Deadline: Open Until Filled - First review of applications June 29, 2020.
The Controller is responsible for managing the accounting function and developing and implementing financial processes, policies and procedures, internal controls, and performance measures for the Finance Division. Typical duties include: maintaining accurate and complete financial accounting records, coordinating the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), ensuring compliance with approved funding and appropriations, preparing financial reports, maximizing opportunities for all investment and borrowing requirements, and coordinating maintenance, upgrades and enhancements to financial software systems.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES / KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
Administer Agency's chart of accounts; coordinate the preparation of complex financial reports such as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), monthly statements, grant, investment, or other operational reports in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards;
Participate in the developing and implementing of accounting, auditing and budget policies and procedures; develop, evaluate and implement internal controls; and oversee the creation and implementation of accounting systems to improve Valley Metro's fiscal management capabilities and/or compliance with federal, state, and local ordinances or guidelines;
Ensure that cost accounting systems are in place to manage complex operational and capital construction projects;
Ensure the Agency is in compliance with federal Uniform Grant Guidance (2 CFR Part 200); oversee the preparation of the Agency's annual indirect cost allocation plan (CAP);
Manage and support staff to ensure organizational goals are accomplished; provide opportunities for training, decision making, participation, and innovation;
May supervise employees to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff training and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations;
Prepare or supervise the preparation of finance administrative policies, accounting and auditing procedures, instructions, and operating manuals;
Monitor the Agency's financial condition; analyze financial statements; keep abreast of financial market activities; prepare reports and make recommendations regarding the Agency's finances;
Supervise the Agency's cash management and investment activities; invest the Agency's temporarily idle cash;
Advise and coordinate with other divisions and departments on accounting problems, policies, and procedures; assist in the maintenance of proper internal controls to ensure the safeguarding of Agency assets;
Provide financial advice, design and conduct user training for financial systems and processes, tailoring such training and/or advice to the specific needs of the user; act as project manager for new or upgraded technology being implemented within Finance;
Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills: Knowledge of: Management principles; Generally accepted accounting principles and procedures; Fund accounting and governmental budgeting procedures; Solid understanding of Accounting Principles and Applications GASB, FASB, GAAP; Financial Statement layout and preparation; Internal control policies and procedures; Automated financial application and reporting systems; Auditing principles; Project management principles; Strategic business planning principles and practices;
Tax accounting regulations; Complex grant agreements; Applicable Federal, state, county and local laws, codes and regulations applicable to governmental accounting.
Skill in: Monitoring and evaluating information prepared by subordinate staff; Prioritizing and assigning work; Managing projects; Analyzing and interpreting fiscal and accounting records; Preparing clear and concise financial and administrative reports; Performing accurate financial and mathematical calculations; Using a computer and related software applications, intermediate to advanced Excel and computer skills; Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and implementing recommendations in support of goals; Responding to changing situations and needs; Handling multiple tasks simultaneously; Effective written and verbal communication; Giving presentations; Interpreting and applying policies, procedures, laws, and regulations; Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, federal, state, and county agencies and professional colleagues; Communicating in order to interact with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment, and to drive a motor vehicle in order to visit work sites and attend meetings; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance Administration, or related field required AND a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible financial and accounting administration experience, preferably in government, including two (2) years of supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties such as those listed.
Experience in public agency and/or transit agency desirable.
Licenses and Certifications: Positions may require: --Valid Arizona Driver's License --Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Arizona or the ability to obtain certification within one (1) year.
Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon the results of a comprehensive education/experience background investigation and a criminal history record check. The background check will also consist of a personal credit history review.
About Valley Metro
Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority RPTA) provides both Bus and Light Rail transportation services for the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Highlights of Valley Metro services include:
*First ever light rail system in Phoenix, Arizona. Began service in 2008.
*Local, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
*Online carpool matching system
*Assistance to local businesses to help them meet the Maricopa County trip reduction goals through alternative modes of transportation (bus, carpool, vanpool, bike, telework, etc.)