Posting Date:  07/20/2020
Job Title:  Finance Director
Salary:  $118,056.00 – $156,984.00 Annually
Entity:  City of Oak Harbor
Closing Date:  First Review August 10, 2020


An opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Washington State. The City of Oak Harbor is seeking a collaborative, proactive, and innovative team player to lead our Finance Department and serve our unique community.

Open Until Filled
First Review by August 10, 2020

Job Summary
The Finance Director plans, organizes, controls and directs all activities related to the City’s official records and financial transactions by providing professional fiscal advice to the City Council, Mayor, City Administrator, and Department Directors. The position is responsible for all the finances of the City, supervision of subordinate personnel, management of City-wide budget, preparation of financial reports and records, investment of City funds and prevention of loss of monies and supplies in accordance with RCW 35A.34.120 and 35A.34.130.

Primary Duties

Essential Job Functions:
Serves as a member of the City’s management team and participate in the City’s management team functions, and, at the direction of the Mayor and City Administrator, develops plans and programs to enhance customer-focused community services, major projects, and other initiatives.
Advise City Council, Mayor, City Administrator and Department Directors concerning a wide variety of finance and municipal issues and provides recommendations to the elected Mayor for strategic direction of fiscal policy matters to maintain and enhance the financial health of the City.
Attends City Council meetings and serves as an ongoing resource regarding matters such as City finance, investments, budgets, ordinances and reports.
Directs the overall management and activities of the Finance Department staff, including prioritizing and developing work plans, evaluating performance, monitoring progress on reports and projects, interpreting policies and procedures, and providing effective leadership, training and development for staff.
Responsible for utility rate setting, fiscal compliance and reporting, and customer-focused services to customers.
Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies and priorities; plan, organize, direct and control various administrative activities of the Finance Department, including accounting, financial reporting, investing, business taxes, utility billing, revenue collections, debt administration, licensing, payroll, and accounts payable.
Responsible for ensuring the timely completion and accuracy of the City’s Budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, including preparation of financial forecasts, issuance of debt, preparation of rate analysis for the City’s utility systems, and financing of capital improvements. Communicate at least monthly the City’s current financial position, revenue and expenditure, budget status and other financial information, and provide interpretation and advice concerning trends and results.
Ensures that the City’s Budget, accounting systems and reports are in compliance with all appropriate legal and professional requirements for municipal agencies. Responsible for development and implementation of the City’s comprehensive financial management policies
Coordinate the City’s annual audit and serve as City liaison to the State Auditor’s Office. Assist the Mayor, City Administrator, and Department Directors with financial compliance requirements, investigations, policy development, and internal audit function controls.
Develops and pursues opportunities to create efficiencies within the agency while continuing to improve the organization’s performance.
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City officials and department heads, co-workers, City employees and the general public using good judgment to handle customer complaints, respond to inquiries and resolve concerns in a positive and timely manner using tact and courtesy, sometimes under stressful situations.
Lead, coordinate and/or participate in projects and functions such as required for rate setting, privatization, or system conversions. Track changes in economic projections and revenue forecasts.
Coordinate dept issuance, working with underwriters and rating agencies.


Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance or related discipline. Master’s degree is desired.
Five (5) to ten (10) years of progressively responsible financial management work experience, preferably with five (5) years in a public sector agency environment.
Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) preferred, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or similar designation desired.
Experience in a governmental environment, including knowledge of comprehensive financial management policies, Budgeting, Accounting, and Reporting System (BARS), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
Progressive management and supervisory experience.
Extensive knowledge of computerized accounting procedures and spreadsheet applications.
Strong knowledge and experience in the best investment practices for a public sector entity.
Valid driver’s license or the ability to perform the job in an equally efficient manner without driving.
Must be bondable.
Must pass background and credit check, and driver’s abstract check.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions may be considered.

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