Regional Government Services

Senior Accountant

For the Transportation Authority of Marin
Northern Bay Area
Until filled
$6,822.08-$8,312.04 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Transportation Authority of Marin, 900 /fifth Avenue #100 San Rafael, 94901


Regional Government Services is pleased to invite applications on behalf of the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) for the exciting new position of:


 $6,822 to $8,312 per month

plus an excellent benefits package


Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Senior Accountant provides responsible and professional accounting work, including auditing, analyzing, and verifying financial records, preparing financial reports and statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), reconciling general ledger accounts, processes payroll and human resource data, maintains the accounting database system, participates in the preparation of various budgets, prepares year-end audit reports and schedules, assists with benefits administration, provides complex technical and responsible support to management in areas of expertise, provides information to other staff regarding accounting practices and procedures, and performs related work as required.

Key Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide complex professional and technical assistance in the administration and implementation of financial, revenue, budget, auditing, and accounting programs, including financial report development, budget monitoring, forecasting, financial analysis, and reimbursement billings.
  • Analyze and reconcile balance sheet accounts and expenditure and revenue accounts, verifying availability of funds and classification of expenditures; researches and analyzes transactions to resolve problems.
  • Coordinate monthly and year-end general ledger processing and closing; prepare journal entries with proper documentation; post and balance general ledger accounts; ensure compliance and accuracy in accordance with GAAP. 
  • Coordinate and administer a wide variety of financial and accounting programs, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, reimbursement billings, investments, fixed assets, and payroll.
  • Prepare monthly sales tax allocations and reconcile general ledger expenditures to ensure amounts are properly distributed. 
  • Participate in the compilation and preparation of annual budgets, including assisting other staff with budget preparation, providing revenue and expense projections, and monitoring expenditures.
  • Participate in the preparation of audit schedules and reports for external auditors and provide assistance during the annual auditing process and program audits throughout the year.
  • Reconcile asset, liability, revenue, expenditure accounts, reconcile bank statements to the general ledger and prepare technical transactions in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Research and analyze financial data and develop, prepare and file a wide variety of financial reports and statements including the State Controller’s Report.
  • Reconcile data from the grant database to the general ledger. 
  • Coordinate, prepare, process, and maintain payroll; receive, review, verify, and process time recording documents; prepare quarterly and annual tax reports and returns; ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Assist with benefits administration, including maintaining flexible benefits accounts, processing enrollment and termination, and reviewing invoices and allocating benefits costs to appropriate accounts; prepare and reports pension and deferred compensation to providers.
  • Prepare comprehensive financial and accounting activity studies, statistics, statements, and reports, including historical summaries, charts, graphs, and various memos and letters. 
  • Receive, reviews and process various reports and records including payment authorizations and checks, and receipts. 
  • Research and analyze technical transactions to resolve questions and validate data; ensures fiscal accountability and fund integrity for transactions and supporting documentation.  
  • Interpret, explain, and apply general and governmental accounting/auditing principles and procedures, laws, and regulations affecting the financial operations of municipal government; provides professional and technical guidance and training to other staff in accounting processes and procedures.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions, and reviews publications to remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in accounting and finance.
  • Provide support and vacation coverage for other accounting and administrative staff when needed.
  • Assist management with special projects as required.

Minimum Qualifications:  

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education and Experience: 

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, business administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of responsible professional public accounting experience. 

Licenses and Certifications

  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Driver's LIcense by the time of appointment.
  • Certificate of Public Accountant LIcense is highly desirable.
About the Organization

TAM is a joint powers authority comprised of Marin’s 11 cities and towns and the County of Marin. The TAM Board of Commissioners includes the five members of the County Board of Supervisors and an elected official from each city and town. TAM administers the expenditure plans for both Measure A, the 20-year 1/2-cent Transportation Sales Tax, and Measure B, the $10 Vehicle Registration Fee. Both revenue sources are dedicated to transportation projects and programs in Marin and were approved by the Marin voters. TAM also serves as Marin’s Congestion Management Agency (CMA) and is responsible for coordinating funding for many of the transportation projects and programs in the County.

TAM plays a major role in improving the quality of life for Marin County residents and in developing and maintaining the economic vitality of our local region by funding transportation projects and programs that improve mobility, reduce congestion, and provide a transportation system with more options for those living, working, visiting, and traveling in Marin County.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for Senior Accountant has five years of increasingly responsible public agency accounting experience, is skilled at coordinating finance activities and operations, has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, has a keen eye for detail, high standards for work product, excels in a team environment, has a positive and engaging personality, has experience working with Abila/MIP financial system, and is motivated by the great professional growth and satisfaction that comes from working in an environment ripe with challenge and possibility. 


These are some of the excellent benefits Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) offers:

Paid Time Off: TAM offers competitive vacation accrual in addition to 10 approved company holidays. Fulltime employees accrue vacation from date of hire. Vacation is accrued each pay period, below is an annual vacation schedule for fulltime employees:

  • 0 to 5 years of service 120 hours per year with a maximum accrual of 240 hours
  • 5 to 15 years of service, 120 hours per year plus 8 hours for each additional year of service, maximum accrual of 2x the annual vacation allotment.
  • 15 years or more, 200 hours of service per year, maximum accrual of 400 hours. 

Other benefits include generous sick leave accruals and family sick leave.

Health Plan: Comprehensive insurance plan is offered to full-time regular employees and their dependents with a choice between PPO or HMO health plans. TAM pays a significant share of the premium for employee and family.  2018 TAM contribution to premium is $775 for employee only, $1,475 for employee plus spouse, and  $1,850 for employee plus family. Employee is responsible for any premiums that exceed the approved employer contribution. Employees are also responsible for their deductible and co-payments. 

TAM also offers a fully paid dental and vision plan benefit to full-time employees and their dependents. Employee is only responsible for co-pay and any deductible.  TAM pays the full premium costs.

Additional employer paid benefits include Group term life insurance, Short and Long term disability insurance (STD/LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Retirement: TAM offers all employees retirement benefits through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).  For new employees hired after December 31, 2017, the benefit formula is 2.0% at 62 and employee is responsible for payment of the employee share of cost.  Benefit formula for classic CalPERS members is 2.0% at 55 and TAM pays both the employer and employee contribution.  TAM does not participate in the Social Security Benefit Program.

IRS 457 Deferred Compensation Plan: All employees are eligible to participate in a 457(b) deferred compensation plan. Participation is optional. The annual maximum contribution is based on IRS allowed limits.

Special Instructions


It is important to complete all required application materials. All applications will be screened for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications. Qualified applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to interview. This recruitment will be open until filled. The first review date for applications is March 12, 2018. Initial interviews will take place during the week of March 12th and 19th. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin employment as soon as possible.


To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should complete an online application and the required supplemental questionnaire through In addition, a cover letter and a PDF copy of your resume are required as an integral part of your application. Search for Member Agencies, Regional Government Services or Senior Accountant on CalOpps, or follow the link below directly to our CalOpps page:



All required application materials must be submitted to be considered. The first filing date is March 12, 2018. Inquiries may be directed to Deborah Muchmore at The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is not responsible for the failure of Internet forms or e-mail in submitting your application. NOTE: A comprehensive job description can be found on TAM’s website at

Accommodation: Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing Deborah Muchmore submittal of application.



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