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 townadministrator@richmondri.com, or by mail to Town Administrator's Office, Richmond Town Hall, 5 Richmond Townhouse Road, Wyoming, RI 02898. Equal Opportunity Employer.


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.

FINANCE – Municipal Controller Position

Position encompasses monitoring, forecasting and budgeting a municipal budget, assist the finance director in daily operations of finance activities. Position also serves as point of contact for risk management. Applicant MUST HAVE CPA designation, and be familiar municipal finance operations. Applicant should have experience in payroll, accounts receivable & payable and a capacity for supervisory & oversight role. Please send cover letter and resume to: municontroller1@gmail.com

Director of Finance Town of Westerly


The Town of Westerly is accepting applications for the position of Director of Finance. This position is responsible for responsible for directing all municipal financial functions which includes program responsibility for accounting/auditing, payroll, accounts payable/receivables, budget, fiscal grants management, purchasing and tax collections.  This position is also responsible for formulating broad policies and coordinates activities among Town Departments. 


The salary range for this position is between $100,000 - $115,000 per annum on a 37.5 hour work week, depending on E/E.  This position is an exempt managerial position and is not eligible for overtime.  Extended hours beyond 37.5 hours a week can be expected due to meetings or other unplanned events.

About the Department

This executive level position manages a team of six professionals and oversees a budget of approximately $35,000,000.  The Finance Department serves as financial analysts and advisors to the Town’s other 11 Departments, and provides account payables and purchasing support to the School Department.  The School Department has their own Finance Department that is responsible for accounting, fiscal analysis and processing.  This position serves on the Town Manager’s executive staff team and will be the principle advisor to the Town Manager on all financial operations.  This position partners closely with the other two administrative executive directors, the Director of Information Technology and the Director of Human Resources, to ensure the administrative infrastructure and processes run smoothly and efficiently.  This position will also partner with the School Department’s Business Manager, the School Department’s equivalent to Director of Finance, to coordinate financial reporting. 

Why Westerly?

Westerly is both the most southern and western location in South County Rhode Island, and is home to the popular villages of Misquamicut and Watch Hill, to distinctive summer communities.  Recognized as having the most beautiful beaches on the east coast, Westerly is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing or action packed vacation.

Over the past year, the Finance Department has undergone changes to move to a model of excellence, by adopting more stringent financial controls, reorganization of the department, moving from a purely transaction department to a more analyst and advisory department.  The Town seeks an innovative leader who will keep this momentum going with the ability to raise our newly hired staff to a new level of excellence.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Accounting or closely related field.  The candidate will also have five years of professional and increasingly responsible accounting, finance, and budget experience, which must include a minimum of three years of supervisory and management level experience.  Experience in governmental or public sector accounting is required.  Individuals with a Master’s Degree and individuals who hold a CPA or CMA will be given preference.

Additional Qualifications

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from the Association of Accountants and Finance Professionals in Business, the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors, or the Certified Public Finance Officers Program (CPFO) from the Government Finance Officers Association is highly preferred.  Individuals who are selected for this position will be required to obtain professional certification within 2 years of employment.

The Town has undergone a development initiative.  Candidates who are not currently certified as a CPA, CMA, CIA, will be provided assistance in order to obtain these professional certifications within 2 years of employment.

The Opportunity

The Director of Finance works in Westerly Town Hall.  Current hours are typically 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; however, flexibility is expected for this position, as this position’s workload changes based on operational demand. Some of the responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Directs, manages, leads, coordinates and mentors departmental staff.
  2. Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state and Town laws, ordinances and regulations.
  3. Advises and consults with the Town Manager’s office on fiscal matters and prepares data that is essential to policy and administrative determinations.
  4. Prepares and reports on tax collection, financial reporting issues, pension and bond issues.
  5. Coordinates with the Human Resources Department in overseeing the Town’s risk management program including oversight of third party administrators.
  6. Coordinates the preparation of the annual operating budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  7. Works with internal stakeholders on fiscal management of grant funds, reporting and tracking.
  8. Conducts pre-audits of expenditures and maintains records of the receipts and expenditures of all Town departments and keeps detailed records of all taxes assessed by the Town and all moneys due to the Town from other sources.
  9. Develops long-range plans, policies, and programs and works with appropriate staff on implementation of plans, policies, and programs.
  10. Provides budget and finance information and advice to Town Council, with the Town Manager’s concurrence, via written, electronic and verbal presentations.
  11. As a member of the Town’s leadership team, works productively and collegially with other employees and external constituencies to achieve the Town’s mission and specifically assigned goals and objectives.
  12. Develops and delivers the proposed annual budget to Town Council via a series of budget workshops, and monitors and implements budgets after adoption.
  13. Estimates financial impact of selected policies, legislation, and contracts.
  14. Reviews and is responsible for all financial information for completeness and accuracy that is prepared and presented to officials, residents, Town Council and the Town Manager.

Selection Process

The candidate offered the position will be required to successfully pass a background investigation.  A complete job description is available on-line at www.westerlyri.gov or at the Human Resources Department. Interested applicants must submit a resume with salary requirements to HR@westerlyri.gov.  All resumes received by 4:30 pm on or before April 6 will receive priority consideration.  AA/EOE