Finance & Accounting Consultant - Municipal Technical Advisory Service - 200000012K

Finance & Accounting Consultant - Municipal Technical Advisory Service - 200000012K
University of Tennessee
 Nashville, Tennessee
Job Description

Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 43 (Nashville, TN)

The University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) seeks applications for a Finance and Accounting Consultant in its Nashville office. MTAS is an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service that provides technical assistance, consulting, training and research services for Tennessee towns and cities.

The Finance and Accounting Consultant provides professional advice, technical assistance, and training in the area of municipal financial management to cities and towns in Tennessee, regardless of size, on a broad range of issues and problems. In addition to providing direct customer assistance, this position also researches, develops, and maintains timely technical reports and publications on critical financial issues.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Finance and Accounting Consultant:

  • Provides financial management advice and technical assistance to customers
  • Develops and instructs training courses for municipal officials and employees
  • Researches, drafts, and maintains publications on critical financial issues for municipal officials and employees
  • Updates reference materials on agency databases which are utilized by internal staff as well as customers

Required Qualifications:


  • This position requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field. A master’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field is preferred.


  • With a bachelor’s degree, this position requires at least eight years of work experience in a financial related position with five years of governmental accounting experience. With a master’s degree, it requires five years of work experience in governmental accounting.
  • Eight years of work experience in a financial related position in municipal government is preferred.


  • This position requires a knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting municipal finance operations to establish credibility and effective working relationships with local officials.
  • The position also requires a professional certification (CPA, CGFM or CPFO) or ability to obtain one within 18 months of hire date. The professional certification must be current and in good standing throughout the time of employment.


  • This position requires managerial, analytical, conceptual, and interpersonal skills. These skills are used daily in identifying a specific city’s financial problem and providing the advice and assistance to resolve the problem. A high level of cognitive or intuitive skills are needed to fully understand and implement successful solutions to financial problems.


The position requires the ability to:

  • Adapt from simple financial and accounting tasks to high level and complex financial and accounting issues
  • Communicate effectively with officials of varied financial skill levels
  • Develop course materials in areas of accounting and finance, and general municipal operations
  • Teach in a classroom setting
  • Prioritize projects
  • Travel statewide with overnight travel


  • Nashville, TN


  • Salary range is $74,989.20 - $105,636.70, depending on qualifications.

Applicants are encouraged to review all position requirements prior to applying. Salary is based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by November 2, 2020.

Applicants should apply electronically at

All candidates must submit a resume with a minimum of three references. Position is open until filled.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Nashville
Organization: Municipal Tech Adv Service
Schedule: Full-time
Campus/Institute: Institute for Public Service

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.