City Auditor – New Bedford, MA

Posted on: March 12, 2021 – 8:55am

City of New Bedford, MA

Job Description

Job Title: City Auditor
Pay Grade: M-17
Pay Range: $100,169 – $125,221


Plans, directs, and coordinates accounting functions for the City; serves as primary point of contact to data requests and inquiries from outside auditors; provides support to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the development and implementation of the annual budget; and performs or supervises transaction audits of business processes, policies, and internal control system compliance.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.

  • Under the general guidance of the CFO, develops financial policies and makes recommendations regarding management of the City’s funds and accounts structure and general ledger systems.
  • Provides functional supervision of City accounting systems and ensure that entries are accurate and complete, and comply with the Uniform Massachusetts Accounting System (UMAS).
  • Oversees annual independent audit and accuracy of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); recommends and implements internal control policies and amendments; troubleshoots deviations and recommend remedial action.
  • Prepares or supervises preparation of DOR’s Balance Sheet Review (free cash), Tax Rate Recap, Schedule A, and CP-2 reports on the Gateway platform; and provides justification for any items questioned by the DOR.
  • Serves as ex officio member of New Bedford Retirement Board (compensated position).
  • Manages the annual budget process, working closely with City staff and management to analyze individual requests and develop assessments regarding potential options.
  • Ensures the timely completion and accuracy of all vendor warrants and journal entries, and works with departments and other staff to ensure proper posting.
  • Manages the City’s centralized accounts payable program and certifies the availability of sufficient unencumbered balances to cover purchases and contracts.
  • Ensures accurate and timely reports regarding budget implementation and the financial status of City funds.
  • Directs pre-audit activities, prepares year-end reports, and assists the City’s outside auditors by obtaining and providing requested source documents.
  • Ensures the preparation and maintenance of records, documents and reports, and verifies accuracy and compliance with local, State and Federal requirements.
  • Provides advice and support to City management and policymakers, and completes other tasks as required by State law.
  • Assists the Office of the CFO with the development of long-range forecasts and general management of the City’s financial systems.
  • Manages the operations of the Auditor’s Office, provides leadership to assigned staff and maintains effective working relationships with employees, City officials and the public.
  • Completes other duties as assigned or established by statute or ordinance.
  • Performs related work as required and assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, business, management, public administration or a related discipline.
  • At least seven years of experience in accounting, finance, business, management, or public administration or a related field.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior knowledge and experience with municipal finance in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts preferred.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, Statements of the Government Accounting Standards Board, OMB Circular A-133 (Single Audit), and Uniform Massachusetts Accounting System.
  • Proficiency with MUNIS or an equivalent financial accounting suite of software; DLS Gateway; and Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Ability to identify economic and financial trends and their effects on City government, and to develop and implement creative solutions to workflow obstacles and new business processes.



  • Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) background check mandatory.


This position has formal supervisory responsibilities over other employees in the City Auditors’ Office.  Supervisors are responsible for signing performance reviews. This position works under the direct supervision of the Chief Financial Officer of the City of New Bedford.


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. The work environment and exposures described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time but may walk or stand for brief periods. Employees may exert up 10 pounds of force occasionally including having to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.


The City of New Bedford, MA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.