Assistant Comptroller

Washington D.C.
Jun 06, 2017
Oct 23, 2017
Full Time
Job Description
Job Title: Assistant Comptroller
Job ID: 170304 Location: DC -Jackson Graham Bldg-6th Fl
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Posting Open-Close 09/29/2017
- 10/21/2017
Union NRP
Regular/Temporary: Regular Job Description

Position/Posting Details:

All WMATA  posted job openings are available through 11:59 pm the night before the noted Close Date. To ensure successful submission of application applicants are encouraged to apply well before this cut-off.  The noted Close Date is the date on which the posting is automatically removed from the website as of 12:00am at which time submission of an application is no longer possible. (WMATA reserves the right to remove postings at any time without notice as business needs demand.

Organizations Marketing Statement:

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Office of Accounting is seeking an Assistant Comptroller to oversee its Accounts Payable and Payroll branches.  The successful candidate will have experience managing large staff and a complex organization is preferred. Experience managing accounts payable and payroll is preferred along with experience with managing union employees is highly desired.  The ideal candidate will also be able to work a flexible schedule in a dynamic environment to meet department initiatives, goals and deadlines as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related field (Masters Degree and CPA Certification preferred).  Ten (10) years of extensive and comprehensive executive level, senior management experience in a controller or assistant controller position in the field of commercial and/or governmental accounting of a large public or private entity.  A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience in the financial management field.

Or, equivalent combination of higher education, with fourteen (14) years of extensive executive level work experience in a large organization and superb judgment culminating in the following attitude, knowledge, skills, and abilities: Ability to lead and motivate a large team and expert knowledge of modern accounting methods and procedures, financial reporting procedures, and the management of large and complex financial transactions.  A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience in the financial management field.

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required.  The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary/Duties:

The Assistant Comptroller is responsible for providing leadership for the day-to-day accounting functions for the Authority’s capital improvement, construction, and operating budgets to ensure quality control, absolute integrity of the Authority’s financial systems and prevention of misapplication of funds. Specific responsibilities include the installation and operation of accounting systems, establishment of charts of accounts, collection, classification, compilation and analysis of accounting data, preparation and analysis of financial statements and reports, all financial aspects of property accountability, operation of accounts receivable, accounts payable systems, and coordination of all internal and external audits. This is a high level management position which requires an executive mentality and strong leadership skills to motivate and energize a large and diverse accounting staff.  The Assistant Comptroller has extensive latitude for independent judgment and action.

Manages accounting team members effectively, efficiently, productively through clear, precise, and prompt communication and exemplary leadership. Recommends applicant selection, assigns duties, directs work, resolves grievances, undertakes necessary disciplinary actions, documents and maintains all required employment files, creates work plans, conducts performance evaluations, approves leave slips and time sheets, and ensures appropriate training for staff.

Performs a variety of professional accounting duties including creating, maintaining, and improving a complex accounting system. Ensures the integrity of the financial system; originates, develops, and implements policies and procedures that guard against misapplication of funds; coordinates with other Authority offices to tighten internal controls on obligation and disbursement; conducts quality control audits of the financial system; evaluates, advises, and implements further controls as needed for financial integrity.

Plans, directs, and supervises the preparation and analysis of financial statements, the collection, classification, compilation and evaluation of accounting data, the recording of transactions in the accounting records, the installation and operation of automated and manual accounting/fiscal systems to determine the status of activities and programs.

Establishes and maintains general fund, operating fund, construction fund, debt service fund, improvement and replacement funds, project management funds, pension and retirement funds, and any other special funds in accordance with Authority policies and procedures, and generate all corresponding reports timely.

Ensures that all Authority expenditures are in compliance with Compact mandates, Board Rules and Regulations, the Comptroller’s Manual, the Accounting Manual, the Authority Policy/Instructions Manuals in general and in preparation for internal and external audits. Coordinates all necessary data assembly for the timely filing of such reports and secures audit certification required from the Authority’s independent auditors.

Ensures compliance with Federal and Local laws and Compact mandates, and monitors and establishes compliance standards and procedures for mandatory NTD accounting and reporting system for reporting to the Secretary of Transportation and the industry.

Establishes, implements, and monitors a program of funding approvals for procurement actions in accordance with Authority procurement regulations and in coordination with Operations Services and the Procurement Department.

Expedites and monitors an efficient accounts receivable system including invoicing, billing, collecting, and analyzing reimbursable Authority costs. Expedites, monitors, and coordinates, especially with the Treasurer, to maintain prompt payments of all Authority debt in accordance with adequate controls on such payments.

Establishes, implements, and monitors a program of financial property accountability, including depreciation and amortization schedules.

Advises Comptroller and employees on accounting policies, rules, and reports.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment.  It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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