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Transit Accounting Manager #2210-201400-02

Accounting Operations Manager

Date Opened
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:30 PM
Close Date
Monday, February 20, 2023 2:30 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $88,579 - $110,723/year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

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Under general direction, performs administrative and fiscal management duties in supervising a complex financial and managerial financial system.  Plans and manages all aspects of the CATS’ accounting operations policies, objectives and initiatives; oversees methods employed to make decisions for accounts payable, p-card, accounts receivable, and revenue control for CATS.     

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Employees performing this job function may perform some or all of these duties.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Manages a staff comprised of exempt management, technical and non-exempt personnel at multiple facilities.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership and management competencies including integrity, accountability, communication skills, and commitment to teamwork and excellence in responsibilities such as selecting, mentoring, coaching, supervising, motivating developing, training and evaluating the performance of assigned staff.
  • Manages the overall planning and management of the financial operations system; supervises the installation and maintenance of financial and fare collection operations; establishes and implements internal controls as appropriate.
  • Ensures the accurate documentation of all financial transactions and the timely payment and receipt of all funds.
  • Coordinates with all elements of Finance as directed by the Transit Chief Financial Officer to ensure that proper accounts payable, accounts receivable, p-card and revenue control functions are administered by the organization.
  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of complex periodic and special financial analyses for internal and external purposes; apprises the Transit Chief Financial Officer periodically of internal control measures, cash flow and expenditure trends.
  • Recommends financial and operational policy guidelines; develops a comprehensive organization-wide technical assistance program to provide coordination and centralization of information and instruction for program personnel and contractors in the areas of billing and financial compliance; assists in the development of appropriate manuals, handbooks and training materials.
  • Manages the maintenance and application of CATS automated accounts payable, p-card, accounts receivable, and revenue control systems.
  • Establishes the validation process and audit trail for receiving documents used as authorization for proper payment of material invoices by CATS Finance.
  • Develops and conducts special financial requests and analyses in collaboration with other departments.
  • Consults with managers, employees, and vendors to resolve problems.
  • Manages and analyzes special projects and analytical studies.
  • Develops, implements, and/or administers special programs as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Directly support continuous implementation and compliance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) State Safety Oversight Program Standards (SSOPS) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations 49 CFR Part 673 and 672 related to the Safety Management System (SMS) and the CATS Agency Safety Plan (ASP). Support Safety performance goals of CATS.
  • Encourage employees to proactively support and report safety concerns following the CATS Safety Reporting options as described in your training and in the ASP.
  • As part of your responsibility to support the CATS Safety Culture, report safety concerns and issues through the various methods established by CATS as outlined in the ASP.
  • Advocate and promote a strong safety culture within CATS with regard to transportation services, capital programs, facility operations and maintenance, worksite procedures, employees, and customers following SMS and ASP. 
  • Participate in internal and external ASP audits.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of accounting, auditing and financial management.
  • Extensive knowledge of governmental finance and fund accounting.
  • Extensive knowledge of automated accounting systems.
  • Skilled in the use of mathematical concepts.
  • Knowledge of federal and state grant regulations and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of business and public administration.
  • Ability to select, coach, supervise, motivate, train, develop, and evaluate the performance of staff through demonstration of managerial and leadership competencies, including integrity, accountability, communication skills, and commitment to teamwork and excellence.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff, customers, coworkers, contracted personnel, and those doing business with CATS.
  • Ability to draw logical conclusions and make viable recommendations from an analysis complex accounting data and financial statements.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize, design, implement, and evaluate financial data, reporting methods, and procedures for budgets and related accounting functions.
  • Ability to coordinate various diverse functions.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle; must possess and maintain proof of a valid North Carolina Driver’s License; must possess an acceptable driving record.

Physical Requirements:

The functions of this position are generally conducted in an office environment with extended periods sitting at a table, desk or workstation with use of a computer.  Normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, speaking, and color perception. Work involves periodic bending, stooping, reaching, standing, and walking.  Requires dexterity in operating office machines and equipment.  Periodic need to carry items for short distances weighing up to 10 lbs.

Preferred Qualification


Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting and five (5) years of experience as a professional accountant, auditor, budget manager, or other highly skilled financial management position. Qualifying experience must include at least three (3) years of supervising professional accounting employees, developing and interpreting accounting procedures and preparing management level financial reports requiring in-depth research and analysis of accounting records of financial systems.  Two (2) additional years of experience in a highly skilled financial management position, above the minimum required, may be substituted for one (1) year of the required education.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

As of October 1, 2021, The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.  The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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