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Accounting Supervisor

Organization: San Diego County Water Authority
Date Posted: 1/16/2019
City: San Diego
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Accounting/Audit/Controller
Salary: $8,107.00 monthly
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years

Description & Details

This recruitment will remain open until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019, or until the first 200 applications are received.
The San Diego County Water Authority is an independent public agency that serves as the regional water wholesaler. The Water Authority provides a safe and reliable water supply to 24 member agencies that sustain the region's $220 billion economy and 3.3 million residents.
The Water Authority is executing a long-term strategy to diversify the region's supplies, make major investments in the region's water delivery and storage system, and improve water-use efficiency. Through dynamic leadership, thoughtful planning, and prudent fiscal policies, the Water Authority is cost-effectively managing the region's water portfolio, while continuing to diversify supplies to enhance reliability.

The Finance Department has a broad range of responsibilities. These include accounting, financial reporting, payroll, deferred compensation, and accounts payable and receivable --including reporting, billing and collection of water charges, budget oversight, and internal controls. The department is also responsible for investing and borrowing funds, protecting credit ratings in the investment market, developing long-range financing plans in support of the Capital Improvement Program, advising on proposed policy decisions, and providing oversight of imported water activities.

The candidate selected for this position reports to, and receives general direction from, the Controller and supervises the work of two Accounting Assistant II positions and one Accountant position. The areas of focus for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Supervising the Accounts Payable group and its responsibilities;
  • Reviewing expense reports and ensuring compliance with travel policy guidelines;
  • Reviewing of Sales/Use Tax calculations
  • Reviewing and reconciling payroll related liabilities;
  • Conducting internal and compliance audits;
  • Preparing governmental informational and expense based reports;
  • Assisting with annual audit and CAFR preparation;
  • Managing actuarial service contracts and complete compliance testing;
  • Performing difficult and detailed accounting analysis and reconciliations; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will possess knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; governmental accounting standards; fund accounting with an emphasis in enterprise fund accounting including comprehensive annual financial report preparation; internal controls; audit principles and practices; laws and regulations relating to the financial administration of public agencies; financial computer applications; and terminology used in contract language.
The Accounting Supervisor will have a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of effective supervision  including selection, training,  and  performance  evaluation. Strong team-building skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Under general direction, supervises and participates in performing professional accounting and accounting support duties in the analysis, preparation and maintenance of financial records and reports; supervises the accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed asset, payroll and general ledger functions; supervises the preparation of monthly water bills to member agencies and preparation of monthly financial statements; performs difficult and detailed accounting analyses and reconciliations; and performs related duties as assigned.

An Accounting Supervisor supervises professional accounting and accounting support staff who are responsible for specialized accounting work in performing calculations and preparing and processing journal entries to record accounting transactions. The incumbent performs difficult and highly detailed analyses, assists in preparation of the Authority's annual budget and works with staff and departments to resolve accounting and reporting issues.

An Accounting Supervisor is distinguished from a Senior Accountant in that an employee in the former class supervises professional accounting and accounting support employees in addition to performing difficult accounting duties requiring a more extensive understanding of the Authority's account structure for use in accounting for and allocating revenues and costs. Accounting Supervisor is further distinguished from Controller by the responsibilities of the latter class for managing and directing all accounting and financial activities of the Finance Department.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.
  • Plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of assigned staff; with staff, develops, implements and monitors work plans to achieve goals and objectives; contributes to the development of and monitors performance against the annual department budget; supervises and participates in developing, implementing and evaluating plans, work processes, systems and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards.
  • Plans and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; establishes performance requirements and recommends personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development; recommends compensation and provides other rewards to recognize performance; subject to management concurrence, takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with Authority personnel rules, policies and labor contract agreements.
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and works with staff to ensure a high-performance, customer service oriented work environment that supports achieving the department's and the Authority's mission, strategic plan, objectives and values.
  • Supervises, participates in and reviews the work of employees preparing and processing monthly journal entries for investment accounts, tax apportionments, expenditure reclassifications and other special purposes; reviews entries for accuracy and reasonableness; answers staff and department questions about appropriate accounts for charging of expenses; analyzes and verifies account reconciliations and performs the more difficult and complex reconciliations; supervises weekly and monthly activities related to maintenance of the Authority's cost accounting system, records and reports; researches and resolves problems and discrepancies; reconciles the job cost system to the general ledger.
  • Supervises the preparation of standard monthly and annual financial statements, schedules and footnotes; reviews budget to actual variances and develops analyses of operating and capital improvement program accounts.
  • Manages the work of employees responsible for accounts payable and receivable and payroll; supervises the preparation and reviews monthly water bills to member agencies for reasonableness; reviews payroll and payroll tax reports and special payroll and benefit plan calculations.
  • Participates in the annual budget process by providing expense projections for departments, reviewing budget drafts for accuracy and completeness, allocating revenue and expenses accounts by month, reconciling revenue and expense accounts and generating special reports.
  • Coordinates accounting staff support and assignments during the annual audit process; serves as primary day-to-day contact with outside audit personnel; assigns the preparation of working papers and responses to auditor questions.
  • Develops and recommends accounting policies and procedures; maintains and ensures adherence to internal control procedures and accounting standards; ensures smooth operations of the Authority's general ledger accounting and payroll computer systems; manages software changes/fixes, enhancements and/or upgrades to current systems.

  • Serves on department project teams for software customization, system conversion, work process redesign and new procedures development associated with the design and installation of new systems.
  • Drafts correspondence and special reports; provides information and assistance to departments on accounting and financial reporting issues.
  • Performs special projects as assigned.
  • Assists and acts for the Controller in that individual's absence.

This position has been approved for hire at Step 1 of the salary range. Depending on qualifications, starting salary may be negotiable. Step increases may occur at 6 months, 1 year, and annually thereafter. To view the full job description, including the list of representative duties and responsibilities, click here.
Qualification Guidelines:
The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and ability required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. A typical example of qualifying education and experience would be:

Graduation from a recognized four-year college or university with a major in accounting, finance, business administration or a closely related field; and at least three years of progressively responsible professional accounting experience, preferably in a public utility or enterprise fund agency.

A current license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is highly desirable.


Application Procedure: To be considered for this position, please submit an employment application and supplemental questionnaire at by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application and supplemental questionnaire. All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be evaluated in relation to the criteria outlined in this job announcement. The selection process may consist of an appraisal interview, writing exercise, and/or other appropriate screening devices.