Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager
 Portland, Oregon
Job Description

Are you a detailed-oriented accountant and a strong leader? Are you team-minded? Do you thrive on process improvements? Do you want to make an impact in our community by being part of the solution to Portland’s ever-growing traffic congestion while supporting affordable transportation to help fight climate change?

If so, then TriMet’s Accounting Manager position is be a great fit for you!

The Accounting Manager position within TriMet’s Financial Services department is focused on leading our Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable teams, managing individual workloads, addressing workflow hurdles and questions, and monitoring day-to-day transactions and month-end financial closing processes of the respective teams. This position supervises 8 FTE (full-time) positions consisting of both union and non-union employees and will be an integral management member that has visibility across the Agency given the internal and external customers within the realm of the teams managed.

Come join our team and start making a difference with your career!

Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.

Serve as a good steward of TriMet by regularly utilizing our transit system to maintain a strong and current understanding of customers’ experiences and of TriMet’s product and service offerings.

Essential Functions

  1. Supervises Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Accounting Staff. Develop staff through managing performance, goal setting, providing ongoing training and maintaining strong employee relationships. Responsible for providing first line management support to staff in relation to day-to-day processing, developing procedures and resolving policy issues. Manage accounting functions to ensure that all accounting department employees are properly cross-trained and that appropriate coverage of functions occurs when an employee is absent.
  2. Responsible for the District's financial reporting including the preparation of monthly financial statements, quarterly, and annual reports to the FTA, and the annual audited financial statements. Issue financial statements internally and externally to users such as the Board of Directors, Tax Supervising & Conservation Commission (TSCC), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), trustees and bondholders, municipal security repositories, and various banking institutions.
  3. Lead and manage accounting department staff responsible for processing, recording and analyzing all transactions. Oversee management of general ledger, accounts receivable, grants, accounts payable, and capital assets in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, government standards, FTA regulations and District policy.
  4. Manage external financial audits. Supervise staff in the preparation and coordination of workpapers, schedules and other data requested by auditors. Responsible for the completion of the annual audited financial statement in compliance with regulations and deadlines. Ensure financial statements are prepared in compliance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board pronouncements (GASB). Perform necessary research to ensure statements are prepared accurately and in compliance with GASB.
  5. Establish financial controls and accounting procedures necessary to ensure the protection of the District's assets. Direct staff in the development of accounting systems, policies and processes to improve internal controls and management of information. Responsible for performance of accounting control activities including review of journal entries and monthly account reconciliations. Perform detail review of financial statements monthly.
  6. Responsible for resolution of issues and interpretation of requirements regarding District contracts, rules and policies. Requirements include initiating the necessary interdepartmental meetings and communications to ensure that accounting issues are addressed in a timely manner.
  7. Responsible for the implementation of financial systems software programs in coordination with the FSA Business Systems Analyst and Information Technology Department. Perform as user project leader in the planning, designing, integration, and implementation of financial software upgrades. Ensure that appropriate testing is performed during all financial software implementations and upgrades.

Position Requirements

  • A Bachelor's Degree is required.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or Accounting is required.
  • A minimum of six (6) years total credited experience.*
  • Six (6) years of progressively responsible accounting experience, including financial reporting, are required.
  • Three (3) years of significant experience utilizing Oracle Financial systems or similar ERP and applications are required.
  • Two (2) years of direct supervisory experience overseeing basic accounting groups (accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general accounting) are required.
  • Three (3) years of transit or governmental accounting experience are preferred.
  • Five (5) years of experience supervising in a combined union and non-union environment are preferred.
  • A certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation or CPA Candidate is preferred.
  • Or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

*The amount of credit a candidate receives for prior years of experience is based on the relevancy of that experience to the required or preferred prerequisites of the job description. Experience is prorated based on hours worked. LRHR assigns and validates the "credited experience".

Selection Criteria

  • Type of Position / Grade / FLSA
  • Grade 17, Exempt, Non-Union, Full-Time

Salary Range

  • Minimum: $102,537.00
  • Maximum: $153,804.00
  • Salary offers will be determined by a candidate’s education, training and relevant experience. Any final offer of employment will fall within the range stated above. For transparency, we choose to list the full available grade range, however, TriMet’s salary administration process will ultimately determine the final salary offered.

Selection Process

Candidates will be selected based at a minimum on the result of:

  1. Application Review (please include: Cover Letter and Resume)
  2. Panel Interviews
  3. Reference Check

Supplemental Information

Make sure you describe in detail how your education, training and work experience fit with this role. You are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, training certificates and/or letters of recommendation with your application. You are permitted five attachments of less than 5MB each.

If you are a qualified veteran and would like to apply for veterans' preference points, you will need to reflect your status on the application and attach supporting documentation at the time of application submission.

If you need accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process, contact our Human Resources staff at 503-962-7505, or the TTY line at 7-1-1. Note that we require a minimum of two workdays' notice prior to the need for accommodation.

TriMet is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse community we serve, including veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

ADA Statement

As applied to the workplace, applicants and employees must be qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Essential functions may include required job functions performed infrequently as well as production standards related to the quality and quantity of work.

If a person with a disability could meet job qualifications with a reasonable accommodation, TriMet will work with the employee to accommodate the need. If TriMet's accommodation is effective in allowing the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, it need not be the employee's preferred accommodation.