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Position: Director of Finance
Municipality:City of West Haven
Close Date:3/23/2018


This is highly responsible administrative work involving the direction of a broad range of municipal finance functions.  

Work involves responsibility for accounting, investing, data processing, auditing, Operating and Capital budgets development, assessment, tax collection, payroll, and purchasing functions.  Duties include policy recommendation, departmental and municipal planning, and the direction and administration of departmental activities.  This position also has the responsibility for making the most difficult financial management technical decisions.  The work requires that the employee have thorough knowledge, skill and ability in every phase of municipal financial management and good knowledge of the administration of all municipal functions.

Works under the administrative direction of the Mayor.

Supervises employees involved in accounting, payroll, data processing tax and revenue collection, assessing, and related areas.

Drafts and recommends policy to the Mayor and plans for the implementation of financial goals and objectives.

Directs the operations of the Finance Department through various department heads and evaluates and administers financial management programs such as accounting and financial reporting, budgeting, data processing service, payroll, control services, cash management, internal and external auditing, purchasing, property assessment, and tax collection.

Oversees and coordinates the development of Operating and Capital budgets.  Assist Mayor in explaining and defending budget recommendations to the City Council.

Directs and controls the expenditure of city and Department fund allocations within the constraints of approved budgets.

Analyzes financial markets and supervises the investment of city funds in appropriate instruments.  Review cash flow forecasts on a regular basis.

Coordinate the efforts of external auditors in their review of city financial management. 

Confers with a wide variety of city officials, boards, commissions, committees, community groups, insurers and the general public to provide information and to resolve problems and complaints.

Monitors the city's debt instruments for refunding opportunities and the timely repayment of dept.  Prepares various documents and filings related to the issuance of municipal bonds.  Oversees bond sales and closings.

Researches, analyzes and reports on a variety of administrative projects.

Directs the training of departmental personnel in financial management principles and practices.

Assists in personnel actions such as hiring, counseling, disciplining, termination and evaluation.

Prepares financial information for bond prospectus.

Monitors loss prevention and safety programs as they relate to risk management; directs insurance negotiations, selects insurance brokers and carriers and places insurance.

Oversees and monitors effectiveness City Hall mail and central print shop services.

Administers data processing function including procurement of equipment and software.


Thorough knowledge of the principles and methods of municipal accounting, budgeting, auditing, purchasing, data processing, risk management, benefits administration, and treasury functions.

Thorough knowledge of the laws, regulations and standards pertaining to financial management.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration as applied to a wide range of municipal functions.

Thorough ability in oral and written communications and mathematics of financial management.

Thorough ability to effectively monitor and assure the high level performance of the City Assessor Tax Collector and Finance departments.

Thorough ability to analyze the operations of a variety of municipal departments and to identify opportunities for cost saving.

Thorough ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, subordinates, associates, auditors, financial institutions, attorneys, contractors, officials of other agencies, and the general public.

Thorough ability to develop both short- and long-term goals and objectives with emphasis on development of long-term plans and programs.

A master's degree from a recognized college or university in business administration, public administration or closely related field and at least seven years experience in the field of accounting, auditing or municipal finance administration, of which at least three years shall have been in a responsible supervisory position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 


Computer, calculator and standard office equipment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee if frequently required to sit and talk and listen.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and fingers when operating computer and calculator; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The work conducted in typical office working conditions with virtually no disagreeable features.  The noise level in the work environment is generally quite.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employee as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Salary Range : $110,000 - $120,000

Application Deadline: March 23, 2018
Applications should be sent to: City of West Haven
                                                   Department of Personnel
                                                   355 Main Street
                                                    West Haven, CT 06516

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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