Public Finance Associate

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is seeking candidates for its research and consulting center with an interest in promoting best practices and improving the policies, processes, and management of state and local government finance.

About GFOA

GFOA is a not-for-profit membership association that has represented public-sector finance professionals since 1906. Currently, GFOA has more than 18,700 members across the United States and Canada who look to the association as the gold standard for best practices in public-sector financial management. Staff  working with GFOA will have the opportunity to work directly with leading governments throughout the United States and Canada in a consulting, research, training, project management, and networking capacity. GFOA is a great opportunity for public sector-focused professionals at any level of their career to help advocate for improved public sector financial management.

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. Staff can expect to be involved as:

  • Program/Project Manager – Lead small project teams to advance critical strategic initiatives of GFOA. This position would be expected to coordinate research projects, training programs GFOA offers to public finance practitioners, networking groups within our membership, and other assignments to help improve government financial management.
  • Researcher – Conduct research on topics of interest to local governments including fiscal sustainability, infrastructure, and recruitment of the next generation of finance practitioners. Staff can expect to be involved in developing a research plan, conducting research, and disseminating findings.
  • Consultant – Participate in GFOA’s consulting projects to provide direct support to local governments. GFOA is a national leader in providing services for local governments on business process improvement, long-term financial planning, budgeting, best practice adoption, and selection, procurement, and implementation oversight of financial systems and other administrative systems (ERP systems).
  • Subject Matter Expert – Serve as resource and subject matter expert for local governments on topics related to financial management. GFOA staff regularly writes for leading publications, including our bi-monthly publication, Government Finance Review, and speak at state and national conferences.

GFOA staff are expected to work out of GFOA’s Chicago office. Travel would be required and consist of approximately 4-10 days per month.

The ideal candidate is able to effectively work in a team environment, prioritize multiple projects and deadlines, have excellent communication and writing skills as well as have a strong interest in public-sector financial management.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Strong interest in improving public-sector financial management and process improvement
  • Excellent interpersonal skills/ability to work effectively in small teams
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills/ability to prioritize tasks
  • Advanced degree in public administration, public policy, or a related field or relevant experience.
  • Past experience with a local government is preferred
  • Subject matter expertise in accounting, budgeting, capital planning, treasury management, debt administration, financial systems, or other areas of public finance.

To apply, applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Mike Mucha (mmucha@gfoa.org).

For questions regarding the position, please contact:

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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