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Position: Director of Finance
Municipality:Town of Mansfield
Close Date:3/15/2023
Town of Mansfield

Director of Finance

The Opportunity 


The Town of Mansfield, Connecticut, is seeking an innovative, dynamic, collaborative, and experienced leader to serve as its next Director of Finance. This position is accountable for directing the programs and operations of a shared Finance Department that supports the Town of Mansfield, Mansfield Public Schools, and Regional School District 19. The position is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the comprehensive financial management system of the Town, in accordance with merit principles per Charter § C601, relevant state and federal requirements, and best practices. This individual provides centralized financial management services and reports for the Town of Mansfield and Mansfield Public Schools, and is responsible for the financial management services and reports for Regional School District 19, Eastern Highlands Health District, Mansfield Downtown Partnership, and Mansfield Discovery Depot. In addition, the Director of Finance oversees the Town of Mansfield’s Revenue Collection and Assessor’s offices. The Director of Finance is a member of the senior management team and reports directly to the Chief of Shared Services and Administration.


The Director currently oversees a department of 13.5 FTEs and directly supervises five (5) employees. The Finance Department works closely with all other municipal departments and entities, including the Department of Human Resources, Department of  Building and Housing  Inspection, Department of Facilities Management, Department of Human Services, Department of Information Technology, Department of Library Services (Mansfield Public Library), Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Planning and Zoning, Department of Public Safety, Department of Public Works, Town Clerk, and their respective divisions. Mansfield has collective bargaining agreements with three (3) unions representing employees: 40 FTE Professional and Technical Employees (Local 2001 CSEA, SEIU), 20 FTE Public Works Employees (Local 2001 CSEA, SEIU), 14 FTE Firefighter (Local 4120 IAFF), and 33 Non-Represented full-time employees. The Director will help shape the vision and provide key leadership to ensure that the Town achieves the highest professional standards and human resources programs and services. The selected candidate will be expected to maintain our tradition of excellent public service.


About Mansfield                                                                                                       


Mansfield, CT is a community of roughly 26,000 located in the northeastern portion of the state, part of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Home to the University of Connecticut (UConn), Mansfield offers a blend of rural, suburban, and urban living in a vibrant university setting.  Residents and visitors enjoy a variety of cultural offerings within a walkable town center, as well as an abundance of natural resources ideal for activities such as hiking, cycling, and kayaking. Our community’s public schools are recognized for achievement and student-centered learning, and there are a multitude of   educational and recreational opportunities to suit the lifestyle of families, young professionals and retirees. 


Mansfield is also home to the state’s largest federally designated opportunity zone and is positioned for a wide range of commercial and residential growth opportunities. Mansfield is an ICMA-recognized Council-Manager community, with the Town Manager serving as the Chief Executive Officer responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Town. For more information regarding Mansfield, please visit the Town’s official website www.mansfieldct.gov.


The Total Compensation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

The annual salary range is $124,838—$157,706 and the hiring rate of pay will depend upon the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. The Town of Mansfield provides an extremely competitive benefits package. Mansfield participates in the Connecticut Municipal Retirement System (CMERS), a defined pension plan, a variety of other ancillary benefits such as medical, vision, dental, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, tuition assistance, paid vacation and holidays. The preferred candidate will be subject to a background and reference check.


What You Bring

The successful candidate will have ten (10) years of experience in a combination of fiscal/administrative functions (e.g., accounting and reporting, financial planning and budgeting, operation and maintenance of plant, administering personnel functions, purchasing and supply management, data processing, food service operations, grant applications and reporting, insurance, collective bargaining and transportation) at least one (1) year of which must be an accounting or budgeting function. Two (2) years of the general experience must have been supervising professional level staff.


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with coursework in business administration or public administration, and completed course work in law, accounting, finance, management, personnel and informational systems may be substituted for four (4) years of the general experience. A Master’s degree or sixth year degree in public or education administration, having completed 12 semester hours of credit in school law, school finance, school plant planning and operation, school business administration, budgeting and   resource management, personnel, collective bargaining, systems analysis and operation, may be substituted for an additional one (1) year of the general experience. A School Business Administration (#085) endorsement is required at time of appointment. Incumbents are required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. Incumbents are expected to be current in employment law and other subjects related to the field of finance and business administration. Incumbents must be bondable in accordance with the Connecticut General Statutes.


Work Hours and Schedule

The selected candidate is anticipated to begin work in the second quarter of 2023. The normal full-time work schedule is 35 hours per week. Participation in recurring   evening meetings of the two Boards of Education, Town Council, and periodic community events will also be required.  The Town is presently piloting a four-day, Monday to Thursday, work week schedule that may become a standing arrangement beginning in summer 2023.


Application Process

Interested applicants must submit an application including a resume and letter of interest online at www.mansfieldct.gov/jobs.

The position will remain open until filled. Specific questions about the position or recruitment process may be directed to HR@mansfieldct.org.

                                                                                                                                 The Town of Mansfield is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider with a deep commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and welcoming in its workforce.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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