Examples of Duties: The Finance and Administration Division provides the Port with short- and long term financial guidance in the areas of financial planning, financial management, capital project funding, and internal and external financial reporting. This division is also responsible for risk management, purchasing, enterprise resources planning, and human resources. The Port Controller is responsible for the audited financial statements and supervises the activities of the accounting department of the Financial Services Division, which may include but not limited to one or more of the following work units: revenue accounting, cash receipts, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and benefits accounting, debt management, fixed asset accounting, and general ledger.
Typical duties of the position include:
• Directs the activities and staff of the entire accounting function including general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll accounting and reporting, cash receipts.
• Plans and organizes the work of the accounting department.
• Prepares internal and external accounting reports including audited financial statements.
• Analyzes accounting records to determine their accuracy in financial statement presentation.
• Evaluates accounting systems to determine their effectiveness in summarizing data.
• Responsible for the annual closing of the books and preparation of annual financial statements.
• Implements and maintains internal accounting controls.
• Performs special projects within the Financial Services Division and other related duties as assigned.
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller supervises a staff of 17, with five direct reports. The Port has a FY2021 budgeted operating revenues of $340.0 million.
Minimum Qualifications: The Port of Oakland is a dynamic organization and is staffed by professionals who are passionate about the work they do and supportive of one another. The Finance and Administration Division has focused on technical upgrades and process improvement for the last year. The new Controller will be a key employee in helping the Port successfully transition from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ideal candidate will be a forward thinking and visionary leader who can steer the team to achieving timely deliverables with improved prioritization and organization. The top priorities of the Controller will be:
• GASB Implementations - General GASB implementations, including GASB 87. Leases to be implemented by June 2022. There are roughly 200 leases that will need to be reviewed and accounting treatment determined.
• Collaboration - The Controller frequently works and interfaces with all the Port's departments. Continue to work with these stakeholders and their wide-ranging projects and initiatives.
• Personnel Management - Be a hands-on manager and inspire, motivate and train the staff to achieve goals. Be proactive in setting, revising and enforcing monthly reporting and project deadlines.
• Risk Assessment - Have a deep understanding of internal control principals and ability to recommend, establish, and maintain strong internal controls and identify areas of risk and lead the effort to update and maintain the Port's risk assessment.
• Process Improvement - Review and update Port policies and procedures for current and best practices.
The selected candidate will be a team builder and inclusive manager who fosters an environment of openness to ideas, opinions and personal growth. This person will excel at building relationships, be trustworthy and enjoy working on projects throughout the Port. The ideal candidate will be a patient and well-rounded professional who perseveres and strives for continuous improvement and timely project management.Education, Experience and Certification
This position requires education and experience reflecting possession of the required knowledge and skills. A typical combination would include: graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in accounting plus five years of experience culminating in having supervised an accounting function or unit within a private corporation or a public agency equivalent in size and complexity to the Port. A CPA certificate would be highly desirable.
• Understanding the City Charter, Board Resolutions and Ordinances, agreements, contractual arrangements, rules and regulations of outside organizations and governmental agencies affecting the accounting and financing functions of the Port is important as the Controller will be a key liaison to the City of Oakland's Finance Department.
• Experience with cost allocations and multi-entity reporting preferred. Experience in comparable organizations in aviation, transportation or maritime is a plus.
• Personnel management experience required.
Additional Requirements: Requires the ability to complete and pass a Transportation Security Administration/Federal Aviation Administration (TSA/FAA) 10-year employment history verification, which will include fingerprinting and a Criminal History Records Check (CHRCH) prior to being considered for this position. This status must be maintained for the duration of employment at the Port. HOW TO APPLYPlease apply on-line by May 14, 2021 at https://www.alliancerc.com/searches/current-recruitments/controller-port-of-oakland/ For questions and inquiries, please contact:Sherrill Uyeda or Cindy Krebs
ALLIANCE RESOURCE CONSULTING LLC
Telephone: (562) 901-0769
Fri. 05/14/21 5:00 PM Pacific Time