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Finance Director / Treasurer - City of Grand Ledge

Published Jul 6, 2018

ABOUT GRAND LEDGE
The City of Grand Ledge is situated in northeast Eaton County, Michigan. We are a growing community of over 7,800 residents, conveniently located 15 minutes west of Lansing. With over 110 acres of park land and historic sandstone ledges, we are known for our riverfront recreation opportunities and ample trails connected to the walking system. Our traditional downtown, industrial park, and commercial retail spaces, lend to the expanding business district. Grand Ledge is home to friendly faces and quaint neighborhoods that exemplify small-town charm.

OUR CULTURE
The City of Grand Ledge is committed to providing a positive and productive work environment, where employees feel valued and trusted. Employees are expected to demonstrate common guidelines for attitude, communication, respect, and leadership. Our continual community improvement efforts are maintained by establishing diverse work assignments for all employees, with priority placed on restoration of water, sewer, and street infrastructure, and parks and recreation initiatives.

JOB SUMMARY
Under the general direction of the City Administrator, coordinates and performs the financial accounting and treasury functions of the City. Ensures accurate accounting of all City funds, monitors expenditures, collects taxes and other receivables, administers accounts payable, payroll and employee benefits, oversees debt issuance and repayment, and coordinates risk management.

RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES

  • Plans, organizes, directs and participates in all aspects of department operations. Develops and implements departmental policies and procedures, internal controls and reporting forms in accordance with department needs, City directives and statutory requirements.
  • Hires, trains and supervises personnel, evaluates performance, and oversees professional development. Takes disciplinary action according to established procedures.
  • Maintains all financial records and monitors all accounts of the City. Plans, organizes and performs the financial accounting activities of the City in accordance with accepted fiscal practices, and state and local regulations. Performs accounting of grants and administers grant funds and reporting.
  • Develops and administers the department budget. Works with other City departments in developing budget requests and revenue and expense projections. Provides guidance on accounting and reporting procedures, account discrepancies, tax regulations, and City fiscal policies.
  • Oversees and participates in the collection of taxes, fees and other monies due the City. Oversees the preparation and collection of utility billings. Manages legal proceedings relating to delinquent accounts, property seizures, tax auctions, and other collections processes.
  • Evaluates financial trends and fiscal status, performs cost analysis and feasibility studies, and makes recommendations to the City Manager and City Council. Attends City Council meetings, completes special projects, and makes presentations as requested. Prepares various financial reports required by the City, state, and federal agencies.
  • Works closely with auditors to ensure accuracy of financial reporting. Closes the City’s account books at year-end. Provides documentation and information needed for annual audit.
  • Performs cash management functions including investment of municipal funds. Researches investment options and recommends action to achieve the best possible rate of return.
  • Manages all phases of debt issuance and repayment. Provides required documentation to support new debt capacity, ensures debt payments are made on time, and completes necessary reporting requirements.
  • Serves as generalist of the City’s employee benefit programs. Supervises payroll and related year-end reporting. Oversees risk management functions.
  • Keeps abreast of legislative or regulatory developments, new administrative techniques, and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Maintains cooperative relations with peer agencies and other governmental units. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.
  • Acts as department spokesperson, establishing and maintaining effective relationships with citizens, news media, City officials, employees, and other interests. Responds to public inquiries and investigates complaints.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Knowledge: Someone who is knowledgeable in aspects of accounting and finance, and public administration, including general knowledge of generally accepted accounting principals (GAAP), practices and legal regulations of municipal finance, budgeting, debt management and investing.
  • Leadership: Someone who has the ability to effectively manage direct, train, and motivate a team of knowledgeable and dedicated employees, while promoting unity and positive working relationships.
  • Communication: Someone who has the ability to clearly communicate with a wide variety of people and personality types and has the ability to resolve problems under sometimes stressful situations.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Educational requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, public administration or related field.
  • Experience requirements include five years of professional accounting or financial management in a municipal setting with some supervisory experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of the generally accepted accounting principals (GAAP), practices and legal regulations of municipal finance, budgeting, accounting, debt management and investing.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods and techniques of bookkeeping, accounting, internal controls and financial reporting.
  • Thorough knowledge of public management techniques involved in operations management, personnel administration, and labor negotiations.
  • Considerable knowledge of insurance program administration, payroll, benefits and risk management.
  • Skill in responding to public inquiries and internal requests with a high degree of accuracy and professionalism.
  • Skill in assembling and analyzing financial data, developing operating and capital budgets, and in preparing comprehensive and accurate reports.
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing, and in making presentations in public forums.
  • Ability to critically assess situations and solve problems, and to work effectively under stress, within deadlines and changes in work priorities.
  • Ability to evaluate a variety of municipal financial services, analyze operating issues and establish internal policy and procedural recommendations.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, elected officials, the media, vendors, professional contacts, and the public.

MUNICIPAL BUDGET
For City of Grand Ledge budget and audit information, and performance reports please visit us online

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The City of Grand Ledge is offering a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Additional compensation consideration provided for advanced degree. We offer an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, and flexible spending accounts. In addition, we offer a cell phone stipend, wellness program, and a generous contribution to a Defined Contribution retirement plan.

$75,261 - $87,946 (DOQ)

TO APPLY
Interested applicants should submit a completed application, resume, five (5) professional references, and letter of introduction to:
Adam Smith
City Administrator
310 Greenwood St.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
asmith@cityofgrandledge.com

APPLICATION DEADLINE
July 26, 2018

Job information and application can be found at www.cityofgrandledge.com.