Finance Director/Treasurer “On Deck”, City of Dexter

Published Jun 10, 2024

First Review of Applications: July 1, 2024 at 5:00pm

Title: Finance Director/Treasurer “On Deck”

Position Type: Full Time, Exempt

Starting Salary: $75,000 - $85,000 (DOQ)

Community Description

The City of Dexter is nestled along the banks of the Huron River and Mill Creek and is located just minutes from downtown Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan. Dexter is a friendly and vibrant downtown community of approximately 4,500 residents, which has more than doubled in population since 1990. Dexter boasts an active downtown, numerous parks, a fantastic cider mill, excellent schools, and a successful business and research complex. In addition to the City-operated parks system, there are several Huron-Clinton Metroparks within easy bicycling, walking, or driving distance. Those that appreciate traditional downtowns, extensive non-motorized hike/bike and water trails, and community parks and events would enjoy Dexter.

Position Description

The City of Dexter’s Finance Director/Treasurer will be retiring in July 2025 after more than 20 years of service with the City. The City of Dexter is seeking interested and qualified candidates to train with the current Finance Director/Treasurer for a full year (July 2024 – July 2025), allowing for a smooth transition into the role.

The Finance Director/ Treasurer serves as the chief financial officer of the City in accordance with City Charter, Federal, State and Local Law. Under direction of the City Manager, the Finance Director/Treasurer plans, organizes, and directs all activities of the Finance Department including accounting, budgeting, auditing, and treasury operations. The Finance Director/Treasurer manages administrative staff activities relating to finance and treasury services.

The City of Dexter has a budget of approximately $14 million, over 19 funds; 21 full-time employees; a recent bond rating of AA from S&P; and consistently “unqualified opinion” (clean) reports from the City’s auditor.

Responsibilities

  • Ensures accurate accounting of all City funds in compliance with State and Federal requirements
  • Monitors revenues and expenditures to ensure the maintenance of the City’s long-term financial stability.
  • Oversees the financial operations of the City, including but not limited to:
    • Payroll, grants management, budgeting, and accounting.
    • o Oversight of City investments and bank accounts.
    • o Oversight of administrative staff’s performance of accounts payable.
  • Oversees City treasury operations, including:
    • o Billing and receipt of taxes, utilities, and other reimbursements and payments.
  • Will coordinate with an external contracted assessor to provide assessing services for the City.
  • Stay current on proposed, pending, and passed legislation that may impact City financial operations.
  • Works with MERS to administer the City’s retirement system in accordance with City ordinances, union contracts and board policies.
  • Works with a contracted investment advisor to invest the City’s surplus general operating and perpetual care cash to ensure safety of principal, provide sufficient liquidity, and earn interest.
  • Responsible for the coordination and implementation of the City’s budget process. Assists City departments in developing budget requests, and revenue and expense projections. Oversees budget amendments and transfers as needed.
  • Prepares City Council financial reports and attends City Commission meetings as needed. Effectively communicates financial reports and details to inform future policy and to educate stakeholders.
  • Manages the year-end closing of financial records and general audit. Prepares year-end adjustments and schedules. Works with auditors to ensure the accuracy of financial reporting and provides documentation and analysis if required.
  • Responds to taxpayer inquires in-person or by phone, and processes and resolves complaints.
  • Monitors the status of revenue sources, including state and federal funding.
  • Evaluates financial trends and fiscal status, performs cost analysis and prepares and presents recommendations.
  • Develops and/or updates financial policies to ensure proper controls.

Required Qualifications

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in accounting, finance or a closely related field.
  • Three years of relevant experience in finance and/or accounting.
  • Understanding of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and legal regulations of municipal finance, budgeting, accounting, investing, bookkeeping, internal controls, and financial reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, comprehend, interpret and process detailed financial information and data.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of, and the ability to learn, various technologies and software. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to communicate and present information effectively both in verbal and written manner to varied audiences.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to attend meetings scheduled at times other than normal business hours, and travel to other locations within the City and State.
  • Considerable ability to exercise equitable and mature judgment in analyzing problems and recommending solutions.
  • Being confident and comfortable answering questions at board/commission meetings when prompted.

Desired Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in finance, credentials as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and/or Certified Public Finance Officer (CFPO).
  • Two (2) years of experience in municipal finance and/or accounting.
  • Understanding of Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) and benefits offerings.
  • Experience with BS&A software applications.

Work Schedule

Regular office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Attendance at some regular monthly meetings outside of normal office hours is required.

Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position. Position offers robust health/dental/vision insurance plan or payment in-lieu of insurance; health care savings plan with employer contribution; paid holidays, vacation, and sick time; employer contribution to retirement plan; and employer-provided life insurance.

Questions

Candidates may contact the City Offices with questions by phone at 734-426-8303 or by e-mail at jbreyer@dextermi.gov. for more information.

To Apply

A cover letter, employment application, and resume should be sent to the attention of Justin Breyer, City Manager and City Clerk at 3515 Broad St., Dexter, MI 48130, Jbreyer@DexterMI.gov. The first review of applications will take place on Monday, July 1, 2024 at 5:00pm.

Employment applications may be found at the following link: https://files.dextermi.gov/Permits_and_Forms/General_Permits/Employment_Application_2020-02.pdf