Assistant Director, Operational Accounting

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

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

San Francisco, CA

Assistant Director, Operational Accounting

Salary: $164,940.67 - $219,760.94 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. Dedicated and motivated colleagues? Beautiful, high amenity building for on-site work and collaboration? Flexible schedules and hybrid work options? 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. MTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the state designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. MTC provides services to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). For more information about MTC, visit

The Assistant Director, Operational Accounting will report directly to the Section Director, Financial Reporting and Operational Accounting, and will have management and oversight of operational areas of accounting including indirect cost allocation plan, single audit, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. The Assistant Director will prepare reports pertaining to operational accounting and will be a major contributor and advocate for operational accounting in the agency-wide ERP project. The Assistant Director will provide oversight in the development and/or review of policies and procedures in operational accounting.

In coordination with internal stakeholders, this position will assist in development and/or review of policies and procedures and developing and evaluating the internal controls in AP, AR, and payroll.

This position will perform a variety of complex analytical, compliance, and administrative work in support of reporting functions; management of the operational accounting team and overall relationship with agency sections and program staff; coordinate with various outside agencies; analyze financial information and data; 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 Service Workers.


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

Knowledge and Application of:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning software and/or other financial management applications.
  • Methods and techniques for record keeping as well as report preparation and writing;
  • 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

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

  • 10+ years relevant experience preferred
  • Participation in ERP System upgrades
  • Experience in the assessment of internal controls pertaining to areas in operational accounting (AP, AR, Payroll)
  • Experience with Indirect Cost Allocations Plans (ICAP/overhead plan)
  • CPA or other related professional license preferred.


  • 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.


Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide leadership and manage the day-to-day operations in accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll.
  • Work with Section Director in onboarding the Indirect Cost Allocation Plan (“ICAP”/Overhead) consultant; manage the annual preparation of the overhead plans.
  • Manage internal accounting controls for Operational Accounting including billing and accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and other specialized areas i.e., managing the overhead program.
  • Oversee all month-end, quarterly, and annual G/L journal entries essential in operational accounting.
  • Recommend changes in policy and procedures to ensure financial records and audit processes are compliant with local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Plan, organize, and perform assessments to ensure administrative accounting, and internal controls exist and are properly functioning in operational accounting.
  • Assist in the management and production of Single Audit Reports and other external financial and governmental/grant audits including participation in the Annual Comprehensive Financial 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.
  • Supervise staff, prepare performance appraisals for staff, and provide on-the-job training.
  • Perform other job-related tasks and duties as needed or assigned by the section.