Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Finance Department
 Kansas City, Missouri
Job Description


The Comptroller oversees, plans and directs the accounting, procurement, inventory and supply chain operations of RideKC, KCATA and supporting partners to support and promote fiscal performance operations and strategies to meet organizational performance. This includes oversight of staff and financial record-keeping, policies and key controls to ensure fiscal compliance and manage KCATA performance toward financial efficiencies, cost improvements and risk avoidance.

This position will lead daily financial operations in reporting and audits, annual budgeting and monthly projections, capital improvements planning, forecasting, efficiency analysis, financial performance reviews and proactively assess optimization and performance opportunities. This includes direct oversight of general ledger, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, grants management, budgeting, DBE and cash management.

This position reports to the CFO; with financial reporting responsibility to the Board.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

This role may be eligible for remote work on an occasional or regular basis, subject to job requirements, scheduling requirements, onsite operational needs, and manager approval.

  1. Provides oversight of agency’s financial, procurement, asset management, inventory and supply chain processes. Including development and oversight of:
    a. Methodologies to ensure accuracy, timely and effective resource utilization, systems, processes, and functional/legal parameters of business practices based on funding stream/identified source.
    b. Agency’s financial planning & analysis and KPI reporting processes including revenue/expense trends, development of operating and/or capital budgets and five-year plan.
    c. Cash management and banking operations and cash flow to ensure strong fiscal stewardship including to maximize ROI, limit risk, manage debt, and assist in development of investment strategies and policies.
    d. Annual contract amounts for communities receiving KCATA services, monitors the actual service costs, and reviews monthly billings.
    e. Identification and realization of cost-saving and cost-reducing opportunities.
    f. Ongoing value creation of a strong supply base.
    g. Changing regulations and laws that affect policies and/or contractual agreements.
    h. Audits and reviews.
    i. Establishing, monitoring and enforcement policies, procedures and internal controls.
  2. Monitors the agency’s financial state by confirming and reporting on its financial performance.
  3. Prepares, reviews, revises and updates reports to establish an understanding of the agency’s financial state.
  4. Provides oversight and division leadership including assignments, performance, training and schedules. Coaches, monitors, appraises individual and department performance.
  5. Management and oversight of audits and reviews.
  6. Provides financial leadership across other business functions and initiatives.
  7. Develops, analyzes and interprets statistical and accounting information.
  8. Appraises the efficiency of the agency’s financial, procurement, inventory and supply chain operations. Identifies risks and provides solutions to processes that affect operations, reporting and compliance with all laws and regulations.
  9. Works on special projects as assigned by the CFO or other members of KCATA leadership.
  10. Other duties as assigned.


Work requires managing and monitoring work performance by directing multiple groups of employees across more than one business function within an organization unit (i.e. benefits), including making final decisions on hiring and disciplinary actions, evaluating program/work objectives and effectiveness, and realigning work and staffing assignments, as needed.


Position has major fiscal responsibility. Is responsible for department-wide financial decisions. Assures that appropriate linkages exist between budget requests and departmental goals and objectives. Monitors budget plan and adjusts as necessary.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Accounting, Finance or a related field.
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of related work experience, such as in financial and procurement management
  • An equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities may be considered.

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certifications preferred


Knowledge of:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
  • Planning & Analysis industry standards and practices
  • Banking operations, regulations and statutory requirements
  • KCATA accounts and the purpose and process for operating each
  • Cash flow management
  • Procurement standards and practices
  • Contracts management
  • Agency’s purpose and goals, financial goals and strategic plan
  • Asset management
  • Financial reporting

Skill in:

  • Development of reporting tools
  • Development of planning & analysis tools
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Financial management leadership
  • Management including with performance evaluations, conflict resolution, coaching methodology, process analytics, emotional intelligence
  • Critical thinking, organization, and time management

Ability to:

  • Manage multiple, competing priorities and projects
  • Work under pressure with tight deadlines
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Analyze, evaluate, identify, and recommend solutions to drive outcomes


  • May work in a normal office environment and/or remote office as approved. Will sometimes be required to work and/or attend meetings or events in public and at all RideKC locations.
  • Monday through Friday 8am until 5pm
  • Occasional abnormal hours are expected and required for specific events and to reach all employees.


  • Occasional travel within the metropolitan area may be required.


This position is relative free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards and is generally sedentary. Incumbents may be required to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, a negligible amount of force frequently, and/or constantly having to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • KCATA is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Employees are eligible for benefits the first day of the month following employment.
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Short-term Disability and Life Insurance
  • Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Total of ten (10) paid holidays plus employee's birthday and a floating holiday
  • Retirement Benefits through a Pension Plan


  • Flexible spending accounts for pre-tax out-of-pocket family healthcare and/or dependent care
  • Voluntary and supplementary products (Long- and short-term disability, life insurance)
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan


  • Free gym memberships for employees at KCMO Community Centers or Planet Fitness
  • Employee recognition events
  • Health and Wellness events
  • Tuition Reimbursement