Accounting Section Director - Financial Management Division

Accounting Section Director - Financial Management Division
Texas Dept. of Transportation
 Austin, Texas
Job Description

Home to SXSW, Austin City Limits (ACL) and glorious natural springs and parks, Austin, Texas is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States, as well as the Live Music Capital of the World. Austin is the historic state capital of Texas and is the location of the Texas Department of Transportation Headquarters. TxDOT's Financial Management Division is seeking a leader with advanced financial experience and strong interpersonal skills to serve as its next Accounting Section Director. The ideal candidate is an effective communicator and relationship builder, is very tech savvy, and possesses the ability to timely and accurately report on the financial activities of a multibillion-dollar entity.

Work Location: 6230 Stassney Lane, Austin TX 78744 is the physical location, but this is a hybrid role, eligible for partial-telework per the department's needs.

Additional amenities at the Stassney location include covered employee parking, walking trails, on-site fitness center and coffee bar, and soon, an on-site cafeteria.

Benefits and Perks

At TxDOT, we value employee work-life balance. In keeping with our commitment to this value, our employees benefit from a wide array of programs and activities that include:

  • Low Turnover
  • Retirement Pension
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Paid Leave/Holidays
  • Health Premiums paid at 100% for full-time employees
  • On the Job Training
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program/Wellness Leave Incentives
  • Career Development Programs/Opportunities for advancement

For a complete list of our total compensation package please visit our website at: Total Compensation Package

General Description
Manages and directs the Accounting Section of the Financial Management Division. Responsible for Department financial and project accounting systems, policies, procedures and reporting, federal grant reimbursements and local government receivables, as well as other revenue accounting activities; and assessing and enhancing the Department's internal controls over financial and grant activities. Reports to the Deputy Director, Financial Management Division. The successful candidate will wor directly with State, federal and independent auditors, high-level executives, the state legislature, governmental agencies and financial institutions and advisors. Duties require the highest degree of initiative and independent judgment. Employees at this level are virtually self-supervising and assume direct accountability for the work product.


  • Advises management and others on financial, accounting and Federal grant-related matters.
  • Ensures accounting records and reports are consistent with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Assesses and develops enhancements to the Department's internal controls over financial activities.
  • Provides technical information, presents solutions to financial problems and shares information to remain abreast of laws, regulations, trends, and developments.
  • Directs and controls compliance with regulatory standards and laws affecting the Department's financial activities and reporting.
  • Directs and controls the operation of the Oracle PeopleSoft financial system and the Department's use of the State of Texas's Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS).
  • Directs and coordinates changes to the Department's Oracle PeopleSoft financial system and evaluates the impact of changes to related systems.
  • Oversees the preparation of the Department's audited financial reports and a large number of other accounting reports required either by law or for effective management.
  • Advises the Department on proper and current project accounting/allocation methods and practices for accounting, auditing, and financial reporting from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and other leading regulatory and/or advisory groups.
  • Represents the Department at the national and statewide level concerning financial and accounting matters.
  • Researches complex financial and accounting matters and analyzes proposed legislation.
  • Implements efficient and innovative processes and systems as needed to benefit the Department.
  • Directs and manages staff amid a highly complex and continuously improving environment.
  • Delivers reports to the Deputy and Division Directors, Chief Financial Officer and periodically to the Audit Committee, Transportation Commission and other Committees or Boards.
  • Performs other job responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Business-related discipline

Work Experience

This job requires the following:

  • 7 years in Government, Fund, or financial and Cost accounting work (Experience can be satisfied by fulltime or prorated parttime equivalent)
  • Must have three (3) years supervisory/managerial experience. Project leader or lead worker experience may substitute for supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Related graduate level education may be substituted for experience on a year per year basis.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Public Acct (CPA)

Other Conditions:

Must be certified and licensed in the State of Texas as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). (Accountants certified in another state, but not certified in the State of Texas, must (1) meet the certification and licensing requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, (2) obtain licensing and certification by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy Examiners within six (6) months of the date of hire and (3) sign an agreement to that effect as a condition of employment.)