The Town of Surfside is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Finance Director. Under the general direction of the Town Manager, the Finance Director serves as the Town’s financial officer performing professional work in planning, organizing, supervising, and administering all financial functions, including budgeting, reporting, investing, debt management, banking, treasury management, fixed asset management, purchasing, internal support, contract management, and pension plan management for the Town. The Finance Director is also responsible for development of the annual budget, management of the Town’s investments, preparation of reports, financial analysis, debt management and audit preparation.
The preferred candidate must be motivated, experienced, have outstanding communication skills, and be a proactive individual who will not just focus on the day-to-day but who will look out in the future and assist the Town in planning for a better tomorrow. Experience with water and sewer systems, solid waste operations, and special methodologies is also preferred.
The preferred candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or closely related field. Must be a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), GFOA Certified Public Finance Officer, or FGFOA Certified Government Finance Officer and have a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a Finance Director in a local government finance office.
The preferred candidate must be able to:
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive accounting and financial management system for the Town in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles applicable to local government units, the financial reporting requirements of the State Auditor General’s office, the Florida Chief Financial Officer’s office and the Town Charter.
- Plan, coordinate and develop the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report in a timely manner.
- Maintain and update the financial management system of the Town.
- Submit required information to receive the annual Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
- Submit required information to receive the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguish Budget Presentation Award.
- Submit required information to receive the Public Pension Coordinating Council Award.
- Manage the finance department operations and its personnel.
- Monitor the Town’s financial system in order to ensure that all Town personnel are following the financial management system and the methods and practices incorporated therein.
- Report to Town Manager any deviations from the Town’s financial system or from the methods and practices established thereby.
- Manage payroll, risk management, treasury and debt management programs.
- Gather, organize, and maintain whatever financial information may be requested or required by the Town Manager or department heads.
- Provide and implement a method of coding allocations of revenues and expenditures in accordance with the State Uniform Chart of Accounts.
- Plan, develop, and coordinate preparation of the annual operating budget and the periodic capital improvement plan.
- Identify and assist in obtaining funding for Town projects.
- Analyze accounts and provide to the Town Manager and department heads a monthly report showing comparison of the budgeted amounts in relation to actual revenues and expenses.
- Responsible for the timely completion of the annual financial audit and any applicable single audits required during any reporting period.
- Establish and maintain a cost-effective system of internal accounting controls.
- Review, recommend, deploy, and maintain the accounting system software as part of an integrated town-wide reporting system.
- Review applications and assist in selecting individuals for employment; review and evaluate the work of subordinate personnel; determine training needs of Finance staff; provide training opportunities whenever possible; and recommend courses or classes to staff.
- Supervise the completion of various reports required by numerous outside agencies, including surveys, progress reports and general statistical information.
- Recommend and manage the various applicable financial policies and practices of the Town, including applicable and appropriate best practices of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
- Recommend financing vehicles for the Town’s debt and actively participates in the structure of financings and any related debt issuances and debt disclosures, including any legally required annual disclosures.
- Evaluate and recommend appropriate risk management practices, formulates and evaluates bids and proposals considering exposures and costs.
- Manage FEMA financial reporting activities and maximizes reimbursement opportunities with the agency. Implement necessary recordkeeping and project accounting systems, establish town-wide reporting mechanism, and train departments to properly maintain reporting systems and documentation.
- Undertake financial analyses of the various funds and activities of the Town, maintains required debt service coverage requirements by recommending rate, fee, and assessment structures that provide sufficient revenues for coverage and maintaining the financial strength of each fund of the Town.
- Provide long-term financial forecasts of Town operations.
- Maintain special assessment rolls as required.
- Provide financial analysis and recommendations in a proactive manner in all areas of the Town.
- Manage the various billings and receivables of the Town to insure all customers are billed the correct amounts and that all customers pay their fair share of the costs of all services provided to them.
- Understand the Town’s costs and revenues and the ability to analyze transactions for their financial impact to the Town’s financial statements and make recommendations accordingly.
- Interact with the public, the media (as approved by the Town Manager), all employees and elected officials.
- Attend Commission meetings and Board meetings as requested by the Town Manager.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Open until filled. Salary range: $90,312 - $135,468 DOQ/E. Excellent benefits.
Submit resume, salary history and cover letter to: Town of Surfside, Human Resources Director 9293 Harding Avenue Surfside, FL 33154. You may e-mail your resume, salary history and cover letter to email@example.com, or fax to (305) 715-0002.
The Town of Surfside is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Veterans’ preference will be awarded under applicable Florida Law. All resumes are subject to Florida Public Records Laws.
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