Finance Director

$90,000 - $110,000 yearly
  • City of Ferguson
  • 110 Church Street, Ferguson, MO, USA
  • May 10, 2022
Full time Finance

Job Description

NATURE OF WORK

This is highly responsible and complex administrative and managerial work planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the Department of Finance. The Director of Finance also serves as Budget Officer and City Treasurer and as such has general management responsibility of all operations of the Finance Department.

Work involves responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing all operations of the Department of Finance, including accounting and internal control; payroll; accounts payable and receivable; utility billing; customer service; collection, disbursement, investment of all City funds; debt management; and other fiscal activities. Work also includes managing the City's accounting software system. Supervision is directly exercised over finance department personnel. Work is performed under the administrative direction of the City Manager and in compliance with federal, state, and City laws, statutes, and ordinances. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and audits for overall program effectiveness.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  1. Plans, organizes, and directs the management and administration of fiscal records in compliance with federal and state statutes and City ordinances.
  2. Supervises, trains, directs, and evaluates department personnel, and monitors all activities and operations of the department; sets goals and objectives, and establishes guidelines for performance.
  3. Develops systems, policies, and rules and regulations for transacting financial matters; directs general accounting activities and develops and maintains internal control systems.
  4. Prepares long range financial plans, fiscal studies, income and expenditure estimates, and financial reports as requested by the City Manager and required by law.
  5. Serves as City Purchasing Agent; reviews and approves all purchases by City departments within the framework of adopted budget and purchasing policies; estimates cash needs based on purchasing patterns.
  6. Advises the City Manager, City Council, and other officials on fiscal management; serves statutory duties of the City Treasurer for City funds; invests idle funds in accordance with City policy; supervises deposits of all funds.
  7. Assists in the preparation of the annual budget, including forecasting revenues; prepares ordinances to implement the budget, including tax levy ordinance; monitors budget performance.
  8. Administers the City Pension Plan; calculates benefits, authorizes retiree payments and benefits and calculates actuarial needs of the Plan and serves as the representative of City Administration on the Pension Board.
  9. Coordinates preparation for the annual audit; prepares all necessary journal entries, audit schedules, and statistical schedules for the annual financial report; prepares the supplemental financial report.
  10. Coordinates the various functions of the department with all other departments regarding budgetary, personnel, or insurance matters.
  11. Attends meetings of local, county, state, and regional agencies related to financial management activities; receives citizen complaints and requests; responds to requests for information and assistance from citizens and outside agencies and organizations.
  12. Responds to public inquiries, particularly regarding utility billing; coordinates the placement of delinquent accounts with collection agencies.
  13. Manages investments for the Pension Fund.
  14. Promotes and maintains responsive community relations.
  15. Follows safe work practices.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in accounting; an MPA/MBA or CPA is desirable.
  • Five or more years of related experience in accounting desired. 
  • Accounting experience in local/state government preferred. 
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred. Knowledge of, and expertise with, computerized accounting systems and standard business software. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The employee must occasionally lift and carry heavy objects (10-50 lbs.) sit, bend, squat, and twist on a daily basis.

Have the ability to sit for long periods of time using office equipment and computers. Must have ability to deal with constant interruptions, noise, frequent modifications to tasks to adjust priorities and meet critical deadlines; and meet with others on a regular basis.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The City of Ferguson is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT 

The City of Ferguson makes every effort to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. If you need assistance or accommodation for the application, interview, or a particular testing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-524-5256.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Possession of a valid Missouri driver’s license. A drug screening and background check are required.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

Go to www.fergusoncity.com to complete an online job application or email your cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@fergusoncity.com. Alternatively, send to City of Ferguson City Hall, Attention: Human Resources, 110 Church Street, Ferguson, MO 63135.