Deputy Finance Director

Deputy Finance Director
Town of East Hartford Finance Department
 East Hartford, Connecticut
Job Description


Overall the Deputy Finance Director provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Finance Director and directly supports the Director in the management of the Finance, Tax and Assessor Departments. This position will assist with the Town budget, accounting and general ledger management, borrowing strategies, cash management and the overall administration of departments reporting to the Finance Director.


  • Works with departments to ensure compliance of budget related programs and policies
  • Supports the director in ensuring the completion of accounting functions and maintenance of the Town’s general ledger for all funds, including month-end closes, account and bank reconciliations, financial analysis, journal entries review, fixed assets and internal audit.
  • Assist with reporting of budget to actual and forecasts. Monitors internal service funds and reviews accuracy of reports.
  • Assists with annual Town audits and improvement of town policies and internal controls to ensure fiscal compliance with best practices and mitigation of risk.
  • Assists in establishing the priorities of accounting, cash management, payroll, tax revenue, property assessment and revenue collection.
  • Assists in the administration of Tax and Assessor departments with respect to employee management, Town policy compliance, and adherence to sound accounting practices
  • Assists with the development of annual budget; interfacing with directors, Town Council and Mayor.
  • Prepares financial information of bond offerings
  • Coordinates the financial administration of personnel policies and collective bargaining agreements for department employees.
  • Serves as a financial resource for Town departments, commissions and boards
  • Provides direction and support to departments as directed by the Finance Director.
  • Assists with fiscal management of grants
  • Assists with actuary reporting for Town Pension and OPEB plans
  • Develop strategies for improvements of modernization, efficiency and productivity.
  • Ability to manage employees ensuring maximum performance.
  • Works with human resource department in the administration of retirement plans and collective bargaining agreements
  • Acts on behalf of the Finance Director in his or her absence and performs other duties delegated by the Director.
  • Other duties as required.

The Town of East Hartford is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Knowledge of financial administration: accounting, budgeting, tax collection, purchasing and investing.
  • Knowledge and expertise of software programs such as MUNIS, Novatime
  • Able to understand municipal operations and relation to budgetary impact.
  • Thorough knowledge of town, state and federal laws, policies, ordinances, rules and regulations
  • Thorough knowledge of financial administration, including accounting, budgeting, purchasing and investing.
  • Able to administer an accounting unit and to supervise the work of others
  • Able to interpret statistical and narrative reports
  • Able to communicate clear, concise, written and oral instructions
  • Demonstrates a level of expertise with financial software products
  • Physical and Mental Effort and Environmental Conditions:
  • Works in office setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noise
  • Long periods of time sitting and a computer terminal.
  • May experience stress from multiple demands of this position.


  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university in business, accounting, public administration or a related field, supplemented by courses in public accounting plus five years of responsible accounting experience, including at least two years in government and two years of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.