The town of Townsend has a vacancy for the position of Town Accountant. The position is appointed by and takes policy direction from the Board of Selectmen and under day-to-day administrative direction of the Town Administrator.

Position is 40 hours/week and is a contractual position.

Responsibilities: Maintain and reconcile the town’s financial records; prepare financial reports, including balance sheets, income statements, monthly spending reports, Schedule A, and the Tax Recap; exercise budgetary control over town funds; prepare payroll and vendor warrants; prepare regular reports and adhere to statutory duties according to MGL c. 41, s. 55, the Town Charter, bylaws, and policies, and federal regulations; ensure procurement compliance; assist in operating and capital budget preparations; supervise one part time employee; and similar duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in accounting plus three to five years of experience in municipal accounting. Certification by Massachusetts Municipal Auditors & Accountants Association (MMAAA) as a governmental accountant is desirable; familiarity with VADAR software and Uniform Massachusetts Accounting Standards (UMAS) is desirable.

Salary range is $71,000 to $83,000, depending upon qualifications.

The position is currently open. Interim accounting opportunities may be available.

Applications shall be submitted to Ross Perry, Interim Town Administrator, 272 Main Street, Townsend, MA 01469 or by email

Applications will be accepted until Nov. 30. Townsend is an EOE/AA.