Finance Director

Finance Director
Town of Watertown Finance Department
 Watertown, Connecticut
Job Description

The Town of Watertown, Connecticut is accepting applications for a Full-Time Finance Director. The annual salary will be based on a candidate's education and experience.

Candidate will work under the general direction of the Town Manager. They are responsible for the supervision of the Town’s financial management activities and for other designated administrative functions.

They will provide direction and general supervision to the Assistant Finance Director, IT Supervisor, Purchasing Agent, Bookkeeper I, Bookkeeper II, Payroll /Bookkeeper, Tax Collector and the Assessor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Directs and coordinating all debt management functions including Financial Analysis and Planning
  • Responsible for directing, participating in and formulating intermediate and long-term programs covering such department functions as administration of the financial affairs of the town, revenue collection, property assessment, purchasing, treasury management and administration of the Town's insurance
  • Manages and supervises other financial management and control functions such as coordinating and supervising the collection of taxes, reviewing purchasing and accounts payable activities and authorizing encumbrances and expenditures for all Town funds, approving all purchases, supervising fund management activities of the Assistant Finance Director
  • Researches budget requests, audit questions and debt management information
  • Executes budget transfers, additional appropriation authorizations, new financial procedures and investments
  • Coordinates personnel recruitment
  • Compiles and writes a variety of reports and correspondence
  • Performs a variety of administrative tasks, departmental coordination, decision implementation and intergovernmental coordination
  • Consults with Town officials on administrative matters
  • May participate on the collective bargaining negotiating team and analyze proposal for financial impact
  • Answers questions from the public concerning the activities of Town government

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public finance and budgeting
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration
  • Considerable knowledge of accounting practices
  • Knowledge of payroll tax laws and applicable filings
  • Knowledgeable with various pension plans including defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans
  • Experience with computer-based accounting applications
  • Considerable ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Good ability to work on own initiative
  • Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town, State and Federal officials, Town Employees and the general public
  • Considerable ability to plan, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinates

Qualifications are a graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or a related field is required. Four years of experience in budgeting, financial management or accounting. A CPA certificate, Graduate Degree or Municipality experience preferred. Must be bondable in accordance with the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut.

Watertown Job Applications can be picked up at the Town Hall or online at and should be sent to the Human Resources Department, Town Hall, 61 Echo Lake Rd., Watertown CT 06795. NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED. EOE.