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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

 

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Pay Grade
H1K ($72,529.60 - $90,646.40 - $108,763.20)
Job Summary

Performs complex accounting, payroll, and financial analyses and reporting of the agency's financial transactions.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Performs complex accounting, budget, grant billing, and payroll research and analyses to ensure or validate the accuracy of Metro's financial and payroll records
  • Reviews and validates the accuracy of financial, receivable, payable, and payroll records, statements and reports
  • Analyzes complex grant funding agreements, bond issues, and other financial contractual agreements with federal, state, and local governmental agencies
  • Prepares and presents financial, cost allocation, labor, and internal or external management reports using accounting software as needed
  • Monitors, reviews, and analyzes financial data, including reconciliation of general ledger accounts against accounts receivable and accounts payable subsidiary ledgers
  • Recommends or approves journal or adjusting entries to ensure accuracy of recorded transactions
  • Provides audit support and communicates accounting and reporting issues to internal and external auditors and other regulatory agencies
  • Prepares supporting documents and audit schedules and analyses
  • Identifies and develops accounting processes to maximize the use of financial and reporting systems that will improve responsiveness to financial and compliance reporting, audit, and analysis
  • Evaluates accounting systems such as grants billing, payroll, garnishment, and other financial reports to ensure conformance with applicable labor laws, regulations, and governmental accounting and other reporting standards
  • Prepares and reviews Request for Proposals and related procurement requirements for goods and contract services
  • Responds to inquiries and acts as a liaison to other departments, senior management, regulatory agencies, auditors, and financial institutions
  • Designs, develops, and implements required/ad hoc financial reports for internal and external requestors
  • Determines needs and participates in the implementation and enhancement of automated financial information systems application and financial reporting procedures
  • Assists in the development of accounting/payroll forms, systems, policies, procedures, and manuals
  • Provides guidance, coaching, training, and work oversight for assigned employees such as Accountants, Accounting Assistants and clerical staff
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out


    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Theories, principles, and practices of governmental accounting, financial recordkeeping and reporting, auditing, budgeting, information systems, grants billing and project accounting, and, if applicable, payroll processes and labor laws
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations, governing financial reporting of a public agency and governmental accounting
  • Query tools, advanced spreadsheet functions, and creating forms and reporting templates
  • Principles of supervision
  • Research techniques
  • Applicable business software applications


Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Performing statistical and complex financial analyses and research
  • Preparing comprehensive reports, financial statements, and correspondence
  • Performing and coordinating financial, grant billing, or payroll reviews
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of the organization and external representatives
  • Providing prompt and knowledgeable customer service
  • Operating computers and general office equipment


Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Compile and analyze complex data
  • Display and foster team cooperation and achievement
  • Establish and implement policies and procedures
  • Meet tight time constraints and deadlines
  • Handle highly confidential information
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Oversee, train, mentor, and motivate assigned staff
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or a related field


Experience

  • Three years of relevant experience in accounting performing complex financial analysis or governmental financial reporting; some positions in this class may require specialized experience in area of assignment


Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and/or CMA (Certified Management Accountant) preferred

 

Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen


Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required
 

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Job GroupJob Class CodeFLSA StatusDate OriginatedDate Revised
Non-Contract1004Exempt27-JAN-0006-AUG-19

Disclaimer
This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority when classified as an Intermittent, Emergency, or Temporary employee and/or is assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) or Board Clerk's Office.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

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