Finance Director – Finance Department
The Village of Orland Park, a dynamic, progressive, growing community seeks a public finance professional to oversee all financial functions of the Village, as well as to provide leadership for the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department. The incumbent Finance Director is retiring with over sixteen years of service as part of a village-wide early retirement incentive program. The Finance Director is an integral member of the village’s executive leadership team and will propose, implement and maintain all policies affecting the finances of the Village.
Orland Park is a premier community located 30 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop with a residential population of nearly 60,000 (full build-out expected to peak at 75,000), and is the commercial and retail hub of the Chicago south suburban region. Orland Park continues its wave of growth and prosperity from a historic, rural community to a dynamic corporate and commercial center.
Orland Park has a unique blend of residential and business communities in the midst of more than 700 acres of parks and open lands. In 2014, Orland Park was named one of Chicago Magazine’s “Best Places to Live.” Important factors for this recognition include Orland Park’s low crime rate, exceptional amenities and access to downtown Chicago. The Village’s website www.orlandpark.org provides an overview of the Orland Park community, economic development, culture, and more.
The Village of Orland Park operates under the Council-Manager form of government, with legislative oversight provided by an elected Mayor and Board of Trustees. The corporate authorities include the Village President (Mayor), the Village Clerk and six (6) Village Trustees, each of whom is elected at-large to a four-year term.
The Village of Orland Park is a full service community employing approximately 275 full-time employees, as well as 650 part-time and seasonal employees. Departments include Development Services, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Public Works, Mayor’s Office, Parks & Grounds, Police, Public Information, Recreation, and the Village Manager’s Office.
The organization’s strategic plan goals include economic development, downtown development, quality of life, fostering an environment that focuses on customer service, continuous service delivery improvements, and efficiency enhancements.
The Village is a home rule community with a very stable financial standing. The Village of Orland
Park has excellent bond ratings of AA+ from Standard and Poor’s and Aa1 from Moody’s. Operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2020 are balanced without the implementation of any significant new revenue sources. The Village’s current GO Debt to EAV ratio is 2.41% and the Village’s property tax levy has remained flat for the past nine (9) years.
The overall expenditure budget is just over $156 million and the general fund budget is approximately $54 million. Additional information, including the Village’s annual budget documents, CAFRs and PAFRs, can be found on the Village’s website at www.orlandpark.org.
The Finance Director serves as the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer of the Village and the Treasurer of the Orland Park Police Pension Fund. The Finance Director is appointed by and is directly accountable to the Village Manager. In collaboration with the Village Manager, Mayor and Village Board, the Director will develop short-term and long-term goals for the finance department and village wide financial systems and programs. This position formulates and administers policies, procedures and regulations affecting the financial management of the Village, and forecasts the long-term financial strategy of the Village, facilitates capital planning, and provides financial analysis of economic development projects.
The Finance Director directs complex accounting and financial matters including but not limited to cash, investment and debt management, the annual budget process, long term financial planning, financial analysis and reporting, auditing, payroll, purchasing, revenue collection and utility billing. The Village is a recipient of the GFOA CAFR, Budget and PAFR awards. This position supervises a department of eleven (11) full-time and three (3) part-time employees.
The Finance Director attends Village Board meetings and Orland Park Pension Board meetings. This position works collaboratively with the Village Manager, and the department directors and their staff.
The Ideal Candidate
The Village seeks a confident, proactive, open-minded and collaborative professional with several years of progressive experience managing a similar organization who will partner with existing staff to achieve our goals. As such, he/she will have the following:
A passion for excellence. The successful candidate will be someone who does not settle for the status quo and is always looking for ways to transform results from ordinary to extraordinary.
Excellent communication skills. The Finance Director will present ideas, information, and concepts to elected officials, management, staff, and the community. As such, the successful candidate must be able to speak and write with excellence. He/she will be able to explain his or her vision for their department and the Village as a whole with both
precision and clarity, while inspiring others.
Financial savvy. Orland Park is in a strong financial position because it manages its money wisely. The Village seeks a director who can distinguish between what is necessary and prudent, and what is not. In other words, the Village wants maximum yield on its investment, and the Village expects the successful candidate to manage the budget with diligence and care.
A successful candidate for this position will have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field. A Master’s degree in accounting, public administration or business is preferred along with a CPA designation. The position also requires a minimum of at least ten (10) years of experience, preferably in a community of comparable complexity, and strong knowledge of municipal finance practices, including GASB principles and accounting practices. Experience must include significant fund accounting, investment, cash management, budget and pension fund experience. The ability to prepare and present informative financial statements, reports and analysis along with a high degree of computer literacy and strong analytical skills are required. Familiarity with enterprise financial management systems is a must and extremely strong Microsoft Excel skills are required.
The ideal candidate will have high standards of performance, productivity, and initiative, and will take a strategic approach to innovation and process evaluation as well as will consistently embrace the philosophy of continuous improvement. The ideal candidate will also have leadership, management, and interpersonal skills that promote team spirit and enhance the department’s service delivery.
The selected candidate will share a dedication and commitment to the Village of Orland Park’s employee values which include; integrity, communication, teamwork, professionalism and quality of life.
Compensation & Benefits
The salary for this position is +/- $140,000 depending on qualifications. The Village of Orland Park offers a comprehensive employee benefits program which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and an employee wellness program. Retirement benefits through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) are provided along with the option to participate in a 457(b) plan with options through Nationwide, ICMA-RC, Mass Mutual, or AXA Advisors are also available. The Village of Orland Park also provides for paid vacation, personal, sick days, and holidays. While residency is not a requirement, it is encouraged for Director level positions. Relocation assistance (up to $10,000) is negotiable for the hired candidate moving to incorporated Orland Park within six (6) months of hire.