Assistant Director - Accounting, Revenue, & Utility Billing/Customer Service

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Surprise
Location of position: 
Surprise, AZ
$92,331.20 – $138,507.20
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Closing Date: 
Monday, December 3, 2018
Job Description: 

SALARY RANGE:  $92,331.20 – $138,507.20 Annually

The hiring salary range is $92,331.20 – $115,419.20 annually

Job Title: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – FINANCE Department: Finance Reports To: Director – Finance FLSA Status: Exempt Job Status: Full-time; Non Classified Salary Grade: 121

SUMMARY:  The purpose of this position is to lead, manage, direct, and supervise the activities and performance of operations in the Finance Department, including accounting, accounts payable, revenue, and utility billing divisions. This position requires advanced knowledge of, and experience with, governmental accounting, treasury, debt management, internal controls, and other financial management practices. The Assistant Director manages division goals and objectives, leads projects, performs complex reviews and analyses; implements policies and best practices, coordinates assigned responsibilities with staff and other city departments, outside agencies, and consultants; serves on and/or supports various city committees; and acts as Director of the department in the absence of the Director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed.•Supervises and trains staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations •Assists in directing the activities of the department to include overseeing the development and administration of policies, procedures, programs, goals and objectives •Provides guidance and direction to staff on interpretation and implementation of GAAP and GASB pronouncements. Oversees year-end audit and financial reporting including the production of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, applicable laws, regulations and audit requirements. •Oversees and manages treasury and debt operations including banking relations, investment management, debt issuance and post-issuance compliance requirements •Interprets, implements and ensures compliance with investment and debt policies and related statutory and regulatory requirements. •Provides direction and guidance to external consultants and/or vendors engaged in studies and projects on behalf of the City; initiates and monitors the progress of special studies to undertaken by internal staff •Reviews departmental operations to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of services and/or programs •Serves as liaison with employees and contractors; represents the city at a variety of meetings, public events, training sessions, on committees, and/or other related events •Coordinates activities with other agencies, internal departments, and/or other applicable parties •Develops and maintains short and long-term strategic planning processes and coordinates departmental efforts related to assigned areas of responsibility •Prepares or directs, reviews, interprets, and analyzes a variety of information, data, and reports, work papers, communications, schedules, and/or statements to and from internal departments, external agencies, and/or other applicable organizations •Provides guidance and assistance in the resolution of difficult accounting issues; interprets and resolves accounting problems identified by staff, auditors or other departments; and researches and analyzes information and financial reports, summaries, statistical data, findings and recommendations •Acts in the absence of the Director •Maintains regular attendance and punctuality •Performs other duties of a similar nature or level SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS:  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 essential functions.

Knowledge of:•Management principles •Public administration and governmental operations •Governmental Accounting and financial management principles •Applicable theories and principles related to area of assignment •Strategy development principles and procedures •Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations •Program development and administration principles and practices •Project management principles •Conflict mediation principles •Public relations principles •Advanced principles and practices of governmental accounting (GAAP, GASB) •Principles, practices and methods of municipal finance and debt management •Research methods •Negotiation techniques •Program/project management principles and techniques •Performance measurement •City required safety procedures Skill in:•Using a computer and related software applications Ability to:•Monitor and evaluate employees •Prioritize and assign work •Provide leadership •Manage projects •Manage multiple priorities simultaneously •Speak in public •Analyze and develop policies and procedures •Ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations •Interpret and apply applicable laws, rules, and regulations •Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals •Resolve conflict •Manage change and sensitive topics •Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints •Supervise, train, and develop employees effectively •Prepare, administer and monitor budget •Analyze complex financial information •Conduct complex research projects and present findings •Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers supervisor, the general public, etc., to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business; five years professional experience in accounting, auditing, or a closely related activity; and three years of progressively responsible management experience directly related to the area assigned; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  Must have at time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Arizona Driver License.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Positions in this class typically require: fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental elements.