Public Finance Associate

GFOA’s Research and Consulting Center (RCC) staff provide conduct ongoing research on many financial management topics, produce the Government Finance Review, and support many of GFOA’s training, conference, publications, and best practices committees.

Job Description

The Public Finance Associate will take on many roles to help the organization achieve its mission in supporting finance officers and local governments. Key responsibilities include

  • Researcher – RCC’s research agenda includes topics of interest to local governments including fiscal sustainability, infrastructure, and recruitment of the next generation of finance practitioners. The Public Finance Associate will be involved in developing a research plan, conducting research, and disseminating findings.
  • Subject Matter Expert – GFOA staff regularly writes for leading publications, including our bi-monthly publication, Government Finance Review, and speak at state and national conferences on topics related to financial management. The Public Finance Associate will serve as a resource and subject matter expert for local governments and help address general research inquiries submitted by members.
  • Membership and Training Coordination – GFOA offers training programs to public finance practitioners, networking groups for members, and other activities to help improve government financial management. The Public Finance Associate is expected to help organize logistics, work with members / speakers to build content, and provide general support in the area of membership and training. The Public Finance Associate will also be expected to help develop GFOA’s best practice statements, coordinate educational sessions for the annual conference, and assist with other GFOA strategic initiatives.

GFOA staff are expected to work out of GFOA’s Chicago office. Minimal travel is required.

The ideal candidate has prior government experience and/or public finance experience and understanding or use of financial and/or other administrative systems. Additionally, the ideal candidate is able to effectively work in a team environment as well as independently or with minimal supervision, prioritize multiple projects and deadlines, and have excellent communication and writing skills. Subject matter expertise in accounting, budgeting, capital planning, treasury management, debt administration, financial systems, or other areas of public finance is preferred.

To apply, applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email to:

Mike Mucha
Deputy Executive Director / Director, Research and Consulting Center
Government Finance Officers Association
203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60601

GFOA is an equal opportunity employer.

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