Finance Officer

City of Seward



Exempt; salary

Open until filled.



This is a highly responsible professional position that serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the City and performs complex work involving fiscal planning, internal audit controls, budgetary controls, and cost studies.

• Supervises and maintains internal accounting and control activities throughout the City for purposes of obtaining financial information, controlling expenses, and maintaining required records.
• Plans for and implements the installation and development of an effective financial management and reporting system.
• Supervises the timely filing of intergovernmental financial and informational records as prescribed by federal law and Alaska statutes.
• Develops and recommends accounting policies and practices that will ascertain, maintain, and continually improve the City’s financial position.
• Assists in the creation of the annual City budget in accordance with the policy direction of the council.
• Directs the overall financial program to ensure the adequate protection of the City’s properties, funds and securities, and to assure protection from municipal exposure to liability; ensures the City is properly reimbursed when losses arise.
• Assists department heads in the preparation and administration of the annual budget; maintains a system of responsible control to ensure that expenditures do not exceed appropriations, in compliance with applicable Alaska statutes.• Attends hearings on departmental budgets and other issues to provide data and determine recommended appropriations.
• Performs research and prepares fiscal impact reports and forecasts fiscal trends for recommendations of administrative and fiscal policy.
• Assists other departments in billing and collection functions, including calculation of bills, recording and deposit of receipts, and maintenance of customer accounts and related records.
• Issues approvals for contracts, vouchers, purchase orders and other financial transactions; confers with supervisors on events and non-routine transactions for the disbursement of funds.
• Examines and audits vouchers and invoices for accuracy and proper authorization and approves for payment.
• Assists in the coordination of the accounting function with all other areas of City government to include purchasing and asset review.
• Confers with and advises City officials, department directors and others in proper procedure regarding financial matters of the City (e.g., preparation of operating budgets).
• Checks and audits ledger accounts for accuracy, procedural and systems compliance; assists in the preparation of financial statements, summaries, and reports.
• Trains and develops department personnel; determines and prescribes work methods, procedures, and policies; assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of department employees.
• Conducts year-end audit of all funds as well as federal and state grant audits.
• Supervises the posting of transactions; reconciles bank statements and prepares reports.
• Coordinates debt issuance.
• Oversees the issuance of City checks for payment of liabilities and verifies expenditures.
• Plans, coordinates, and prepares for annual financial audits performed by contractors.
• Assists City Manager with Capital Improvement Plan, including collection of data and presentation.
• Prepares and presents quarterly financial statements to the city council.
• Follows safe work practices.


Graduation from and accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance or a closely related field, and at least 7 years of experience in governmental finance and accounting, including several years of supervisory experience;
• Modern principles of public financial management, administration, budget preparation and accounting (including GAAP, GASB).
• Financial software and the principles and practices of automated accounting and finance administration.
• General laws, administrative policies, rules, and regulations governing municipal financial practices and procedures, including applicable Federal regulations and Alaska statutes.
• The use of standard office equipment and other applicable software programs.
• Assign, direct and supervise the work of others.
• Provide leadership and motivate employees.
• Read, analyze and interpret technical, statistical, and financial information.
• Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
• Respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the community.
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.
• Multi-task and prioritize work.
• Maintain confidentiality.
• Assign and supervise the work of others; motivate employees to work toward common goals.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and the general public.
• The operation of computers and relevant software.
• Math and accounting.
• Oral and written communications.
• Strategic thinking and decision making.
• Financial planning and control
• Budget preparation and control


City of Seward HR
Fax 907-224-3577