The Town of
Stratford is accepting applications to fill the position of
The Town Controller is a highly technical
and administrative position involving responsibility for a broad range of
municipal finance functions. Under the
general supervision of the Finance Director, the Town Controller ensures the
effective and efficient management of the Town’s financial operations;
compliance with all relevant laws and regulations including responsibility for
transparent financial practices. The
position performs professional and administrative tasks, plans, organizes, supervises
and directs the accounting, payroll and accounts payable personnel in the finance
department. The Town Controller assists
and provides information and analysis for the annual budgets with projections
of expenditures and revenues. Other
duties include interaction with the Town’s appointed auditor, financial
advisor, bond counsel and banking representatives.
Works under the direction of the
Finance Director and Assistant Finance
Director, within applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.
Examples of Duties:
Plans, organizes and coordinates work implementing
the accounting systems, procedures and controls.
Supervises, verifies and performs work
in the area of accounting, payables, receivables, purchasing and payroll within
the Finance department.
Exercises control over procurement
orders, contracts and encumbrances as required and assuring availability of
funds for payment against appropriate budgetary accounts.
Prepares financial statements and
reports for the Town in accordance with generally accepted accounting
Participates in the preparation of
monthly reporting, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), Official
Statements for bond issuances, departmental reports and documents plus periodic
governmental reporting requirements.
Assists in the preparation of the
Town’s annual departmental and capital budgets.
Establishes and maintains accounting
records for special projects, grants and related fiscal matters.
Acts as back up to the Town Treasurer.
Maintains the continuity of a
qualified and motivated staff by training, assigning and reviewing the work
performance of the accounting and clerical personnel.
Reviews all Town-wide departmental financial
and accounting systems to assure compliance with the Town’s established
accounting policy and procedures including conformance to pertinent governing
Complies with all federal, state and
local legal requirements by assuring adherence of the laws, preparation and filing
the statistical and narrative reports for the governmental agencies and
advising management on compliance issues.
Attends various meetings as required
such as Town Council meetings as required.
Performs additional related work as may
be assigned or required by the Finance Director.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Possess a thorough knowledge of
accounting and GASB financial reporting with special emphasis on governmental
finance and accounting as applied to municipal government.
Strong supervisory and management
skills, organizational and analytical competence, written and oral expression
abilities. Considerable knowledge of MUNIS
software or other computerized accounting software including Microsoft
applications. Knowledge, comprehension
and compliance with Federal, State and Municipal laws and regulations. Capacity to establish and maintain effective
working relationship with associates and the public. Ability to exercise sound judgment and focus
on detail as required by the position.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in
Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration or a closely related
field with a designation of CPA preferred.
At least five (5) years of full time professional experience in
governmental financial management and accounting administration.
May be required to travel short
distances on business.