City of Boston

Principal Accountant

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/15/2022 12:41 PM)
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Treasury-Treasury Division
Regular Full-Time
Tre Treasury-Treasury
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


Under the supervision of the Supervisor of Accounts for the General Services division of the Treasury Department; the Principal Accountant performs financial and administrative duties.


  • Process and sort weekly City payroll and accounts payable checks and advices.
  • Review and process garnishments for City employees.
  • Issue manual checks for rejected funds or various ach accounts.
  • Process and record transactions related to payments to employees, retirees, vendors such as processing of direct deposit, employment verifications, returned checks, placing stop payments, reissuing checks and similar tasks.
  • Records information and financial data to a variety of spreadsheets and documents.
  • Monitor and maintain employees' and vendors' direct deposit data.
  • Distribute weekly annuity and union deduction checks and reports, as well as upload various data files to vendors.
  • Report City employees' tax withholding for processing.
  • Periodically provides support for other mission critical business functions in the division.
  • Complex interaction with City departmental employees, retirees and vendors, as well as have significant customer service responsibilities.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Minimum of four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in accounting, auditing or related field.
  • Associate's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field preferred and may be substituted for a maximum of one (1) year experience. Bachelor's degree in the above named filed may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.  
  • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
  • Strong ability to work independently and be highly organized, detail oriented and self-motivated.
  • Proficient at applying accounting/finance skills when completing projects and procedures.
  • Capable of monitoring/completing several projects simultaneously.
  • Working knowledge of Oracle PeopleSoft Financial application preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications:  Excel, Word and Power Point preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in diverse teams and build strong relationships across a range of functional areas.
  • Strong and effective verbal communicator, written communication and interpersonal skills.

Ability to:


  • Ability to adapt to changes in work situations and priorities; to meet schedules and deadlines of the work unit
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; to follow oral and written instructions and procedures; to conduct research and to review data; and to work independently as well as in diverse team
  • Exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job






Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  SEIU/RL-16

Hours per week:  35

The City of Boston is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Therefore, qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category.

All City of Boston employees must comply with the City of Boston's COVID-19 Policies. To read more about those policies, please click here for more information.


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