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This position provides professional accounting and related financial management services for the Department of City Development economic development programs, specifically for Tax Increment Districts (TIDs), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NIDs) and Redevelopment Authority of City of Milwaukee (RACM) bond issues. The position also provides professional accounting and related financial management services for the Century City Redevelopment Corporation (CCRC) and for the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) activities.

Essential Functions:
  • Serve as Lead Accountant for Tax Incremental Districts (TID), Business Improvement Districts (BID), Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NID) and related City activities; including the provision of general accounting entries and maintenance of all TID, BID, NID and related City accounts.
  • Meet all reporting deadlines for Tax Increment District activities, including, but not limited to, Annual Report of Milwaukee’s Tax Incremental Finance Districts, Tax Increment Certification, and TID closure reports.
  • Meet all reporting deadlines for Business Improvement and Neighborhood Improvement District activities including, but not limited to, annual review and payment of BID and NID assessments.
  • Assist the Comptroller’s Office in the completion of the Tax Increment Districts’ annual audit. Respond to requests for information, as necessary.
  • Provide interim financial reports to City Development project managers for all Tax Increment District, Business Improvement District and Neighborhood Improvement District activities.
  • Determine financial liability and submit invoices between City and RACM to reimburse payroll and operating expenses.
  • Take lead role in the year-end closing of all Tax Incremental Districts, Business Improvement Districts, Neighborhood Improvement District and related City activities for the Department of City Development accounts and preparation of financial data. Prepare closing journal entries. Review ledgers. Distribute City account balances to the appropriate ledgers.
  • Work with Comptroller’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, Assessor’s Office and Wisconsin Department of Revenue staff as required to determine and analyze the financial health of the City’s Tax Incremental Districts, Business Improvement Districts and Neighborhood Improvement Districts.
  • Prepare year-end NIDC and CCRC financial statements; including preparation of work papers, “Prepared by Client” documents, notes, income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and Management Discussion and Analysis.
  • Take lead role in the year-end closing of NIDC and CCRC accounting including preparation of financial data: Prepare closing Journal entries; review and reconcile ledgers; Provide Accounting Manager with City account balances to the appropriate ledgers.
  • Assist the other Accountant Lead in the preparation of the RACM financial statements and audit. As needed, assist in the preparation of work papers, “Prepared by Client” documents, and notes.
Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Minimum Requirements:
  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from an accredited college or university.
  2. Three years of progressively responsible accounting and financial analysis experience.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications:
  1. Governmental, inter-agency and complex financial organization accounting experience.
  2. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of financial reporting and budgeting. Knowledge of mathematics and the ability to make accurate calculations.
  • Skill in conducting research, analyzing complex issues, and formulating recommendations.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret contracts, budgets, financial statements, accounting policies and procedures, corporate documents and audit reports.
  • Ability to practice active listening by giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, and asking questions as appropriate.
  • Ability to speak with others to convey information (technical and non-technical) clearly and effectively to people at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to clearly communicate information and ideas in writing including reports, business correspondence, email, and procedures manuals.
  • Ability to organize work to effectively and efficiently utilize resources to accomplish multiple tasks according to deadlines.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify problems and make sound decisions, including situations where only limited information is available.
  • Ability to work well independently and function as part of a team when necessary.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and work within tight time constraints.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Ability to proficiently use spreadsheet, database, and word processing software.
  • Ability to prepare financial statements.  

Current Salary:
The current salary range (Pay Range 2IX) is $58,462 - $81,844 annually, and the resident incentive salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $60,216 - $84,300.  Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to the approval.
The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program which includes:  
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass  
For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process:
THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.
INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information:
  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.