Controller

Controller
Austin Transit Partnership Finance Department
 Austin, Texas
Job Description

Under general direction from the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Development Officer, the Controller is responsible for establishing, implementing, and maintaining accounting principles, practices, and procedures in compliance with GASB and Governmental GAAP. This position oversees the financial accounting system, payroll system, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. May present financial statements at regularly scheduled or ad hoc public meetings.

ABOUT ATP

The Austin Transit Partnership (ATP) is an independent organization entrusted with the design, construction, and implementation of Austin’s Project Connect program, which includes a new rail system, a downtown tunnel, and expanded bus system. ATP works in close partnership with Capital Metro, the region’s public transportation provider, which provides ATP with a range of critical administrative and capital projects support functions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND PRIMARY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Note: The essential duties and primary accountabilities below are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this job and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. Specific tasks or responsibilities may be documented in the incumbent’s performance goals and objectives as outlined by supervisor or manager.

  • Manage day to day activities, surrounding cash operations, accounts payable, accounts receivables, payroll, fixed assets, monthly close, and other key areas, as well as monitor performance of staff.
  • Maintain a comprehensive system of internal controls, policies, and procedures over all accounting functions, that are documented, assessed, and updated on a regular basis.
  • Responsible for the preparation of complete, accurate and timely Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, monthly financial statements, financial reports, special analyses, and informational reports.
  • Ensure the entity’s annual external audit is scheduled and carried out properly.
  • Working with IT staff and others, play a lead role in implementing accounting systems, payroll systems, or other financial modules.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations and filing requirements.
  • Communicate financial information in a clear and concise manner for policy makers.
  • Communicate and implement safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency’s safety vision and goals and maintain accountability for the safety performance of employees.
  • Perform other duties as required and/or assigned.

RESPONSIBILITIES - SUPERVISOR AND/OR LEADERSHIP EXERCISED:

  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work of assigned staff and consultants, assign work activities and coordinate schedules, projects, and programs; provide constructive feedback; review and evaluate work and make effective suggestions and recommendations.
  • Coach, train, and motivate staff; coordinate and/or provide staff training; and manage employee relations; manage the workflow and prioritization of projects and measure the performance of department staff and take appropriate corrective action when necessary; provide advice and counsel to staff; develop developmental work plans for staff; implement or recommend corrective actions, discipline and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance. BBA or MBA preferred.
  • Eight (8) years’ experience as a professional accountant, with at least five (5) years of supervisory experience.
  • Must have experience in annual financial audits, either as an auditee or auditor. Prefer supervisory experience in audits.
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Public Finance Officer designation required.
  • Prior experience in finance system implementations preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
  • Knowledge of general accounting procedures, including general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll processes and systems. Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations affecting the accounting department.
  • Experience with enterprise resource planning (ERP) financials systems for a medium to large organization.
  • Team management skills to fully leverage talents of diverse people working together, and conflict management to deal with complex or sensitive situations and ensure the positive image of Capital Metro.
  • Ability to manage and monitor work performance of a department including ability to:
    o Evaluate program and work objectives and effectiveness;
    o Establish broad organizational goals; and
    o Realign work and staffing assignments for the department.
  • Highly developed communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, with the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with public officials, Board of Directors, Capital Metro management, subordinates, peers, and the general public.
  • Strong business knowledge or advanced understanding of the transit industry, and support of business objectives by developing integrated operational strategies and tactics.
  • Effective leadership, project management and problem-solving skills.

Equipment and Applications

  • Must be proficient in using business and communications software, preferably Microsoft Office 365 which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and/or other modules as needed.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimal travel may be required

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Work is generally performed in an office environment but requires occasional visits to construction job sites. Job may entail considerable levels of stress as this job works with multiple project timelines and is responsible for managing employees performing work of a complex nature.
  • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, hazardous chemicals, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and working in the field.
  • ATP promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions as previously described.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
The Austin Transit Partnership is deeply committed to building a workplace where inclusion is not only valued but prioritized. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a welcoming and diverse environment. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, pregnancy, age, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws. ATP makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and organization needs at the time.

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