Job: Director of Finance


665 Cottage Street

Company Description:
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority oversees and coordinates public transportation in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Currently the PVTA offers fixed-route bus service as well as paratransit service for the elderly and disabled. The PVTA was created by Chapter 161B of the Massachusetts General Laws in 1974. It is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, serves Hampden and Hampshire counties, and provides connecting service to the FRTA in Franklin County. It is the largest regional transit authority, and second largest public transit system in Massachusetts after the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, providing service to over 11 million riders annually across 24 municipalities in the region, with about 70% of all riders using the system as their primary mode of transit.
Salary Range:Location:
Job Type:Category:
Full TimeAccounting/Finance/Auditing
Education Level:Work Experience:
Master's Degree
Preference: Preferred
Preference: Nice to have
Accounting, financial controls, auditing, and reporting - Preference: Nice to have

Job Title: Director of Finance                                    Department:    Administration/Finance    
Reports To: General Manager                                    Union Status:   Non-bargaining        
F.S.L.A. Full-time, Exempt level                                  Job Location:      Springfield, MA 
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience    

Position Summary: As the top financial professional in the organization, the Director of Finance is responsible for managing all aspects of the Company’s financial operation, including the management of a $30-million-dollar annual budget, while keeping the General Manager and the PVTA’s Administrator and Chief Financial Officer informed of all financial activity, all in full compliance with PVTA’s approved processes and procedures. This position ensures that the organization is financially sound and that its assets are being used effectively to serve the best interest of the client’s (PVTA) needs and in a manner consistent with the PVTA’s mission to provide high-quality, cost-effective transportation services to the public.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned by the General Manager.

  • Manage all aspects of Company’s financial operations
  • Manage budget, financial control, and related reporting
  • Oversee Finance Department Operations
  • Retirement Plan Oversight
  • Provide ongoing staff development and training
  • Serve as an active member of the senior management team
  • Supervise and coordinate internal and external audits
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships among multiple constituencies
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as needed within a continuously evolving operating environment.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; minimum of 5-8 years related experience and/or training; minimum of 3-5 years in a management role; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree; Abila Accounting Software Experience; advanced spreadsheet design and manipulation; ability to build customized reports from Financial Management software; prior experience in the public transit arena; National Transit Database Reporting structure familiarity, sound knowledge of public transit regulations pertaining to accounting practices; and accounting /finance experience in public transit. Demonstrated experience working in a unionized organization and ability to successfully manage and lead bargaining-unit employees.



Qualification Requirements:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

Demonstrated experience overseeing multi-million dollar budgets; intimate knowledge of best practices about Accounting, financial controls, auditing, and reporting; experience with preparing financial reports that summarize and forecast the company’s financial position, including income statements, balance sheets, and trend analysis; ability to interpret financial statements in multiple formats; working knowledge of Financial Management Software; ability to professionally develop budget narratives and financial statement analyses. 

Excellent leadership, management, and supervisory skills; strong team-building, team-leading, and decision-making skills combined with the ability to motivate staff at all levels of the organization; excellent communication, interpersonal, and customer relations skills. Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal, with the ability to convey complicated financial information to a variety of constituencies; excellent presentation skills with the ability to make presentations in large or small groups using a variety of presentation tools.  Must be a forward thinker and able to seek and implement innovative ways to increase productivity to achieve cost savings and cost avoidance; ability to identify and implement cutting-edge solutions to industry problems; ability to think creatively and solve problems while applying analytical skills; and experience in policy initiation and implementation; experience working in a complex organization with government contracts; ability to deal with multiple legal entities and demonstrated experience working with multiple departments and multiple entities. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: Directly supervises and manages bargaining-unit Office Staff and IT Project Manager.