Controller

Compensation: 110,674.00 - 166,012.00

General Description/Information

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 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), 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.

As a member of the Valley Metro’s Finance and Procurement team, demonstrates the Agency’s Core Values of Whatever It Takes, Team Player and Positive Customer Care/Service in performance of daily duties.

Responsibilities/Duties

Administer Agency's chart of accounts; coordinate the preparation of complex financial reports such as the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), 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 development and implementation 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 laws, 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.

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.

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 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.

Licenses and Certifications:
--Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Arizona or the ability to obtain certification within one (1) year. 

Positions may require:
--Valid Arizona Driver's License

Desired Qualifications:
Experience in a public agency and/or transit agency

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.