Section Manager II - Accounting

Section Manager II - Accounting
Orange County Transportation Authority Accounting Department
 Orange, California
Job Description

About OCTA:

Since its formation in 1991, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has kept residents and commuters moving throughout the 34 cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County. OCTA’s responsibilities, programs and services impact every aspect of transportation within the state’s third largest county.

OCTA keeps people moving by reducing freeway congestion, improving safety and efficiency on our local roads, providing bus service and regional multimodal connections, helping people find ways to leave their cars home, and providing safe, convenient transportation to those with special needs. OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork/partnership, communication, customer focus, can-do spirit and safety.


Under general direction, manages, researches, analyzes, administers and maintains established and proposed accounting programs in accordance with agency policies, procedures and practices, and federal, state and local laws and regulations. Administers or takes a lead position on major projects. Frequently resolves highly complex accounting issues utilizing knowledge gained from extensive experience where procedures may not be prescribed or well defined. Understands and implements new and/or complex modifications to accounting standards. Acts as mentor and/or provides technical leadership to lower level Accounting Team members in all areas of professional responsibilities.

This is an exempt position in Salary Grade S: Min $89,440.00 – Mid $108,846.40 – Max $128,232.00 annually. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.

The position will remain open until filled.


This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.

  • Supervises the overall fund-level accounting transactions including interfund accounting of the general fund, enterprise funds, special revenue funds and other governmental type funds, for the agency.
  • Manages, coordinates and contributes to the timely preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), Single Audit, National Transit Database (NTD) Report, State Controllers' Report, periodic statements for the Board of Directors and other necessary financial reporting. Obtains and/or prepares required statements, footnotes, schedules and other data as necessary. Ensures all reports are prepared accurately and completed within the required deadline.
  • Responsible for the external financial audit and compliance with financial reporting requirements. Serves as the liaison with the external auditor, working with staff ensuring timely receipt of all auditor requested schedules.
  • Performs month-end and year-end closing activities including reconciliations and review of the trial balance.
  • Assists in the recruitment, selection and evaluation of employees. Evaluates individual performance, prepares and conducts performance reviews, counsels employees, and administers disciplinary actions. Analyzes and resolves work problems; assists employees in solving work issues.
  • Researches and implements new accounting standards.
  • Completes special projects as assigned.


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or related field with a minimum of five years of experience in accounting, auditing, or related field. Prefer three years of previous management experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Governmental Fund Accounting.
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for Government (GAAP).
  • Government Accounting Standards Board statements (GASB).
  • Agency's organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Principles and practices of management and training.
  • Audit methods and practices.
  • Effective oral, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Automated financial systems.
  • Microsoft Office suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Principles of supervision, training, motivation, and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

  • Supervise staff; provide training, work direction, and guidance.
  • Exercise independent judgment in applying accounting principles to unique and complex situations.
  • Use computer models and applications, including Microsoft Office suite software such as Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.
  • Exercise judgment and discretion in administering department and agency policies and procedures.

Working Conditions/Physical Activities:

(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

Positions in this class typically require:

  • Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
  • Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
  • Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Finger Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.

Application and Selection Process:

  • This position will remain open until filled. For further information about this exciting career opportunity and to apply online, please visit our website at
  • We are unable to accept resumes in lieu of an online application. For additional information, please contact the Employment Office at (714) 560-5600.

Compensation and Benefits:

OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision health insurance programs, flex time (may be available), paid sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, deferred compensation plan, educational reimbursement, excellent in-house training programs, free transportation passes for the employee and dependents, wellness and ergonomic programs, and much more.

OCTA is an equal employment opportunity employer that recruits, hires, and promotes qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, disability, genetic information, military and veteran status, or other legally protected status.