Richmond RI - Finance Director

Finance Director

Town of Richmond

The Town of Richmond is soliciting applications for the full-time position of Finance Director. Salaried, non-union, benefits included. Job description below. Resume and letter of interest, including 3 references, should be received no later than 4:00 pm March 23, 2018. Submit by email (preferred) to, or by mail to Town Administrator's Office, Richmond Town Hall, 5 Richmond Townhouse Road, Wyoming, RI 02898. Equal Opportunity Employer.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Nature of Work This is senior management position having overall responsibility for the conduct of all financial activities of the Town in all its operating departments or units and specifically the direction and supervision of the accounting, payroll, and accounts payable operations. This position has overall fiduciary responsibility for ensuring the Town's financial systems provide a high level of efficient and effective service to support the Town's operating units, that financial controls are adequate to account for municipal funds and related activities, that the systems meet various legal and GAAP requirements and that all systems are appropriately integrated and automated. These responsibilities include the receipt, custody, investment and disbursement of all town funds. The work is performed under the general direction of the Town Administrator and the Town Council with considerable latitude for independent judgment and action and is subject to local and state review and annual audit. This work is subject to review through observation, reports and the results achieved.

Examples of work: (The examples are for illustration only and not intended to be all-encompassing.)

1. Develops, implements, and maintains the Town's administrative standards and practices for the management of all municipal finances.

2. Makes the Finance Office a financial management organization and a service organization supporting the financial management needs of the Town's operating units.

3. Establishes and supervises the maintenance of a complete municipal accounting system including purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and revenue collection.

4. Prepares financial reports for the Town Administrator, Town Council, elected officials, state agencies and other entities to aid in decision making or in compliance with legal requirements.

5. Prepares financial data for bond issues and plans and coordinates all aspects of municipal debt administration.

6. Assists with the preparation and production of the annual operating budget and the capital improvement program.

7. Performs or provides for the administration of those portions of the personnel function pertaining to benefit administration and payroll and coordinates office responsibilities with the Town Administrator.

8. Provides administrative support to town boards and commissions. Assists the Town Administrator in the preparation of the annual operating budget, annual capital improvement program and a comprehensive annual financial report.

9. Participates in the posting of all receipts and expenditures and to ensure that proper accounts are credited/debited.

10. Maintains budget control by authorizing or providing for the authorization of the disbursement of funds and/or the transfer of funds within statutory limits.

11. Provides technical advice and guidance to the Town Administrator and the Town Council on financial matters.

12. Performs such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Town Administrator and the Town Council consistent with this position. Minimum required Qualifications: To be considered for this position a candidate must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field with at least five year’s experience in governmental finance or an equivalent combination of training or experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Capabilities:

1. Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, laws and regulations of municipal accounting, modem finance administration and of public employee retirement plans. Ability to plan, organize, direct and evaluate financial operations and related activities. A strong knowledge of automated data processing, its application in municipal finance and personal proficiency and skill in its use.

2. Ability to prepare complex financial reports and statements.

3. Working knowledge of how to establish department objectives and measure performance attainment.

4. A strong knowledge of contemporary personnel administrative practices, particularly as they pertain to supervision, performance evaluation and benefits administration.

5. Timely preparation and presentation of fair and impartial evaluations and performance ratings for personnel that he/she supervises.

6. Strong personal example to encourage others to provide a high level of service to internal and external customers.

7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, subordinates, employees in other municipal departments, Town officials and customers. Ability to communicate effectively with customers, other employees, Town officials and other agencies orally, in writing and by listening in the modes of conversation, discussion, instruction, presentations, notes, memorandum and reports.

Necessary Special Requirements The Finance Director must possess a valid motor vehicle driver’s license and have no offenses which would prohibit or restrict insurability or bonding by any insurance carrier providing coverage to the Town. Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, with evening meetings as required. Must be available to start in late May, 2018.

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