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Dart Senior Staff Accountant in Des Moines, Iowa

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) is the largest public transit agency in Iowa. DART provides resources for those who vanpool, walk, or bike. These services connect thousands of people every day to jobs, school, medical appointments, entertainment and more. DART serves Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Polk County, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.

Why Work for DART?

Our employees are dedicated, flexible and personable leaders. At DART you’ll find the team is community focused and always looking for ways to enrich the lives of our passengers.

Available Benefits:

  • Health Insurance & Optional Health Savings Account

  • Dental and Vision Insurance

  • I.P.E.R.S Retirement System

  • Deferred Compensation Plan

  • Generous Paid Time Off

  • Disability Benefits

  • Life Insurance for Employees and Families

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • Tuition Assistance

  • Free Onsite Wellness Center

  • B-Cycle Pass

  • Employee and Family Bus Passes

  • Annual Health Screens

  • Employee Assistance Program

    Position Summary:

    Under general supervision, the Senior Staff Accountant performs a wide array of complex accounting duties. Professional work includes financial reviews, reconciliations, research, analysis, management of accounting records, application of government accounting standards, preparation of financial reports and agency wide operating budgets.

    Essential Functions of this Position

  • Preparation of complex monthly financial statements detailing multiple revenue sources, operating expenses, assets, liabilities, and capital activities

  • Works closely with Finance Manager to complete DART's annual audit

  • Manages the preparation, development, and roll out of annual operating budget for DART to include forecasting of operating revenues and expenses

  • Prepares monthly forecasts of operating revenues and expenses; identifies trends that will potentially impact overall budget performance

  • Reconcile financial activity to ensure separation between FTA General Funds, Non-FTA Funds, and Reserve Funds

  • Review recurring invoicing for transit services for accuracy, reporting, and analysis of revenue forecasting

  • Oversee bank statement reconciliation and provides assistance for complex transactions

  • Ensures various Accounts Receivable, FTA Receivables, Prepaid Accounts, Payroll and Fixed Asset accounts are balanced to the GL after month end close date; this involves problem solving with internal and external stakeholders

  • Manages financial portion of vehicle parts physical inventory. This includes preparation for annual audit of parts inventory and coordination efforts with procurement team for reporting accuracy

    Education and Experience

  • Four-year degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Accounting, Finance, or related field required

  • Five years of professional, intermediate level accounting experience preferred

  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as data warehousing and reporting tools is a plus

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

    Knowledge of:

  • Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as well as governmental accounting principles and methodologies

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices utilized in inputting accounting and statistical data into financial records, maintaining various journals, work papers, schedules and reports

  • Knowledge of applicable auditing standards

  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort, attention to detail and commitment by completing assignments efficiently with minimal supervision

    Skills and Ability to:

  • Ability to add, audit, balance, check, code, count, divide, enter, group, itemize, list match, multiply, post, reconcile, sort, subtract, tabulate, total and verify various transactions into accounts and numerical records through application of established arithmetic, bookkeeping, statistical and other quantitative procedures

  • Skilled in compiling and analyzing financial information

  • Ability to maintain and develop strong working relationships with customers, agency staff, and other governmental agencies as well as to provide reliable, accurate information which is intended to inform, explain and answer specific questions from employees and others outside the agency which relate to agency policies and accounting procedures

  • Ability to prioritize and organize tasks to meet deadlines, with the ability to manage multiple priorities while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and strong attention to detail, in a fast-paced customer service environment with constant interruptions

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This position does supervise temporary contractors and interns as well as oversees the work product of other team members