Accountant - Grants/General Ledger

Accountant - Grants/General Ledger
Orange County Transportation Authority Accounting & Financial Reporting Department
 Orange, California
Job Description


Discover work that moves you in a dynamic and innovative setting. Be part of a team delivering Orange County’s transportation network of today and creating a vision for the future.

OCTA is the county’s transportation planning commission and public transit operator. With a focus on safety and accountability, we plan, fund, and implement countywide projects that include bus and rail transit, freeways and express lanes, rideshare, microtransit, paratransit, active transportation, and environmental programs.

We’re passionate about creating a balanced, equitable and sustainable transportation system that reflects the diverse travel needs of the county’s 34 cities and 3.2 million residents.

Our employees rated OCTA as a top workplace in Orange County. Come join us on our mission of keeping Orange County moving.


Under general supervision, performs professional accounting activities which support the preparation, recordation, and reconciliation of accounting/business transactions.

This is a non-exempt position in Salary Grade N: Min $35.28 – Mid $42.03 – Max $48.77 hourly. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.

The position will remain open until a candidate is selected.


This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.

Displays High Integrity & Honesty: Takes personal responsibility, acts with honesty and consistency.

Has Technical and Professional Expertise: Has the technical skills, product knowledge and professional skills to do the job.

  • Prepares the quarterly and annual Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA) in conformance with state law and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
  • Serves as grants related liaison and works with the internal and external auditor on the SEFA portion of the annual audit.
  • Performs grant-related post-award accounting functions such as expense and revenue monitoring, accounts reconciliation, reimbursement requests, fiscal and financial reporting.
  • Manages and maintains grant accounting including a review of monthly program reports, and communicates with Project Managers and Grant & Revenue Department on grant status.
  • Performs month-end, quarterly and year-end journals/closing activities for grants and other assigned accounts, such as accruals.
  • Performs other accounting and financial reporting for grants as needed.
  • Contributes to the preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR).
  • Assists in monthly reconciliation of assigned balance sheet accounts.
  • Maintains accounting records to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and other special requirements.
  • Provides backup support to the Daily Cash Deposit Report, interest income allocations, and cash deposits.

Solves Problems & Analyzes Issues: Has and applies problem analysis and problem-solving skills on a technical and interpersonal level.

  • Determines validity and allocability of charges to various accounts and the adequacy of GL records.
  • Reviews and analyzes invoices and cash receipts related to grants expenses and revenues to determine compliance with GAAP, rules, regulations, provisions, and policies.
  • Updates Grants Management System with Period of Service of the applicable expenses.
  • Analyzes transactions and prepares periodic reports of activity; computes mathematical and statistical data for various financial reports.
  • Performs ad-hoc financial analysis in response to grants.

Learning Agility: Seeks feedback actively and strives to improve based on that feedback. Strive for continual improvement.

  • Understands, interprets, and applies laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, and grants.
  • Drives for Results: Operates with speed and intensity, translates long-term goals into immediate actions.
  • Maintains SEFA schedules and performs monthly grants reconciliation with general ledger.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of accounting procedures.
  • Prepares required schedules and assists independent auditors during the annual internal and external audits.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field with a minimum of three years of professional experience in accounting. Experience in governmental administration finance/accounting or grants management and reporting is preferred.


(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).


  • Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
  • Ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
  • Reaching, Finger Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.


OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision health insurance programs, flex time (may be available), paid sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, deferred compensation plan, educational reimbursement, excellent in-house training programs, free transportation passes for the employee and dependents, wellness and ergonomic programs, and much more. OCTA has a hybrid remote work program. Eligibility is dependent on manager’s approval.

OCTA is an equal employment opportunity employer that recruits, hires, and promotes qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, disability, genetic information, military and veteran status, or other legally protected status.