Finance Director

April 18, 2022
1515 4TH STREET SW, Conover, NC
Billing Address
PO BOX 459, CONOVER, NC 28613
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The Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority (WPRTA) Finance Director is a Senior Management position responsible for the direction and administration of all financial affairs of WPRTA.  The position requires providing advice and information to the Board of Directors, WPRTA Executive Director and employees. Financial affairs include financial administration, budget and accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, grant management, cash management, revenue and expenditure planning and forecasting, personnel pay and benefit administration and capital project financing.


Essential Functions:

  • Ensures WPRTA Executive Director is advised of the need to apprise the WPRTA Board of Directors of relevant policy and service issues for their input and direction.
  • Provides leadership, direction and guidance in financial and technical strategies and priorities for finance operations; evaluates needs, and determines resource requirements and objectives.
  • Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates WPRTA's goals, objectives, maintains sound financial policies and procedures; interprets laws and regulations; develops systems and standards for program evaluation.
  • Organizes and directs financial activities including accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, grant administration, and payroll functions.
  • Reviews revenues and expenditures and assures WPRTA's activities are in compliance with all laws, policies and regulations; performs all duties required by applicable North Carolina general statutes, Federal and State grantors, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Prepares and reviews monthly and/or interim budgetary financial reports ensuring adherence to statutory and regulatory reporting requirements and policies.
  • Prepares WPRTA long-range financial forecasts and budgets, and monitors budgets, grants and contracts during the fiscal year; assures adequate documentation of policies and procedures and authorizes changes to existing policies.
  • Plans and coordinates the annual audit process, and manages preparation of the annual financial report.
  • Prepares and analyzes financial and statistical reports necessary for management relating to expenditures, revenues, forecasting and uses statistical measures, such as cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, forecasting, and trending.
  • Responsible for all financial payments, invoicing and reporting to state and federal agencies including drawdowns through the FTA and NCDOT electronic systems.
  • Collects, compiles and analyzes data for timely completion of all reporting to the National Transit Database.
  • Assists Executive Director in areas of Financial Management.


Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

  • Excellent critical and creative thinking skills required;
  • Knowledge of Pension plan rules and regulations;
  • Skill in developing and implementing accounting control procedures;
  • Skill in writing reports and business correspondence;
  • Effective interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, elected officials and the general public sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
  • Ability to set up agency accounting and financial systems;
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate subordinate staff;
  • Ability to prepare finance and accounting related reports;
  • Ability to compile and analyze financial information;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to interpret and apply applicable Federal, State and Local laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Ability to routinely travel in-state and out-of-state for training, conferences and meetings;
  • Ability to work a varied schedule to meet critical project and reporting deadlines as required;
  • Experience must include budgeting, cash management, financial reporting, internal controls and grant administration;
  • Required knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles related to Government Financial Accounting Standards, Single Audit Act and compliance with Circular A-133, A-87, CFR 200 and North Carolina General Statute Chapter 159: Local Government Finance; and
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency level utilizing Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook with ability to manage financial software including Quick Books.


$65,000 - $75,000 Annually; Exempt


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or a related field (Advanced Degree desired);
  • Minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible senior governmental financial management experience, including three years at management level; or an equivalent combination of education and experience that could provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities;
  • CPA certification with the State of North Carolina is desirable; and
  • Public transit financial services experience desirable.


Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status or genetic information upon successful completion of a background check and drug screen.

To apply, please email a resume and letter of interest to Freda Powell at [email protected].  The job description may also be found at under employment opportunities.