Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
H1N ($94,494.40 - $118,102.40 - $141,752.00)
Job Summary

Plans, organizes, and manages the work of a major accounting function to ensure the timely and accurate processing, recording, and reporting of Metro's financial transactions in order to achieve the department's and agency's goals and objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Establishes and implements policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls
  • Manages, implements, enhances, and maintains Metro's financial information system
  • Prepares or manages the preparation of financial reports
  • Coordinates internal and external financial and compliance audits
  • Coordinates functions, groups, and projects
  • Prepares and presents reports to supervisor, management, and the Board of Directors
  • Establishes and monitors long-range goals, budgets, schedules, and strategies
  • Represents department at meetings, conferences, and public events
  • Recruits and develops high-performing, motivated staff
  • Manages, trains, mentors, and motivates assigned staff; and fosters an open, professional team working environment
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Theories, principles, and practices of governmental accounting, financial recordkeeping, reporting, and information systems, and budgets

  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations relating to governmental accounting, recordkeeping, and reporting for a public agency

  • Modern management theories and practices

  • Accounting applications and reporting tools

  • Applicable business software applications

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Overseeing the operations of a major accounting function, such as Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Fixed Assets, General Accounting and Financial Reporting, Grants Billing and Project Accounting, Payroll, and Information Technology

  • Performing and coordinating financial and compliance audits

  • Preparing comprehensive and complex financial reports

  • Determining strategies to achieve goals

  • Establishing and implementing policies and procedures

  • Analyzing data and situations, identifying problems, recommending solutions, and evaluating outcomes

  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions and solving problems

  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing

  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives

  • Managing, training, mentoring, and motivating assigned staff

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex data

  • Handle highly confidential information

  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements

  • Plan staff and financial needs of the department

  • Represent Metro before the public

  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field


  • Six years of relevant experience or three years of relevant supervisory-level experience in accounting

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and/or CMA (Certified Management Accountant) preferred

Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation

  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table

  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium

  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions

  • Communicating through speech in the English language required



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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority when classified as an Intermittent, Emergency, or Temporary employee and/or is assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) or Board Clerk's Office.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.