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Position: Chief Fiscal Officer
Municipality:Town of Fairfield
Close Date:8/1/2020



invites applications for the

Position of:





OPENING DATE:  July 9, 2020


SALARY: $140,000 - $165,000




The purpose of this position is to provide strategic management of the Town’s municipal finances and to develop, manage, administer, supervise, and direct the programs and activities of the Finance Department in the areas of accounting, policy, internal controls and procedures, operating and capital budget development and monitoring, investment management, debt management, audit, purchasing, and Information Technology.






The essential functions or duties listed below 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.


·         Plan, organize, administer and direct the operations of the Finance Department in the functional areas of accounting policy, internal controls and procedures, operating and capital budget development and monitoring, investment and debt management, audit, pension management, purchasing, relationships with ratings agencies, and Assessor’s and Tax Collector’s offices.

·         Develop, evaluate and administer department financial and purchasing policies and procedures; develop short term and long range goals and objectives; review and evaluate effectiveness of financial policies and internal controls.

·         Monitor cash flow and investments; manage, administer and supervise accounting office and staff, receivables, payables, bank statement reconciliation, accounts and funds; prepare weekly and monthly financial and budgetary reports to monitor expenditures and revenues; present to Boards.

·         Monitor federal and state regulations applicable to department services and insure compliance by staff on things such as GASB rules and accounting policies.

·         Responsible for debt and treasury management of all town funds; oversee bonding process, development of bond official statement, meet with rating agencies and work with financial advisors and bond counsel; oversee and develop investment policies.

·         Responsible for preparation, review and presentation of the Annual Town Operating and Capital Budgets to the First Selectwoman, Board of Finance, Board of Selectman, and RTM.

·         Coordinate year-end financial audit for the town; prepare various financial statements, schedules and spreadsheets for use in supporting documentation for external auditors.

·         Responsible for financial management of employee pension plans and OPEB.

·         Work with pension advisors and Joint Retirement Board in evaluating fund performance; oversee pension benefits and work with actuary to develop pension and post retirement benefit valuations and GASB disclosures.  Give presentations to the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and RTM as required.

·         Serve as a voting member of the Police and Fire Retirement Board and a member of the Retirement Investment Board.

·         Oversee purchasing function through active participation in review of bids and resulting contracts; serve on capital projects committees and Energy Committee to determine appropriate methods to purchase fuel, electricity, etc.

·         Serve as part of management negotiation team for collective bargaining; responsible for calculation of costs related to salary and benefits.

·         Oversee the Assessor and Tax Collector and assist them in coordinating their services and handling policy issues.

·         Develop department policies and procedures; assign, train and supervise staff; consult with Human Resources on personnel actions such as hiring, termination, and discipline;

·         Ensure that the Budget Director prepares, administers and monitors operating budgets; present budgets to the First Selectwoman, Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and RTM.

·         Submit oral and written reports to the First Selectwoman, Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, RTM, boards and commissions, and state and federal agencies.

·         Oversee and assist the IT director in the strategic efforts relating to the Information Technology functions.








·         Perform similar or related work as required, directed or as situations dictate.

·         Continue training and professional development and keep current with trends.

·         Assist other department staff as needed to promote a team effort to serve the public.



·         Must be a certified or licensed public accountant or otherwise have experience in the financial field



·         Work under the direction of the First Selectwoman

·         Directly supervise Controller, Purchasing Director, Internal Auditor, Budget Director, Assessor, Tax Collector and Director of Information Technology

·         Indirectly supervise all Finance Department Employees.




·         Administrative and financial work performed in moderately noisy office with occasional interruptions from municipal staff, outside vendors, and public officials to deal with related issues and problems; drive to various regional, state, town or professional meetings under possible adverse weather conditions, including extreme hot and cold.

·         Operation of a motor vehicle, cellular and other telephone, personal computer, copier, facsimile machine, and other standard office equipment required.



All interested candidates should submit a completed Town of Fairfield Employment Application, along with resume and cover letter:


Town of Fairfield

Human Resources Department

Sullivan Independence Hall

725 Old Post Road

Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 256-3057




We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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