The City of Burleson, Texas offers a very rewarding opportunity for a talented and highly proficient municipal finance professional to serve as the next Director of Finance. The Director will be responsible for leading a team of talented professionals in a manner that focuses on team development, accountability, and accuracy. This recruitment represents a great chance to join a high-performing, cohesive executive team in Burleson that is laser-focused on customer service and continual improvement.
Located on the southern edge of the flourishing Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the City of Burleson has an estimated population of 50,210 residents in a land mass of 28 square miles. Burleson has been progressive in attracting businesses for economic development to diversify its tax base, as well as establishing development agreements within its extraterritorial jurisdiction to strategically manage growth outside its current borders.
The City of Burleson’s family-oriented environment, outstanding schools, plentiful and affordable land, and rolling hills have made it a desirable community to live, work, and play. Burleson residents have placed a high value on nature and recreation with over twenty parks encompassing over 550 acres. The school districts serving Burleson consistently outperform state and national averages in college entrance exam scores, and its quality of life is further enhanced by a very low crime rate.
THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT
The Finance Department is comprised of Accounting, Budget, Treasury, and Finance Administration. The department is responsible for a variety of functions which include accounting, accounts payable, payroll, cash management, debt and investment management, budgeting, and long-range financial planning. In addition, the department produces timely financial reports, prepares the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR), and the Annual Program of Services (Budget).
The Finance Department is made up of 10 total full-time staff members with a budget of approximately $2.1 million. The Assistant Director of Finance assists the Director in leading the department and its multiple functional areas. In addition to the Assistant Director, a Senior Accountant and a Chief Accountant currently report to the Director of Finance.
Serving at the pleasure of the City Manager, the Director of Finance is a key member of the executive team and will work with a very capable and dedicated team of finance professionals. The Director is responsible for the City’s financial operations and programs which includes, but is not limited to, directing the City’s financial reporting, accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial planning, budgeting and debt programs in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and financial practices. Primary responsibilities include planning, organizing, overseeing, and implementing the annual operating budget and capital improvement program; ensuring proper calculation of the City’s tax rate and overseeing the tax billing process; planning, organizing, and overseeing the preparation of the annual cost allocation program; developing financial studies and preparing long-range financial forecasts; and managing and directing the administration of the City’s accounting operations.
The ideal candidate will have exceptional management, leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills, with a hands-on and proactive approach to addressing a broad range of municipal fiscal issues and responsibilities. The successful candidate for this position must value relationships and be an empowering leader who encourages innovation and problem solving while holding people accountable for quality work. Ideally, the new Finance Director will have a career history in various areas of municipal finance which features service in communities of similar or larger size and complexity.
Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is considered qualifying. The most qualified candidates will possess the following:
- Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a closely related field, or a combination of education and experience that satisfies the knowledge, skills, and abilities. A Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, or Business Administration is preferred.
- Experience: Ten plus years of progressively responsible experience in finance with a minimum of three years in management. Preference will be given for experience in municipal finance.
- Certificates and Licenses: Designation as a Certified Public Accountant is preferred, as is certification as a Government Finance Officer.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary range for the Director of Finance is $142,268 to $213,402, with placement in the range dependent upon qualifications and experience. In addition, the city offers an excellent benefit package including retirement through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) with a 7% employee contribution and a 2:1 match by the City of Burleson. Burleson also participates in Social Security and has a 457(k) deferred compensation option currently available through VOYA Financial. Additional benefits include health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance, long-term disability, short-term disability and an Employee Assistance Program; vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, a personal day, two wellness days and paid parental leave; auto allowance and cell phone allowance; and relocation assistance is available subject to negotiation.
Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool has been established.
Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Bryan Noblett or Greg Nelson at (916) 550-4100.
Interested candidates may apply online at www.mosaicpublic.com/careers.
This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas. In accordance with public disclosure/open record laws, information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties.
The City of Burleson is an Equal Opportunity Employer.