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Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Gold Coast Transit District
Location: Oxnard, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 120987
SALARY RANGE: $76,948 - $107,942 ANNUALLY



GCTD seeks an experienced Accounting Manager to undertake full-cycle accounting, including day to day accounting management, assisting with the financial and tax reporting, journal entries, consolidations, cash management and the continual improvement of internal control policies and processes.

This single position class is distinguished with responsibility to plan, organize, control, and direct GCTD business operations including financial functions of fiscal and accounting services, facilities, and other related operational functions.

The Accounting Manager may have responsibility for some or all of the following functions:
  • Design and maintain accounting information systems to produce timely and relevant financial data for internal decision-making purpose and for meeting agency, regulatory and other external requirements. Oversee and manage cash flow, purchasing, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  • Responsible for all the day-to-day accounting duties and responsibilities.
  • Provide leadership, direction support and training to accounting staff.
  • Plan, organize, control and direct business support operations including general accounting, internal and external audits, payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, fiscal services; develop and document standard accounting procedures; validate accuracy of account balances and other financial data; prepare or analyze financial data as it related to the financial status.
  • Responsible for the daily activities and work product integrity of accounting; budget monitoring; ensure the timely and accurate preparation of cyclical financial reports for operations and identify variances and coordinates with departments to manage the variations; prepare the ledger entries, original entries, reconciliations, and trial balances; and develop and enforce fiscal control and reporting policies, procedures, practices and forms.
  • Plan and coordinate the fiscal year-end process to assure the accuracy of the annual financial statements; plan and coordinate the annual audit; and assist the eternal audit firm in drafting the annual financial report.
  • Continually demonstrate the highest standards of business ethics, accuracy, and precision, and working knowledge (or aptitude to learn) Government Accounting, GAAP, regulations related to FTA, TDA, IRS, and other required reporting requirements.
  • Prepare and submit required governmental reports, such as quarterly reports for Federal Transit Administration and annual report for State Controller.
May be assigned other managerial and administrative responsibilities.


A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration; AND a minimum of (4 years) of increasingly responsible experience in accounting is required. Some experience in a supervisory capacity is preferred.

Licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent is desirable but not required.

Knowledge of:
  • Experience creating financial statements and understanding of their interrelationships
  • Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end/year end close process
  • Principles and practices of governmental administration in relation to accounting, purchasing and financial reports.
  • Electronic data processing techniques related to accounting procedures and practices.
  • Applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations pertaining to transit operations.
  • Modern information systems, including accounting and financial software

Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively, precisely and persuasively both written and orally.
  • Perform technical accounting work and resolve accounting problems.
  • Detect possible weaknesses of internal controls or standard accounting procedures.
  • Understand administrative policies and their impact on routine accounting functions.
  • Analyze a variety of complex administrative and organizational problems and to make sound policy and procedures recommendations
  • Relate a broad range of facts to establish a big picture approach to fiscal analysis.
  • Assist and/or develop routine and non-routine comprehensive fiscal reports.
  • Operate a Windows-based PC system and utilize spreadsheet and analytical software.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with other employees, officials, vendors, banking community, and the general public.
  • Evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data and/or information using established criteria.
  • Exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variation in assigned objectives.
  • Exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.

Ability to obtain and maintain a valid California driver’s license.

  • Office Environment
  • Driving a vehicle to conduct work

  • Speaking to make presentations
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Ability to operate office equipment
  • Some tasks may involve the ability to exert physical efforts, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials (20-25 pounds)

This job description is not construed to be an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by the supervisor, department director or general manager.

To apply, please submit the following by email to:
  • Cover Letter / Resume - To be considered for this position, applicants must provide a professionally written cover letter and resume describing their experience and/or training relevant to the job duties described above. Along with the official GCTD application, this cover letter will be used to evaluate qualifications for the position and select the most qualified applicants to proceed in the selection process.
  • GCTD Application:
Or mail to:

OXNARD, CA 93036

All applicants must provide a cover letter, resume and application to be considered. Applications will be evaluated; and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an oral interview. All statements made on the application are subject to verification. Incomplete applications may cause you to be excluded from the selection process.

The process includes a job specific pre-employment job function analysis and a non-dot drug screening to be completed by an industrial health clinic of our choice; background and references will also be checked. All offers of employment are conditioned upon successful completion of this pre-employment process.

Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) is a special purpose transit district that provides public fixed-route and paratransit service in the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. With nearly 4 million passenger trips provided each year, GCTD is the largest public transportation operator in Ventura County. The fleet includes 56 buses and 24 paratransit vehicles all powered by clean natural gas supplied by an on- site CNG fueling station. In 2014 Gold Coast Transit District was named Small Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association.

GCTD offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision plans
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Cumulative Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • California Public Employers Pension Plan (CalPERS)
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Longevity Pay
  • Life Insurance
  • Educational reimbursement
  • Free Public Transit Pass for Employee

Immigration & Control Act of 1986
In order to comply with the provision of this law, all applicants prior to placement must provide proof of work eligibility and attest that they are a citizen, permanent resident alien, or otherwise authorized to be employed.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Gold Coast Transit District is an Equal Opportunity (at will) Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual preference, gender identity, religion, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability, mental condition, or any other category protected by state or federal law.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance, please contact GCTD’s Human Resources at (805) 483-3959. EOE

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