Finance Director

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Organization City of Saint Paul
Closing Date Until Filled
Posted 8/17/2017
Salary $69,825 to $92,622 year DOEE
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The Finance Director directs and supervises the financial management and accounting program of the City. The Finance Director is responsible for financial planning and investments, financial reporting, budgeting, accounting operations, auditing, risk and debt service management, and cash management. The Finance Director also monitors grant activity, monitors and negotiates contracts, tracks lawsuit and personnel issues affecting the City, and coordinates City computer resources. The Finance Director supervises accounting clerks and accounting supervisors. This is an executive position that works under the supervision of the City Manager. The Finance Director deals with a broad range of administrative and professional activities and regularly exercises personal judgment in selecting courses of action consistent with departmental rules, regulations, and procedures and generally accepted accounting principles. Position involves extensive contact with department employees and other departments, and frequent contact with outside financial institutions and occasional contact with the public.

Primary Duties

The following are essential job functions of a Finance Director: 1. Plans, directs, supervises and coordinates the financial management and accounting program, including: financial planning and investments; financial reporting; budgeting; accounting operations; auditing; risk and debt management; and, cash management. Supervises all finance department employees. 2. Coordinates with and directs first-line supervisors in the above functions. 3. Meets with the City Manager and City Council to assure coordination and conformance to municipal principles. 4. Makes recommendations for upgrading city policies, procedures and ordinances related to financial activities. Reviews departmental activities relative to changing city requirements and prepares and presents plans for improvement. 5. Serves as expert in financial issues and advises management on issues within field of expertise. 6. Provides advice and assistance to subordinates in the conduct of non-routine financial and accounting activities. 7. Prepares periodic, special, quarterly, and annual reports on the City’s financial status. 8. Assists in the preparation of financial reports for state and federal grants, loans, revenue sharing, municipal assistance, and etcetera. 9. Ensures accuracy of financial records, reports and computerized systems. Ensures that an adequate system of controls are in place. 10. Prepares the annual budget in conjunction with the city manager. Works with department heads to develop and modify their budgets. 11. Invests idle city funds, monitors cash and debt service requirements, and performs other treasury functions. 12. Reviews and approves check requests. Signs all accounts payable and payroll checks. 13. Monitors budget expenditures of all departments and revenue collection and disbursement activities. 14. Researches sources of additional revenues. 15. Coordinates the opening and closing of all books and accounts at the beginning and end of each fiscal period. 16. Directs preparations for the annual auditing process. Assists external auditors with the annual auditing process. 17. Maintains working relationships with other financial institutions, including bankers, investors, and auditors. Directs related negotiations. 18. Monitors the activity and status of lawsuits and personnel issues affecting the city. Ascertains the City’s associated risk. 19. Directs the planning and conduct of training programs for departmental personnel. 20. Prepares annual department budget and controls expenditures within authorized limits. 21. Perform other duties as assigned by the City Manager.


1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. 2. Must possess a valid Alaska Driver’s License. 3. Associate Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field is preferred. 4. Knowledge of generally accepted accounting transactions and accounting record keeping systems. 5. Knowledge of standard accounting transactions and accounting record keeping systems. 6. Knowledge of financial reporting, auditing, analysis, and budgeting. 7. Knowledge of investment principles and practices. 8. Knowledge of asset management; debt service management; grant management; risk management; cash management; contract management. 9. Ability and to supervise and train others. 10. Ability to communicate effectively with City personnel, the public and external contacts, whether on the telephone or in person. 11. Must have at least three (3) years of municipal accounting/finance experience. 12. Must have previous supervisory experience. 13. Must have computer literacy skills, including word processing and spreadsheets and knowledge of work order systems. 14. Must be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. 15. Must be a team player. 16. Other combinations of education and experience could provide the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities listed.

Contact Information

This position is open until filled. Apply at the City of Saint Paul during normal business hours by completing an Application for Employment or by requesting and completing an Application for Employment electronically. A resume should accompany the completed application. Applicants with incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. For an Application for Employment, Job Description, or for more information contact Phyllis Swetzof, City Clerk, at or at

Other Information

A relocation allowance will be provided. Airfare to St. Paul Island will be provided. Housing accommodations will be will be made available residential rates.