JOB DESCRIPTION: General Accountant 1
JOB LOCATION: Central Office
DATE POSTED: December 15, 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until the Position is Filled
HOURS: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday
FLSA STATUS: Salary/Non-Bargaining
  Minimum  to  Maximum
SALARY: $36,526.46 – $54,250.56/Annually

*Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.* 


Applications will be accepted online at or by mail to the HR Coordinator, Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority, 400 Tuscarawas Street E, Canton, OH 44702-1131.

The Human Resources Department does not accept telephone inquiries regarding Job Postings. You will be notified by US Mail or Email.  Please note that it may take anywhere from 1 to 30 days for Human Resources (HR) to review your job application. If HR has not contacted you within 30 days, please assume the position has been filled.  Thank you.


Included Benefits ·        OPERS Pension Plan 24% towards retirement each week

·        Excellent Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

·        13 Annual Paid Holidays

·        2 Weeks of Vacation

·        Accrued Sick Time (accrual begins on your first day of employment)


Job Title:             General Accountant I

Reports to:         Finance Manager

Department:      Finance

Date:                     May 5, 2022

FLSA Status:       Salary/Non-Bargaining

General Purpose:

The primary purpose of this position is to perform a wide range of accounting operations for various programs, including the Low Rent Public Housing Utility Program (LRPH), administered by the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (“SMHA” or “Agency”). All activities must support SMHA’s mission, strategic goals, and objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed in this position.  This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Review all LRPH utility invoices processed by YES and approve for payment. Follow up to conclusion any discrepancies or clarification needed from YES.
  • Monthly reconcile YES utility reports with the general ledger
  • Work with YES on Utility Data Accumulation for LRPH Annual Subsidy reporting (52722).
  • Analyze LRPH Utility Consumption and cost. Prepare monthly variance reports for the Director of Finance. Notify the Property Manager of high usage consumption.
  • Review the Utility vacancy report and note those which have not been turned into the lessee’s name.
  • Review all non-LRPH utility invoices, approve them for payment and notify the property manager of high usage consumption. Process those designated for online payment after approval by the Finance Manager.
  • Work with JCI consultant on SMHA Energy Performance Contract (EPC), analyze JCI data with YES reported information, and note any discrepancies for clarification from the consultant.
  • Review EPC Measurement & Verify (MV) Annual report and note any discrepancies to be addressed with the consultant.
  • Track EPC-related repairs, maintenance, and replacement cost for the annual MV report.
  • Prepare aggregate utility renewal package for price solicitation every 3 years.
  • Assist Finance Manager in HUD Annual Subsidy work-up of Form 52722(utilities) & 52723(subsidy).
  • Assists the Director of Finance and Finance Manager with the annual year-end closing process, including the preparation of closing entries and entering of data into the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Financial Data Schedule (FDS) as needed.
  • Review and prepare the billing for Fee for Service staff. Compare WOs to timesheets and other paperwork during the billing process. Prepare FFS monthly gross profit analysis and investigate unusual results.
  • Prepare general ledger adjustments as necessary for utilities.
  • Cross-train with the Accounts Payable Specialist.  Handle questions dealing with accounts payable in the absence of an Accounts Payable Specialist. Acts as backup to Accounts Payable Specialist during periods of leave. Create new Vendors and maintain an active Vendor list.
  • Prepare monthly reconciliation of accounts payable detail report with general ledger
  • Prepare Alliance Senior Tower monthly MAR report.
  • Open Finance department mail and prepare cash receipt log for daily deposits.
  • Prepare Alliance Senior Tower monthly MAR report.
  • Performs other general accounting functions for all programs operated by the Agency as needed.


  • Devotes appropriate attention to SMHA objectives as assigned, ensuring that such goals are met or exceeded.
  • Recommends changes to relevant policies and procedures.
  • Maintains a record of acceptable attendance and punctuality.
  • Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Behavioral Competencies:  This position requires incumbents to exhibit the following behavioral skills:

Commitment: Sets high standards of performance; pursues aggressive goals and works hard/smart to achieve them; strives for results and success; conveys a sense of urgency and brings issues to closure; persists despite obstacles and opposition.

Customer Service: Meets/exceeds the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; identifies, understands, monitors, and measures the needs of both internal and external customers; talks and acts with customers in mind.  Recognizes work colleagues as customers.

Effective Communication:  Ensures important information is passed to those who need to know; conveys necessary information clearly and effectively orally or in writing. Demonstrates attention to, and conveys an understanding of, the comments and questions of others; listens effectively.

Responsiveness and Accountability:  Demonstrates a high level of conscientiousness; holds oneself personally responsible for one’s work; does a fair share of work.

Job Competencies:

Extensive knowledge of general accounting functions policies; understanding of SMHA’s strategic goals and structure; knowledge of financial management protocols; advanced mathematical ability; advanced reasoning skills and problem-solving abilities; attention to detail;

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field and a minimum of three (3) years experience in accounting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Public housing accounting experience, including work with the Energy Performance Contract (EPC) and the Public and Indian Housing Information Center (PIC), is preferred. Prior supervisory experience preferred.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should be highly skilled in the usage of accounting, reporting, e-mail, internet, database, intermediate spreadsheet level, and word processing software. The employee must be able to use common office equipment such as copiers, fax machines, and scanners. Must be able to learn other computer software programs as required by assigned tasks.

Physical Requirements: 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:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to maintain a stationary position, operate computers and other office equipment, move about the office, attend onsite and offsite meetings, and communicate. The employee must be able to accurately exchange information in person, in writing, and via e-mail and telephone. The employee must occasionally transport up to 20 pounds.

Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job:

Office environment. Moderate noise level.