Transit Systems 2023-01-11 2023-02-15

Chief Financial Officer

SunLine Transit Agency
Thousand Palms, California

Job ID: 143917
Job Status: Full-time

Pay Range: $100,000 - $175,000 Annually

SunLine Transit Agency, a model for energy efficiency and sustainability, is looking for a talented person to head its financial department servicing lovely Palm Springs, California, with headquarters located in Thousand Palms.

Ideal Candidate
Led by a progressive and dynamic group of professionals, SunLine seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with a hands-on approach and a strong team orientation. SunLine is not only the transit system that provides bus service to over 3.5 million passengers a year in the Coachella Valley, but also the producer and seller of hydrogen and compressed natural gas to the public and the regulator of all local taxi services. As a key partner to the CEO/GM in strategic decisions for the agency, SunLine's CFO is empowered to think and act in entrepreneurial fashion to enable innovative operational, financial, and technology solutions that will ensure a thriving organization that serves the socioeconomic needs of its surrounding community. This is an executive leadership position that allows freedom to explore new ideas; shape and grow a talented support team; and make meaningful changes that will have a positive impact on people's lives. It also allows an accomplished finance professional to establish policies and structures that ensure accountable, transparent, and efficient use of the public funds that support the agency.

Job Summary
Under general policy direction of the CEO/General Manager, the Chief Financial Officer plans, organizes, coordinates, and reviews the fiscal, budget, and financial activities of the Agency. He/she is responsible for the development, administration, measurement, communication, and execution of financial plans or budget programs applicable to transit operations and capital programs. Other illustrative duties include managing procurement; grant funding and reporting requirements; managing external financial reporting and audit requirements; establishing reporting monitoring and accountability systems that will ensure highest standards of financial integrity; providing demographic, strategic planning, financial and/or budgetary resource planning information; providing strategic policy information to ensure the best use of Agency resources; reviewing; reviewing, analyzing, and monitoring annual departmental budgets; providing technical direction and assistance to departmental budget managers; identifying problem areas and proposing solutions; overseeing data collection and analysis; recommending improvements to operating systems; ensuring that the Agency complies with all legal and regulatory requirements; reporting financial results to CEO/General Manager and Board of Directors; maintaining relations with external auditors and investigating their findings and recommendations; and monitoring cash balances and forecasts. Acting as an innovative change agent, the winning candidate will translate Agency financial policy to finance and other staff; communicate effectively orally and in writing; exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions; and analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.

A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position is graduation from a recognized four-year college or university with a major in finance, public administration, business administration, or urban or transportation planning (or a closely related field) and ten years of progressively responsible financial duties, at least five years of which were at a management or supervisory level (or an equivalent combination of training and experience). Experience with a public transportation agency is preferred. This is an excellent career opportunity that offers attractive compensation, benefits, and relocation.

How to Apply
To be considered, go to, select the SunLine CFO listing, and upload a letter of interest, resume, salary expectations, and 4-5 professional references (preferably supervisory and including each reference’s name, title, email, phone, and relationship to you.) SunLine values equal opportunity at all levels — diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

For additional information, contact KL2 Connects LLC’s Christian Kent at

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