Transit Systems 2022-06-10 2022-07-15

Director of Finance

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Pompano Beach, Florida

Job ID: 143528
Job Status: Full-time

Posting #: 2023-03    

Closing Date: June 23, 2022*

Position Title: Director of Finance     

Department: Finance

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director           

Supervisory: Yes

Starting Salary Range: $101,498 - $125,572**         

Position Salary Range: $101,498 - $197,792

Pay Grade: Exec I      

EEO Category: Officials and Administrators

FLSA Status: Exempt

FLSA Exemption: Executive

Telework Eligible: Yes          

Essential Role: Yes

Location: Pompano Beach, FL          

Work Schedule: 40 Hours Mon - Fri; 8 am - 5 pm

*Applications will be reviewed as received.  Closing date may change without notice.

**Applications with a minimum salary requirement exceeding this range may be considered based on experience.



All Aboard!

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (“SFRTA”) is seeking to fill the position of Director of Finance.  The Director of Finance is responsible for the leadership, direction and the effective management of SFRTA's Finance Department including the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit Asset Management program, finance and accounting infrastructure, budgeting, short- and long-term financial planning, and projections/analysis of the combined entities.  


South Florida

South Florida, comprised of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, is the fifth largest urbanized area in the United States with more than five million residents.  Key to the region’s economic vitality is a transportation system that provides mobility for existing and future residents and visitors, alike.  Providing greater mobility in South Florida, thereby improving the economic viability and the quality of the community, region and state is our vision.  


100 Million Riders

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority ("SFRTA") operates Tri-Rail, a commuter rail line operating over a 72-mile corridor linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  We are proud to celebrate the milestone of serving over 100 million riders.


The Benefits of Working for SFRTA

SFRTA’s total compensation package includes a highly competitive set of employee benefits offered through the State of Florida Department of Management Services and SFRTA sponsored plans.  Benefits include:

  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • State of Florida Insurance Benefits
    • Health insurance (over 90% employer paid)
    • includes prescription drug coverage
    • Dental, vision and supplemental insurances
    • $25k Life Insurance (100% Employer Paid)
    • Employer Assistance Program (100% Employer Paid)
    • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Participation in the State of Florida 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • Paid Vacation, Personal, Sick & Compensatory Leave
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 2x Salary Life Insurance (100%Employer Paid)
  • Long-term Disability Coverage (100% Employer Paid)
  • Employee access to free transportation on Tri-Rail to/from work; a savings of up to $1,860/yr. 
  • On-site Parking & Free EV Charging Station.
  • Flexible Schedule & Telework eligible positions.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligible employer under the U.S. Department of Education’s PSLF program.
  • and more!



  • Directs the work of a staff of managerial, professional, paraprofessional and clerical employees engaged in audits, budgets, capital asset records, grants, management of fare revenue, operating and capital accounting activities in compliance with local, state and federal rules and regulations, payroll, project accounting, purchasing, receipt and distribution of funds, and utility accounts. 
  • Coordinates preparation and drafting of the fiscal year operating and capital budgets, and the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for submission to the Agency's Executive Management Team. 
  • Provides policy direction to assigned major functional areas, directing the establishment of goals, major priorities, and advising in the development of strategies and resolution of major problems. 
  • Makes appraisals of the Authority's financial position and delivers clear and concise financial and budgetary reports to the Authority's Executive Management Team, the Governing Board, elected officials and the public at meetings, conferences, and public events on schedule and as otherwise directed. 
  • Ensures Agency compliance with all applicable financial regulations according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). 
  • Oversees the investment of all funds to ensure funds availability, compliance with investment policies, security of assets, a satisfactory return on investment, and the overall integrity of the system. 
  • Manages all activities related to the SFRTA’s Federal Transit Administration’s mandated Transit Asset Management program. 
  • Supervise a professional staff with varying levels of responsibility; conduct performance evaluations; ensure employees follow SFRTA and departmental policies and procedures; make hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations in conjunction with Human Resources. 



Knowledge of:

  • generally accepted accounting principles, including the requirements of governmental financial reporting, federal and state grant administrations; theories, principles and practices of public finance, accounting, auditing, investing, procurement and risk management; government procurement, risk control practices and funding sources; capital and operating budgets; and the administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation; 
  • federal and state laws, regulations, and procedures governing the receipt and expenditure of public funds; 
  • budgeting practices and implementation of budgetary policies, financial reporting, GAAP, and short- and long-term financial forecasting.


Skills in:

  • planning, organizing, administering, coordinating, reviewing, evaluating and participating in a comprehensive public Agency financial management program.


Ability to:

  • analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.




  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, economics, business, public administration or a related field. 



  • Eight (8) years of verifiable progressively responsible operational experience in the government finance, budgeting and accounting field, which should include five (5) years of verifiable staff supervisory, budgetary and management responsibilities. 


Any equivalent combination of related education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions may be substituted. Relevant experience should relate to government finance, budgeting, accounting or related field.



  • Master's Degree (MBA or MPA).
  • State of Florida Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Transit Agency finance and accounting experience.
  • Certified Government Finance Officer Certification (CGFO).



This position requires the ability to work with a personal computer in a Windows environment.  Must be proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.



This position will serve an essential role in the Agency’s disaster preparation and/or disaster recovery efforts, as may be designated by the Director of Safety and Security and Executive Director.  During occasions of local emergencies, this position may be required to report to perform emergency tasks, which may result in extended work hours as well as extended periods of time away from family members.



This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.  


This position description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of essential job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (“SFRTA”) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer.  It is the policy of SFRTA to provide a professional working environment that provides equal opportunities for all employees.  To accomplish this, we will comply with all applicable laws, prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disabilities, marital status, medical condition, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran or military status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. 


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority shall not discriminate against an individual on the basis of disability.  SFRTA shall make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee.  If selected for an interview, candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency Human Resources department at 954-788-7930 at least 72 hours prior to the date of the interview.  


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is a Drug-Free Workplace, authorized by FS 440.101 and Chapter 59A-24 of the Florida Administrative Code. An applicant receiving an offer of employment must submit to a drug screening. A refusal to submit, or a positive confirmed test result, may be used as a basis to rescind the offer for employment. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority conducts reasonable suspicion testing.  An employee may be required to submit for testing when the employer has a reasonable suspicion, as defined in the act that an employee is using or has used drugs in violation of the employer’s policy. It is a condition of employment for an employee to refrain from reporting to work or working with the presence of drugs or alcohol in his/her body. 


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority conducts a background check on all applicants who accept an offer of employment.  Background checks will include social security number verification, prior employment verification, personal and professional references, educational verification and criminal history. In addition, a motor vehicle records background search will be required if applicable to the position. Applicants who receive an offer of employment must complete a background check authorization form and return it to the Human Resources department signed and dated. Offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check.   

It is the policy of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority that all new employees and all present employees transferred or promoted to a new job should be evaluated for an initial Introductory Period.  The Introductory Period is a minimum of six (6) months.  After satisfactory completion of the Introductory Period, employees are evaluated as provided for in the Performance Appraisal Policy and become regular status employees. 


Employees in a position that requires certification after the hire date must fulfill that requirement within the allowed timeframe.  Employees unable to meet certification requirements may be terminated.  


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority reports hired employees to the Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Services. 


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority participates in E-Verify, which allows employers to verify eligibility to work in the United States.  View E-Verify Notice and Right to Work Notice for details.  


Nearest Major Market: Miami/Fort Lauderdale


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