• San Diego Association of Governments - SANDAG
  • San Diego, CA 92101
Full Time Accounting Business Development Franchise

Job Description

Salary Range: - Accountant II - $52,598 to $81,527/year; Associate Accountant - $57,989 to $89,883/year

First Review of Applications: March 9, 2021 – opened until filled

Expected Start Date: April 2021


The Accountant will perform a full range of accounting, reporting, and revenue management functions for the agency including financial reporting and accounting functions, monthly general ledger close, and balance sheet and income statement analyses.

Overview of Finance Department

SANDAG has great pride in being a fiscally responsible public agency and has implemented rigorous accounting processes and financial reporting procedures to monitor expenses, encumbrances, grant funds, and project budgets, and accurately document various types of financial transactions. The Finance Department has a role in supporting all agency programs. The Accounting team is highly regarded for their ability to maintain an exceptional level of accuracy and for providing outstanding customer service.

Job Responsibilities

This opportunity is ideal for an experienced accountant, someone who has the skill to perform the technical requirements of the position and has a strong interest in furthering their operational accounting expertise. We anticipate career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with the senior staff. The primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Coordinate and participate in a variety of functions such as debt management, cash flows, capital assets, journal entries, investment portfolio management, general ledger account reconciliations, and preparation of financial statements.
  • Maintain financial management systems and records; ensure that financial records are accurate and comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and regulations, codes, policies, rules, and agency procedures.
  • Research variances and reconcile multiple accounts including the TransNet general ledger accounts; maintain records of TransNet sales tax receipt allocations and activity information, including sales tax revenues, payments to subrecipients, and debt service requirements; monitor and analyze long-term cash flow requirements.
  • Participate in revenue management functions, provide analysis and revenue forecasting.
  • Maintain and monitor various accounts, verify the availability of funds and classification of expenditures; perform reconciliations, analyze transactions to ensure accuracy, and resolve variances.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual financial statements; assist with various reporting requirements to outside government entities and banking institutions.
  • Participate in accounts receivable and collections functions by coordinating with external agencies and entities to record, reconcile, and collect funds.
  • Maintain operational and maintenance budgets and expenditure controls; prepare debt service and project reserve funding analyses.
  • Participate in financial audits conducted by independent certified public accounting firms; assist with establishing procedures, controls, and policies to ensure accurate audit trails; prepare records for financial audits.
  • Monitor and maintain reconciliation procedures used for accounting and financial record-keeping and reporting; participate in enhancements to ensure effective systems are in place and are in accordance with federal and state regulations, GAAP, and agency procedures.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field. One to three years of increasingly responsible, recent professional accounting experience providing support for business operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with the principles and practices of general and enterprise accounting, including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control reporting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), procedures, and practices; familiarity with current issues and emerging trends related to Accounting Authoritative Guidance.
  • Familiarity of laws, regulations, and reporting requirements related to governmental and debt service fund accounting is desirable.
  • Experience preparing financial statements that conform to accepted auditing standards and accounting principles.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing journal entries and reconciling general ledger accounts; ability to analyze, reconcile, and balance complex accounts with high transaction volume; ability to identify errors and make corrections to financial records.
  • Demonstrated experience calculating and preparing reimbursement billings, tracking accounts receivables, and reconciling accounts.
  • Knowledge of auditing practices and experience participating in financial audits.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and analyze financial issues, evaluate alternative solutions, and prepare recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including internal and external partners.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively, orally and in writing, to a range of audiences; ability to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive accounting statements, and reports.
  • Excellent organizational skills, the ability to manage several concurrent projects at various stages; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, financial management systems, strong Excel skills; experience with ONESolution and QuickBooks Enterprise Edition are desirable.
  • The candidate selected for this position must successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background investigation; periodic re-checking of criminal background will be a condition of employment.

Benefits and Salary

Our benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program. SANDAG offers flexible work schedules and employees are provided with paid time off and paid holidays.

This Accountant position will be filled at the II, or Associate level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The annual salary ranges are: Accountant II - $52,598 to $81,527 per year; Associate Accountant - $57,989 to $89,883 per year.

Careers at SANDAG

A job at SANDAG is guaranteed to engage your mind, expand your skills, and enhance your professional development. We are committed to hiring talented individuals who are dedicated to working on important issues and enthusiastic about making significant contributions that improve the lives of people in the San Diego region.

How to Apply

We encourage interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted but are not a substitute for the Application.

The Employment Application can be downloaded from the SANDAG website or requested by emailing or calling (619) 699-1900. Completed applications can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at, (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-6905.

Further Information

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

The selected candidate can anticipate a driving record check upon hire, and approximately annually thereafter. The results of the check may determine whether the selected candidate will be permitted to drive for SANDAG business.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Account Management, Business Development, Corporate Accounting, Corporate Finance

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree


Accountant II - $52,598 to $81,527/year; Associate Accountant - $57,989 to $89,883/year