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general direction, this position plays a major role in planning and directing
the fiscal management and accounting functions of the organization. Coordinates the production of reliable
financial reports and completion of federal and state statutory reports. Ensures that adequate internal controls are
in place for safeguarding the organization’s assets and the timely and accurate
recording of financial transactions.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Employees performing this job function may perform
some or all of these duties. The omission of specific statements of duties does
not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a
logical assignment of the position.
- Demonstrates strong
leadership and management competencies including integrity,
accountability, communication skills, and commitment to teamwork and
excellence in responsibilities such as selecting, mentoring, coaching,
supervising, motivating, developing, training and evaluating the
performance of assigned staff.
- Oversees the overall
planning and management of the general and grants accounting systems;
assists the Transit Chief Financial Officer with the design and
implementation of proper internal accounting and compliance controls.
- Manages the monthly and
annual system closeouts.
- Manages the preparation
of complex monthly and annual financial reports, statements, and analyses
and their associated schedules for internal and external purposes. Works with and coordinates activities
with independent auditors in the production of financial reports.
- Manages record keeping
for the CATS’s grants, fixed assets, and capital projects.
- Reviews contract and
professional services invoices for proper documentation.
- Develops accounting
procedures, manuals, handbooks and training materials.
- Ensures the accuracy of
the financial accounting records to facilitate a timely reporting of
financial condition to management.
Maintains CATS trial balance daily and/or weekly.
- Ensures the accurate
recording and documentation of all financial transactions and assists in
controlling agency cash flow
- Maintains and oversees
the use of an extensive internal chart of accounts; devises account and
object identification codes; develops and maintains cost allocation
- Reviews monthly and
year-end general journal entries, analyses and schedules.
- Works and coordinates
with CATS staff and other departments to implement, manage and maintain a
fully-integrated accounting system to track, record and report various
- Conducts research and
prepares special reports on financial matters. Assists in the preparation of annual
National Transit Database Report (Section 15) and Federal Transit
Administration Financial Status Reports.
- Participates in the
development and/or revision of accounting procedures and systems to meet
management’s needs, state requirements and federal regulation relating to
grants, fixed assets and capital projects.
- Oversees the accounting
for contracts and grants; reviews and provides opinion of contract and
grant financial requirements; oversees the maintenance of procedures for
allocating direct and indirect costs to programs; assists in altering the
accounting system to accommodate legislative or programmatic changes.
- Oversees the
development and maintenance of a capital asset system that meets GAAP and
FTA requirements; ensures the proper and timely conduct of physical count
of capital assets.
- Works with the Transit
Chief Financial Officer to establish the proper disposition of material.
- Works in collaboration
with the Transit Chief Financial Officer to analyze and model the
financial impact of the union contract for use in negotiations;
coordinates actuarial studies as needed.
- Ensures that the
automated accounting system is kept updated with the data processing
capabilities required to properly and efficiently record and store the
Company’s financial transactions; makes provisions for users of the
accounting system and software programs to be properly trained.
- Serves as liaison to
external auditors during the year-end audit process; coordinates the
preparation of audit schedules and annual CAFR for CATS; assists in program
audits and triennial reviews.
- Prepares monthly
financial schedules that are incorporated into the Performance Measurement
- Performs other related
duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Extensive knowledge of the principles,
theories, and practices of accounting, auditing and financial management.
- Extensive knowledge of governmental
finance and fund accounting.
- Extensive knowledge of automated
- Knowledge of personal computers and
related software applications.
- Skilled in the use of mathematical
- Ability to draw logical conclusions from
an analysis of complex accounting data and financial statements.
- Skilled in the operation of adding
machines, calculations, and office equipment used in conjunction with
- Ability to communicate effectively in
English, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to organize and manage a general
- Ability to select, coach, supervise,
motivate, train, develop, and evaluate the performance of staff through
demonstration of managerial and leadership competencies, including
integrity, accountability, communication skills, and commitment to
teamwork and excellence.
- Ability to coordinate various diverse
- Ability to interpret and apply
professional accounting principles, knowledge, skills, to the maintenance
of financial and cost accounting records.
- Ability to perform detail work involving
written or numeric data and to make arithmetical calculations rapidly and
- Ability to analyze and evaluate
accounting procedure and plan, organize, recommend and/or implement work
- Ability to establish and maintain
effective working relationships with all levels of staff, customers,
coworkers, contracted personnel, and those doing business with CATS.
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle; must
possess and maintain proof of a valid North Carolina Driver’s License;
must possess an acceptable driving record.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting or a
closely related field and five (5) years of experience as a professional
accountant or auditor; preferable with a governmental entity or industry in a
highly computerized environment.
Qualifying experience must include at least three (3) years of
supervising professional accounting employees, developing and interpreting
accounting procedures and preparing management level financial reports
requiring in-depth research and analysis of accounting records of financial
systems. Two (2) additional years of
experiences as a professional accountant or auditor above the minimum required,
may be substituted for one (1) year of the required education. C.P.A.
preferred. Experience in MUNIS is
Conditions of Employment
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Effective October 1, 2021 the City of Charlotte and Charlotte
Area Transit System requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of
employment. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider
reasonable accommodations as required by law.
How To Apply
Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.
You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.
Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to CityHrJobPostingsNotify@ci.charlotte.nc.us.
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