Directs, administers and coordinates the activities of the Finance Department including the functions of budgeting and forecasting, financial management, treasury, revenue and collection, utility billing, customer service, parking, and payroll. Formulates, implements and supports City financial policies, goals, and objective as required by law and GASB standards. Responsible for effective management and maintenance of the City's assets and the accounting system. Serves in an executive level capacity providing highly responsible financial guidance and advisory services to Department Directors, the City Manager and the City Commission on financial performance and forecasts. Manages all funds, including pension funds, investments, debt, and cash. Work is performance with a great deal of independence managing a staff of 22 employees. The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
Essential Job Functions
• Plans, organizes, and directs the work of managerial, professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff engaged in maintaining the general ledger, central payroll, property records, utility accounts, receipt and disbursement of funds, budgetary control and numerous subsidiary accounts for all departments and funds of the City government.
• Oversees, prepares and reviews internal and external financial and accounting reports.
• Concisely interprets and communicates complex financial matters and reports, and the City’s financial position to department directors, the City Manager, the City Commission, and the public.
• Manages the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; and allocates resources accordingly.
• Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and directs the implementation of change.
• Responsible for the completion of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
• Develops the annual budget and Capital Improvement Program within established general guidelines.
• Acts as the official financial representative to other City departments, City Manager's Office, elected officials and outside agencies; explains, justifies, and defends financial programs, policies, and activities; and negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.
• Advises the City Manager on all matters related to the financial management of the City; ensures the preparation and maintenance of proper financial records and reports; and oversees the investment of City funds in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, policies, and regulations.
• Coordinates all bond issuance of all bond sales for the City; executes releases of lien on the City's behalf.
• Interacts and collaborates with internal and external customers to determine business needs, resolves issues, and improves processes.
• Establishes contracts for the support and delivery of services; monitors contractor and consultant performance; approves vendor invoices.
• Directs receipts, deposits and investment of City monies.
• Establishes policies and guidelines for all aspects of accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll; responsible for the accuracy of data in the the City’s central accounting system.
• Attends City Commission meetings and makes presentations to City Commission and to the general public.
• Performs all other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or a related field. Ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in public finance and accounting. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred. Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration or Business Administration preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of modern management, financial, personnel, and budgetary principles and practices
• Knowledge of Federal, State, and City laws, ordinances, statutes and regulations governing governmental finance.
• Skill in developing and implementing long-range plans to meet the needs of the City.
• Skill in organizing and directing the work of others.
• Skill in oral and written communication.
• Skill in handling complex and uncertain situations.
• Ability to deal effectively with the general public, City officials, and other City employees.
• Ability to make budget recommendations and determine budget allocation.
• Ability to identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns, and needs.
• Ability to prepare and administer a complex departmental budget and allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
• Ability to provide administrative and professional leadership and direction to subordinate staff.
• Ability to prepare, review, and present clear and concise administrative and financial reports.