Finance Director


Job Details

  • Job Function: Finance Director
  • Salary: $118,056 - $156,984.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 22,239
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  • Form of Government: Mayor-Council

Post Date: Jul 21 2020

Deadline: Aug 10 2020

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An opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Washington State. The City of Oak Harbor is seeking a collaborative, proactive, and innovative team player to lead our Finance Department and serve our unique community.

Open Until Filled
First Review by August 10, 2020

Job Summary
The Finance Director plans, organizes, controls and directs all activities related to the City’s official records and financial transactions by providing professional fiscal advice to the City Council, Mayor, City Administrator, and Department Directors. The position is responsible for all the finances of the City, supervision of subordinate personnel, management of City-wide budget, preparation of financial reports and records, investment of City funds and prevention of loss of monies and supplies in accordance with RCW 35A.34.120 and 35A.34.130.

The Community
The City of Oak Harbor (population 22,000+) is situated on the northern portion of Whidbey Island, approximately two-hours drive north of Seattle, and is accessible by both land and ferry. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Whidbey Island experiences half the annual rainfall of Seattle.
Whidbey Island is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and with the presence of several nearby state parks, and nearby San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker recreational areas, and easy access to the Cascade and Olympic Mountains there is a host of recreational activities for an active outdoor lifestyle. You can enjoy boating, whale watching, hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, camping, sport fishing, bird watching, beach combing, and much more.Oak Harbor also offers excellent small town ambiance, a local play house, outstanding dining, antique shopping, and within minutes of Oak Harbor, the opportunity to visit unique garden and vineyard settings, or simply enjoy the quietness of watching eagles soar.

Oak Harbor has a vibrant downtown, an expanding commercial and retail base, and growing secondary education opportunities. In summary, the lifestyle, convenience of services and location make Oak Harbor an outstanding place to live, work and raise a family.

The City
The City of Oak Harbor was incorporated in 1915 and operates under the Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor and City Council are elected at-large for four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the development of budgets and related financial plans, and the overall operation of the City. The Mayor directly supervises the City Administrator, City Attorney, Police Chief and Fire Chief. The City Administrator directly supervises the Development Services Director, Finance Director, Human Resources Director and Public Works Director.

The City of Oak Harbor employs approximately 130 full-time personnel and operates with an overall budget of $107 million ($16.4 million General Fund).


Serves as a member of the City’s management team and participate in the City’s management team functions, and, at the direction of the Mayor and City Administrator, develops plans and programs to enhance customer-focused community services, major projects, and other initiatives.
Advise City Council, Mayor, City Administrator and Department Directors concerning a wide variety of finance and municipal issues and provides recommendations to the elected Mayor for strategic direction of fiscal policy matters to maintain and enhance the financial health of the City.
Attends City Council meetings and serves as an ongoing resource regarding matters such as City finance, investments, budgets, ordinances and reports.
Directs the overall management and activities of the Finance Department staff, including prioritizing and developing work plans, evaluating performance, monitoring progress on reports and projects, interpreting policies and procedures, and providing effective leadership, training and development for staff.
Responsible for utility rate setting, fiscal compliance and reporting, and customer-focused services to customers.
Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies and priorities; plan, organize, direct and control various administrative activities of the Finance Department, including accounting, financial reporting, investing, business taxes, utility billing, revenue collections, debt administration, licensing, payroll, and accounts payable.
Responsible for ensuring the timely completion and accuracy of the City’s Budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, including preparation of financial forecasts, issuance of debt, preparation of rate analysis for the City’s utility systems, and financing of capital improvements. Communicate at least monthly the City’s current financial position, revenue and expenditure, budget status and other financial information, and provide interpretation and advice concerning trends and results.
Ensures that the City’s Budget, accounting systems and reports are in compliance with all appropriate legal and professional requirements for municipal agencies. Responsible for development and implementation of the City’s comprehensive financial management policies
Coordinate the City’s annual audit and serve as City liaison to the State Auditor’s Office. Assist the Mayor, City Administrator, and Department Directors with financial compliance requirements, investigations, policy development, and internal audit function controls.
Develops and pursues opportunities to create efficiencies within the agency while continuing to improve the organization’s performance.
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City officials and department heads, co-workers, City employees and the general public using good judgment to handle customer complaints, respond to inquiries and resolve concerns in a positive and timely manner using tact and courtesy, sometimes under stressful situations.
Lead, coordinate and/or participate in projects and functions such as required for rate setting, privatization, or system conversions. Track changes in economic projections and revenue forecasts.
Coordinate dept issuance, working with underwriters and rating agencies.
Associated Job Functions:
Attend various continuing education meetings, seminars, and conferences.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Performance Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Knowledge of investment plans, strategies, and portfolio management as it pertains to Washington State municipalities.
Knowledge of municipal accounting and finance policies and procedures for cities.
Knowledge of computerized systems, financial software, and applications.
Knowledge of municipal financial records management in accordance with RCW’s and City ordinances.
Knowledge of finance, accounting, database, and spreadsheet software. Ability to use both personal and central computer systems to work with the City's core financial data.
Skills in financial and revenue forecasting and in identifying emerging issues, developing and implementing new approaches and/or refining the department's organization to generate desired results as efficiently as possible.
Project management and negotiation skills.
Written skills and ability to compose complex correspondence and the ability to research, organize and compile data into meaningful reports (English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation).
Oral communication and strong customer service skills to communicate effectively with the public in a courteous and helpful manner in situations that are sometimes stressful.
Ability to communicate effectively about complex finance matters in person or in writing to groups or individuals.
Ability to provide direction, vision and leadership to department staff in a manner conducive to proficient performance and high morale.
Ability to direct, manage, and supervise the City Finance Department, its employees and outside contractors to accomplish the duties of the Department and the City goals and provide customer-focused administrative and management services.
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance or related discipline. Master’s degree is desired.
Five (5) to ten (10) years of progressively responsible financial management work experience, preferably with five (5) years in a public sector agency environment.
Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) preferred, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or similar designation desired.
Experience in a governmental environment, including knowledge of comprehensive financial management policies, Budgeting, Accounting, and Reporting System (BARS), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
Progressive management and supervisory experience.
Extensive knowledge of computerized accounting procedures and spreadsheet applications.
Strong knowledge and experience in the best investment practices for a public sector entity.
Valid driver's license or the ability to perform the job in an equally efficient manner without driving.
Must be bondable.
Must pass background and credit check, and driver’s abstract check.

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