8500 Furey Rd, Upper Chichester, PA 19014 -2341
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Upper Chichester Township

Job Opening - Finance Director

Job Opening - Finance Director

Posted on February 3, 2021

Upper Chichester Township Job Posting
FINANCE DIRECTOR

Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County, (population 16,929; budget $13.1 million; 53 FT and 27 PT employees) is seeking a dynamic municipal professional for the position of Finance Director. The Finance Director will be a new position in the municipality. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to be intrapreneurial and take a hands on approach to leading the staff as well as participating in completing various operational tasks not limited to: municipal finance management, budgeting, accounting, payroll, revenue collection, benefit management, and fiscal and tax reporting.

Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, finance, accounting or related field with a minimum of five (5) years’ supervisory experience. Master’s degree, CPA preferred.

Successful candidate will have strong management and people skills and strong written and oral communication skills. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus generous benefits package. EOE.

Full job description available below. Please email cover letter, resume, and salary history to: George L. Needles III, MBA, Township Manager, Upper Chichester Township at gneedles@upperchitwp.org. For consideration, resumes must be submitted by Friday, March 5, 2021.

Finance Director

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This is a financial and administrative position that is responsible for the management and maintenance of all finance records and transactions in the Township.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK: This job description is designed to accurately reflect job duties. However, it may not be all-inclusive and other job-related duties might be required.

  • Leads and manages the annual budget process. Provides financial information to department heads and participates in the review and analysis of the budget as well as the presentation to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Implements and maintains a modified accrual system of accounting reporting assets, liabilities, revenues and cost of operations.  Provides management with insight and analyses of the current financial status of the municipality.
  • Supervises and implements all aspects of accounting & finance including but not limited to, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable,  permitting revenues , pensions, cash management, banking, auditing, internal control, budgeting, and government & tax reporting
  • Oversee debt service.
  • Assists with the budgeting of the finance & administration departmental purchases as well as the oversight/management of their spending.
  • Prepares and approves journal entries and provides in depth account analyses as needed.
  • Establishes and distributes escrow funds as directed by management.
  • Oversees all accounting and recordkeeping systems; reviews general ledger accounts and computer reports; prepares new accounts.
  • Provides oversight of cash management.
  • Maintains petty cash. Set standard operating procedure for petty cash and procurement card program.
  • Knowledge of employee handbook and employee contracts; implementing the details of the contracts as it relates to salary, benefits, time off and other financial and employee benefit items.
  • Performs a variety of human resource functions including oversight of the Township’s insurance plans and health benefits.
  • Prepares and manages pension information
  • Handle preparation of all reports associated with Liquid Fuels receipts and expenses
  • Reviews and approves all purchase requisitions and invoices for payment.
  • Reviews account reconciliations on a monthly basis.
  • Works with Manager and Board to oversee the Township’s short-term and long-range financial planning programs.
  • Supervises collection of all funds due the Township; coordinates with Tax Collector to ensure accuracy of funds collected.
  • Attends appropriate seminars and learning opportunities to stay current on all GFOA mandates and other changes that will impact the Township financially.
  • Interacts with Township officials and employees, actuaries, insurance consultants and outside auditors to provide financial assistance and information.
  • Compiles reports and correspondence; researches, prepares and files required reports (e.g. DCED Report) and forms to federal, state and local agencies; oversees preparation of all year-end financial reports.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by Township Manager, including possible attendance at Board of Commissioners meetings.
  • Occasionally assist with answering phones and the front window, as staffing needs dictate.
  • Other duties, as necessary.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of modern approved governmental fiscal and related methods.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel and Outlook for report writing, spreadsheet manipulation, database, and electronic communication functions.

SKILLS:

  • Possess skill in oral and written communications.
  • Possess organizational and management skills.
  • Possess ability to research, write and edit statistical and financial information.

ABILITIES:

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with employee information and records.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct the tasks of the Finance Department.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve complicated problems.
  • Ability to interact with the public, associates and Township Officials.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Public or Business Administration or similar fields. Master’s degree, CPA preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of professional accounting experience involving fiscal and budgetary activities in a governmental, private or non-profit organization.
  • Considerable knowledge of public finance and fiscal planning, organization and functions of municipal government, payroll and accounts payable functions, budgetary and accounting and reporting systems.
  • Any equivalent experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.
  • Experience with transitional accounting methods from cash basis to full or modified accrual basis is a plus.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the work day.
  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • The person in this position frequently communicates with the board, management, coworkers, direct reports, vendors, and customers. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations

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