Finance Manager: Under general direction of the Finance Director, supervises and manages the activities and day-to-day operations of the Accounting Division of the Finance Department; performs and reviews complex technical accounting and financial management work; participates in the development of policy, goals and objectives and administrative planning; oversees and directs the maintenance of financial and budgetary records; prepares and analyzes financial statements and reports; responsible for investment of City surplus funds; and performs related work as required. This position may act for a serve as the Finance Director, as assigned.
The ideal candidate will be a results oriented professional, with a breadth and depth of experience suited to a small city, who is able to develop strong working relationships with both subordinate staff and executive management. A collaborative management style focused on assisting departments to achieve their business goals is desired. Additionally, this person should excel at recognizing and promoting business process improvement opportunities as well as possess outstanding oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate will exhibit a balance of technical and managerial acumen and demonstrate the ability or potential to function as an assistant director. And lastly, the ideal candidate should have significant governmental accounting experience, with additional experience providing supervision and guidance to payroll processing functions preferred.
Typical Duties: Plans, organizes and manages the accounting, treasury and investment functions of the Finance Department including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, business licenses, cashier, fixed assets and debt; oversees the maintenance of budgetary records; coordinates and manages the investment of City funds; determines the availability of funds in budgetary accounts; prepares a variety of financial statements and reports; oversees the maintenance of the general ledger including the year-end close process; assigns and provides training for staff work activities and projects; supervises, reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; trains, supervises and evaluates the work of finance staff.
Monitors, interprets and implements Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and other accounting standards, policies and procedures using discretion and judgment; coordinates annual financial and compliance audits and facilitates completing audits in a timely manner; prepares expenditure and revenue projections and analyzes variances from estimates; prepares and reviews cash flow reports; recommends and executes investment purchases from established security brokers/dealers; reconciles investment reports to the general ledger; under direction, reviews and develops operating procedures for the Finance Department; assists in the preparation of the City's annual operating and capital budgets; serves on the Capital Improvement Plan and Finance Sub-Committees; and other task forces relating to fiscal operations as assigned.
Oversees operation of City’s financial accounting system including management of system users; manages Mello-Roos and other special assessment district programs; may be required to make presentations to Council, Commissions and other groups.
Knowledge of: Governmental financial accounting and reporting; governmental auditing standards; principles and practices of local government budgeting and financial administration; applicable federal, state and local laws affecting municipal finance; municipal treasury management and investment principles; modern office procedures, computers and accounting software applications; principles and procedures of financial record keeping, technical report writing and preparation of correspondence and presentations. Principles and practices for promoting excellent customer service; principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation.
Ability to: Develop, analyze and explain financial policies and procedures; prepare accurate and timely financial statements, reports and analyses; establish and maintain sound fiscal procedures and records; apply advanced technologies to modernize operations; understand and convey complex laws and regulations and present solutions regarding technical issues; analyze detailed and complex financial data and reports; communicate clearly both orally and in writing; manage and monitor complex projects for timeliness and within budget constraints; manage and supervise assigned staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; exercise significant judgment in interpreting and applying rules, guidelines and financial policies.