Accounting Supervisor - Payroll

Washington D.C.
Sep 03, 2018
Sep 17, 2018
Accountant, Finance
Full Time
Job Description Departments Marketing Statement:

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is seeking to hire a strong and dynamic Supervisor of Accounting for our Payroll Department. This leadership position is responsible for supervising a professional and clerical staff in processing, maintaining, analyzing, auditing, and reporting payroll information. In addition this position will also be responsible for directing and coordinating all weekly and biweekly payroll activities; establishing strong internal controls; and enhancing the payroll processes and systems. This position has extensive latitude for independent judgment and action within established guidelines and must maintain a high degree of confidentiality, integrity and work ethics.

The successful incumbent will have extensive knowledge, skill and ability as a supervisor over payroll processing, payroll professional staff and clerical employees along with supervisory experience in both union and non-union environments.

In addition, the successful candidate will have a very strong ability to establish and maintain effective continuing working relationships with the Authority's financial management team, departments, governmental agencies, union officials, outside auditors and the various Authority employees requiring payroll-related assistance.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors Degree in accounting, business administration, finance or a related field.  An advanced degree or certification in the fields of accounting, auditing or management is highly preferred.  A minimum of eight (8) years  of  considerable and progressive responsible experience in accounting operations, planning/execution, financial management or management analysis, applicable to the assigned section, in a large complex organization using manual and automated financial systems preferably with experience in both private and government accounting, with at least two (2) years of supervisory experience in a accounting/financial environment.  Experience with PeopleSoft, SAP or other enterprise-wide software applications would be a significant plus.

Or, the successful completion of some post secondary school in accounting, business administration, finance or a related filed plus a minimum of ten (10) years of considerable and progressive experience accounting operations, planning/execution, financial management, or management analysis, applicable to the assigned section, in a large complex organization using manual and automated financial systems preferably with experience in both private and government accounting, with at least two (3) years of supervisory experience in a accounting/financial environment. Experience with PeopleSoft, SAP or other enterprise -wide software applications would be a significant plus.

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:

This is a senior level supervisory, professional, technical,  and administrative  work of a complex nature requiring effective and efficient  skills in the areas of  financial management and reporting, accounting research and analysis, financial statement preparation, and project management.  This position oversees, facilitates and implements the processing and recording of financial transactions in accordance with accounting policies and procedures for a major accounting segment in the areas of Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, Capital Reporting or Project Accounting.  Employee must be pro-active in identifying business solutions, can improve and streamline processes and create opportunities for enhanced customer service. Incumbent must possess a degree of creativity, foresight and mature judgment in planning, organizing coordinating, communicating and solving various financial and management issues.

Performs difficult supervisory, professional, technical and administrative work for one of the organizational sections: Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, Capital Reporting or Project.  This work includes the functional duties common to each section as well as those additional duties that are specific to the incumbent’s designated organizational section. 

Supervise data control operations including the approval of documents and batch processing control; implement modifications to improve systems and participate in the development and testing of new systems.

Manages, coordinates and evaluates all general ledger functions including month end and year end close, financial statement preparation, yearly financial and A133 audits, compliance reporting and in-depth research and analysis.

Plans and supervises the work of an accounting unit engaged in the maintenance of  complex accounting records and other activities related to payments of and invoices, billing and receipts of jurisdictional funds and the review, verification and the accounting of expenditures of jurisdictional funds.

Participate with managers and external auditors in the preparation of necessary working papers, exhibits and accounting documentation for the year-end closing of accounts.

Incumbent is responsible for verifying, producing and distributing pay information, ensuring the accuracy of all pay documents and supporting records in compliance with strict payroll timetables.

Oversees the analysis and reconciliation of accounts as well as timely processing of all necessary accounting adjustments needed to correct improperly recorded transactions.

Oversees the processing of the wage assignments system and levies against wages as well as ensuring timely and accurate reporting of payments for employers’ and employees’ withholding taxes, premiums and miscellaneous withholdings to appropriate agencies. Evaluates, develops and recommends changes in payroll systems and procedures.

Manages the grant the applications which provide appropriate controls over cost and funds.

Evaluates job performance and monitors and adjusts workload assignments to meet organizational deadlines.  

Supervises subordinate staff to include recommending applicant selection regarding hiring, resolution of difficult problems, retention programs, approving leave request, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, and ensuring appropriate training and preparedness in achieving section/branch goals. 

Serves as Branch Manager when designated.

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.