Finance Director

Finance Director
Sunrise Water Authority
 Happy Valley, Oregon
Job Description

The Position

The Sunrise Water Authority's Finance Director plans, directs, and oversees the organization's accounting, finance, and treasury functions. The Finance Director develops budgeting, accounting, and reporting systems in compliance with federal and state law while ensuring compliance with formal policies, procedures, and best practices. The Finance Director develops and administers policies, controls, and procedures for all internal accounting operations, including revenues and reimbursements, expenses, accounts receivable, contracts and accounts payable, payroll, bank accounts, investments, and special funds. Billing is conducted in another division within the Authority.

The Finance Director will prepare and review necessary reconciliations and financial reports, presenting both to the General Manager and Board of Commissioners. The Director is responsible for preparing an annual audit in cooperation with an outside auditing firm. The Finance Director works with a Budget Committee, the General Manager, and the Board of Commissioners to prepare the Authority's budget. In addition, the position develops and maintains long-term forecasting of revenues and expenditures.

Reporting directly to the General Manager, the Finance Director serves on the management team. The Finance Director regularly interacts with the Board of Commissioners and the public on financial matters, delivering reports and status updates as needed. The Finance Director consults with various financial institutions and advisors in the issuance of bond financing and provides financial information and analyses for reporting purposes. The Finance Director supervises two direct reports – Accountant and Accounting Specialist.


Minimum requirements include any combination and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics, or related field and seven years of relevant government finance and/or public utility experience. A broad understanding of governmental enterprise accounting principles, methods, practices, budgeting, financial analysis and reporting, internal controls, auditing procedures, cash management, investments, and related laws affecting public accounting and budgeting is also required.

Preferred qualifications include a master's degree and prior experience in a public utility or municipality. Experience supervising and directing staff with general knowledge of employment rules and personnel policies is ideal. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Public Finance Officer is highly desirable.


The expected hiring range is $100,000 – $115,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package, including paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and eligible dependents (employees contribute 1.5% of their salary, employer-paid life insurance, and short- and long-term disability coverage, 11 paid holidays and annual paid time off, and employer-paid participation in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on December 8, 2021.