Assistant Director, Financial Reporting and Operational Accounting

Assistant Director, Financial Reporting and Operational Accounting
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
 San Francisco, California
Job Description

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
San Francisco, CA

Assistant Director, Financial Reporting and Operational Accounting
$157,838.10 - $210,297.57 Annually
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid


A resume and cover letter are not required with your application, but highly encouraged

Be ready to rethink your assumptions about the public sector. Flexible hours? Flexible work location? A beautiful, well-located, high amenity building for on-site work? Yes, yes, and yes!

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about MTC, visit

The Assistant Director, Financial Reporting and Operational Accounting will report directly to the Section Director, Financial Reporting and Operational Accounting, and will have management and oversight of the general ledger and financial reporting group; as well as production and publication of financial reports for the agency and its component units. The Assistant Director will provide oversight in the development and/or review of policies and procedures for proper accounting and financial reporting of capital assets. In coordination with internal stakeholders, this position will assist in developing and evaluating the internal controls associated with accounting and financial reporting of financial transactions.

This position will perform a variety of complex analytical, compliance, and administrative work in support of reporting functions; management of the financial reporting team and overall relationship with agency sections and program staff; coordinate with various outside agencies; analyze financial statements and communicate important financial information clearly to all entities. The Assistant Director will perform other job-related duties as needed or assigned by the section.

All employees at MTC are classified as Disaster Services Workers.


The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge and Application of:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements and statements, and Uniform Guidance requirements;
  • Automated financial accounting systems, in particular General Ledger, Budgets, Contracts and Purchasing and other relevant modules;
  • Federal, State and Local grants and grant reporting procedures including:
  • California Government Codes, Street and Highway, revenue and taxation, and PUC codes
  • Electronic payment systems and revenue fare collections
  • Methods and techniques for record keeping as well as report preparation and writing;
  • Enterprise Resource Planning software and/or other financial management applications.

Skills and Abilities

  • Critical and analytical thinking;
  • Strong presentation skills;
  • Collaborative style focused on team work;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work with external auditors, project managers, and other internal and external departments;
  • Ability to make involved and accurate computations; and
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


An appropriate combination of education and experience that has provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

  • Education: A Master's degree in accounting, finance, public or business administration, or a related field, including a minimum of 24 semester-hours in accounting. (Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency along with their application.)
  • Experience: Five years of increasingly complex and diverse professional accounting work experience, two years of which having full supervisory responsibility for two or more major accounting functions, including the equivalent of two years as an Accounting Supervisor or Senior Financial Analyst for MTC.

Preferred Qualifications & Specialized Skills

  • Public sector accounting and auditing experience, governmental accounting experience is preferred.
  • Professional certifications such as a CPA, CPFO, or equivalent is desirable.
  • Must have experience with Enterprise Resource Planning software and/or other financial management applications.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite


  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.


Under the general direction of the Accounting Section Director, the essential duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Manage internal accounting controls for General Ledger.
  • Oversee all month end, quarterly, and annual G/L journal entries.
  • Recommend changes in policy and procedures to ensure financial records and audit processes are compliant with local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements and related reports for the Agency and all its component units and Commissioners and Boards of Directors; as well as various external reports such as State Controllers and National Transit Database.
  • Plan, organize, and perform assessments to ensure administrative, accounting, and internal controls exist and are properly functioning.
  • Manage all external financial and governmental/grant audits including the preparation of Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports and Single Audit Reports.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with MTC staff and external stakeholders;
  • Supervise staff. Hire, mentor, and proactively carry out performance management issues of direct and indirect reports including, establishing job expectations, performing probationary and annual performance appraisals, and managing performance and disciplinary issues. Ensure EEO policies and procedures are followed. Coordinate staff training and professional development.

Examples of Duties

  • Monitor and ensure timely identification and compliance with evolving governmental accounting standard pronouncements, provide Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) interpretation and prepare technical memorandums that document issues in a clear, logical, and comprehensive manner.
  • Research, interpret, implement, and enforce GASB standards and pronouncements.
  • Oversee the accounting and reporting of capital assets and projects and grant transactions.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state grant accounting regulations and conditions.
  • Review accounting journal entries and ensure the accuracy of information.
  • Oversee the production of monthly financial statements/reports.
  • Oversee compliance with audit recommendations. Maintain records and audit reports for follow up audits and to monitor compliance with recommended changes in policy and procedures.
  • Review the Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports for all business units and update the report with the various notes as they relate to each of the business units.
  • Oversee the preparation of financial reports for all boards and associated committees, attend committee/board meetings, and present reports and make presentations as required and requested.
  • Evaluate job performance of staff which also includes the professional development of staff through the identification of on-the-job and other professional development opportunities.
  • Perform other job-related duties as needed or assigned by the section.

HYBRID WORK - Employees may need to be in the office for some assignments/tasks that can only be done onsite or at a designated MTC work assignment location. This position can primarily be performed remote. On-site attendance as required based on in-person meetings or work assignments