GFOA’s Research and Consulting Center is a national leader in providing services for local governments on business process improvement, long-term financial planning, budgeting, best practice adoption, and selection, procurement, and implementation oversight of financial systems and other administrative systems (ERP systems).
Consultants provide direct support on projects, which are generally comprised of one Project Manager and a small team (typically two Consultants). Key activities include:
- Business Process Improvement – Facilitate discussions with public finance practitioners on existing and future business processes related to the government’s operation, including but not limited to budgeting, accounting, human resources, payroll, and purchasing. Discussions focus on identifying processes that could benefit from standardization, policies, and implementation of best practices and how the organization will refine its existing processes.
- Process Mapping – Document discussions of business processes through flow chart diagrams. Consultants use Microsoft Visio to document business processes while meeting with public finance practitioners to capture high-level action and routing of information.
- Project Management – Work collaboratively with as a project team member to ensure client expectations are met. Consultants work to support development of timely and quality deliverables and communicate with clients on the overall project status. Typical project deliverables include business process maps, business case report, Request for Proposal (RFP) document, software functional requirements, software demonstration / implementation interview scripts, etc.
- Selection Assistance – Conduct comparative analysis of vendor proposals for ERP systems and facilitate software demonstration / implementation interviews. Consultants work with clients throughout the selection process to highlight potential client risk and to ensure a standard and fair selection process.
GFOA staff are expected to work out of GFOA’s Chicago office. Travel would be required and consist of approximately 4-15 days per month.
The ideal candidate has prior government experience and/or public finance experience and understanding or use of financial and/or other administrative systems. Additionally, the ideal candidate is able to effectively work in a team environment, prioritize multiple projects and deadlines, and have excellent communication and writing skills. Prior work with Microsoft Visio, Project, and Excel is preferred.
To apply, applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email to:
Deputy Executive Director / Director, Research and Consulting Center
Government Finance Officers Association
203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60601
GFOA is an equal opportunity employer.