Town Accountant/ Assistant Finance Director

DEFINITION
Appointed by the Board of Selectmen, and working under the administrative direction of the Finance Director, in accordance with Town policies, by-laws and other statutory requirements, perform highly responsible administrative and accounting work for the Town and School departments including serving as Assistant Finance Director.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Responsible for municipal accounting functions of the Town, including the maintenance of all financial records to insure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Upon the authority of the Finance Director, serve is this capacity on a temporary basis due to absence of the Finance Director.
Under the direction of the Finance Director, perform various project management responsibilities.
Responsible for the accuracy of all financial records from the general ledger and subsidiary ledgers and monthly reports. Prepare or review more complex accounting regulations and entries such as tax recap sheet, certification of free cash, etc.
Responsible for controlling the expenditures of Town subsidiary and control accounts, school grants and revolving accounts, ensuring compliance with the authority to spend. Responsible for weekly vendor payable and payroll warrants, including the review and approval of all payments made by the Town.
Responsible for performing and direction of the internal audit function and for proactively notifying the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Director of any substantial financial concerns. Develop a financial risk analysis program across town-wide departments and divisions.
Review all monthly departmental statements of expenditures and unexpended balances, and such other internal statistical and financial reports as required.
Review all labor proposals for management negotiating teams to assess the feasibility of implementation and the long-term financial impact of proposed contract language.
Compile and submit accounting reports required by state and federal law, and town bylaw. Prepare yearly financial statements for the auditors. Prepare annual report indicating the year's transactions and financial position of the Town at the close of the fiscal year.
Serve as ex-officio member of the Retirement Board. Advise the Retirement Board, the Finance Director and the Town Manager on retirement issues and interpretations and changes in state and federal laws and regulations.
Supervise accounting division. Select, train, evaluate, and discipline staff in accordance with Town and department policies and procedures.
Develop and direct the implementation of departmental training on MUNIS modules.
Work with the Finance Director to develop, monitor, and defend the Accounting budget. Produce financial reports as needed by the Finance Director or Board of Selectmen.
Provide accounting and retirement information and assistance to the public and employees.
Perform related duties as required by the Board of Selectmen or the Finance Director.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to recognize Town-wide priorities and work cooperatively to support their accomplishment as part of the Town Manager's administrative/management team.
Ability to implement goals and objectives for the division and to evaluate employee performance against the achievement of goals and objectives.
Extensive knowledge of municipal government and Massachusetts General Laws relating to municipal finance and retirement systems, specifically:
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP),
Uniform Massachusetts Accounting System (UMAS)
Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) regulations.
Ability to analyze complex issues and to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations.
Significant experience interpreting and implementing labor contracts and the ability to work collaboratively with managers to help understand the long term impact of management and labor proposals.
Planning, management, organizational and supervisory skills.
Superior financial management and accounting skills.
Knowledge of continuous improvement and best practices in the field.
Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically both verbally and in writing; to establish positive public relations for the Town, department and/or division; and to interact effectively with a wide variety of people.
Education and Experience
Required
Preferred
Duties require a Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field.
A MBA or Master's degree in a related field strongly preferred.
Extensive knowledge of financial and accounting public sector practices.
Substantial experience as a Town Accountant of a similar size community.
A minimum of seven years experience of progressively responsible municipal experience.
7-10 years municipal experience, preferably as a Town Accountant or other responsible municipal position.
Experience supervising employees.
Experience supervising and motivating employees to achieve department goals.
Additional training in government accounting procedures.
Certification as a Governmental Accountant.
Ability to maintain a Valid Driver's license or to ensure transportation to and from work location.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervise 4 or more full-time equivalent staff.
PHYSICAL ELEMENTS
Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
Work involves frequent interdepartmental and public interactions with outside agencies.
Intermittent interruptions to assist customers in the office or on the phone.
May spend extended period at terminal, on telephone, or operating other office machines, requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
Involves attendance at evening and off-hour meetings, such as early morning meetings.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Full-time Work Week : 36.25 hours
Job Class Code : 5160
Risk Code : 8810

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