Accounting Supervisor

Irvine Ranch Water District, CA
September 1, 2023
Irvine, CA
Job Type


General Description

The Irvine Ranch Water District is excited to announce the opening of the Accounting Supervisor role who, under general direction, will plan, organize, direct, and supervise professional accountants. Accountants perform routine to complex professional accounting duties including accounts payable, payroll, utility billings and payments, accounts receivable, grant management and compliance, projects, capital assets, water supply reliability accounting, real estate, and financial reporting.

In this hand-on supervisory role, the ideal candidate will have experience ensuring timely and accurate financial reporting, process improvement, and have technological aptitude to leverage advanced accounting software systems. A solid technical accounting background relating to revenues, receivables, and projects within a Tier 1 system is highly desired.

An ideal candidate will have a track record of successfully supervising high-performing teams, driving efficiency, accuracy, and compliance. They will have used strong interpersonal and communication skills to develop and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders including auditors, executives, and cross-functional teams, providing excellent customer services to both technical and non-technical audiences.
Summary of Duties

Select, plan, train, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, coach and participate in the work of staff responsible for accounting activities which may include accounts payable, accounts receivable, revenue program, cost accounting, projects, capital assets, payroll, general ledger maintenance, financial reporting, and budget preparation.

Works with staff to ensure a high-performance, customer service-oriented work environment that supports achieving the Department's and District's mission, objectives and values regarding teamwork.

Prepare and/or review complex accounting transactions such as debt-refunding, water supply reliability, and grant compliance and reporting.

Prepare and/or review general ledger activities; review and approve journal entries and bank reconciliations; understand and resolve issues on subledger(s) and provide recommendations.

Participate in the preparation of month-end, quarter-end, and annual financial reports including the District's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), and other entities financial statements; understand and apply current knowledge in GAAP, FASB, and GASB.

Coordinate with auditors with scheduled audits, and special projects.

Participate in the development of business requirements with Information Systems; identify and implement opportunities for improving business processes; supervise/ perform user testing of system changes as appropriate; evaluate and develop user requirements and enhancements and provide user training.

Monitor work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; f ormulate, establish and maintain processes and procedures to ensure appropriate internal controls.

Research and investigate accounting issues and recommend proper accounting resolutions.

Coordinate with all internal District departments as needed.

Perform special projects and assignments or other duties as assigned.

Comply with District work-related safety practices and attend relevant safety training.



  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in business administration or related field with accounting emphasis is required. For degrees obtained outside of the U.S., an official equivalency evaluation is required.


  • Five years of experience in a general accounting environment, including two years of supervisory experience is required.
  • Experience in governmental accounting environment preferred.
  • Experience in a Tier 1 Financial System - Oracle preferred.


  • Depending on assignment, a valid Class 'C' California Driver's License may be required.
  • Certified Public Accountant license preferred.

Additional Information

The physical and mental demands described below are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with all levels of office/field employees and management. Represent District in a professional manner when dealing with outside customers and suppliers. Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well-established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple and difficult requests from others. Prepare clear and concise written reports and correspondence. Speak effectively to large groups.

Mathematical Ability

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate percentages, fractions and decimals. Ability to convert water equivalents.

Technology Ability

Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Keyboarding abilities sufficient to perform the job. Oracle Enterprise Business Suite, Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing, and Oracle Analytics knowledge preferred.

Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability

Ability to use good judgment in performing influence functions such as supervising, managing, leading, teaching and directing assigned staff. Ability to use good judgment in decision making with customers.

Physical Requirement

Regularly required to sit, walk, bend, stand and stoop. Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. on a routine basis.

Environmental Adaptability

Ability to work in an environment that may expose employee to toxic or other materials in the field. Exposure to elements of the weather and animals.
IRWD's employees enjoy working in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment where they form strong bonds with fellow employees. To ensure effective communication and promote a collaborative team environment, employees report to work each day in the office or in the field, depending on their positions.

IRWD offers a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. These benefits include the following: retirement benefits; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; anda variety of other benefits. Benefits may vary based on employment status. This benefits overview is intended to be a summary, is not intended to be all-inclusive,and may not be applicable to all employees.

Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013:
The District, in compliance with the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2012 (PEPRA), implemented a third tier for new employees hired on or after January 1, 2013. New employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 who have not been in PERS membership or in membership with a reciprocal retirement system within 6 months of hire date will receive benefits under the California Public Employees Retirement System at a 2 percent at age 62 formula. This formula gradually increases to a maximum benefits of 2.5 percent at age 67. Final compensation calculations will be based on the highest three-year average of regular recurring pay. The District pays the employer's share of these costs. The employee share of the pension cost of 7.50% is paid in full by the employees hired under this formula.

Employees hired on or after September 29, 2012 or "Classic" PERS members hired on or after January 1, 2013:
On September 24, 2012, the IRWD Board of Directors approved the addition of a second tier to the CalPERS retirement benefits. New employees hired on or after September 29th through December 31, 2012, and employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 who have been in PERS membership or in membership with a reciprocal retirement system, will receive benefits under the California Public Employees Retirement System at 2 percent at age 60 formula. This formula gradually increases to a maximum benefit of 2.418% at age 63. The District pays the employer share of these costs and the employee share of the pension cost of 7% is paid in full by the employees hired under this formula. Final retirement compensation calculations are based on the highest three-year average of regular, recurring pay.

IRWDdoes not participate or pay into Social Security except for the Medicare portion.

Medical Insurance
IRWD contracts with CalPERS for medical insurance coverage. Employees may elect coverage from a variety of PPO and HMO plans. The employee and District contribution for health insurance varies by plan.Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Dental Insurance
IRWD contracts with Delta Dental for dental coverage.IRWD pays 100% of the premium for dental coverage for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Vision Insurance
IRWD contracts with the EyeMed for vision coverage. IRWD pays 100% of the premium for vision coverage for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Life Insurance
Elgible employees are provided with life insurance coverage equal to three or four times their annual salary, depending on their level of compensation. Eligible dependents are also covered for a flat benefit amount. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following the date of hire.

Deferred Compensation
Participation in adeferred compensation plan is available through Great West Retirement Services. Enrollment is voluntary and contributions are employee-paid and subject to IRS limits. The District matches employee contributions up to 3% of base pay after 1 year of employment.

Paid Vacation
Eligible employees begin accruing vacation benefits at the rate of 80 hours per year for the first 5 years of employment and are eligible to use paid vacation time after 6 months of employment. Employees accrue 120 hours per year after 5 years of employment and 160 hours per year after 10 years of employment.

Paid Holidays
The District offers 11 scheduled paid holidaysplus one personal holiday per year.

Sick Leave
Eligible employees accrue 96 hours of sick leave annually.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Eligible employees may elect to participate in the District's Flex Advantage program. This program allows employees to deposit pre-tax dollars into special accounts to be used for a variety of purposes, including paying for qualified miscellaneous health care expenses and dependent care expenses. IRWD contracts with a third party administer to process payments from employee accounts using claim forms or a Flex Spending debit card.

Educational Assistance
The District will share in the pre-approved educational costs of tuition and books for employees who wish to attend college or take certification classes.

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