Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Auburn Finance Department
Location of position: 
Auburn, WA
Wage/Salary: 
$140,429.52 – $172,623.60
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Closing Date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Job Description: 

To be considered for the first review of applications, please apply by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st The first review of applications will be on Wednesday. May 22nd

About Auburn The City of Auburn was incorporated in 1891, and has since bloomed into a perfect place to live, visit, explore, and play. With over 29.8 square miles of land, two rivers, and two counties, Auburn is home to over 80,000 residents, and hundreds of businesses, ranging from manufacturing to retail.

Working at the City of Auburn The City of Auburn operates on a 2019-2020 total biennial budget of approximately $612 million with approximately 445 full-time employees, and five collective bargaining groups. The City operates under a Mayor-Council organization, with a City Council of seven members. The management team at the City of Auburn includes the Mayor and nine Department Directors from departments such as Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Innovation & Technology, Police, Public Works, Community Development, Administration, and Parks. With a mission to improve the lives of Auburn residents, promote diversity, and support economic growth, Team Auburn is a great place to work!

The Finance Director Position The Finance Director position supervises a staff of 23 employees. The responsibilities of the Finance team includes budget development and management, the annual financial report preparation (CAFR), general ledger, financial planning, accounting, payroll, utility billing, revenue forecasting, and other related services. The Finance Department works with all City departments, residents, the Mayor, and City Council to provide financial guidance, and answer inquiries. This position also participates on multiple finance committees, including: SCORE Jail, Valley Communication Center, the City's joint ventures, and other related committees.

The Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate has a comprehensive understanding of municipal finance operations, is an effective communicator, has a positive and innovative perspective, and is a great problem solver. The successful candidate is self-motivated, has great leadership skills and a phenomenal work ethic, holds themselves to a high integrity, and is able to work effectively with a diverse array of people and personalities.

Compensation, Benefits & Paid Leave The City provides both a generous salary and benefits package. The salary range for this position is $140,429.52- $172,623.60, with salary depending on experience. The benefits for this position include full medical, dental, and vision, as well as life insurance, long term care insurance, flexible spending options, a Washington Public Employees Retirement System pension, 2% contribution to VEBA (HRA), optional deferred compensation plans, short and long term disability, wellness and EAP programs. Department Directors accrue vacation at a rate of 176 hours per year, and also receive an additional 80 hours in a management leave bank every year. Sick leave is accrued at a rate of 12 days of sick leave per year. The City observes 12 holidays, which includes two floating holidays of your choice

Primary Duties: Manages the department operations, including setting overall direction and objectives for the department, preparing and monitoring departmental budget and supervising staff.

Assures that all department employees are properly trained and supervised.

Participates in and provides leadership to citywide long-range strategic planning activities.

Assures long-term financial stability for the City through the Mayor and Council. Analyzes City financial conditions and recommends appropriate fiscal measures to Mayor and City Council; and plans organizes and directs the financial administration of the City.

Keeps up-to-date on all legislation affecting the fiscal well being of the City.

Estimates revenues and tax yields; forecasts future expenditures.

Principal assistant to Mayor in development and preparation of the annual budget; assists other departments with their finance and accounting needs.

Acts as staff liaison with Council's Finance Committee; attends meetings and public hearings as appropriate.

Develops and implements the City's investment program.

Overall responsibility for the City's annual report (CAFR).

Overall responsibility for the utility billing process.

Manages all elements of the long-term debt issuance process for the City.

Analyzes and comments upon fiscal data presented in environmental impact statements.

Develops recommendations for Mayor and Council on future economic goals for the City.

Ensures the proper review of all financial transactions, manages the expenditure of appropriated funds in accordance with Federal, State, and local law, City Ordinance, and Mayor and Council policy, and enforces compliance with standard accounting systems and fiscal procedures.

Analyzes and recommends appropriate financing strategies and funding sources for City services, projects and initiatives consistent with legal and policy requirements and prudent use of City resources. Analyzes major initiatives and plans proposed by City departments and recommends to the Mayor and Council appropriate financial strategies.

Prepares reports as required by the state auditor, Mayor and Council; coordinates the audit of City accounts with the State Auditor's Offices.

Conducts complex financial analyses and prepares reports to support recommendations.

Provides administrative supervision of the central accounting, project accounting, and grant funding activities, including appropriate reports.

Develops and maintains fiscal management policy for the City; participates in the development and implementation of financial policies, attends City Council and department head meetings to explain financial policies and procedures.

Deals tactfully and courteously with the public, coworkers, and other City employees, occasionally in difficult customer service situations.

Regular, reliable and punctual attendance

Due to internal and external customer service needs, incumbent must be able to work a full time schedule, on- site (appropriate City work sites).

Works effectively under pressure and with frequent interruptions.

Completes work and projects in a thorough and timely manner.

Understands and follows directions from supervisor, posted work rules and procedures.

Works courteously and effectively with public officials, citizens, contractors, vendors, developers, supervisor, and other employees, both in person and over the telephone; assisting them with a wide variety of information pertaining to City and department.

Able to work evenings and occasional weekends.

Shows initiative in performing job functions.

Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Accounting or related field required. CPA and/or Master's degree in related field preferred. Five years of management experience in higher-level governmental accounting, budgeting, fiscal management or related activities required. Three years of senior supervisory experience required.

Working Conditions Works indoors in a clean, climate-controlled workspace. Required to sit, talk, and hear; frequently required to use hands-to-finger, feel or handle writing utensils, computers and office supplies which require repetitive arm, wrist and hand movement. Occasionally required to stand and reach with arms and hands, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend or crawl. Specific vision abilities include close, distant, color, and peripheral vision, depth perception and to adjust focus. The employee is occasionally required to lift or move up to 25 pounds. May visit job sites that require walking on uneven, rocky, or rough ground. Position requires mental acuity to ensure thorough mental analysis of situations in a fast-paced environment. Employee is required to maintain confidentiality of information. The employee may be required to deal with disgruntled individuals requiring the use of conflict management skills. Employee is frequently required to perform work in confidence and under pressure for deadlines, and is required to maintain professional composure and tact, patience and courtesy at all times. Exercises sound and ethical judgment in the decision making process.

Reporting Relationships Under the general direction of the Mayor, the employee exercises considerable independence and has full responsibility for departmental operations. The employee exercises independence and judgment in determining departmental procedures, plans and goals in accordance with professional standards, municipal ordinances and general City policy. Performance is reviewed through periodic consultation and evaluation for compliance with policy and departmental accomplishments and formal evaluation. Matters of policy are referred to the Mayor and/or City Council for decision.