Join our team!
The Town of Westlake provides exceptional service with great employees. If you want to be part of an organization that values excellence which results from communication, collaboration, servant leadership, teamwork and innovation, the Town of Westlake is the place for you. Our success is built on our shared values:
We serve with respect, integrity, and empathy.
We extend trust to others and are worthy of being trusted.
We are accountable for our results and to each other.
Westlake is seeking qualified exceptional motivated individuals who share our values, bring the relevant experiences, knowledge and skills and are committed to becoming active and engaged members of this dynamic team. Add your voice and talents to the Town of Westlake and help us grow in service excellence! In Westlake, you are part of an inclusive culture that promotes servant leadership and our shared experiences of making our municipal and academic community stronger.
To perform and provide high level professional work in the area of accounting and financial operations; research, analyze, interpret financial data and trends; review and document financial systems and procedures; and provide staff assistance to the Finance Director and other staff members as necessary; monitors and assists with financial processes of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Utility Billing and the General Ledger. Other duties include coordinating and assisting the annual audit processes and supervising assigned personnel.
Required Skills, Abilities, and Qualifications
Desire to work in (and enjoy) a fast paced, service oriented, team environment that values collaboration, sharing of knowledge, cross-functional teams, continual improvement (both processes and personal knowledge growth), and entrepreneurial approach to local government service delivery.
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting.
- Minimum of five years professional accounting experience, of which three or more years progressively responsible experience in local government financial operations.
- Previous supervisory experience desired.
- Certified Public Accountant or CGFO certification preferred.
- Experience with STW/OpenGov software or similar financial platform/software.
- Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism and teamwork.
- Proficient with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Ability to maintain employee confidentiality and protection of all payroll operations.
- Possesses strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to organize and coordinate multiple workloads efficiently, set priorities with flexibility, and motivate, mentor, and encourage others.
- Availability and willingness to assist with after hour and weekend events as needed for both the Finance area and in other departments across the organization.
Summary of duties and essential functions
- Manages the work of the accounting staff engaged in the preparation, maintenance and control of the municipal accounting functions to include accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll processing, review and reconciliation of the general ledger including revenues, expenditures, assets and liabilities.
- Attends Council and/or Board of Trustees meetings in order to provide support to the Finance Director as needed.
- Review of monthly bank statements and quarterly investment reports.
- Review of monthly, quarterly and year-end processing (subsystem processing).
- Oversee reconciliation of general fixed assets, debt related to Capital Projects, i.e. bonds vs. cash, etc.
- Perform audits of internal accounting and financial systems and produces reports of findings including recommendations for improvements.
- Prepare difficult and complex financial and administrative reports including illustrative charts and graphs in paper and/or presentation-graphics software formats.
- Develop and maintain informational databases and related reports.
- Reviews professional standards for governmental reporting and recommends method of implementation by the Town.
- Reviews and collaborates on recommendations regarding financial and accounting procedures used by other departments.
- Assists with the implementation of new financial reporting requirements from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, State regulatory agencies, etc.
- Receives, researches, and follows-up on accounting-related inquiries including assistance and collaboration with the Budget/Financial Analyst, Department Heads, the Town Manager’s office and other staff team members as necessary
- Assists with preparation of reports and agenda memos, resolutions for presentation to the Town Council.
- Assists in coordination and performs work necessary regarding annual independent audit including audit confirmations, client prepared schedules, audit review, RFQ process, etc. Prepares financial statements for the Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
- Establishes, updates and enforces financial policies and procedures.
- Coordinates and assists in responses to annual management letter and ensures that internal and external audit recommendations are properly implemented.
- Assists in research, analysis and interpretation of financial accounting systems. Identify weaknesses in such systems and make recommendations for improvements.
- Leads or actively participates in projects of continuous improvement and in organizational-wide projects and initiatives.
- Assists in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives and policies.
- Maintains strict confidentiality of all accounting, payroll, benefit and other sensitive information
- Performs other accounting duties and special projects, as required.