Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Toledo Finance Department
Location of position: 
Toledo, OH
To be negotiated
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Closing Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2018
Job Description: 

POSITION TITLE: Finance Director DEPARTMENT: Finance REPORTS TO: Chief of Staff

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ABOUT THE CITY OF TOLEDO:  Founded in 1837 and the County seat for Lucas County, Toledo is the fourth largest city in the state of Ohio and covers 84 square miles. It is centrally located within the Great Lakes region and is less than two hours from Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, and approximately four hours from Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Pittsburg. Toledo has a high confluence of major roads and railways including Interstates 75, 280, 90, and U.S. Routes 23, 24, 20, 223, and 6. Toledo also has access to the Megabus and Amtrak stations. Toledo has become well-known for its industry, particularly in automobile assembly and glass (hence the nickname, "The Glass City"). Toledo is now at the heart of the New Manufacturing Economy, which is entrepreneurial in spirit. The Toledo area recognizes and celebrates this spirit. Toledo is the perfect place to increase your opportunities – this area has talent, capital, and networks. Generations of the region's residents recognized the Toledo area's extraordinary mixture of opportunity, culture, affordability, accessibility, and beauty and are dedicated to creating deep, lasting roots here. The cultural and social investments that were made in the past continue to welcome new generations today. Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, who was Lucas County Treasurer 2004-2018, was elected Mayor of Toledo in November, 2017 and took the oath of office on January 2, 2018. Toledo City Council is the legislative branch of City Government and operates in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the City of Toledo, first adopted by the voters in 1914 and amended by the voters from time to time. Legislative authority in the City is vested in a twelve-member Council. Six members of the Council are elected at-large and six from districts; all for four-year terms. The Council is authorized to enact ordinances and resolutions relating to City services, tax levies, appropriating, and borrowing money, licensing and regulating businesses and trades and other municipal activities. The Council also has authority to fix the compensation of City officers and employees. The city has more than 2,600 employees and an annual budget of approximately $251 million. The City offers a competitive benefits package. For more information, contact the Human Resources department. City of Toledo CAFER:

POSITION SUMMARY: Acts as Chief Fiscal Officer of the City and operates under State Laws, the City Charter and Ordinances as well as direction and rulings of the City Council. Most duties of this classification involve working with department or division heads of the City, and the City Council. Actions taken are on broad policy, planning, and budget problems of the City operations as directed by the Mayor. Performs highly responsible management and administrative work directing and coordinating the varied functions of the City's Finance Department. Work involves administering the central accounting system and the data processing functions of the City. Work is reviewed through written reports, for the attainment of goals and objectives, and adherence to established policies and procedures. Work is performed under the executive direction of the Mayor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Plans, evaluates and directs departmental policies, programs and operations related to the financial and budgetary activities of the City government. • Directs the financial operations of the City by an established central accounting system within commonly accepted governmental accounting principles. • Direct the preparation of financial reports, analyses and audits. • Directs the audit and approves disbursements for goods and services within budget appropriations. • Directs the Treasury collection activity and custody of public funds. • Oversees the investment of City funds and the payment of bond obligations. • Manage City purchasing functions; monitor purchase of capital equipment; maintain account of the City’s fixed assets, including calculation of depreciation, tracking, inventory and disposition of assets. • Supervises the data processing functions to ensure that required programming is in place and that necessary records and reports are produced in a timely manner. • Serves as financial advisor to the Mayor. • Represents the City and/or the department by preparing and presenting information to City Council and in other forums. • Provides technical and policy information and assistance to staff members, other City agencies, City boards/committees and citizens. • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of financial management.

Supervisory Responsibilities: • Manages subordinate professional and office staff. • Is responsible for overall direction, coordination an • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City’s policies and applicable laws. • Responsibilities include interviewing and training employees; planning, assigning, and

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Public Finance or a closely related field; supplemented by four (4) to six (6) years of extensive, progressively responsible experience in a municipal financial administrative position in a similarly sized agency; or an equivalent combination of training and/or experience. A C.P.A. or CPFO designation is preferred.

Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the laws and policies governing municipal finance and accounting practices and procedures. Knowledge of accounting practices and administrative policies. Knowledge of modern office practices and accounting equipment. Knowledge of municipal bonds and contracts and available investment opportunities. Knowledge of data processing principles and practices. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices and ability to direct and coordinate staff activities. Knowledge of the principles, practices and processes of municipal budgeting. Ability to formulate and install methods, procedures, forms and record systems. Ability to prepare complex financial reports in a timely and accurate manner. Ability to supervise maintenance of complex administrative records and prepare reports. Ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with employees, government officials, private organizations, and the general public. Ability to supervise professional and clerical staff, including assignment of work and review of same. Ability to be effective in written and oral communication in contacts with local, state and federal officials and the general public.

Education: Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in finance, accounting, business or public administration or related field.

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in financial management accounting, or a related field, preferably in the public sector including three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.