Associate/Senior Accountant
San Diego Association of Governments - San Diego, CA

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Overview of the Accounting Division

SANDAG has great pride in being a fiscally responsible public agency and has implemented rigorous accounting processes and financial reporting procedures to monitor expenses, encumbrances, grant funds, and project budgets, and accurately document various types of financial transactions. The agency has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the past five years.

In May 2013, the Board of Directors adopted the FY 2014 annual Program Budget totaling approximately $1.1 billion. Funding for the various projects and programs comes from more than 30 different federal, state, and local sources in the form of formula and discretionary grants, city revenues, and local transportation sales tax revenues. The Accounting Division has a role in supporting all agency programs - through functions such as accounts payable/receivable, payroll, and cash receipts through to cash flow analysis, debt management, and financial reporting. The Accounting team is highly regarded for their ability to maintain an exceptional level of accuracy and for providing outstanding customer service.

Associate/Senior Accountant Role

The Associate/Senior Accountant will perform a wide variety of accounting and financial activities for programs and services in the Finance department such as financial reporting and accounting functions, monthly general ledger close, and balance sheet and income statement analyses.

One position currently is available; this position will be filled at the Associate or Senior level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Job Responsibilities

This opportunity is ideal for an experienced accountant, someone who has the skill to perform the technical requirements of the position and has a strong interest in furthering their accounting expertise in a regional agency setting. We anticipate career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with the Finance Manager. The primary responsibilities for this position include:
  • Coordinate financial management systems and records; ensure that financial records are accurate and comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and regulations, codes, policies, rules, and procedures.
  • Perform batch review and posting for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, cash receipts, and related journal entries.
  • Work with a Financial Analyst to maintain capital asset accounting records including capital improvement project tracking and reclassification, fixed asset additions, dispositions and depreciation, and the preparation of any related schedules.
  • Prepare general ledger account reconciliations; research variances and analyze financial data to resolve discrepancies.
  • Participate in year-end closing procedures; assist with the preparation of financial reports and required disclosures in stand-alone financial statements and the CAFR.
  • Participate in financial and compliance audits conducted by independent certified public accounting firms; prepare and provide information and requested schedules.
  • Assist with the implementation and testing of upgrades to the accounting system and the implementation of new accounting and finance programs.
Additional Senior Level Responsibilities:
  • Provide direct supervision for a small team of employees including assigning work tasks, setting priorities, training, and performance management.
  • Supervise account reconciliation processes; examine accounting transactions to ensure accuracy; review and correct financial records as necessary; prepare adjusting entries; post entries into the accounting system.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of new or revised finance and accounting programs, systems, procedures, and methods of operation; conduct surveys and perform research and analyses on finance and accounting problems or issues.
  • Monitor and evaluate internal controls and reconciliation procedures used for accounting and financial record-keeping and reporting; recommend and implement enhancements to ensure effective systems are in place and are in accordance with federal and state regulations, GAAP, and agency procedures.
  • Administer the online banking portal; monitor the agency's banking activities, release wires, Automated Clearing House (ACH), and fund transfers.
  • Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports to the Board of Directors, policy and stakeholder committees, member agencies, private organizations, and members of the public.
  • Develop project plans, Requests for Proposals, scopes of work, project deliverables, budgets, and schedules; participate in the selection of consultants and vendors; administer contracts and ensure projects progress on schedule, within the approved budget, and at a consistently high level of quality.
  • Coordinate and participate in the preparation of reporting requirements to outside government entities and banking institutions.
  • Provide support to the Budget Manager and assist with budget development and maintenance, and expenditure controls.

Experience and Qualifications

Numerous factors contribute to an individual's ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a detail-oriented candidate who has a strong technical background with exceptional analytical capabilities and organizational skills, the ability to maintain accuracy while meeting numerous time-sensitive deadlines. Superior communication and customer service skills are also needed.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor's degree with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field, and a minimum of three (Associate-level) to five (Senior-level) years of recent finance and accounting experience providing support for accounting and finance operations, preferably in a public sector organization. A CPA certification is desirable at the Senior level.

The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position:
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the principles and practices of financial accounting and reporting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, procedures, and practices (GAAP); familiarity with current issues and emerging trends related to Accounting Authoritative Guidance is desirable.
  • Familiarity with laws, regulations, and reporting requirements pertaining to municipal finance administration, government accounting, and the receipt and expenditure of public funds is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare financial statements that conform to accepted auditing standards and accounting principles.
  • Experience preparing journal entries and reconciling general ledger accounts; ability to analyze, reconcile, and balance accounts with high transaction volume; ability to identify errors and make corrections to financial records.
  • Experience calculating and preparing reimbursement billings, tracking accounts receivables, and reconciling accounts.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including internal and external partners.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively, both orally and in writing, to a broad range of audiences; ability to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive accounting statements, reports, and other written materials.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage several concurrent projects at various stages of completion; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite, financial management systems, and other PC-based applications; experience with ONESolution is desirable.
Additional Senior Level Qualifications:
  • Experience supervising, providing technical direction, and evaluating the work of professional employees; experience coordinating project teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare complex financial statements and comprehensive reports that conform to accepted auditing standards and accounting principles.
  • Knowledge of auditing practices and experience preparing for and coordinating financial audits conducted by independent auditors.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and maintain internal control procedures and transaction processing efficiency for applicable business functions; ability to continuously monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of accounting and finance methods and procedures.
  • Experience evaluating government fund operations including revenue and expenditure trends, financial commitments, and future revenue; experience collecting and analyzing financial information and providing recommendations for efficient use of resources and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and analyze financial issues, evaluate alternative solutions, develop sound conclusions and prepare recommendations, and keep management apprised of issues and concerns.
  • Experience with project management functions including preparing budgets and schedules; RFPs, scopes of work, and contracts; experience evaluating proposals and selecting and managing consultants.

Salary and Benefits

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

This position will be filled at the Associate or Senior level depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The annual salary ranges are: Associate Accountant - $49,432 to $79,092 per year; Senior Accountant - $57,239 to $91,583 per year.

Our benefits include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.

The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG Web site. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or e-mailing . Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via e-mail, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply Web page for additional information.

Applications for the Associate/Senior Accountant position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013.

Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.

Supplemental Questions

1. Describe your experience maintaining a complete set of accounting records, such as general/sub ledgers and trial balances.

2. Describe your experience with financial reporting including comprehensive financial reports and single audit reports.

3. Describe your role, duties performed, and overall experience with year-end close procedures. Please include in your answer any challenges that you faced with the process and what you did to resolve those challenges?

Candidate Selection and Notification

Following the close date for applications, all candidates will receive written confirmation that their application was received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the close date. The best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.

Further Information

The SANDAG Web site contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is comprised of 18 city and county governments which serve as a forum for regional...