The Town of Dedham is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Director of Finance. Under the appointment and general direction of the Town Manager, the Director of Finance serves as a member of the senior management team consisting of the Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager and the Director of Finance. The Director of Finance is responsible for providing administrative direction and control of the Finance Department, including Accounting, Treasury, and Tax Collecting, Risk Management functions of the Town, Information Systems, and Procurement. The Director of Finance is the strategic financial planner for all Town financing objectives and shall act in the absence of the Town Manager and Assistant Town Manager. The Director of Finance may, at the direction of the Town Manager, participate as a member of the Town’s negotiating team for the purpose of developing strategy relative to collective bargaining.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for both short and long range financial planning, assisting the Town Manager in preparing and advocating for the five (5) year Capital Improvement Plan; developing revenue projections for budget planning, and recommending plans for administrative systems and internal financial controls throughout the Town.
Establishes objectives for managers under his or her control; determines the appropriate standards of performance; annually assesses managers' performance and ensures that the Department is meeting its operational objectives. The Director of Finance provides assistance and direction for the selection, appointment, training, assignment, and scheduling of personnel, and reviews personnel actions and recommendations of the managers within the department.
Develops and recommends to the Town Manager policies for consideration by the Board of Selectmen relative to Town wide financial administration; establishes procedures to implement such policies; keeps the Board of Selectmen informed through the Town Manager regarding the efficacy of all such policies and procedures within Town Departments.
Responsible for supplying the necessary data to the Town Manager for preparation of the annual operating budget and for coordinating the necessary budget hearings for the Town Manager.He/she shall develop and coordinate a budget schedule that meets the deadline dates as outlined in the Town's by laws, and is responsible for coordinating with the Finance Committee, the review of the Town budget and Town Meeting Warrant Articles that have a financial component.
In conjunction with the Treasurer/Collector, the Director of Finance prepares the Town’s debt management plan, including recommendations for bonding, short-term borrowing and self-funding.
Develops and maintains risk management programs for property and casualty exposure areas, identifies potential hazards; explains the provisions of the insuring agreements to department managers in order to avoid municipal liability; evaluates the causes and claims of risks; works with appropriate department heads to minimize the Town's exposure, coordinates the processing of all insurance claims, ensures compliance with provisions of each insurance policy to prevent lapses in coverage, and determines the appropriate coverage levels required.
Guides and assists those responsible for procurement relative to competitive bidding; evaluates all options for financing and acquiring capital assets using appropriate statistical and qualitative techniques; determines the most advantageous procurement strategies, and assures that the Town’s purchasing activities are in compliance with all relevant State and Federal statutes.
Oversees Town's audit and prepares the formal response to the audit and is charged with implementing approved recommendations.He or she also plans and supervises operational audits of the activities of Town Departments to evaluate the efficiency of resource utilization, and the effectiveness of the service delivery.
Integrates state and federal funding objectives with the Town's programmatic goals, advises and directs department managers on proper practices to ensure compliance with state and federal grant management regulations, attends Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, and other committee meetings to furnish input relating to departmental matters as requested, attends meetings of professional and civic groups, serves on relevant boards and committees as assigned and performs other duties as required.
Provides broad oversight of the Town’s Information Systems, including Munis, and supervises the Information Systems Applications Specialist.
Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Finance, or a related field; five (5) years’ experience as a Finance Director may be substituted for a Master’s Degree.
Designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is strongly preferred, but not required.
Significant knowledge and experience in Massachusetts Municipal Finance Laws and Massachusetts General Laws is strongly preferred.
7 – 10 years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government or related area, including management, supervision, workflow analysis, and financial control experience required.
Prior Munis experience strongly preferred.
Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) within one (1) year of hire.
Complete job description available upon request.