Finance Director

City of Casselberry, FL

The City of Casselberry is seeking a Finance Director who will be responsible for directing and coordinating all financial activities of the City, which includes the responsibility for financial planning, budgeting, accounting, revenue administration, utility customer service and billing; and the billing and collecting of special assessments and service charges for the City. The position requires the employee to work effectively with and maintain communications with elected and appointed officials, other department directors, representatives of other governmental jurisdictions, private consultants and contractors, and subordinate personnel. The Finance Director is responsible for the development of department goals, objectives and work programs for the divisions, which include Accounting, Customer

Service, Meter Service, and Management and Budget.

This position is an excellent opportunity for the right person. The vacancy is due to the planned retirement of the current director and the opportunity to shadow same for a time during transition is possible. This is not a rebuilding scenario. The Finance Department is fully staffed with experienced professionals and paraprofessionals. It has a track record for success receiving the GFOA Award of Excellence in financial reporting for 27 consecutive years and Distinguished Budget Award for 16 years. Technical accounting issues, ACFR preparation and treasury investments are functions with support available from consultants and the City has an excellent working relationship with the independent auditors.

Utility Customer Service and Billing is also fully staffed and experienced. Utility meters system-wide have been recently replaced and upgraded with AMI smart meter technology and a new online customer portal is now being installed. The Finance Director answers to only the City Manager, a former Finance Director, who provides full autonomy with support when needed. The City is stable, well-resourced and fairly simple in structure. It has one union and one fully funded defined benefit pension plan. The span of responsibility of the Finance Director is manageable. The work environment is supportive, comfortable and falls within a standard 4-day workweek.

Casselberry At A Glance

Casselberry is a culturally-enriched and dynamic city with a central location that makes it a coveted place to live in Central Florida. The City started as a vision and grew into a sizeable suburb that lies in Seminole County approximately 20 miles northeast of downtown Orlando. Two major roadways, U.S. Highway 17-92 and State Road 436, intersect in Casselberry, connecting the City to all of Central Florida and providing commercial corridors that give residents, visitors, and business entrepreneurs easy access to an array of restaurants and retail shops, office and commercial space, and top-rated health facilities.

The City of Casselberry utilizes the Commission/City Manager form of municipal government. Five Commissioners, one of whom serves as Mayor, are elected at staggered intervals to serve four-year terms. The Commission, in turn, appoints a professional City Manager to oversee daily City operations. The City has 211 full-time and 1 part-time employees to support City operations, which are carried out by 6 departments: Administration, Administrative Services, Community Development, Finance, Police, and Public Works. Functions include all municipal and water/sewer utilities services, as well as traditional City functions such as police protection, sanitation, road maintenance, water and sewer operations, parks and recreation, planning and community development, and administrative support activities for City governmental programs.

In addition to its dedicated workforce, the City also advocates strong community involvement through a number of voluntary citizen boards. These boards assist the City Commission by reviewing various City-related issues and making recommendations for Commission consideration. They include the Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Police Officers’ & Firefighters’ Pension Board of Trustees and Lakes Management Advisory Board. These Boards are indicative of the public-private partnerships and commitment toward progress and expansion in the City as demonstrated by its citizens.

The City encompasses an area of approximately 8 square miles with a population near 30,000 and a utility that serves over 50,000. There are around 12,700 households in Casselberry and the median family income is estimated at $49,377. The property tax base is approaching $1.8 billion and is nearly equally split between residential and commercial real estate.

Located within the City boundaries are 17 parks, some of which offer recreational activities such as basketball, baseball and soccer, while other parks offer a more passive use within the City’s neighborhoods. In addition, outdoor enthusiasts appreciate that there is a City-owned golf course, two community centers, the Casselberry Greenway and Blueway Trails, a dog park, and more than two dozen lakes, some of which offer enjoyment opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Various entertainment events are also held throughout the year and continue to grow in popularity including art exhibits, jazz concerts, blues festivals, car shows and recreational programs for the young and old alike.

The City of Casselberry is located in the Seminole County school district, an extremely desirable place to raise a family due to its outstanding reputation for quality education. The County ranked #2 in the 2017 Best School Districts in Florida based on data from the U.S. Department of Education and Casselberry is home to two of those highly-rated public schools - Casselberry Elementary and South Seminole Middle School. In addition, there are also two private schools located within the City - Lake Forrest Preparatory School and The Geneva School.

The Finance Department

The Finance Department includes 17 personnel and an FY22 budget of $1.8M and consists of four major functional areas listed below. The Finance Department utilizes an innovative approach to managing the financial affairs of the City professionally and responsibly. Finance is responsible for providing timely information to the City Manager on issues affecting the current and future financial affairs of the City. In addition, the department provides related support services to other City departments.

Finance is also responsible for administering and monitoring the City's annual operating and capital budget in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The City operates on a fiscal year which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30.

· Accounting (7 FTEs)

o Process and maintain City-wide financial data per Government Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and State of Florida Statutes and Administrative Code.

o Produce the City's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), Annual Financial Reports, and coordinate the annual financial audits of the City.

o Process the City's payroll and related reporting, administer accounts payable, record ACHs and EFTs, prepare deposits, and generate and maintain fixed asset records.

o Oversee City-wide grant compliance, reconcile all grant expenditures to the general ledger to ensure complete, accurate grant reporting, coordinate the single audit examination, and prepare the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards.

o Oversee the City's debt and treasury operations.

o Ensure City-wide compliance with financial policies and procedures in order to maintain strong internal controls to reduce the risk of fraud.

o Provide quality customer service in order to meet the needs of internal and external customers.

· Customer Service (5 FTEs)

o Assist utility customers with service applications, payments, billing questions, and other service issues.

o Ensure accurate, timely billing and collection of City utility revenues.

o Oversee the field work of meter service personnel.

o Process all cash receipts for the City.

· Meter Service (4 FTEs)

o Process data upload for bill processing.

o Perform customer hookup, disconnect, meter maintenance services, take initial and final reads for utility billing, and trouble shoot meters and radios based on AMI error reports.

o Manually read meters when needed.

o Install and program radios on meters.

· Management and Budget (1 FTE)

o Prepare the City's annual budget with input from each department and administer budget amendments and transfers during the year.

o Monitor expenditures throughout the year to ensure compliance with the Commission approved budget.

o Develop and manage special projects identified by the City Manager.

o Develop benchmarks, monitor methods for performance measurement, and make reports thereon.

The Finance Director

The Role

The Finance Director is responsible for coordinating City-wide accounting and related fiscal activities, directing the overall development and operational controls for maintenance of the central accounting system and directing the gathering, interpreting, recording and distribution of financial data. The Finance Director also monitors fiscal activities, ensures compliance with laws and requirements and ensures that city funds are correctly and effectively managed and that accounting and internal controls are maintained.

The Finance Director is responsible for processing and maintaining all City-wide financial data per Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) principals, State of Florida statutes and guidelines, and City laws and policies. The director is responsible for producing the City’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), Annual Financial Reports, and coordinating the preparation of the City’s annual budget. The director is responsible for creating and implementing internal control policies following the COSO Framework.

The Challenges and Opportunities

The City of Casselberry is financially sound and is undertaking numerous major initiatives to continue the City’s growth and development momentum. Some of the initiatives include $24 Million in park improvements, recent completion of an advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) project, a $15 Million complete renovation of the Public Works Complex, a $10 Million relocation of the Police Station, and much more. The FY22 Adopted Budget is an aggressive one that augments its recurring revenues with

major, debt funded capital projects. The FY22 budget is $79,313,102, which is 4.09% less than the FY21 Adopted Budget. The FY23 Proposed Budget is scheduled to be provided to the City Commission in July.

The Finance Department staff are professional, experienced and stable and they are expected to remain a stable and effective team. The current director is successful in the position and is retiring to spend time with her family. The position has a history of success and was the position previously held by the current City Manager. The only anticipated challenges are those that are regularly expected with the position, such as customer service issues, which will be more easily addressed with the new AMI project and an upcoming customer portal.

The Ideal Candidate

The City of Casselberry is seeking an individual with a demonstrated record of success and accomplishment to be the next Finance Director. The ideal candidate will have excellent financial and management skills.

The ideal candidate will have minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in finance, accounting, business administration or related field, a minimum of five (5) years highly responsible work experience in accounting, revenue administration, and other phases of fiscal management, and at least three (3) years of experience in a supervisory capacity relating to local government finance functions. Certified Public Finance Officer, Certified Government Finance Officer, or Certified Public Accountant is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range is $99,997 to $149,996 and the anticipated hiring range is $110,000-$125,000 based on qualifications. The City is also anticipating annual salary adjustments near 5% to maintain competitive compensation. The City of Casselberry offers well above average benefits including a retirement plan that consists of 11.78% employer contribution to a 401(a) and a 100% match up to 4% of salary to a 457(b). In addition to generous paid time off, the City of Casselberry has been named to the List of Best Workplaces for Commuters since 2018 primarily due to its standard four-day workweek.

How to Apply E-mail your resume to HR@casselberry.org. Questions should be directed to Natasa Cacija by email (ncacija@casselberry.org) or (407) 262-7700, ext. 1156.

Please be aware that Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications received by the City of Casselberry are public records upon receipt and are available to the public upon request.

The City of Casselberry is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.

The Selection Process

First consideration will be given to applications received through July 10. Applications received after July 10 will be consider if needed until the posting is closed. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
E-mail your resume to HR@casselberry.org.

Job Details

Salary
$110,000
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$125,000
Job Function
Finance Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Casselberry

Address

95 Triplet Lake Dr
Casselberry, FL 32707-3252
United States

Population
30,000
Form of Government
Council-Manager

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