Overview of the Accounting Division
SANDAG 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 2017, the Board of Directors adopted the FY 2018 annual Program Budget totaling approximately $1.3 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 regarded for their ability to maintain an exceptional level of accuracy and for providing outstanding customer service.
Senior Accountant Role
The Senior Accountant will provide leadership for a five-person team who perform a range of accounting and financial activities such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, payroll processing, monthly general ledger reconciliations, year-end close, financial audit support, and financial statement preparation.
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:
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 five years of recent professional finance and accounting experience providing support for accounting and finance operations, including lead or supervisory experience, preferably in a public sector organization. A CPA certification is desirable.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.
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.
The annual salary range for the Senior Accountant position is $64,362 to $107,099 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 website. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing email@example.com. Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.
Applications for the Senior Accountant position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017.
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), fax (619) 699-6905, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
1. Describe your approach to supervision and provide an example of how you adapted your preferred style to meet the needs of the situation.
2. Describe your experience with financial reporting including comprehensive annual financial reports and single audit reports.
3. Describe your role, duties performed, and overall experience with year-end close procedures. Please include any challenges 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.
The SANDAG website 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