Manager V - Airport Controller

Manager V - Airport Controller
City and County of San Francisco International Airport
 San Francisco, California
Job Description

The Department

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is looking for an Airport Controller to lead the Airport’s Accounting Office. The Accounting Leader will join a fast paced and diverse professional team tasked with the vital financial health of the Airport.

The Airport Controller reports to the Chief Financial Officer and oversees the daily accounting operations and purchases at the Airport, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, debt service, grants and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs). This professional will plan and direct professional accounting staff with all accounting operational functions, handle the accumulation and consolidation of financial data for internal and external financial statements, and evaluate accounting and internal control systems. The Airport Controller will also review financial statements to determine SFO’s financial state and adhere to accounting practices and principles to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. This position will also participate on committees working on Airport-wide strategic initiatives. Further details are outlined in the brochure at:

SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities, and its core values are safety and security, teamwork, excellence, and care. The airport is committed to redefining air travel by providing the highest level of service to our guests.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), an enterprise department of the City & County of San Francisco, has a workforce of approximately 1,700 City employees and strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer.

SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities and our core values are Safety and Security, Teamwork, Excellence, and Care. Learn more about careers at SFO.

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Position Description

Under general direction, this position reports to and assists the Chief Financial Officer in coordinating and administering the financial business activities of the Airport. This position is responsible for managing the fiscal, purchasing, and accounting operations of the Airport, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, debt service, grants and passenger facility charges (PFCs). The Airport Controller also serves as the Finance and Administration Chief in the Emergency Operation Center.

The essential functions of this position include:

  • Administers and coordinates short- and long-term financial activities of the Airport including financial planning, analysis, and accounting services.
  • Develops financial policies including implementation of government mandated financial requirements working with the Controller’s Office, outside independent auditors, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Government Accountability Office and Office of Inspector General.
  • Manages the design, development, and maintenance of the Airport financial accounting systems in accordance with the Airline/Airport Lease and Use Agreement, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the City, federal and state standards.
  • Manages the preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements, forecasts for the fiscal year and accompanying analysis. Ensures compliance with debt coverage and other bond covenants.
  • Oversees the production and distribution of required reports to management, City, state, and federal agencies, and interested parties.
  • Plans and implements fiscal activities related to debt administration including the Airport’s Commercial Paper Program, the Airport Revenue Bonds, Airport Notes, Tender Programs, Interest Rate Swaps and Variable Rate Debt.
  • Manages and coordinates the fiscal year end closing and the Controller's Office Post Audit of FAMIS transactions.
  • Coordinates audits of Airport tenant airlines, concessionaires and vendors, and other audits, as required.
  • Plans, monitors, evaluates, and supervises the operation of the Airport Accounting office; analyzes workloads and establishes standards of performance of subordinate staff, develops training methods to ensure that policies and procedures operate as intended, and coaches subordinates to improve performance.
  • Assists in the development of and implementation of financial and accounting policies and develops procedures, including but not limited to local, state, and federal government regulations, rulings, and Airport procedures to ensure that the Airport complies with legal and fiscal provisions governing revenue and expenditures. Implements new Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements.
  • Develops long term and short-term operational plans including paperless billing, collection, and reporting systems.
  • Prepares the annual budget for Accounting; determines personnel requirements for Accounting; and directs and monitors expenditures in accordance with the budget.
  • Maintains contact with the Mayor’s Office, Controller’s Office, Board of Supervisors, other city departments, the general public and other Airport organizations regarding fiscal and accounting issues that affect the Airport.
  • Represents the Chief Financial Officer at meetings with other Airport Executive Staff, City representatives, and other public and outside agencies.
  • Coordinates with Hyatt Corporation to prepare annual financial audit of Grand Hyatt SFO.
  • Manages FEMA and CARES Act fund reimbursements and audits.

Nature of Work

  • Requires extensive computer work requiring keyboarding and prolonged sitting and working off a flat screen monitor to perform financial and economic analysis and analyze, manipulate and generate reports; ability to work effectively with managers, co-workers, contractors and other personnel; and ability to identify issues and problem solve.



  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.


  • Eight (8) years of increasingly responsible professional level experience in accounting, including at least three (3) years of experience supervising professionals.


  • Education Substitution: Additional qualifying full time work experience may substitute for up to two years of the required education on a year-for-year basis. (One year of experience will be considered equivalent to 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college coursework.)

Desirable Qualifications

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred to hiring.

Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting or Finance

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Working knowledge of airport financial operations and aviation industry standards.

Six (6) years of experience performing accounting in a governmental agency.

Experience performing accounting in an aviation environment (i.e. airport, airlines, etc.).

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.