Section Manager III - General Accounting

Section Manager III - General Accounting
Orange County Transportation Authority
 Orange, California
Job Description


Discover work that moves you in a dynamic and innovative setting. Be part of a team delivering Orange County’s transportation network of today and creating a vision for the future.

OCTA is the county’s transportation planning commission and public transit operator. With a focus on safety and accountability, we plan, fund, and implement countywide projects that include bus and rail transit, freeways and express lanes, rideshare, microtransit, paratransit, active transportation, and environmental programs.

We’re passionate about creating a balanced, equitable and sustainable transportation system that reflects the diverse travel needs of the county’s 34 cities and 3.2 million residents.

Our employees rated OCTA as a top workplace in Orange County. Come join us on our mission of keeping Orange County moving.


Under general guidance, oversees fund accounting, capital asset accounting, general ledger, banking, and the financial information system. Supervises professional accounting activities, which support the general ledger and financial reporting.

This is an exempt position in Salary Grade T: Min $107,681.60 – Mid $129,251.20 – Max $150,800.00 per year. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.

The position will remain open until a candidate is selected.


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.

  • Manages professional and clerical accounting staff. Selects, trains, develops, motivates and evaluates accounting staff.
  • Oversees the agency’s general ledger in its financial system, ensuring compliance with GAAP. Ensures the timely and accurate processing of transactions, completion of account reconciliations, and maintenance of the chart of accounts.
  • Supervises the overall fund-level accounting transactions for the agency.
  • Supervises the maintenance of the general ledger and various subsidiary ledgers.
  • Serves as system administrator for the accounting and financial reporting system.
  • Coordinates all commercial banking and cash activities including account reconciliations, inter-fund settlements, and relations with commercial banks. Develops and monitors banking procedures to ensure that the agency remains current while maintaining the lowest practical average balance in commercial accounts.
  • Oversees capital asset accounting, developing and implementing effective capital asset control procedures for the agency.
  • Coordinates and ensures the timely preparation and completion of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), NTD Report, 91 Express Lane Reports, State Controller's Report, periodic statements for the Board of Directors, Measure M Quarterly Status Report, Cost Allocation Plan, and other necessary financial reporting.


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or related field and a minimum of six years of experience in accounting, auditing, or directly related field, three years of which are in management. CPA or CPFO certification preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Agency organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Principles and practices of management and training.
  • Accounting principles, practices, procedures (GAAP and GASB).
  • Audit methods.
  • Financial information systems.
  • Principles of supervision, training, motivation and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

  • Supervise staff.
  • Locate, classify, and interpret a variety of financial, statistical, and related information.
  • Work with spreadsheets and word processing software.
  • Handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.
  • Provide training, work direction, and guidance to supervisors.
  • 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.

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 opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.