Director of Finance

Town of Smyrna, DE

I. Position Summary

Responsible for leading, directing and supervising the activities of the Finance Department for multi-fund, full-service municipal operation, general governmental, and enterprise funds. The Director of Finance will develop financial strategies and drive analytics to enable business decision making for the Town. Directly oversees the Customer Service Manager and Accounting Manager, Town assessments and appeals, as well as serves as an Alternate Board Member on the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC). The position will be highly involved with the Town Manager on Town public utility rate analysis, short and long-term operational assessments, and actively involved with fiscal impacts of the public utilities. The individual in this role will drive long-term planning, forecasting, and budgeting processes and provide detailed monthly reports and analyses, as well as being the main financial contact for external auditing, project and grant management, contract compliance, revenue collection, risk management, and pension administration. The position will involve delivering important insights to the Town Manager, Council, and Mayor, and requires strong management skills. Financial responsibilities include, but are not limited to, accounting, budget, payroll, debt management, investments, revenue collection, taxation, and other fiscal activities. While the Finance Director consults with the Town Manager on issues relating to policy and planning, they work independently in supervising the overall departmental operations. The Finance Director also serves as a member of the Town leadership team.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Application of internal controls and accounting procedures in a combined paper and electronic environment to plan, direct, implement and evaluate departmental activities, information and computer systems and formulate long range goals and develop organizational and operational plans for their accomplishment.

• Maintaining complex financial records, and to analyze and prepare reports.

• Reading and interpreting reports presented by consultants and other department, and to make succinct and concise summaries of such reports.

• Creating and implementing policies and procedures based on professional accounting practices and Federal, State and local laws pertaining to municipal financial activities, compliance, and generally accepted accounting principles and theory.

• Proactively address the changing demands of the Finance Department. Manage multiple priorities in a growing, rapidly evolving work environment.

• Develop, supervise and evaluate staff effectively.

• Identify problems and institute corrective procedures and polices within the areas of Finance, , Accounting, Accounts Payable and Receivable, Grant Management, and Billing/Collections.

• Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the City Manager, elected City Officials, other department heads, other City employees, vendors, customers, other governmental agencies, and the public.

III. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Comprehensive knowledge of professional generally accepted accounting principles (‘GAAP’);

• Comprehensive knowledge of Federal, State and local laws pertaining to municipal financial activities, compliance, and generally accepted accounting principles and theory.

• Working knowledge of auditing practices and procedures, public management, budgeting, accounting, financial control and other functional areas of municipal finance and related activities in order to fulfill duties.

• Ability to plan, direct, implement and evaluate departmental activities, information and computer systems and formulate long range goals and develop organizational and operational plans for their accomplishment. Knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and/or GAAP statements and federal and state financial reporting regulations, governmental accounting principles and practices, general trends, and current developments in public sector (governmental) accounting.

• Knowledge of current Internal Revenue Service Regulations regarding payroll and taxable revenues.

• General principles of employee supervision as well as Town personnel rules.

• Proficient in, or ability to rapidly become proficient with software applications related to municipal accounting, budgeting, and finance, as well as Microsoft Office suite of applications.

• The ability to develop, implement and maintain complex programs to deliver Department services.

• The ability to maintain discipline and the respect of employees, to lead and influence employees effectively, and to instruct employees in proper work methods and techniques.

• The ability to plan, assign and coordinate activities performed by a large group of employees.

• Ability to manage multiple priorities in a growing, rapidly evolving work environment.

• The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town employees, elected officials and the general public.

• The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Good judgment, integrity, thoroughness and dependability.

• Any combination of experience and training which provides an equivalent to the minimum desirable employment standard.

IV. Experience

• At least five (5) years of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity in the field of municipal finance, accounting, banking, or a related field.

• Demonstrated experience in multi-fund, municipal accounting with adherence to GAAP and GASB standards.

• Some experience in the establishment and administration of municipal utility rates is desirable.

• A comprehensive and broad knowledge of the modern principles and practices of the field of municipal finance.

• Knowledge of and experience with capital financing, including bond financing, strongly desired, including experience with ongoing reporting compliance.

• Demonstrated ability to lead detail-oriented operations to maximize efficient and effective delivery of service. Knowledge and experience overseeing billing and customer service operations strongly desired.

V. Education

• Master's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field; or a bachelor's degree and five (5) years of related experience.

• Possession of a valid driver's license and a good driving record.

• Possession of C.P.A. desirable, but not required.

VI. ADA Requirements:

• Work requires siting, standing, and working in an administrative office setting for extended periods of time. Occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching.

• Work requires ability to reach with hands and arms, talk and hear in order to answer the phone, verbally communicate. Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing to draft written correspondences (physical and digital) to perform daily tasks.

VII. Additional Requirements

• Must successfully pass and maintain a criminal background and credit check, as well as drug screening as a safety sensitive position in finance.

How to Apply

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Job Details

Job Function
Finance Director
Position Type
Full Time

Town of Smyrna


27 S. Market Street Plaza
Smyrna, DE 19977
United States

Form of Government


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