Transit Systems 2022-09-20 2022-10-19

Chief Financial Officer

SunLine Transit Agency
Thousand Palms, California

Job ID: 143917
Job Status: Full-time

KL2 Connects LLC has been retained by SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, California, to recruit the agency’s next Chief Financial Officer.

As the transit operator in Riverside County, California, SunLine provides bus service to over 3.5 million passengers a year. Sunline’s mission is to provide safe and environmentally conscious public transportation services and alternative fuel solutions to meet the mobility needs of the Coachella Valley. Its goals include providing dynamic organizational leadership and change consistent with the growth of the transit agency; continuing the advancement of innovative transportation and alternative fuel technologies; providing leadership for the region’s mobility needs; and providing high quality transportation services that are safe, efficient, and effective.

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.

How to Apply
This is an excellent career opportunity that offers attractive compensation, benefits, and relocation. 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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