Finance Director, City of East Grand Rapids

Published May 22, 2020

Salary: $82,977.00 - $105,900.00 Annually

Location:  East Grand Rapids, MI

Job Type: Full-time

Department: Finance Department

Job Number: 00051


Under the general direction of the City Manager, oversees and directs all aspects of the City's finance and accounting, treasury, elections, human resources, assessing, and information technology operations.  Responsible for general administration, budgeting, personnel management, and policies and procedures development. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Plans, organizes, and directs all aspects of department operations including personnel, budgeting, and general administration.Develops, recommends and implements policies and procedures, internal controls, and goals and objectives in accordance with department needs, City directives, and legal requirements.
  • Serves as the chief financial officer of the City.Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the department in accordance with state law, accounting principles, and local policies.Oversees multiple operational areas including finance and accounting, treasury, elections, human resources, assessing, and information technology.
  • Recruits and recommends the hiring of department employees directly or through subordinate personnel.  Assigns work, supervises personnel, evaluates performance, and oversees training and professional development.  Takes disciplinary action according to established procedures.
  • Manages all financial and accounting functions of the City, including banking, general ledger, accounts receivable and payable, purchasing, utility billing, payroll, East Grand Rapids Community foundation activities, cost control, debt management, investments, and financial records and reporting.
  • Plans, establishes, and directs revisions of accounts and funds in accordance with governmental generally accepting accounting principles.Monitors all funds and accounts to ensure proper use, and directs a system of internal controls.
  • Coordinates and prepares the City's annual budget including a long-term capital improvement plan.Prepares a variety of studies and reports for decision-making purposes.Assists departments in preparing their annual budget requests and monitors budget activity throughout the year.
  • Directs the preparation of audit schedules for annual audit.Coordinates audit with external auditors firm and directs department staff regarding audit responsibilities.
  • Oversees the treasury function of the City, including property tax billings and collection, water bills, special assessments, disbursements, and tax settlement.
  • In coordination with the City Clerk / Administrative Assistant, oversees the election function of the City, including qualified voter files, absentee ballots, election mailings, and other related activities.
  • Reviews assessing activity and decisions with the City Assessor and communicates related information to the City Manager.
  • Oversees the activities of the Human Resources function including the development of employee compensation and benefit programs, recruitment, union negotiations, personnel policies, and other related functions.Ensures compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws and City policies and procedures related to personnel administration.
  • Oversees the activities of the Information Technology function including technology assessments, system updates and upgrades, and the recommendations of new systems and applications.
  • Maintains all necessary records in accordance with administrative rules, contract language, and legal requirements including State and Federal legislation and local ordinances and regulations.Compiles operational statistics and completes a variety of reports required by the City, State and other funding agencies. 
  • Prepares regular status and special reports as requested by the City Manager or City Council, and as required by other entities.Attends City Council meetings, completes special projects, and makes presentations as requested.
  • Acts as department spokesperson, establishing and maintaining effective relationships, with citizens, community groups, City officials, other employees, and other interests. Responds to public inquiries, investigates complaints, and assists the public as needed.
  • Keeps abreast of modern developments and evolving issues in public services through continued education and professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.
  • Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, public administration, business management, or related field.
  • Five or more years of progressively more responsible experience preferably within a municipality or similar capacity, including supervisory and administrative duties.
  • Substantial knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices and the ability to apply them accurately.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including computers, specialized financial programs, and other related software, and the ability to master new technologies.
  • Skill in preparing, interpreting, and analyzing complex data, developing operating and capital budgets, and creating financial forecasts and models.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present ideas and concepts orally and in writing, and make presentations in the public forum.
  • Ability to develop accurate budgets and prepare comprehensive and accurate reports.
  • Ability to evaluate and control a variety of community services, analyze a variety of operating problems, and to make sound policy and procedural recommendations.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, City officials, professional contacts, community leaders, the media, and the public.
  • Ability to critically assess situations, problem-solve, exercise a high degree of diplomacy, and work effectively under stress, within deadlines and changes in work priorities.
  • Ability to attend meetings outside of normal business hours.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Substantial knowledge of governmental accounting principles and practices and the ability to apply them accurately.
  • Substantial knowledge of public management techniques involved in operations management, budgeting, personnel administration, and contract and project administration.
  • Thorough knowledge of governmental laws and regulations and the ability to interpret and apply laws to a variety of financial and human resources functions.
  • Knowledge of the City Charter, local ordinances, State and Federal laws, and regulations pertaining to taxation and other topical areas pertinent to the Treasury, and Assessing functions.
  • Designation as a Certified Public Accountant.

Supplemental information

The City provides a benefits package including but not limited to a health benefit plan and a defined contribution plan with a 15 percent contribution rate provided by the employer. Refer to the Benefits tab for more information.

To learn more about the City of East Grand Rapids, please reference the City's Community Profile.

The City will begin reviewing resumes on June 5, however the position will be open until filled.

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