Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Merriam
Location of position: 
Merriam, KS
$87,125 – ⁠$130,687
Date Posted: 
Monday, July 22, 2019
Closing Date: 
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Job Description: 

Merriam’s Finance Director is responsible for maintaining the City’s fiscal integrity and ensuring the financial stability of the organization. The Director prepares the annual budget and provides financial advice and guidance to the City Council, City Administrator, and department directors. The City’s current Finance Director is retiring after 15 years of service to the organization.

The Finance Director reports to the City Administrator and establishes departmental goals and priorities, oversees the investment of City funds, monitors revenues and expenditures, and recommends financial policies and procedures. The Director oversees the administration and coordination of the City's financial services, including budget, accounting, financial reporting, financial analysis, investments, debt service, financial information systems, and internal auditing. This position oversees two staff members – an accountant and accounting clerk.

The Finance Department has been recognized with numerous accolades and awards for their outstanding work. They have been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for 30 consecutive years. In addition, they have received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 25 consecutive years and the GFOA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the past four years.

Because of the City’s sound fiscal management, long-term financial planning, economic growth, and responsible budgeting practices, the City of Merriam has maintained a general fund reserve balance of between 30-35% and received a Standard & Poor’s AAA credit rating.

The ideal candidate for the Finance Director of Merriam is an experienced financial manager who prepares and administers complex budgets, drafts financial reports, and communicates complicated issues in an easy to understand manner. This person is a respected leader who instills trust and confidence. The ideal candidate is organized, detail oriented, balances multiple deadlines with skill, and consistently provides accurate information.

The Finance Director serves as the financial advisor to the City’s Executive Leadership Team, has a strong customer service ethic, and demonstrates superior leadership skills and sound judgment. He or she is experienced in preparing and managing municipal budgets as well as capital improvement planning and is fiscally conservative.

The ideal candidate is a strong communicator who engages successfully with diverse audiences and remains calm in stressful situations. The Finance Director is a problem-solver who sees the big picture and identifies creative solutions. He or she is reliable, flexible, and responsive.

Merriam’s next Finance Director is an experienced manager, who leads a team of accomplished professionals, and is fully invested in their continued success and development. He or she encourages creative thinking and provides staff with support, direction, and feedback. The ideal candidate is a team player, collaborative in nature, and builds strong working relationships.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, public administration, or a closely related field, five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in local, state, or federal government finance/budget, and knowledge of government accounting or municipal budgeting.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree and designation as a Certified Public Accountant (or working toward certification), Certified Public Finance Officer, and/or Certified Government Finance Officer. Additional preferred qualifications include supervisory experience and a background in the areas of economic development, tax increment financing, capital improvement planning, economic development principles, contract development, negotiation, Kansas incentive laws, public finance and fiscal planning, financial software systems, GAAFR, GAAP, and GASB.

Salary range: $87,125–⁠$130,687, depending on qualifications, with benefits.

Applications will be accepted by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with the first review of applications on August 30, 2019.

Please direct questions to Jennifer Reichelt at or 513-221-0500.