About MWCOG MWCOG is an association of local governments in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Every month, more than a thousand officials and experts come to COG to make connections, share information, and develop solutions to the region’s major challenges. Annual revenue is $44 million, with approximately 73% coming from federal and state awards and agreements. Additional support is provided by member dues, regional fees, and a variety of other funding sources. MWCOG prepares governmental financial statements and follows OMB administrative guidelines for local governments. More information is available at https://www.mwcog.org.
SUMMARY The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) is seeking an experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to join our executive team. As the business manager of the organization, the CFO directs financial affairs, advises senior management on fiscal and budget issues, and provides strategic business planning. As the head of the Office of Finance and Accounting, the CFO is responsible for timely and accurate preparation and analysis of financial reports, preparation and monitoring of the annual budget, management of cash and investments, oversight of the annual single audit, compliant and efficient contract and purchasing policies and procedures, and optimal use of the Deltek Costpoint accounting system. The CFO heads a department of eleven staff, and directly supervises the Controller, Contracts and Purchasing Manager, and Senior Project Accountant.
Required Minimum Education, Certification, and Work Experience • Master’s in Business Administration, Finance or closely related field. current CPA or CGFM certification An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for a Master’s degree.. • 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in financial management, analysis, accounting, auditing, budgeting, and forecasting, which includes at least three years in a governmental organization (local, state, school district, council of governments, etc.) • 10 years of experience utilizing sophisticated and complex accounting software packages such as Deltek Costpoint, Intacct, Solomon, MS Dynamics GP, NetSuite, or similar applications • 7 years of experience as a section or department head of an accounting office, with success in leading a diverse team • Demonstrated ability and experience in effectively and professionally communicating with a variety of stakeholders, both verbally and in writing, and making formal and informal presentations to management, boards, and committees • Thorough knowledge of regulations, policies, and procedures which apply to governmental accounting, finance, and federal awards, including OMB 2 CFR 200 • Experience working as an essential business partner and advisor to management
Examples of specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following: Candidates should be able to provide examples of experience and success in most of the areas described below:
Business Management • Direct the financial affairs of the organization • Develop, implement and monitor fiscal policies and goals • Advise senior management on financial and budget issues • Short-term and long-term forecasting and planning • Review business plans and options to ensure they are grounded in solid financial criteria, and provide insight and analysis to support recommendations and decisions
Financial Reporting and Processes • Ensure accurate and timely financial reports and information • Maintain effective internal controls to reduce the chance of error, fraud, or misstatement • Continually improve process efficiency • Manage cash flow to ensure funds are available for business needs, including management of surplus cash and banking relationships • Maintain and improve best practices in financial reporting • Ensure timely completion of the annual audit • Maintain and improve the ability of COG’s accounting, contracting, purchasing, billing, and related systems to capture and generate information needed for financial, grant, project and contract management by continually improving the use of technology tools • Responsible for accounting policies and practices • Responsible for optimal use of the Deltek Costpoint accounting system
Budgeting, Financial Planning, and Analysis • Develop a comprehensive, supported budget that can be used as a management tool and provide meaningful comparisons to actual expenses and programmatic plans • Work with department directors to continually monitor activities and spending, and ensure compliance with the approved budget
Other Duties and Responsibilities • Ensure administrative compliance with federal and other awards • Provide information and support to the Audit Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and the COG Secretary-Treasurer • Ensure adequate staffing and training in the Office of Finance and Accounting to maintain and improve the ability of the office to add value in support of MWCOG’s programs and activities
COMMUNICATION SKILLS Must have the communication capabilities needed to be a successful collaborator, consultant, communicator, and leader, along with the ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports, policies, regulations, accounting standards, and legal documents. Ability to provide meaningful context for complicated reports and business strategies to multiple stakeholders, many of whom do not have financial backgrounds. Experience presenting information to top management, public groups, and the board of directors.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Manage and supervise a team of accounting and procurement staff, with responsibility for overall direction, coordination, and performance of the Office of Finance and Accounting. Directly oversee the work of the Controller, Contracts and Purchasing Manager, and Senior Project Accountant, and occasionally contract and temporary personnel. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing; hiring, training employees, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
- Experienced with governmental fund accounting and federal and state regulations related to grants.
- Skilled and able to prepare and present complex budgets and financial reports to a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- Adaptability sufficient to accommodate differing financial and budgetary needs of internal Program Managers (Department Heads).
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills
- A “straight shooter” whose primary goal is the financial health and stability of MWCOG and whose advice is reflective of that.
- Strong technical/leadership/management knowledge capable of managing an 11-member staff and willing to personally perform work when required.
- Adept at financial forecasting.
- Able to work very effectively with Board Committees (Audit & Budget & Finance) as well as the Executive Director and the Secretary/Treasurer of the COG Board.
Challenges & Opportunities
- MWCOG is a member organization which operates like a governmental agency. Revenue comes from membership fees, some fees for service and from various grants from state and federal governments.
- Continue to provide skilled management of the Finance Department and effective leadership over its employees.
- Continued improvement of the MWCOG’s financial systems and the Finance Department’s customer services.
- Continued proper management of MWCOG’s 5-year capital plan and its reserve funds for operating and capital budgets
- The diversity and complexity of the services provided by MWCOG and its funding sources, the required accounting and records systems are equally diverse, complex and challenging.
COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION Because of the nature of this position, utmost integrity is required, as well as successful completion of a comprehensive reference and background investigation.
Benefits, work hours, and location MWCOG provides health insurance, transit, and other employee benefits, including an excellent and well-funded pension plan with full vesting in five years. The office is conveniently located two blocks from Union Station, in the increasingly popular NOMA area of Washington, D.C. MWCOG does not participate in Social Security, except for the required Medicare portion.
How to Apply The search is open until filled with the first screening of resumes on Friday, April 5, 2019
The starting salary range is $141, 600 to $178,000 (Grade 14)
COG offers exceptional benefits. Final salary is dependent upon negotiation and based upon education, training, and experience.
Applications should be made electronically. Please submit in confidence your resume, cover letter, and salary history requirements to:
BY MAIL: Slavin Management Consultants 3040 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Suite A-1 Norcross, GA 30071 770-449-4656 770-416-0848 (fax)
COG is an EEO EMPLOYER Women and Minorities are Highly Encouraged to Apply