Under the supervision of the Comptroller, the Accounting Director oversees the activities of the accounting staff. In addition to these oversight duties, the Accounting Director is responsible for various reconciliations, reconciliation journal entries, staff work review, monthly reporting, annual reporting, and audit functions for the department. The Accounting Director also directs a comprehensive accounting program which integrates Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards, Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards (GAGAS), statutory accounting requirements, and departmental fiscal policies and procedures. This position may create and implement departmental policy, internal controls, coordinates both internal and external audits and reviews, and manage the monthly and annual close processes. The Accounting Director is also responsible for leading various accounting-related special projects as required. In addition, the Accounting Director analyzes financial statistics and other accounting data, coordinates operational analyses of accounting systems, subsystems and procedures. This position coordinates the accounting operation with budgetary, administrative support, and programmatic functions. The Accounting Director represents the financial interests of the department in accounting-related interactions including negotiations with other parties, such as banks, vendors, external auditors, and management staff of other governmental entities.
Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards
Manages activities for department employees.
Interviews, hires, directs, trains, evaluates the performance of, and when necessary, disciplines and discharges department employees.
Analyzes financial statistics and other accounting data.
Provides professional guidance and assistance in the solution of complex accounting and financial problems.
Represents the financial interests of the State in accounting-related interactions/negotiations with other parties, such as banks, vendors and external auditors.
Plans, directs, and coordinates financial audits and investigations.
Local travel to contracted vendor locations is required on a limited basis.
Other miscellaneous accounting and financial related duties as required.
Other duties as assigned by Management.
Abilities, Knowledge and Skills
Ability to confer with state officials and federal representatives related to the agency’s accounting practices.
Ability to handle confidential matters.
Ability to prepare and review accurate accounting entries and adjustments and perform mathematical computations accurately.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to use technical judgment in determining the accuracy and completeness of financial information.
Ability to research current trends and changes in accounting policy, federal grant guidelines and other related areas.
Ability to conduct financial compliance audits.
Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of governmental accounting.
Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of GAAP accounting.
Diplomatic and tactful with exceptional relationship-buildings skills.
Possess SRTA’s core values of Integrity, Excellence, Collaboration, Customer Focused, and Diversity.
Committed to continuous improvement and quality.
Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting or a relevant field AND five years of professional accounting work experience, three of which must have been in a supervisory role.
CPA certification required.
Competent in the use of MS Word and MS Excel.
Highly organized and able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
Applicants must possess SRTA’s core values of Integrity, Excellence, Collaboration, Customer Focused, and Diversity.
Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting or a relevant field.
Hands-on experience in the use of MS Dynamics AX R2 or R3 ERP software.
Accounting experience in the public sector.
Experience in the tolling, transit, or transportation industry.
Experience working with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant funding.
SRTA is an independent Authority created by the Georgia General Assembly to operate tolled transportation facilities and act as the transportation financing arm for the State of Georgia. SRTA operational brands include Peach Pass and Xpress. Visit our website at www.georgiatolls.com for more information.
SRTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, national origin, age, sex, religion, or disability.