Finance Director

City of Wilsonville, OR

What We Do
The City of Wilsonville is a council-manager governed municipality whereby City Council is the policy-making body and the unelected City Manager is in charge of day-to-day operations. This combines the policy leadership of elected officials with the managerial expertise of an appointed city manager. The Mayor and a four-person City Council are elected to four-year, staggered terms with a two-term limit.

Wilsonville provides superior service in all levels of municipal operations. Our team maintains high standards of performance, accountability, and service to its citizens, supported by a positive organizational culture which reinforces our core values: Customer Service, Collaboration, Commitment, and Competence. With 178 FTEs and an operating budget of approximately $111 million, Wilsonville is a full-service city and provides a multitude of public services including public works, library, parks and recreation, and public transportation. Police services are contracted through the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Fire service is provided by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. The City also owns its own water and wastewater treatment plants, which are operated by the private sector under contract.

The Finance Department is responsible for planning for and maintaining the City’s financial health through oversight of the City’s financial and accounting functions. Wilsonville has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for over 20 years in a row. This award is given to local governments that have succeeded in preparing a high quality budget document that is easy to read, discloses financial policies, and clearly explains where the resources come from and how they will be used. The department also produces an award-winning Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and has consistently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting since 1997.

Who We Are
Operating with a skilled team of 9.5 FTE and an annual budget of 1.7 million, the department provides support services to the public and to internal teams in a way that increases all employees’ productive capacity, makes maximum use of available personnel and non-personnel resources, and encourages responsive and innovative employees and support systems.

The department is comprised of an adept group of professionals who, combined, bring over 100 years of service to the City. When the going gets tough, this team rolls up their sleeves and dives in to the work. The last year brought many changes – virtual municipal court proceedings, paperless processing, and a new ERP system to name a few. What has never faltered is the department’s willingness and keen ability to get the job done despite whatever challenge they face.

What you’ll do here
The Finance Director provides leadership and direction on management of financial matters by interpreting and preparing for the short- and long-term implications of actions under consideration or funding sources. They oversee the effective and efficient delivery of accounting services, applying generally accepted accounting principles. The Director serves as a member of the executive management team responsible for unifying the City to work as one in support of Wilsonville’s mission, and serves as a resource to the executive management team on strategic issues and trends in public financing and related activities.

Finance department oversees the City’s financial operations including budgeting, financial reporting, accounting, payroll, utility billing, municipal court, treasury, and debt management. The team prides itself on maintaining a collaborative working relationships with other departments, completing accurate information and reports, providing timely and responsive customer service, and ensuring the City’s financial integrity. In addition to providing exceptional leadership for the department, the next Director should be prepared to address the following priorities:

Provide project management for the completion of the finance-related part of the City’s ERP implementation (Tyler Munis) transforming current processes into best practices enabled by the Munis software
Continue to build a culture of high performance, transparency, and professionalism that supports training, employee growth and development
Create a strategic staffing plan for the department, including guiding the department management team in creating long-term staffing plans.
Create and foster stability, succession planning, accountability, and positive morale through effective leadership
Who we are looking for
We are seeking a Finance Director who will lead with passion, flexibility, and confidence. Offering strategic leadership to the department, the next Director will guide all financial, accounting, and budgeting functions of the City including forecasting revenues and expenditures, analyzing trends for future financial matters, and adequately planning for the financial management of the organization. This will require an innovative individual with demonstrated knowledge of utility rate plan studies and investment strategies. The chosen candidate will be able to manage and maintain a high performing department and lead with an open-door policy, always promoting a team environment and exhibiting respect, support, and patience.

A personable manager, with strong leadership characteristics, the next Director should be genuine, approachable, and able to motivate through vision and hard-work. The Department is a close-knit team with longevity in the public finance field. The team will continue to thrive under an environment of fellowship and cooperation with a shared passion for municipal finance. The successful candidate will be someone of high integrity who is comfortable handling complicated issues and is results oriented. They should be confident and self-assured. This person must also be comfortable communicating with a diverse group of stakeholders, with a well-honed ability to translate complex financial terminology for the public, Council and Budget Committee members, department heads, and employees.

We are looking for an active listener and supportive team builder, who is able to resolve conflict effectively with others. The next Director should also be a savvy leader who embraces challenge and thinks collaboratively, is accountable, is politically astute, and is comfortable working in a complex public service organization. In addition to excellent strategic thinking and problem solving skills, the ideal candidate will be a municipal finance generalist, honest, open and direct, accessible, team-oriented, enthusiastic, and motivated to empower staff.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit an application, including your resume and a letter of interest.

Job Details

Job Function
Finance Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Wilsonville


29799 Sw Town Center Loop E
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9454
United States

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