribute a percentage of your pay to fund future benefits.
  • Deferred compensation : Employees may choose to participate in pre-tax or after-tax savings plans through the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS).

Eligible City employees may choose to participate in the following transportation programs:

  • Metropass: The Metropass program allows eligible employees to enroll in a pass for unlimited bus or light rail rides at a discounted price.
  • Parking or Van Pool: The City of Minneapolis Transportation Benefits Plan gives you options to pay certain commuting costs--such as qualified parking and van pool expenses--with pre-tax dollars

Learning and development
To engage and develop employees, the City of Minneapolis offers classes in leadership, cultural agility, change management and more. Additionally, educational discounts at Augsburg University, Hamline University and St. Mary's University of Minnesota are available to City employees.

Other perks
Employees can also take advantage of optional life insurance, flexible spending accounts, the Employee Assistance Program , technology discounts and more.

Closing Date/Time: 9/18/2023 11:59 PM Central

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