Central Ohio Transit Authority
  • 25-Nov-2019 to 09-Dec-2019 (EST)
  • Finance
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • $86,168 - $112,018
  • Salary
  • Full Time

COTA offers competitive benefits including: medical/Rx, vision, dental, supplemental insurance, life insurance, employee discounts, employee bus pass; wellness initiatives, on-site cooking classes & chair massages, on-site Health Coaches & Dietitians, tuition reimbursement, and retirement benefits through OPERS & Ohio Deferred Compensation.


Performs highly responsible administrative, professional and supervisory work in financial services including the establishment and maintenance of accounting principles, practices, policies and procedures.

Oversees day-to-day operations of the Division of Finance and collaborates with the CFO regarding the implementation of high-level, high-priority projects.  Serves as the CFO in the CFO's absence.  Performs duties in alignment with the 2019 2024 COTA Strategic Plan and in support of the organization's vision To Move Every Life Forward.


  • Oversees the preparation of the Authority's payroll in accordance with TWU, Local 208 contract and all applicable Federal, state and local requirements;

  • Provides oversight of the Authority's accounting functions to ensure adherence with applicable policies and procedures and for adherence to standard accounting practices and required mandates;

  • Responsible for the preparation of the Finance Division's budget;

  • Oversees the preparation of the organizational budget;

  • Assists in the preparation of long- and short-term financial planning for submission to MORPC, FTA, other regulatory agencies and for internal use;

  • Monitors and evaluates the use of applications and systems required to ensure support of the needs of the Finance Division;

  • Determines cash liquidity needs of all Authority funds; forecasts cash flows of funds and invests available funds in accordance with O.R.C. Sec. 135 and the Authority's investment policy; maximizes yield of Authority's cash assets using prudent cash management techniques; prepares reports on portfolio for the CFO, Board of Trustees, Board Committees, or others as needed;

  • Responsible for maintaining banking relationships;

  • Responsible for providing financial oversight of the administration of the Authority's Fare Collection system, including system configuration, fare media, fare policy compliance and the secure processing of cash revenues; responsible for the reporting and budgeting of passengers and passenger revenue;

  • Serves on the management team for the purpose of providing financial analysis relating to the negotiations between COTA and TWU Local 208; maintains effective labor relations through prudent and equitable contract administration; adjudicates Step II grievances in accordance with bargaining agreement provisions; 

  • Serves as a business advisor for the Authority, evaluating business opportunities, determining the most economic alternatives to pursue and recommends strategies to improve performance and cost effectiveness of the authority's services;

  • Develops and implement processes and controls to control costs and seek efficiencies in every aspect of the operation in an effort to keep the total cost per hour at or below transit peers;

  • May represent the Authority at the bargaining table and provide financial calculations of potential impacts of proposals from both sides;

  • Represents the Authority in all Lease negotiations for all COTA owned properties;

  • Directs the Authorities Performance Incentive Compensation Program; and

  • Directs and provides leadership for his/her staff.  Hires, trains, develop, and appraise staff effectively. Ensures the Authority meets its EEO responsibilities by assisting in identifying problem areas, participating in local minority organizations, participating in review of complaints alleging discrimination, and supporting career counseling for employees. Takes corrective action as necessary, on a timely basis, and in accordance with policy.


  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance including courses in money, banking and investments, and seven (7) years of experience in related field including five (5) years of managerial experience in finance; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Requires a Public Accountant (CPA) certification.


  • Knowledge of financial and cash management including investments, short- and long-range cash forecasting;

  • Knowledge of cost control measures;

  • Skills in verbal and written communication;

  • Skills in human relations;

  • Ability to relate well with all levels of COTA staff and representatives of banking institutions; and

  • Ability to handle large volumes of data while maintaining data integrity and properly evaluating the information to draw conclusions and develop courses of action.

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