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Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Salem Area Mass Transit District dba Cherriots
Location: Salem, Oregon
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 132348
Supervise the accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and accounting functions of the District to ensure legal compliance and effective resource management. Administer all payroll policies and directives for the District. Maintain internal processing controls to ensure the accuracy of all District financial processing and output.

In accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, state regulations, and District policy, the successful candidate will:
  • Manage accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and accounting staff. Monitor staff performance and provide feedback in regard to managing all personnel issues. Manage accounting functions to ensure all accounting department employees are properly cross-trained.

  • Ensure District’s monthly financial statements, quarterly and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) are prepared accurately and in a timely manner. Issue financial statements internally and externally to users. Perform detail review of financial statements monthly.

  • Direct and participate in the preparation and reconciliation of the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA).

  • Develop accounting systems, policies, and processes to improve internal controls and management information. Responsible for performance of accounting control activities, including review of journal entries and monthly account reconciliations.

  • Monitor daily cash needs and investments and assure timely transfers for payroll taxes.

  • Monitor budget variances throughout the fiscal year and communicate to ensure the highest degree of accuracy in the general ledger.

  • Coordinate all external financial audits. Supervise staff in the preparation of schedules and other data requested by auditors. Responsible for the completion of the CAFR in compliance with federal and state regulations and deadlines.

  • Develop and maintain full cycle accounting systems for all District revenues and expenses, including chart of accounts, general ledger, cash disbursements, accounts payable and receivable, and payroll.

  • Participate in preparation of the National Transportation Database (NTD) annual report to the Federal Transit Administration, and assist in responding to NTD analyst questions.

  • Support Director of Finance in relation to year-end tax issues, pension issues, capital project accounting, financial planning and analysis.

  • Lead the department to provide excellent customer service within the organization as well as to vendors, customers, and community members outside of the organization.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and practices of accounting and financial reporting.

  • Extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to accounting and auditing procedures.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of governmental/fund accounting.

  • Knowledge of progressive supervisory and management practices and principles.

  • Considerable skill in using automated data processing systems for accounting, payroll, and reporting purposes.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing, including the ability to explain complex financial issues or sensitive information to a variety of audiences.

  • Ability to respond to questions from staff, Board of Directors, community groups, other agencies, vendors, customers, and the general public.

  • Ability to plan, organize and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Ability to be self-starting and proactive.

  • Ability to manage, motivate, and train a professional staff, including development of a team-based work environment.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, management, and the general public, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds, the elderly, persons with disabilities and/or other vulnerable populations.

  • Ability to maintain confidential information.

  • Ability to perform job functions in a timely, safe, and accurate manner

Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, public administration, business administration, or related field.

A minimum of seven years total credited experience. Progressively responsible accounting experience, including financial reporting. Five years direct supervisory experience overseeing basic accounting groups (accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general accounting) required. Accounting experience in transit, special district, or public sector agency desired.


Any satisfactory equivalent combination of related experience and training that provides required knowledge, abilities, and skills.

  • Duties are performed primarily in an office environment.

  • Must travel occasionally to attend meetings and conferences.

  • May occasionally have to drive or take the bus to perform position functions. If incumbent wishes to drive, incumbent must present the District with a valid Oregon driver’s license and must maintain a driving record that demonstrates adherence to safety and traffic laws and regulations.


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