Finance Director

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Job Type: Contract

Under the general supervision of the Municipal Manager, the Finance Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all financial activities of the Municipality including accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, accounts payable, payroll, tax/fee collection, auditing, debt management, and banking.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor revenues to track performance against budget; review monthly financial reports and prepare accompanying quarterly narratives; prepare ad-hoc financial reports as needed.
  • Administer the Municipality’s cash management investments and debt management programs; approve monthly bank reconciliations; and oversee the year-end closing process of the Municipality’s financial records.
  • Review GASB standards and implement related policy/procedure changes, as well as, prepare the CAFR in accordance with GASB and GFOA requirements.
  • Complete annual compliance requirements for outstanding bond issues.
  • Monitor PC Card purchases as well as Credit Card system of revenue.
  • Coordinate and prepare the Preliminary Capital and Municipal Budgets, as well as the final Municipal Budget as directed by Municipal Council.
  • Assist independent auditors with the annual review of the Municipality’s financial records including annual audits of the pension, PURTA, liquid fuels, and joint project activities.
  • Maintain the Municipality’s financial accounting, purchasing, and payroll systems and related records.
  • Review monthly accounts receivable; initiate action required on delinquent accounts.
  • Provide internal training and support on the financial software.
  • Review pending state and federal legislation to evaluate the potential financial impact on the Municipality.
  • Administer financial control/reporting over Federal and State grants.
  • Reconcile monthly trust activity of all bond accounts.
  • Prepare and manage the RFP/procurement process for the Municipality’s property and casualty insurance, banking services, pension custodian and other professional services as required;
  • Negotiate natural gas and electricity contracts and monitor related billings;
  • Reconcile quarterly Alcosan billings against water usage data;
  • Assist residents with tax/sewage issues;
  • Direct the Municipality’s purchasing activities;
  • Monitor the billing/collection performance of the Tax Collector;
  • Serve as the Municipality’s primary delegate to the Allegheny Southwest Tax Collection Committee (ASWTCC) and attends semi-annual meetings;
  • Attend Council meetings
  • Attend employee pension plan meetings, prepare meeting minutes, and review monthly account activity in all pension custody accounts; review/recommend pension invoices for payment; determine eligibility for participating in class-action lawsuits related to pension plans;
  • Provide direct supervision, guidance, and training to the department receptionist;
  • Assist the Municipal Manager and other departments with financial matters;
  • Perform other related tasks, as required.

Experience:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal financial practices and procedures; including, municipal bond financing;
  • Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and budgeting in government;
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of a municipal purchasing system;
  • Ability to evaluate complex financial systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records;
  • Strong ability to prepare informative financial reports;
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct and evaluate the work of team members;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department heads and governmental officials;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct long-range planning and communicate technical ideas effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong time management, critical thinking, problem-solving, and presentation skills.
  • Extensive experience in public finance administration with some supervisory experience;
  • Advanced MS office application skills; including, Excel formulas, functions, tools, dashboards, and reports;
  • Any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university (Master’s Degree preferred) with major course work in accounting or business administration.
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