Director of Finance—City of Williamsport
Date of Posting, July 27, 2020
Title: Director of Finance
Residency Requirement: Per city ordinance, a successful candidate must reside within the city.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary: $75,000-$90,000 (based on education and experience)
The Director of Finance is responsible for all financial matters of the City. The director assists the mayor, department managers, and City Council in shaping and executing strategy and resource allocation to ensure maximum benefit for residents. The City’s finance director promotes transparency, efficiency, and accountability, and serves as financial advisor to Mayor, City Council, and administration.
Primary responsibilities include:
Budgeting – Plan, evaluate, and direct departmental policies, programs, and operations related to the financial and budgetary activities of the City government. Develop and monitor performance on annual budgets. Direct the audit and approves disbursements for goods and services within budget appropriations.
Financial planning, analysis, and forecasting – Engage department and functional teams to ensure accurate monthly, quarterly, and annual forecasting. Facilitate the planning and deployment of resources to achieve objectives through the establishment and implementation of efficient tools and processes. Direct the financial operations of the City by an established central accounting system within commonly accepted governmental accounting principles.
Partner in strategy formation and execution – Support a strategic review of ongoing and future operations and activities. Supervise the data processing functions to ensure that required programming is in place and that necessary records and reports are produced in a timely manner. Direct the Treasury collection activity and custody of public funds. Oversee the investment of City funds and the payment of bond obligations.
Reporting – Prepare, analyze, and disseminate periodic and ad hoc reporting as required to support decision-making by preparing financial statements and cost reports at regular intervals. Represent the city administration by preparing and presenting financial information to the City Council, committees, and other forums.
Optimize working capital – Develop and implement processes and procedures to maximize the city’s cash position: revenues (collections), costs, the timing of payments to third-party vendors, and other expenses. Provide guidance to city leaders regarding cash management.
Drive operational performance and internal controls – Understand primary city functions and activities as well as their impact on revenues, costs, and risks. Develop and monitor key metrics and performance indicators. Demonstrate ownership of internal controls and ensure compliance.
Identify and drive opportunities to streamline operations as well as reduce costs and risks.
Lead the finance team – Recruit, hire, manage, and retain strong talent to serve the City of Williamsport. Support professional development and growth opportunities for all employees. Maintain a deep bench and succession plan.
• Deep knowledge of financial planning and analysis (FP&A).
• Strong understanding of financial statements, accounting practices, administrative policies, and principles, practices, and processes of municipal budgeting.
• Knowledge of municipal bonds and contracts and available investment opportunities
• Understand market-based approaches for purchasing goods and services.
• Be well-versed in general contract terms and conditions.
• Engage counsel as needed.
Quantitative analysis and problem-solving:
• Gather information broadly and thoroughly to identify root causes.
• Effectively synthesize information from multiple and disparate sources before drawing conclusions.
• Supervise maintenance of complex administrative records and prepare reports.
• Recognize trends and sees connections among issues.
• Quickly identify errors, discrepancies, and/or faulty assumptions.
• Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to communicate to a wide variety of stakeholders including, but not limited to, City Council, Committees, and other forums.
•Maintain satisfactory working relationships with employees, government officials, private organizations, and the general public.
•Must be effective in written and oral communication in contacts with local, state, and federal officials and the general public.
• Must be able to sit at a desk for prolonged periods of time using a PC work station.
• Must be able to lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
• Must be able to perform occasional field inspections and investigations.
• Must be able to bend, stoop, squat, kneel, reach above shoulder level, and twist body periodically throughout the day.
• Must possess sight/hearing senses, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of the position can be fully met.
• Must possess the ability to utilize hands for repetitive actions.
Experience(s) and knowledge
• 15 – 20 years of financial, business, or public administration experience preferred.
• Preparing and executing annual budgets.
• Financial planning and analysis.
• Fundamental accounting principles.
• Audit results, corrective actions, and risk mitigation.
• People Management/Development.
Minimum BS/BA in accounting, finance, mathematics, or similar discipline. MBA or Master’s in Finance or Accounting strongly preferred.
How to Apply: The City intends to fill this position as soon as possible. If interested, please submit:
1. Cover letter
3. Three employment references
4. City application
The deadline to apply is August 10, 2020, to:
City of Williamsport, Human Resources
Joellen Chappelle, Director of HR
245 W. 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 327-7571
Email: HRDirector@CityofWilliamsport.org(electronic submission preferred)
The City of Williamsport is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Derek Slaughter, Mayor