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Senior Accountant

Salary Range:
$74,011.00 - $114,716.00 per year

Close Date: July 8, 2020 – opened until filled

Application Instructions:
Details about the SANDAG Employment Application required for this position can be found below.


The Senior Accountant will provide leadership to a three-person team who perform a full range of accounting, reporting, and revenue management functions for the agency’s Regional Tolling Program with an emphasis on account reconciliations, debt management, and research and analysis of financial data to support business operations.

Overview of Finance (Regional Tolling)

SANDAG is responsible for the Regional Tolling Program which includes managing the existing SR 125 South Bay Expressway and I-15 Express Lanes. The agency has great pride in being fiscally responsible and has implemented rigorous accounting processes and financial reporting procedures to monitor expenses, encumbrances, grant funds, project budgets, and revenue management for the Tolling Program. The SANDAG Accounting staff are highly regarded for their ability to maintain an exceptional level of accuracy and outstanding customer service, and 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 ten years.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate a variety of functions such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, debt management, cash flows, capital assets, journal entries, and general ledger reconciliations.
  • Monitor, maintain, and analyze financial management systems and records; ensure accurate financial record-keeping and reporting; ensure effective systems are in place and are compliant with federal and state requirements, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and regulations, codes, policies, rules, and agency procedures.
  • Supervise, mentor, train, and support development opportunities for staff; meet with employees to identify and resolve problems; review and evaluate work, and procedures; oversee and coordinate a range of projects assigned to a diverse staff group.
  • Manage interoperability processes, and debt collection functions by coordinating with external agencies and entities to record, reconcile, and collect funds.
  • Maintain and monitor various accounts, verify the availability of funds and classification of expenditures; perform reconciliations, analyze transactions to ensure accuracy, and resolve variances.
  • Prepare reports for outside government entities and banking institutions; coordinate monthly and year-end closing procedures; prepare financial reports, required disclosures for the stand-alone financial statements, and financial operational lender reporting.
  • Liaise with SANDAG departments, project partners, consultants, operating agencies, and vendors; provide information and assistance; respond to questions and resolve any concerns.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of new or revised accounting programs, systems, procedures, and methods of operation; conduct surveys and research and perform analyses on accounting pronouncements or issues.
  • Prepare and coordinate financial audits conducted by independent certified public accounting firms; establish procedures, controls, and policies to ensure accurate audit trails; coordinate the preparation of records for financial audits.
  • Monitor operational and maintenance budgets and expenditure controls; prepare debt service & project reserve funding analyses.
  • Administer revenue management functions by integrating tolling data into financial data, provide analysis and revenue forecasting.
  • Review, develop, and maintain adequate internal controls for the Regional Tolling Program’s cash management function; secure revenues collected and verify accuracy and completeness; perform periodic audits of cash management.
  • Support procurement efforts by coordinating and participating in the procurement of major items; assist with contract negotiations; monitor compliance with applicable programs.
  • Provide highly technical and complex assistance to senior level managers and executives.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field. A CPA certification is desirable; minimum of five years of recent finance and accounting experience, including previous supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of general and enterprise accounting, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control and reporting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), procedures, and practices, including GASB 34, as applied to a stand-alone entity; familiarity with issues and emerging trends related to Accounting Authoritative Guidance.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and reporting requirements related to governmental enterprise fund accounting is desirable.
  • Ability to implement and maintain internal control procedures and transaction processing efficiency for operational functions; ability to monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of accounting and finance methods and procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing journal entries and reconciling general ledger accounts; ability to analyze, reconcile, and balance complex accounts with high transaction volume; ability to identify errors and make corrections to financial records.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing for and coordinating financial audits conducted by independent auditors.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing complex financial statements and reports that conform to auditing and accounting standards.
  • Experience evaluating business operations including revenue and expenditure trends, financial commitments, and future revenue; experience collecting and analyzing financial information and providing recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and analyze financial issues, evaluate alternative solutions, and prepare recommendations.
  • Experience supervising, mentoring, providing technical direction, and evaluating the work of professional and technical employees.
  • Project and contract management experience; development of RFPs, scopes of work, budgets, schedules, and selection.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively, orally and in writing, to a range of audiences; ability to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive accounting statements, and reports.
  • Excellent organizational skills, the ability to manage several concurrent projects at various stages; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, financial management systems, experience with ONESolution and QuickBooks Enterprise Edition is desirable.
  • The candidate selected for this position must successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background investigation and credit history verification; periodic re-checking of criminal background and credit history will be a condition of employment.

Benefits and Salary

Our benefits include 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. SANDAG offers flexible work schedules and employees are provided with paid time off and paid holidays.

Careers at SANDAG

A job at SANDAG is guaranteed to engage your mind, expand your skills, and enhance your professional development. We are committed to hiring talented individuals who are dedicated to working on important issues and enthusiastic about making significant contributions that improve the lives of people in the San Diego region.

How to Apply

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

The Employment Application can be downloaded from the SANDAG website or requested by emailing or calling (619) 699-1900. Completed applications can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at, (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-6905.

Further Information

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.

The selected candidate can anticipate a driving record check upon hire, and approximately annually thereafter. The results of the check may determine whether the selected candidate will be permitted to drive for SANDAG business.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer