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Accounting & Finance Department Job Openings

Salary Range:

Accountant:
I: $55,179 to $85,528/year
II: $60,835 to $94,294/year
Senior: $81,525 to $126,364/year

Close Date: Open Until Filled

Accounting & Finance

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 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the past ten years.

 

Accounting & Finance Department Job Openings:

  • Accountant (I/II)*
    • This position will be filled at the I or II level depending on the experience of the selected candidate. 
  • Senior Accountant*


 

Accountant (I/II)*

The Accountant is responsible for a full range of accounting, maintaining and verifying accounting documents/records, monthly general ledger close, balance sheet analysis, and supporting the processing of accounts payable. *This is a two-year Limited-Term opportunity.  Candidates must pass a pre-employment criminal background check; periodic background checks will be a condition of ongoing employment.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain 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 agency procedures.
  • Support accounts payable, invoice management, journal entries, and general ledger reconciliations.
  • Monitor and maintain reconciliation procedures used for accounting and financial record-keeping and reporting; participate in enhancements to ensure effective systems are in place.
  • Maintain and monitor various accounts, verifying availability of funds and classification of expenditures, analyze transactions to resolve discrepancies; perform timely and accurate Balance Sheet account reconciliations, necessary reclass journal entries, and year-end expense accruals.
  • Gather accounts payable records and verify amounts to the job ledger for reimbursement billings to state departments.
  • Prepare regular, accurate, and timely payments to vendors and consultants; research invoicing issues; ensure invoices align with existing contracts, task orders, or purchase orders.
  • Research complex accounts payable inquiries from vendors, staff, and auditors and work with consultants, project managers and other departments to resolve questions, analyze documents and identify alternative solutions.
  • Review contracts and purchase orders to identify and record encumbrances; process encumbrance revisions and adjustments as necessary; monitor newly enrolled ePayable vendors and complete Autopay for ePayable payments; perform ePayable weekly reconciliations.
  • Participate in financial audits conducted by independent certified public accounting firms; assist with establishing procedures, controls, and policies to ensure accurate audit trails; prepare records for financial audits.
  • Assist with the preparation of financial reports and required disclosures in stand-alone financial statements; reconcile various reports, vendor statements, and financial records.
  • Support the financial system upgrade and ERP system implementation in the Accounts Payable and Contract Management modules; serve as a back-up Visa Administrator for the agency P-card program.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of new or revised accounting programs, systems, procedures, and methods of operation including conduct surveys and research.
  • Process work in a manner that results in a complete and evident audit trail; prepare comprehensive and accurate documentation of transactions and adjustments; maintain complete files and records and document appropriately.



Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in finance, accounting, or a related field and one to two years of professional accounting experience, preferably with a government-related organization. A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience with the principles and practices of general and enterprise accounting, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control reporting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), including the principles and techniques involved in accounts payable administration and related accounting practices.
  • Familiarity with laws, regulations, and reporting requirements pertaining to government enterprise fund accounting.
  • Experience performing balance sheet account reconciliations, 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 with month-end and year-end close processes and preparation of adjusting journal entries and preparation for year-end expense accrual entries; experience performing budget to actual variances analysis.
  • Experience calculating and preparing reimbursement billings, tracking accounts payables, and reconciling accounts; demonstrated experience processing a high-volume and variety of invoices for payment.
  • Knowledge of auditing practices and experience participating in financial audits; ability to research and analyze financial issues, evaluate alternative solutions, and present recommendations to management.
  • Excellent customer service skills, including strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience using automated financial accounting software applications and Microsoft Excel, including the use of complex formulas.

 

 

Senior Accountant*
The Senior Accountant will supervise a small team of employees and be responsible for account reconciliation processes and coordinate 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 issues.   *This is a two-year Limited-Term opportunity.  Candidates must pass a pre-employment criminal background check; periodic background checks will be a condition of ongoing employment.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervise, plan, coordinate, and participate in a wide variety of advanced level professional, analytical, and administrative finance and accounting duties including overseeing and coordinating accounts payable and receivable, financial record keeping and reporting, financial analysis, cash management, payroll, debt financing, and investment management.
  • Maintain and monitor 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.
  • Support the maintenance of 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 ACFR.
  • Participate in various financial and compliance audits conducted by independent certified public accounting firms; prepare and provide information and requested schedules.
  • Supervise account reconciliation processes; examine accounting transactions to ensure accuracy; review, correct, and post; evaluate internal controls and reconciliation procedures; 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.

 


Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field.  A CPA certification is desirable.  A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Five years of recent finance and accounting experience providing support for accounting and finance operations, preferably in a public sector organization; demonstrated knowledge and experience with the principles and practices of financial accounting and reporting; experience supervising, providing technical direction, and evaluating the work of professional employees.
  • 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.
  • Experience preparing complex financial statements and comprehensive reports that conform to accepted auditing standards and accounting principles; 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.
  • Knowledge of auditing practices and experience preparing for and coordinating financial audits.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

How To Apply

Interested candidates may apply for these positions by completing a SANDAG Employment Application.


The Employment Application can be downloaded from the SANDAG website or by contacting hr@sandag.org or calling (619) 699-1900. 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 hr@sandag.org, (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-6905.

 

Benefits

SANDAG offers comprehensive benefits, to include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs.  Additionally, SANDAG offers the following:

  • 9/80 flexible work schedule
  • Pay-for-performance merit increases
  • CalPERS pension plan with employer and employee contributions
  • Excellent health insurance options for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Free dental and vision insurance for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Free transit pass for use throughout the San Diego region, bus, Rapid Express, Trolley, and COASTER
  • Paid time off including 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holiday days, generous paid time off (PTO) per year, depending on length of service

 

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.

Criminal background checks shall be conducted by an independent third-party vendor and in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA).

SANDAG requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 within 45 days of hire; reasonable accommodation requests will be considered.


SANDAG employees are expected to work in-person in our San Diego office.

 

Contact Us
401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101-4231
(619) 699-1900 | TTY/TDD: (888) 722-4889
sandag.org
hr@sandag.org


SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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