Chief Strategy Officer

Chief Strategy Officer
Port Authority of Allegheny County
 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Job Description


Working with the CEO, the Chief Strategy Officer charts the agency’s course for the next 25 years. This includes long range financial and capital planning across various funding scenarios; support for 20+ year fleet and facility plans; stewardship of asset management policies; responsive, dynamic, and inclusive financial policies to include community- and project-focused procurement and investment; strategic planning; and ensuring that the agency’s outlooks builds and boost equity as an employer, business partner, and transit agency. This division includes Finance, Procurement/Purchasing, Strategic Planning, and Project Management.


  • Builds Networks – The ability to develop collaborative external relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of goals.
  • Builds Partnerships – The ability to build internal strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas.
  • Builds Trust – The ability to interact with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization.
  • Conflict Resolution – The ability to resolve conflicts collaboratively, building consensus and keeping the best interest of the organization in mind.
  • Consultation – The ability to provide appropriate advice and counsel to external and internal customers within own area of expertise.
  • Information Monitoring – The ability to set up procedures to collect and review information needed to manage ongoing activities.
  • Managing Work – The ability to establish a systematic course of action for self or others to ensure consistent accomplishment of specific objectives.
  • Results Oriented – The ability to achieve results and meets high standards. Strategic Decision-
  • Making – Obtaining information and identifying key issues and relationships relevant to achieving long-range goals of visions; committing to a course of action to accomplish long-range goal or vision after developing alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values.
  • Strategic Vision – Anticipates, creates, and communicates the desired future state to address external and internal dynamics.
  • Stress Tolerance – Ability to maintain stable performance under pressure or opposition; handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.


  • With the CEO, C Suite, community partners, and the Board of Directors, develops the agency’s long-range plans, to include financial, service, and capital projections, to steer the growth of excellent, equitable transportation in Allegheny County.
  • Develops, monitors, and sustains strategies and policies pertaining to review, adjustment, and implementation of short- and long-term plans Addresses strategic issues and establish direction for areas such as Procurement. Adjusts those strategic plans to meet unexpected situations, new developments, and changes in the business environment; prepares for emergencies; anticipates events; understand the factors and conditions affecting the organization and responds appropriately to ensure strategic, capital, and fiscal responsibility.
  • Plans and implements investment opportunities and financial strategies to improve Port Authority’s financial stability and cash position. Establishes and effectively maintains strategic relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, investment bankers, credit analysts, commercial bankers, and other members of the financial community.
  • Establishes and evaluates business indicators of Port Authority’s performance and initiates or recommends appropriate actions leading to the achievement of established goals and objectives. Through the PMO and Strategic Planning Office, develops agency scorecards and liaises with division chiefs on achieving scorecard objectives. Conduct presentations to a broad array of internal and external groups relative to the finances of the Authority.
  • Provides assistance, leadership, advice and counsel to the CEO, Board of Directors and Executive Management in all areas with financial and strategic implications to the Port Authority. Oversees the Division’s financial management activities to ensure cost-effective utilization of financial resources.
  • Directs the development and monitors the implementation of the Port Authority’s annual operating budget and capital budgets.
  • Meets with federal, state, and local government/public officials, as required. Maintains contacts with other transit agencies’ financial personnel, as needed.
  • Prepares, presents and interprets major reports for senior management, board of directors and government entities and collaborates with senior staff on strategic direction of organizational goals.
  • Conducts periodic divisional staff meetings to discuss and review business plan goals and objectives and promote employee communication. Directs the activities of the Division’s department directors, managers and their subordinate supervisory staff. Conducts annual performance reviews and recommends and initiates appropriate personnel action.
  • This job description is not meant to be all inclusive. It reflects management’s assignment of essential job functions, which are subject to change at any time. Percentages are approximate and subject to change based on specific business needs.


  • Other job duties, as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or related field. Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible accounting or finance experience that includes five (5) years of experience in the administration of complex financial departments or projects in a large public or private organization. Demonstrated success in strategic planning and execution. Minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience. Effective and professional communication skills. Valid PA driver’s license. Availability for overnight traveling. Ability to coordinate various complex work assignments on short notice. Ability to function in a rapidly changing work environment. Ability to interpret, analyze and create complex federal and state funding formulas. Demonstrated ability in the use of Windows, and Microsoft Word and Excel. Proficient in the use of enterprise-wide Financial Programs.


  • MBA CPA Familiarity with transit or transportation system activities and functions is highly desirable.

For additional information or to submit a resume, please contact Gregg A. Moser at