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Staff Accountant

Organization: Transbay Joint Powers Authority
Date Posted: 2/7/2020
Date Needed: 3/15/2020
City: San Francisco
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Admin/Budget/Financial
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years

Description & Details

The Position:

Under the direction of the Finance Manager, the Staff Accountant - Financial Reporting performs technical professional accounting work requiring comprehensive knowledge of municipal finance functions, government fund accounting, enterprise fund accounting and automated accounting systems.


Responsibilities include developing and maintaining various reports and backup, preparing and reviewing budget reconciliations, journal entries and assisting with year-end close, preparation of various financial reports including annual financial statements, quarterly budgetary reports, and various federal, state, and local grantor reports.

Essential Duties:

General Accounting

· Prepares routine journal entries such as adjusting entries, accrual entries and budgetary entries

· Reconciles balance sheet accounts; analyzes and reports on budget to actual variances

· Recommends financial actions by analyzing accounting options

· Substantiates financial transactions by auditing documents

· Maintains financial security by following internal controls

· Answers accounting procedure questions by researching and interpreting accounting policy and regulations

· Complies with federal, state, and local financial legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising management on needed actions

· Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies and anticipate necessary changes to the accounting system and financial reporting models

· Provides full back up to the Staff Accountant and the Accountant

· Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed

· Maintains accounting controls by preparing and recommending policies and procedures

Financial Reporting

· Prepares annual and periodic financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for local government

· Prepares special financial reports, including quarterly financial reports for the TJPA Board and quarterly/semi-annual/annual reports required by funders, by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information and trends

· Prepares a variety of routine to complex accounting and financial reconciliations, reports and statements

· Participates in financial audits including annual audit and funding agency audits

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field, and four years in governmental accounting which includes analyzing, recording and reporting financial transactions for governmental organizations and interpreting Governmental Accounting Standards (GASB) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); Working knowledge and three (3) years of experience in preparing financial statements such as balance sheets, statement of net assets, statement of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balances and Statement of Cash Flows; preferred experience at the municipal or county government level is desired

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

· Principles, practices, and standards of governmental fund accounting

· Demonstrated ability in the preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally acceptance accounting principles for local government.

· Demonstrated ability in the use of Excel, Word, and automated governmental accounting systems.

· Applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures

· Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

· Effective written and oral communication skills


To be successful as an employee of the TJPA you will also:

  • Have a passion for our mission

  • Be an innovative and creative thinker

  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness

  • Have a strong work ethic

  • Work well independently as well as part of a team

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment



Salary is negotiable dependent upon qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, CalPERS retirement plan, 12 days per year vacation, 10 holidays, 12 days per year sick leave, and up to 5 days per year administrative leave.

How to Apply / Contact


Send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Nila Gonzales, [email protected] or via mail to 425 Mission Street, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94105. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background and credit check.