JOB DESCRIPTION:  General Accountant II
JOB LOCATION:  Central Office
DATE POSTED:  May 24, 2023
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: $42,973.63 to $66,178.94/Annually

*Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. * 


Applications will be accepted online at www.starkmha.org 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 pay

·        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 II

Reports to:          Finance Manager              

Department:      Finance

Date:                     July 28, 2022

FLSA Status:        Salary/Non-Bargaining

General Purpose: 

The primary purpose of this position is to perform a wide range of accounting tasks and functions for various programs, including the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), administered by the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority (“SMHA” or “Agency”). The incumbent is also responsible for oversight of payroll, financial reporting, and compliance functions for HCVP. 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 the work being performed in this position.  This is not a complete listing of all required responsibilities, duties, and/or skills. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Participates in monthly review of HCVP utilization to ensure high performance as defined by SEMAP; calculates monthly Administrative Fee due; assists with preparing annual budget renewals.
  • General Accountant II or designee will maintain a complete and accurate Excel or equivalent spreadsheet of the staff labor distribution which can be used for projection and budgeting purposes.
  • Research expenditures that exceed budget and make recommendations or necessary corrections to the budget or the expenditures.
  • Responsible for the task of supporting, calculating, and timely accounting of the COCC management fee, bookkeeping fee, and asset management fee.
  • Assists with the HCVP budget and year-end reconciliation as needed; prepares general ledger reports; accurately reclassifies costs to projects; completes reconciliation reports for projects; balances reconciliation to general ledger and book closing entries.
  • Maintain fixed assets and depreciation schedule.
  • Performs daily banking and monthly bank reconciliations, transfers payroll, and corresponding taxes.
  • Responsible for reconciliation of US Bank corporate credit cards.
  • Creates journal vouchers.
  • Data enters all journal entries.
  • Prepares monthly HUD MAR Report for Alliance Senior Towers.
  • Responsible for preparation for the Component Unit’s fiscal year-end audits.
  • Responsible for coordinating & auditing all petty cash funds.
  • Assists the Director of Finance and Finance Manager with the month-end, annual year-end closing process, and OBM 4-133 single agency audit, including the preparation of closing entries and entering of data into the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Financial Data Schedule (FDS).
  • Performs other general accounting functions for all programs operated by the Agency as needed.
  • Supervisor to Accounts Payable Specialist.
  • Responsible for maintaining vendor directory. Creates new and will update vendors.


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


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 the 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; extensive knowledge of HUD regulations, especially as related to HCVP; extensive knowledge of HUD reporting standards and procedures; knowledge of Tax Credit 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; supervisory abilities; familiarity with SMHA’s employment policies and union agreements. 

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field and a minimum of five (5) 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, spreadsheet level, and word processing software. Employees 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 email 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.