Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Wheeling
Location of position: 
Wheeling, WV
Wage/Salary: 
$72,000
Date Posted: 
Friday, July 11, 2014
Closing Date: 
Friday, August 8, 2014
Job Description: 

The City of Wheeling, West Virginia is at the heart of a vibrant metropolitan tri-state area, with neighboring Ohio and Pennsylvania. This region is made up of more than 200,000 people, making it culturally alive and diverse. Located on the I-70 corridor between Pittsburgh and Columbus, Wheeling was the first gateway to the West and a hub of the industrial revolution. The city boasts a rich history as the birthplace of West Virginia.  Today, Wheeling is home to a mix of small businesses and international companies, offering opportunities for low-overhead economic development. Wheeling is known for its unique eateries, metropolitan features, outdoor recreation and annual festivals.  It offers residents a safe, affordable lifestyle with big city amenities not found in most small towns, including our own symphony, Broadway shows, and the iconic Capitol Theatre. It is recognized as one of the most livable small metros in the country – growing, transforming, innovating, and inviting.  The Position: This thriving community seeks its next Finance Director. The Finance Director is appointed by the Mayor of Wheeling and supported by the guidance and consent of City Council and the City Manager. The Finance Director provides executive leadership and supervision to a coordinated fiscal management program, including a managed budget that allows the administration to carry out City Council’s policies. The Finance Department has nine full-time positions and a $1.3 million budget. The City’s total fiscal year budget is $46 million.  Responsibilities include maintaining a general accounting system for the City and each of its offices, departments, and agencies; analyzing the disbursement activities to provide adequate cash controls for all funds; managing City financial assets; collecting taxes, special assessments, license fees and other revenues; providing assistance for completion of the annual audit; planning and directing departmental personnel activities including assignment, scheduling, supervision, and monitoring.  The next Finance Director must possess high integrity, strong oral and written communication skills, strategic planning abilities, and a demonstrated interest in working closely with elected and appointed officials. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field; master’s degree or higher-level certification, such as CPA or MBA, preferred. Candidates must have five years of experience in progressively responsible positions.  Residency requirements are applicable within six months of hire date. Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest and resume to the following:  Via mail: Leslie Waechter, Human Resources Director, 1500 Chapline St., Suite 301, Wheeling, WV 26003.  Via email: lwaechter@wheelingwv.gov.  Review of resumes will begin on August 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.  No telephone calls, please. EOE.