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Title: Finance Director
Company: Duluth Transit Authority
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 152670
The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is currently seeking a Director of Finance. The DTA is an award-winning transit agency that provides safe, convenient, and affordable public transit service (fixed route and paratransit) within the Twin Ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI and its surrounding areas. We transport just under 3 million passengers annually by way of our 75+ bus fleet and we employ approximately 185 team members. Duluth is a beautiful port city located on the scenic shores of the great Lake Superior where fresh air, green space, 4-season outdoor adventures and arts/entertainment abound.

We are looking for a proven leader who possesses an abundance of relevant senior financial management and transit/public sector industry budgeting knowledge and experience. The ideal candidate also brings outstanding communication skills to be utilized in effectively interacting with all organizational stakeholders, including the DTA’s public Board of Directors and senior leadership team.

The Director of Finance plays a critical role in ensuring the continued fiscal health of the DTA, reports directly to the General Manager, and works closely with all senior leadership team members. Ideal qualifications include: bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business or a related field and senior financial management and relevant staff supervision experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is not a remote position and work is done in the DTA offices.

The DTA offers an exceptional compensation and benefits package, including:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Completely paid monthly Health, Dental and Vision premiums (including paid family coverage)
  • Life/AD & D Insurance
  • 12% Paid Pension Plan Contributions, with 2% employee match
  • Money Purchase Pension, Deferred Compensation, and Flexible Spending Account Plan Options
  • Paid Vacation - 3 weeks to start
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • 6 paid Holidays

Essential Duties:
The Director of Finance (DOF) is responsible for the financial administration of federal, state and local funded transit grant programs, including grant application, compliance management and mandated reporting. The DOF administers the preparation of the annual budget, purchasing, capital and operations, planning and revenue monitoring and is responsible for accounting, revenue and statistics, debt, investments, payroll, financial analysis and performance reporting. The DOF is also responsible for the oversight of procurement and inventory and is the designated Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Officer. The DOF is a member of the senior leadership team. Responsible for direct supervision of the Finance Assistant, Payroll Specialist and Cashier.

Leadership, management, and oversight:
  • Advise/present to the senior leadership team and Board of Directors regarding all financial aspects of agency goals, including: researching, analyzing, and interpreting financial data in making financial/compliance recommendations
  • Responsible for all regulatory reporting, including ensuring all requirements are fulfilled/reported to federal, state, and other government entities in an accurate, clear, and comprehensive manner
  • Administer Triennial Review
  • As the DTA DBE Liaison Officer, monitor and implement the DTA Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, including ensuring compliance
  • Responsible for performance; revenue; and federal, state, and local transit grant reporting, including ensuring compliance
  • Assist with the development of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects
  • Participate in strategic planning initiative

Finance and Accounting:
  • Develop, implement and maintain financial policies and procedures
  • Ensure proper controls over fare collections/fare boxes
  • Oversee sales/distribution of fares and third party outlets
  • Develop the annual budget, multi-year budget forecasts, and financial reports
  • Responsible for the annual audit process, including: preparing/reviewing audit work papers, reconciliations, and applicable reporting requirements; and acting as liaison to the independent audit firm

Management and supervision of staff:
  • Ensure compliance with policies, rules, regulations and schedules and maintain appropriate written documentation
  • Communicate courteously and professionally and maintain respectful working relationships with coworkers and customers in carrying out job functions
  • Perform all job duties in compliance with safety guidelines and with an ongoing awareness of safety practices

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