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Position: Director of Finance
Municipality:Town of Mansfield
Close Date:3/27/2020

Director of Finance – Town of Mansfield, CT

The Town of Mansfield is seeking a full-time Director of Finance to oversee the financial management for the Town, Board of Education, and Region School District 19.

The Town of Mansfield is a vibrant and diverse community in Tolland County is known for its excellent public schools, community-wide events, parks and preserves, protected open spaces, agriculture, responsive and professional government, and being home to the main campus of the University of Connecticut. Mansfield has an inclusive and progressive government with an engaged community.

In total, the Town including the Board of Education and Region School District 19 employs approximately 1,000 staff members, both part-time and full-time. Our departments and offices include Animal Control, Assessor, Building & Housing, Fire & Emergency Services, Facilities, Human Resources, Human Services, Information Technology, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Development, Public Library, Public Works, Registrar of Voters, Town Clerk, Town Manager, and Finance. In addition, the Town partners with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Eastern Highlands Health District, the Mansfield Discovery Depot, and the Connecticut State Police Resident Trooper Program.


The Town of Mansfield has an excellent bond rating of AA from S & P. The overall budget for the Town and schools is approximately $55,000,000.


Key Responsibilities:

The Director of Finance position is a shared services position responsible for the overall financial management of the Town of Mansfield, Mansfield Board of Education, and Regional District 19.  The Finance Director provides centralized financial management services and reports for the Town of Mansfield and the Mansfield Board of Education.  The position is responsible for the financial management services and reports for: Regional District 19, Eastern Highlands Health District, Mansfield Downtown Partnership, and Mansfield Discovery Depot. The Director of Finance coordinates work with the Town Manager, Superintendent of Schools, and other agencies/departments as indicated.  The position reports to the Town Manager with responsibilities to the Superintendents of Schools.


Other responsibilities would include administering financial management programs such as accounting and financial reporting budgeting, payroll, information technology, purchasing & cash management, grant applications, tax collection, assessment, risk management, audits and reporting. The Director of Finance is responsible for directing contract bids and negotiations. This position additionally serves as the purchasing agent and staffs the Town Council’s Finance Committee.


            (For a complete list of job duties, please see attached job description.)



The Town of Mansfield seeks an experienced and collaborative professional. Overall, the ideal candidate would possess the following:

· Financial knowledge and skills. The successful candidate will be someone who possesses a comprehensive knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal and school financial practices and procedures. They will have the ability to evaluate complex financial systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records. The ideal candidate will possess in-depth knowledge and experience with coordinating preparation of operating budgets.

· Communication skills. The Town seeks a Director with strong written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, state and regional governmental officials, and the general public. The ideal candidate would have presentation skills as well as the ability to lead meetings.


· Organization and management skills. The Town seeks an individual who is very organized as well as detail-oriented. This position oversees various entities with varying needs, and the ideal candidate will be able to keep their projects organized as well as prioritize accordingly. A successful individual will have experience and expertise with project management and supervising.


A successful candidate for this position will have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration, supplemented by a Master’s degree in business administration or related field as well as extensive experience in public finance administration. Consideration may be given to equivalent experience and training. Five plus years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal government accounting, including at least two (2) years of supervisory experience is required. A successful candidate should have the ability to obtain and maintain within one year of employment the School Business Manager Certification SDE 085.


Compensation & Benefits:

The salary for this position is $118,535 - $149,740 dependent upon experience and qualifications. The Town of Mansfield offers a comprehensive employee benefits program which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and an employee wellness program that includes a discount membership to the Town’s Community Center. Retirement benefits are offered through the State of Connecticut’s Municipal Employees Retirement System (CMERS) along with the voluntary option to participate in a 457(B) or ROTH plan through ICMA-RC.


How to Apply:

To learn more and submit an application, please go to www.mansfieldct.gov/jobs no later than March 27, 2020 at 12pm. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume with their application.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 2020.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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