Job Description

Director, Finance

$105,000.00 - $130,000.00 Annually
Delaware, OH
Job Type
Job Number
11/24/2019 11:59 PM Eastern

Nature of Work, Essential Functions & KSA's

The City of Delaware, Ohio, is seeking a highly experienced local government professional to work closely with the City Manager and the Finance Department in managing the financial operations of a full service and growing city.
As a key member of the executive leadership team, the Director of Finance will play a key role in forecasting and monitoring the City's financial condition and fiscal well being to advance organizational priorities supporting the city's strategic plan and four strategic pillars: Great Community, Safe City, Healthy Economy and Effective Government. 
Delaware, located in Delaware County in Central Ohio, is the seat of county government and home to more than 42,000 people. The City of Delaware, named a "Great Place in America" by the American Planning Association this year, offers a well-maintained, family-oriented community within a sophisticated, urban atmosphere. It is both a mature City - marking its 211th year, and a growing City, thanks to a great quality of life, an affordable cost of living and close proximity to the nation's 15th largest metropolitan area.
Submit a cover letter and resume through the online application.  All application materials are subject to Ohio public records laws. Deadline for application submission is Sunday, November 24, 2019.

View the Director of Finance brochure.


Under direction of the City Manager, the Director of Finance is responsible for strategic planning, tactical action and operational decision making for the City's fiscal activities, including revenue collection, expenditures, payroll, accounting and auditing, income tax and utility billing, treasury and debt management and other related accounting and finance practices. Assists and advises the City Manager in the development and execution of the annual budget and other administrative matters.


  1. Serves as chief financial advisor to the City Council and City Manager.
  2. Develops financial studies and plans. Forecasts, estimates, and monitors financial conditions to assure the fiscal wellbeing of the City.
  3. Oversees and prepares financial reports including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and other monthly reports for Council and staff.
  4. Coordinates the annual budget and capital improvement plan preparation and execution and monitors the budget throughout the year.
  5. Establishes and maintains internal control procedures and assures that state and national standard accounting procedures are maintained.
  6. Maintains financial records including budgetary accounts, general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, income tax, utility billing, and fixed assets.
  7. Supervises the collection of taxes, fees, and other receipts in accordance with laws, City ordinances, and regulations.
  8. Invests City Treasury Funds.
  9. Manages Finance staff by recommending staffing levels, hiring new employees, providing and overseeing training programs, developing and implementing work performance standards, evaluating work performance and addressing performance not meeting expectations.
  10. Manages all City debt issuances and maintains records of all bonds and notes issued by the City.
  11. Authorizes purchase orders and warrants drawn on City accounts.
  12. Provides fiscal analysis for various development related projects and negotiations.
  13. Attends City Council meetings and provides financial reporting as directed by Council.
  14. Oversees direction and implementation of organization Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of financial accounting,
  • auditing and budget management.
  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, policies, rules, regulations and standards pertaining to financial accounting, investment of public funds, and budgeting.
  • Thorough knowledge of development, improvement, and maintenance of internal accounting controls appropriate for accounting, reporting, and city operations.
  • Thorough knowledge of budget preparation and management.
  • Considerable knowledge of application controls applied through management information systems.
  • Considerable knowledge of data processing applications for financial accounting, auditing and budget analysis and preparation work.
  • Considerable knowledge of fund accounting.
  • Executive level management skills necessary to effectively manage and lead the department.
  • Critical thinking and analysis.
  • Organizing the work of self and others, setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Use of technology and technological resources to advance the city operations and services to citizens.
  • Civic engagement and customer service.
  • Ability to prepare annual tax budget and annual financial reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a series of complex financial records and documents.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written reports.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with City Manager, public officials, associates, City employees and the general public.
  • Ability to develop long range goals and objectives.
  • Ability to analyze and solve a variety of strategic and tactical issues creatively and with foresight.
  • Ability to anticipate work to be done and initiate proper and acceptable direction for completion of work with minimal supervision and instruction.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form and to make presentations before various groups.
  • Ability to collect information; to plan, organize, develop and prepare reports, correspondence and other related documents.
  • Ability to supervise and guide the work of others in making complex fiscal decisions.
  • High level of proficiency in the City of Delaware's leadership behaviors:  strategic, problem solving, customer service, integrity, teamwork, empowerment, flexibility, cooperation, action oriented and time management.

Illustrative Examples of Work / Physical Requirements & Working Conditions


  • The primary duties of this position are performed in a public office-building environment.
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and to communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and review, evaluate, and prepare a variety of written materials and documents.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment and a personal computer.
  • Sufficient mobility and flexibility, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work in an office environment.

Training, Experience, and Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's Degree required in public or business administration, accounting, finance or related field required.
  2. Extensive experience and progressive responsibility in the management and leadership of a business or government financial office and personnel.
  3. Master's Degree or CPA preferred.
  4. Familiarity with preparing GAAP-based reports and CAFR preparation.
  5. Must be honest, dependable and trustworthy.

Supplemental Information / Special Requirements

Additional information about the City's finances can be found on the City's Budget and Reporting webpage, in the Moody's Credit Opinion and the most recent Official Statement.

This position is part of the Management Pay Plan.  Details about the compensation and benefits for this position can be found in the agreement by clicking here.

The class specification which appears above is intended to be sufficient merely to identify the class and be illustrative of the kinds of duties that may be assigned to the position allocated to the class and should not be interpreted to describe all of the duties which may be required of employees holding a position assigned to this class.

The City of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA), the City of Delaware will provide reasonable accommodations, upon reasonable request, to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 

Application Instructions

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