Assistant Finance Director
The Finance and Utility Department oversees and directs the financial functions of the city and provides a variety of services to the citizens of Kelso. The Assistant Finance Director/Accountant performs and supervises a wide variety of financial, treasury, budgeting, cash management, contract and grant management and financial reporting functions including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and cashiering; records retention and management and special project management. This position develops, proposes and regulates a system of internal controls to ensure proper accounting and financial reporting. Assists in the hiring, training, and evaluation of department employees. In the absence of the Finance Director/City Clerk/Treasurer, this position will assume the full responsibility of the Finance office. An extensive knowledge of the City’s accounting system is necessary, and work must be accomplished with considerable independence and discretion. This position must demonstrate leadership and skills in supervising subordinates. The incumbent works in an office environment characterized by frequent deadlines and constant interruptions and must be capable of working effectively with employees, department managers, and citizens. Movement within and outside the office is essential.