Finance Director

Finance Director
City of Opa-locka Finance Department
 Opa-locka, Florida
Job Description

The Finance Director supervises all activities of the Finance Department, including preparing analysis and projections; maintaining integrity of the integrated financial information system; making long and short range plans; and working with the Budget Director. This is responsible supervisory finance and budget work in the management of all General Government accounting records, financial and budgeting reports, accounting and budget systems and procedures and risk management programs. The Finance Director serves at the will of the City Manager and may be appointed or removed by the City Manager. Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its emphasis on General Government finance, budget and risk management.

May be required to work and attend meetings outside regular business hours.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Plans, directs, coordinates and administers all activities and personnel of the City's department in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and directions from City government.
  • Supervises activities of the Finance Department, including administration, accounting, property control, billing and collection, accounts payable, payroll, occupational licenses, cash/debt management, and pensions.
  • Supervises activities of the Risk Management Department, including employee benefits, employee health and wellness programs, workers compensation, safety and loss prevention programs.
  • Analyzes the City's fiscal policies, interprets data, and recommends actions to immediate supervisor, the City Manager and the City Commission.
  • Coordinates activities with functions of other City departments and private and public agencies.
  • Directs preparation of reports and statements on the City's financial affairs including internal and external reporting.
  • Reviews all revenue forecasts for all General Government and Enterprise Funds to provide basis for cash flow forecasting.
  • Prepares analysis and projections of the City's cash position to insure that temporarily idle funds are invested and that investments of debt service funds mature at correct time.
  • Maintains integrity of the integrated financial information system.
  • Manages and administers the treasury function of the City, including disbursing of City payrolls and General Government and Enterprise funds.
  • Manages and administers the controllership function of the City.
  • Prescribes accounting/treasury forms and procedures.
  • Administers and coordinates investment activities, revenue collection, banking services, debt service, and other financial activities.
  • Prepares, submits and monitors annual departmental budget.
  • Makes long- and short-range plans for the department.
  • Serves as liaison with the City Commission on financial matters.
  • Recommends selection, promotion, discharge, and other appropriate personnel actions.
  • Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in business or public administration, accounting, public finance, or related field.
  • Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Finance certification or Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO)
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in accounting and financial management for a governmental agency or other large entity;


  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Government finance experience is highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of laws, ordinances, regulations and statutes which govern City finance and risk management functions.
  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of effective administration and supervision.
  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques and methods of effective report presentation.
  • Knowledge of office practices and procedures, accounting equipment, and integrated financial information systems.
  • Knowledge of governmental budget procedures.
  • Ability to plan, assign, delegate and direct work of administrative and supervisory personnel.
  • Ability to assess municipal problems and proposed policies in terms of their financial and administrative impact.
  • Ability to develop long-term plans and programs and to evaluate work accomplishments.
  • Ability to appraise market trends as they apply to municipal debt and to present findings effectively in oral and written form.
  • Ability to work effectively with elected officials, charter officers, department heads, representatives of other agencies, other city employees, the financial community and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.