Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager
Transbay Joint Powers Authority Finance Department
 San Francisco, California
Job Description

Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Accounting Manager plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the accounting activities of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), encompassing financial reporting, general accounting, capital accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll functions. The Accounting Manager supervises technical professional accounting work, requiring knowledge of municipal finance functions, internal controls, government fund accounting, enterprise fund accounting and automated accounting systems.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assists with selecting, supervises, trains, motivates, assigns, evaluates, counsels, and disciplines staff
  • Directs the development of systems for financial planning, fiscal analysis, control, and information collection
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate administrative and accounting policies, services, structures, controls, and reporting systems for the effective and efficient performance of the fiscal functions of TJPA
  • Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local financial legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising on needed actions
  • Establishes and maintains goals, objectives, and plans for carrying out the functions of TJPA consistent with overall TJPA vision, mission, and goals
  • Coordinates financial activities with other TJPA staff and partners
  • Directs the accurate and timely reporting of data to outside funding partners
  • Represents TJPA in fiscal matters with other properties, federal and state agencies, and community organizations
  • Prepares, reviews, and approves detailed correspondence, reports, reconciliations, and statements
  • Oversees and coordinates actuarial studies and various audits
  • Answers accounting procedure questions by researching and interpreting accounting policy and regulations
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies; and anticipates necessary changes to the accounting system and financial reporting models
  • Manages preparation of annual and periodic financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for local government
  • Manages financial audits including annual audit and funding agency audits
  • Provides overall direction to subordinate staff regarding professional standards, work quality and quantity, performance, and accountability
  • Supports TJPA staff with additional special projects and duties as needed
  • Other duties may be assigned by the Chief Financial Officer and/or Executive Director

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Sufficient education and increasingly responsible administrative and management experience in a diverse agency to demonstrate the attainment of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the above duties.
  • Development of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is typically obtained through a combination of training and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a four-year degree in finance, business administration, accounting, or closely related field and extensive, increasingly responsible administrative experience in a management capacity in a complex fiscal, budgetary, and information systems environment.
  • A Masters degree in public administration, business administration or a related field, or possession of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is desirable.
  • Experience in a public agency or transportation organization is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, and techniques of modern public and business administration, with reference to government fund accounting, systems management, auditing, and financial administration, planning, and forecasting
  • Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), including their application within a governmental entity
  • Laws, regulations, and ordinances concerning financial activities
  • Administrative problems common to the operation of governmental agencies
  • Principles of organization and staffing
  • Principles of supervision, training, employee development and motivation, and effective discipline

Ability to:

  • Effectively administer, plan, organize, and direct a major comprehensive fiscal resources program in a public agency with multiple functions
  • Design and implement an effective financial control system
  • Develop and implement procedures and guidelines consistent with TJPA policies and interpret these policies and procedures to staff and other agencies
  • Prepare financial statements in accordance with GAAP for local government
  • Analyze and evaluate complex financial and fiscal problems and recommend effective solutions
  • Identify, develop, and effectively utilize all available resources
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Take initiative, reason logically, and be creative in developing and introducing new ideas
  • Define problem areas and evaluate, recommend, and implement alternative solutions to complex issues and problems
  • Prepare and present clear and concise correspondence and reports

To be successful as an employee of the TJPA you will also:

  • Have a passion for our mission
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment
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