Under the direction of the City Manager, the Finance Director plans, organizes and directs the financial activities of the City including debt management, cash management, purchasing, general accounting, investments, financial planning, payroll and Utility Billing.
Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:
- Essential duties and functions may include the following. Must possess required knowledge skills, abilities and experience and to be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations that the essential functions of the job can be performed. Other related duties may be assigned.
- Directs and manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service and/or operational area; oversee the development and implementation of policies and plans related to departmental service and operations.
- Plans, organizes and directs general ledger accounting including payroll, accounts payable, utility billing, service fees, municipal court, etc.
- Ensures the highest level of financial accountability and transparency to the City Council, City management and citizens; maintains and encourages the highest ethical standards.
- Manages and directs the administration of the City’s accounting operations, which includes the oversight of the City’s financial system, establishes and enforces financial policies, ensures adherence to Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requirements, produces monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial reports
- Ensures proper internal financial controls are established and followed.
- Serves as the City’s liaison with external auditors, financial advisors and bond counsel.
- Establishes and maintains accounts receivable processes for all receivables to the City, including the use of collection agencies, law firms, and other collection resources; manages and controls the accounts payable process for the City.
- Establishes and oversees accounting procedures and internal controls for cash receipts and disbursements.
- Advises the City Manager in financial matters of the City; formulates and oversees the City's investment policies; provides long-term and strategic financial support for the City’s public projects.
- Prepares the request for proposal for audit services, evaluates proposals received and presents firms to City Council; Coordinates and assists with the annual financial audit with the external auditors.
- Understands and applies federal, state and local accounting practices and regulations. \\
- Prepares financial summary and forecast reports for revenues, expenditures and fund balances; presents reports to City Council monthly.\
- Manages City liens including the processing, reporting and calculation of amounts owed; ensures that paid liens are released and recorded.
- Calculates the City's effective tax rate and presents to City Manager and City Council; acts as liaison to Ellis County and Dallas County Central Appraisal Districts to evaluate properties and develop revenue forecasts.
- Reviews and revises Finance Department's policies and procedures.
- Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates assigned staff; performs performance evaluations, counsels and interviews employees’ on-the-job performance, resolves informal complaints and grievances, and takes necessary disciplinary action in accordance with City policies.
- Supervises one (1) exempt and two (2) non-exempt position
- Bachelor's Degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field, Master’s Degree preferred, and
- 5 years of experience in municipal or government accounting and finance or related area, and
- 2 years of supervisory experience, or
- Any equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Advanced skills to analyze and interpret fiscal and accounting information; prepare accurate and timely financial statements and reports
- Ability to plan, organize, direct and evaluate the work of assigned staff
- Ability to understand, interpret, explain and apply city, state and federal laws regulating City financial accounting, reporting and recordkeeping, investment of funds and borrowing
- Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental accounting and the regulations governing the reporting of municipal government financial activities
- Comprehensive knowledge of budget projection, development, management and justification practices and procedures
- Ability to develop and maintain a positive working relationship with staff, fellow employees, elected officials, supervisors, citizens, business and community groups.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality when working with sensitive information and to comply with all records retention laws.
- Ability to elicit respect and trust through actions and leads by example
- Ability to provide leadership, counsel, motivation and constructive performance reviews to staff
- Ability to respond and manage emergencies and incidents
- Ability to develop and implement City policies, procedures and objectives.
- Comprehensive abilities in problem solving, conflict management and customer relations techniques
- Proficient skills in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
- Proficient skills in payroll, billing and budget application management
- Comprehensive knowledge of municipal accounting and finance regulations
Licenses and Certifications:
- CPA preferred but not required
- Certified Government Finance Officer preferred but not required
Work Environment/Physical Requirements:
- The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The incumbent works in a typical office environment with little or no exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards. Requires lifting up to 25 pounds and includes repetitive actions while sitting or standing. May require sitting and working at a computer for extended periods of time