Manager, Accounting

Manager, Accounting
San Mateo County Transit District
 San Carlos, California
Job Description


The Manager, Accounting, reports to the Accounting Director and is responsible for managing General Ledger and Capital Assets transactions and the production and publication of financial reporting for the San Mateo County Transit District (District), the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA), and the San Mateo County Express Lanes Joint Powers Authority (ELJPA).


  • Manage accounting and financial reporting for billings and rec-collectible projects.
  • Manage billings to federal, state, regional, and local agencies.
  • Manage external financial and governmental audits, including the Annual Comprehensive Financial reports and Single Audit reports.
  • Oversee the Financial Reporting and General Ledger functions.
  • Review and evaluate accounting procedures, make recommendations for accounting policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Federal Transit Administration, and other laws and regulations.
  • Responsible for processing all month-end and annual closes.
  • Oversee the preparation of monthly quarterly, annual financial statements, and related reports to the Board of Directors for all four agencies, and various external reports such as State Controllers and National Transit Database.
  • Plan, organize, and perform assessments to ensure strong accounting internal controls and are functioning effectively and efficiently.
  • Manage all local, state, and federal governmental audits including the preparation of Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports (ACFR) and Single Audit Reports.
  • Responsible for the accounting of District-wide capital assets
  • Hire, mentor, and supervise staff including establishing job expectations, conducting probationary and annual performance appraisals, and managing staff performance.


  • Manage the preparation of financial reports and claims to federal, state, regional, and local agencies.
  • Monitor grant expenditures in accordance with contract documents to assure accuracy of grant billings and grant reimbursements.
  • Oversee accounting for grants and re-collectible projects.
  • Review and submit various external reports such as the Federal Financial Reports (FFR), the State Controller’s Report and National Transit Database Reports (NTC) as it relates to capital projects.
  • Maintain records and audit reports on grants and capital projects.
  • Maintain records and audit reports on grants and capital projects.
  • Monitor and ensure timely identification and compliance with evolving Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB) pronouncements
  • Keep abreast of 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.
  • Responsible for the reporting of capital assets.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, federal accounting rules and regulations.
  • Oversee the production of monthly quarterly, and year-end financial statements and reports.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments.
  • Work with auditors and implement recommended changes in policy and procedures.
  • Responsible for the annual production of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports (ACFRs) for all four business units.
  • Review and ensure the timely submission of the GFOA award application for each of the business units.
  • Train and evaluate job performance of staff which also includes the professional development through the identification of on-the-job and other professional development opportunities.
  • Perform all job duties and responsibilities in a safe manner to protect one’s self, fellow employees, and the public from injury or harm. Promote safety awareness and follow safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Works under the general supervision of the Director, Accounting who establishes goals and objectives and evaluates performance.


Sufficient experience, training and/or education to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. In lieu of a degree, work-related experience that demonstrates the skills and experience necessary to perform this role will be accepted. Development of the required knowledge and abilities is typically obtained through but not limited to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of full-time progressively responsible experience in accounting, auditing, or financial management experience.
  • Three (3) years of experience managing or directly supervising staff.


  • Professional certifications such as CPA, CPFO (Certified Public Finance Officer are desirable.
  • Public sector accounting experience, including governmental (fund) and grant accounting, is desirable.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.


The process will include a panel interview and may include written and skills test assessments or supplemental questions. Only those candidates who are the most qualified will continue in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to continue in the process.


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Holidays: Seven (7) paid holidays, plus up to four (4) floating holidays per year

Paid Time Off: Up to 26 days per year

Cafeteria Plans: Medical, dental, vision care, group life insurance and more

Transportation: Free Bus Transportation for employees and qualified dependents

Work Location: Select positions are eligible to work remote up to 50% of the time

Pension: Social Security and California Public Employees Retirement Systems (CalPERS)

Classic Members – 2% @ 60 benefit formula, 3-year average of highest compensation

New Members – 2% @ 62 benefit formula, 3-year average of highest compensation


To apply, please visit the Complete an online employment application by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2024 (1st cutoff Sunday, April 7, 2024). A resume will not be accepted in lieu of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request. If you have a need for an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department at

SamTrans celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace environment. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Persons with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.