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Deputy Director/Controller

  2022-07-21     City of Meridian, Idaho - Government     33 East Broadway Avenue  
Description:

Job Title:             Deputy Director / Controller

Department:        Finance

Reports To:         Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Open Date:         June 29, 2022    

Close Date:         Open Until Filled

Hiring Salary:     $7,318.51 - $9,346.39 per month, DOE

Salary Range:    $7,318.51 - $10,973.63 per month, DOE

To Apply Please Visit: www.meridiancity.org

Job Summary:

Oversees the various professional and technical financial functions requiring application of generally accepted accounting/auditing principals, standards for governments and private industry. This position reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer and supervises all accounting professional and support staff. This position is responsible for design, modification, and implementation of financial systems. As a member of the Finance Management team, the Controller will serve as a credible, knowledgeable, and trusted resource to the Chief Financial Officer and other Finance managers.  The Controller is responsible for the management and development of the annual financial audit. Researches and analyzes data for accuracy, trends, and variances to ensure that acceptable business practices and procedures have been followed and that federal, state, and local laws and regulations have been followed.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Lead’s the Accounting division staff by hiring, managing, directing, coaching, training, supervising and documenting performance of department staff.

Conducts annual performance reviews of subordinate staff and follows City progressive discipline processes as applicable;

Monitors work flow, reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures of the employees within the Accounting division;

Develops, implements, and maintains the Accounting division goals, objectives, priorities, policies, procedures, and work plan, ensuring that established goals and priorities are achieved;

Monitors customer service levels for the Accounting division and ensures staff are providing premier service to internal and external customers;

Leads by example, demonstrating the CARE values and implementing the department mission;

Establish positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, City management and staff, professional organizations, and the public;

Provides consultation related to information technology issues in order to support department requirements;

Prepares special research requests and special reports at the request of the Chief Financial Officer, City Staff, City elected officials, and the public;

Prepares other operational analytical and statistical reports as requested and prepares and updates public informational materials related to department;

Prepares and presents oral and written reports to Elected officials, City Leadership, City staff, and the public;

Ensures City meets transparency goals with preparation and publication of reports and transactions;

Participates as a member of City’s Committee/Commission as assigned by Chief Financial Officer or Elected Officials;

Updates Chief Financial Officer on issues or concerns and seeks guidance as timely as possible;

Oversees all functions and the work flow related to responsibilities of the Accounting division;

Develops and maintains systems supporting all functions related to responsibilities of Accounting division;

Administers and complies with all policies governing Accounting division functions;

Establishes and audits all procedures related to responsibilities of the Accounting division;

Develops and maintains internal controls for all functions related to responsibilities of the Accounting division;

Develops training materials and learning opportunities for all City employees related to responsibilities of the Accounting division;

Advises, guides, and consults as a subject matter expert on all matters related to responsibilities of the Accounting division;

Researches, recommends, and implements improvements in practices and processes;

Reads, writes, interprets, applies, and explains City ordinances, policies, rules, Federal and State regulations, procedures, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and business best practices as necessary to City staff, Elected officials, and the general public;

Ensures that all systems and documents are in compliance with City ordinances, policies, rules, Federal and State regulations, procedures, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);

Review and monitor City’s cash position and transfer money to maintain liquidity while maximizing investment yield;

Coordinates City staff work for annual independent financial statement audit;

Understands and applies the City’s annual budget and strategic planning process and adheres to all policies related to budget development;

Assists with the development of a tentative budget for the fiscal year for the Accounting division;

Executes assigned City-wide strategic plan objectives and tactics associated to the Accounting division;

Recommend goals, objectives, and tactics for adoption to the City-wide strategic plan associated with the Accounting division;

Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications:

Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration; Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience; Minimum of 7 years of experience in general ledger accounting for government; and/or any combination of experience and/or education demonstrating the necessary skills to successfully perform the duties of the position;

Preferred CPA or CGFM certification.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, and regulations;

Knowledge in management and internal control systems;

Knowledge of public administration;

Experience developing, implementing, and monitoring policies and procedures;

Experience in planning and strategic management;

Knowledge of computerized accounting systems at an advanced level and experience using personal computers to enter, retrieve, and edit spreadsheets;

Knowledge of the preparation and presentation of reports containing financial and non-financial information along with experience preparing and presenting oral and written reports in a clear and concise manner;

Knowledge of records administration and maintenance techniques and procedures;

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar;

Knowledge sufficient to operate standard office equipment including computer, copier, fax machine and postage machine;

Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepting Auditing Standards (GAAS), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) at an advanced level;

Knowledge of financial and fund accounting best practices at an advanced level;

Knowledge with public budget development and implementation at an advanced level;

Skills in conflict resolution, coaching/mentoring, delegation, collaboration and proactive engagement;

Skills in resiliency, technical writing, policies, and positive customer service;

Skill in use of Microsoft Office Professional software and programs, i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook at an advanced level;

Skill in data entry with minimal errors;

Skill in editing documents for accuracy, clarity, and correct grammar;

Skill in communicating effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language for the needs of the audience;

Skill in public speaking in order to convey information effectively;

Skill in managing own time and the time of others;

Skill in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail;

Ability to serve as an effective liaison by establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with department heads, elected official, other City employees and the general public;

Ability to handle customer complaints skillfully and respectfully;

Ability to work and deal with a wide range of individuals with professional composure;

Ability with managing situations in which the individual may be upset;

Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions in a team environment as a team player;

Ability to collaborate with others and adapt to changes;

Ability to provide sound information, guidance and recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, department heads, and others;

Ability to analyze and interpret financial and non-financial data, draw conclusions, and prepare clear and concise reports/recommendations;

Ability to analyze problems, discern and resolve discrepancies, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, exercise sound, independent judgment, and implement recommendations accordingly;

Ability to supervise and manage professional, supervisory, and support staff;

Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;

Ability to use logical and creative thought process to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or instructions;

Ability to project cash flow needs and resources and to recommend appropriate action;

Ability to prepare and analyze financial statements;

Ability to analyze investment performance and make appropriate recommendations;

Ability to apply and understand new accounting pronouncements and standards.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

Work is performed primarily in an office environment with moderate noise level with many interruptions.  The employee in this class is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions; 

Constantly requires sitting at a desk for long periods of time, up to 8 hours and ability to lift up to 20 lbs.;

Constantly requires clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;

Constantly requires clear vision to read printed materials and computer screen to accomplish work;

Constantly requires repetitive movement of the arms, wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

Constantly requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks.

Travel Requirements:

Local travel is occasionally required. 


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