Director - Finance

Director - Finance
City of Mansfield
 Mansfield, Texas
Job Description

Plan, organize, and direct the finance activities of the City. Lead and manage all areas, phases and functions of the finance department including accounting, purchasing, data processing, assessments and collection as well as Municipal Court. Oversees month-end and year-end closing, the annual audit preparation for the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and handles the general finances of the City. Considerable emphasis and responsibility is directed at the development of effective procedures and procedural improvements in the fiscal system of the City. Work is carried on with considerable independence but is subject to administrative direction and review by the City Manager and Deputy City Manager.


  • Supervise and review the general procedures, methods and results of the various activities of the finance department including finance administration, accounting, purchasing, treasury, assessment and collection.
  • Coordinate various accounting and financial activities with department employees, and communicate with the Deputy City Manager, executive team department heads and other City employees on financial issues.
  • Main point of contact for bond issuances, including credit rating calls, preparing official statements and other documents related to the issuance of bonds and other debt instruments.
  • Confer with and advise subordinate supervisors concerning difficult work problems and development and installation of new work procedures and policies, and appropriate methods of coordinating services; direct the continuing evaluation of financial programs and services.
  • Direct and participate in the investment function for all City funds in order to obtain maximum financial return consistent with legal requirements and prudent financial
  • Review investment practices and recommend and implement changes as indicated.
  • Prepare and present materials, reports, and agenda items dealing with the City’s finances as requested; attend City Council and Finance Committee meetings and present directorate agenda items; attend other advisory boards and 4A & 4B Corporation Board meetings as requested.
  • Participate in the formulation of financial analysis and reports; interpret and summarize such studies; communicate with other departmental officials for necessary data or action. • Oversee City’s contract for the following: assessment and collection of taxes, investment advisor, financial advisor, banks services, merchant services and external auditor.
  • Manages contracts and administrative processes related to PIDs and TIRZs including attendance at meetings, reporting and City contact for debt issuances.
  • Manage 380 agreements, including calculation and processing of payments owed.
  • Manage ongoing knowledge of grants received by the City and accounting implications.
  • Prepares and reviews final documents for the annual audit, submitting ACFR for the GFOA Certificate of Achievement and communicates the results to the Deputy City Manager.
  • Supervise the administration of all payroll activities; provide instruction and advice to various departments regarding the City’s fiscal policies and administrative procedures; participate in the preparation and execution of the budget; prepare annual appropriation and tax levy ordinances and annual treasurer’s report.
  • Confer with members of the public about special financial matters affecting interested private parties and the City; interpret financial policies, objectives and requirements.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of municipal finance, accrual accounting, adjusting entries and accounts receivable and payable.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern office practices and procedures of an office, accounting and information processing system and equipment.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, accounting systems, bank reconciliation, capital justifications, fixed assets, general ledger and payroll.
  • Knowledge of GASB rules and regulations on financial reporting.
  • Skilled in public speaking, oral and written communication and providing effective guidance and direction.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and deal effectively with associates, employees, executive team, elected officials other government agencies and the general public.
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, and review the work of several separate operating activities engaged in a variety of financial and related service activities.
  • Ability to formulate, initiate, and administer general controlling policies and procedures.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership for and maintain harmonious relationships.
  • Perform other duties as may be required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in municipal finance and at least 5 years of experience managing a financial department.
  • Work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the administration, affording familiarity with budgeting, accounting, purchasing, collections and payroll.


  • Additional training or experience in related field.
  • CPA preferred.
  • Masters in related field preferred.


1. The physical activity of this position

  • Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.

2. The physical requirements of this position

  • Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.

3. The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception, and field vision.

  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

4. The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position

  • None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


The City of Mansfield complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and it is our policy to ensure that no person is discriminated against based on their disability. The City of Mansfield offers equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals and strictly prohibits the discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability. The City of Mansfield shall provide reasonable accommodates to applicants and employees who are otherwise qualified
to perform the essential job duties when doing so does not create an undue hardship for the city.


The City of Mansfield provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. The City of Mansfield is mandated by federal law to provide a drug-free working environment for the safety of its employees and the public. All employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer employment drug test and /or physical.