Director of Finance

City of Brighton, CO

Job Details

  • Job Function: Finance Director
  • Salary: $119,000 - $151,000. (DOQ)
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 40,000
  • Where: 500 S. 4th Ave, Brighton, CO 80601
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Oct 29 2018


Starting salary range for the position is $119,000-$151,000 per year (DOQ)



This highly responsible position oversees all financial matters for the City. Directs and manages accounting, procurement, sales tax collection, utility billing, payroll, revenue, budget forecasting and investment management for a fast-growing city. Must actively participate in the development and implementation of the City of Brighton's strategic plan and business plan, analyze financial data and conduct assessments of trends and financial trends.


Receives direction from the City Manager. Exercises direct supervision over Finance Department staff.


Manages, supervises and directs the activities of assigned staff and functions; makes decisions regarding hiring, discipline, termination or advancement of employees. Directs employees, assigns work, and monitors progress; guides, trains and develops employees in the accomplishment of their duties and professional growth; writes and conducts evaluations.

Meets deadlines determined by Federal and State law and City policy for financial reporting and bookkeeping.

Reviews and authorizes purchase requisitions, requests for disbursement, bi-weekly payroll checks, payroll payables, general ledger journal entries, and budget amendments.

Participates in City's strategic planning process, and keeps abreast of current events and changes, and adjusts departmental policies accordingly.

Regularly and accurately reports the City's financial status. Notifies City Manager regarding major financial occurrences and associated ramifications.

Maintains a thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, standards, and procedures related to municipal finance.

Identifies and develops courses of action to respond to the City's financial needs; represents the City in meetings with the public, bankers, auditors, other municipal representatives, and insurance companies.

Develops staff reports for the City and covering various finance functions; reviews monthly financial reports, reviews accounting, payroll, sales tax and procurement reports and functions as needed.


Knowledge of:

Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations; and, ability to interpret and apply this knowledge when appropriate.

Theory, principles, practices, and methods of governmental accounting, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements and pronouncements.

State and local statutes, ordinances, resolutions, and charter relating to municipal finance.

Principles and practices of public administration, including public finance, strategic planning, forecasting, prioritization, cost reduction identification, revenue sources, organizational development, management, budgeting, employee supervision and training.

General principles, methods, techniques, and practices of automated accounting.

Principles of finance.

Ability to:

Manage and direct financial operations, programs and special projects.

Oversee and perform special accounting and audit processes and complex accounting tasks.

Use standard office equipment, computer equipment and software.

Develop and administer a fiscal program consistent with City goals and objectives.

Prepare and analyze reports, statements, and correspondence clearly and comprehensively.

Supervise, direct and train employees. Ability to delegate authority efficiently and promptly.

Research and prepare written reports analyzing activities and situations, research and evaluate options, and recommend solutions.

Develop, prepare and monitor budgets.

Interpret, understand and comply with complex statues, ordinance, regulations, standards, procedures and laws.

Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with management, employees and community members of diverse economic and social backgrounds.

Exercise discretion, independent judgment, explicit authority and decision-making responsibility relating to the performance of the position's functions.

Collaborate with staff and other departments to identify and solve problems.

Work in a time sensitive environment.

Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Work successfully in a team-oriented atmosphere that provides accurate information, excellent customer service and human relations skills.

Make formal presentations to City Council and large groups.

Maintain the highest ethical standards and be open and honest in all communications.

Must be bondable and able to successfully complete a pre-employment background check including but not limited to criminal history search, credit check, degree verification, employment verification, etc.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Public or Business Administration, Finance or a related field. Master's degree in Business Administration or Public Administration preferred. CPA or CPFO designations are also highly desirable.

Must have six (6) or more years of progressively responsible work in municipal government finance operations with at least four (4) years of progressively responsible supervisory experience. Strong understanding of diverse revenues and expenditures, particularly with enterprise funds.


Ability to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, see and demonstrate manual dexterity. Must possess hand/eye/foot coordination adequate to operate a variety of office equipment and be able to lift 25 pounds.


Possession of a valid driver's license with safe driving record.

Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.

Ability to complete FEMA ICS 100 and IS 700 training within six (6) months of hire.

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