Director of Finance

$152,602 - $221,198 yearly
  • Strategic Government Resources
  • Highland Park, TX, USA
  • May 10, 2024
Full time Accounting Auditing Administration/Management Budget & Strategy Finance

Job Description

The Town of Highland Park is seeking a proven leader in municipal finance, who can demonstrate skills in accounting, treasury management, capital planning, and budgeting, to serve as its next Director of Finance.


Located approximately four miles from downtown Dallas, the Town of Highland Park was named after its higher elevation and the fact that about 20% of developed land was reserved for park space. Highland Park was incorporated in 1913 and has a population of 8,864 residents in 2.2 square miles of land. There are 2.6 million people living in the greater metro area. Most of the Town is occupied by single family residences; however, the Town contains some multi-family structures as well as retail, restaurant, office, service, and church facilities. With Dallas surrounding Highland Park on its east, west, and south sides, the Town is the perfect combination of small-town feel with big city amenities nearby.


The Town of Highland Park is chartered as a home-rule city and functions under the council-manager form of government. There are six council members, including the mayor, who are elected at-large to two-year terms. The Town has low political dynamics with the Town Council working in a collegial manner with Town staff for the overall betterment of the community. The people, quality of life, and focus on maintenance and improvement of the Town makes Highland Park stand out.


The Finance Department is responsible for accurately maintaining all the fiscal, human resources, and budget records pertaining to the operations of the Town of Highland Park. Areas of responsibility include general accounting, treasury functions, the annual audit, the preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), preparation of monthly financial and investment report for management, payment of all Town obligations, payroll processing, personnel administration, preparation of the Annual Budget, employee benefits administration, risk management and liability, and property insurance management.


The Director of Finance performs a variety of supervisory, professional, administrative, and technical accounting and finance functions to maintain the fiscal records and systems of the Town. This position assists the Assistant Town Administrator in the preparation of the Town’s annual operating and capital budgets; the Town’s annual audit report; and other annual and monthly financial reports.


The ideal candidate will have a thorough knowledge of double entry accounting theory, principles, accounting practices, auditing theory and practices; governmental accounting standards; internal control procedures; and accounting procedures and systems, including computer applications.  They will be skilled in the operation of the listed tools and equipment. The chosen Director of Finance will be able to maintain effective accounting procedures; conduct assigned projects to their completion; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and problem solver, who can provide executive-level leadership with a high-level of integrity, above-reproach ethics, and a strong commitment to public service.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business management, finance, or a closely related field; plus, five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in accounting and finance work in municipal government, including three (3) years of supervisory experience.  Must be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in good standing or a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) in good standing. Experience with municipal accounting software, including Incode, is preferred.


The Town of Highland Park offers a competitive salary range of $152,602-$221,198, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online


For more information on this position contact:


Larry Gilley, Senior Vice President