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Controller Job at VIA METROPOLITAN TRANSIT – 3.6 in San Antonio, TX

JOB TITLE: Controller

DIVISION: Fiscal Management



REPORTS TO: Vice President Fiscal Management/CFO


Performs specialized technical work of considerable complexity and responsibility requiring a considerable amount of knowledge of theory and practice in accounting and finance, and expertise and experience in maintaining accounting records. Responsible for preparing financial reports and determining accounting procedures to be used. Work is performed under general direction only and requires initiative and independent judgment to analyze data or situations and determine solutions to problems based on standard accounting practices and VIA policy. Responsible for all General Accounting work, including but not limited to work relating to the General Ledger, Fixed Assets, Payables and Receivables.
Also handles ticket accounting. Provides supervision and assistance to Accounting staff.

Requires the knowledge and ability to apply accounting theory and practice.


Supervises all General Accounting functions and maintains the accuracy and integrity of the General Ledger.

Responsible for financial reports which are used by the Board of Trustees, President/CEO, and Division Vice Presidents to make decisions involving large expenditures of capital and/or operating funds.

Maintains control of the General Ledger system including coordinating the computer processing of all monthly transactions and financial statements in accordance with established procedures.

Coordinates preparation of all “provided by client” and related information requested by VIA’s external auditors in connection with the annual financial audit, and acts as a liaison between the external auditors and staff.

Determines and implements appropriate accounting processes for all agency initiatives that have an accounting impact. Works closely with other departments to evaluate the related business opportunities and make related recommendations.

Establishes, maintains, and drives continuous improvement of internal accounting and administrative controls for the safeguarding of the agency’s assts.

Assesses requirements associated with new Government Accounting Standards Board

(GASB) statements and leads the implementation of these new accounting standards.

Makes recommendations for improving accounting policies and procedures as needed.
Works with other departments to ensure that the accounting system provides information useful for decision-making.

Responsible for handling accounting aspects of any system conversion projects.

Responsible for keeping all General Ledger accounts reconciled.

Assists in the collection effort of all amounts recorded as receivables of VIA including receivables for school contracts, charters, employees, ticket sales, etc.

Responsible for the overall control and distribution of the student identification discount bus card program.

Responsible for maintaining current and properly completed authorization forms which are used by other areas of Fiscal Management to determine if a transaction is properly approved.

Prepares transfer of pension funds and Other Post-Employment Benefits OPEB) funds in a timely manner.

Coordinates the computer processing of all monthly transactions by preparing a monthly schedule and ensuring that it is followed.

Responsible for maintaining appropriate ticket inventory levels taking the cost to VIA into consideration when purchasing tickets.

Responsible for the accuracy and timely submission of fuel credit forms.

Responsible for proper Fixed Assets accounting which includes fixed asset additions, deletions, and transfers. Responsible for the administration of Fixed Assets policy.

Responsible for keeping up with Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GASB) and
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) requirements and ensuring that VIA is in compliance.

This job description excludes marginal functions that are incidental to performing the job. Other duties may exist.


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field and at least five (5) years accounting experience, or an equivalent combination. CPA strongly preferred.


Must have thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and methods of accounting.

Must be able to analyze and interpret fiscal records, prepare accurate and complete financial statements and perform work requiring a high level of knowledge in the area of accounting theory and practice.

Must be able to solve complex accounting problems innovatively in situations where only general policies and procedures exist.

Must be able to work independently using analytical skills, initiative and good judgment while performing work that requires making decisions based on precedent and VIA policy.

Must be proactive and work to ensure that VIA’s Accounting group is utilizing best practices. Must be effective at developing new procedures to meet the demands of new situations.

Must have thorough knowledge of all work performed in the Accounting group, and the ability to perform the tasks in emergency situations.

Must be able to maintain complex accounting records.

Must be able to supervise work of clerical, administrative or technical subordinates in a variety of situations.

Knowledge of automated spreadsheet applications.

Must be able to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information such as employee pay rates and budget data.

Must have ability to read and understand complex materials such as reports, instructions, manuals, etc.

Must be able to maintain good work attendance.

Safety Accountability Statement:

– Employees must consider safety in all tasks performed, as well as demonstrate safe judgment and decisions that not only maintain their own safety; but that of fellow employees and customers.

– Demonstrate a professional commitment to assure compliance with all organizational policies, practices, and programs; related to safety, health, and system security.

– Employees have a responsibility to identify and report hazards, as well as potentially unsafe conditions, to your immediate supervisor or Safety

– Employees are responsible, and required, to stop a job/task to prevent an unsafe incident or act from occurring. This acknowledges the threat of potential injury, property damage and the opportunity for better judgment to be used

Must comply with and support VIA’s EEO policies and the Diversity Program.


Must be able to perform all the physical requirements of the position, with or without accommodations. Key physical requirements include occasional light lifting (up to 10 or 20 pounds, such as lifting files, computer printouts and books) and ability to sit for long periods of time and have full use of hands and arms as required to use calculator and computer keyboard.


Work involves deadlines and multiple priorities.

Works within normal office environment.

Occasional exposure to noise from computer printers.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $6,884.00 – $9,469.00 per month


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Vision insurance


Work Location: One location

About the Company


Company Location:  San Antonio, TX

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