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  • Finance Director

    City of Superior
    Job Description


    The City of Superior is currently seeking applications for a Finance Director in the Finance Department. https://www.ci.superior.wi.us/131/Finance

    Work Location: Government Center, 1316 N. 14th Street, Superior, WI

    Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (40 hours/week and as needed otherwise).

    Starting Salary:  The starting salary range is approximately $104,145-$109,928 based on level of education & experience as it relates to the qualifications.  

    Benefits:  Health/Dental Insurance, Health Savings Account, WI Retirement System, Life Insurance, Paid Leave,11 Paid Holidays. Paid time off available on day 1! 


    Under administrative direction, performs responsible administrative and supervisory work in planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the financial activities of the City of Superior. The position is responsible for the city officer duties of treasurer and comptroller as established by Wisconsin Statutes § 62.09 (9) & (10).  The position performs as the administrative head of the Finance Department and supervises a staff of seven.


    The employee in this single class position plans, installs and maintains a central accounting system for the City, which includes pre-audit and other financial controls.  A person in this class directs and coordinates all activities of the Finance Department including budget preparation, accounting, internal audit, grants, capital projects, special assessments, contracts management, purchasing and accounts payable, utility billing, collections, health insurance, benefits and payroll processing, maintenance of all financial and accounting records  and the provision of such reports as are necessary or requested by the Mayor or Common Council. The Director of Finance shall also be the Treasurer, Purchasing Agent and Insurance Agent for the city.   The Finance Director advises division heads and the Mayor in the financial review of economic development and the city's tax increment finance districts and provides the Mayor with timely and informative financial reports and statements.  The Finance Director reviews and advises the Mayor on Federal and legislative activity with a financial effect on the city.  The work of the Finance Director is reviewed through conferences with the Mayor and by independent post audits and review by the Finance Committee.


    1. Maintain a system of control to ensure that expenditures do not exceed appropriations.
    2. Manage preparation/adoption of all city budgets and holding educational sessions with the Common Council.
    3. Advise the Common Council during budget hearing deliberations.  Establish and maintain liaison role between departments and Common Council during budget hearings/adoption.
    4. Calculate tax rates for approved city budget and all related taxing entities: County, School District and the Vocational Technical College.
    5. Analyze and make recommendations related to long term capital planning and related effect on debt and the tax levy.
    6. Develop long range plan for city debt.  Prepare and sell general obligation notes and bonds, utility revenue bonds and City of Superior Redevelopment Authority bonds/conduit debt.  Preparation of Public Official Statement, Standard & Poor's credit rating review and structure development (term and principal repayment schedule).  Paying agent for the city, compliance officer for federal tax law, arbitration/continuing disclosure requirements, and evaluate possible refunding opportunities for interest savings.
    7. Responsible for the completion of the annual external audit, filing of state report and issuance of the Basis Financial Statements which includes a compliance Uniform Guidance and the State of Wisconsin Audit Guidelines and OMB Compliance Supplement.
    8. Supervises and assists finance department employees.
    9. Provide all city departments with accurate financial reports throughout the year on which to base operational decisions.
    10. Advise on utility rate changes (wastewater, storm water and recycling) including approval process by Common Council.
    11. Advise Mayor and Common Council in long range planning for the Capital Improvement Program.
    12. Plan and develop fiscal and accounting policies in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) including short and long range strategic goals.
    13. Work with leaders of the community (i.e. University of Superior, Douglas County, Chamber of Commerce, private sector) on partnerships and/or mutually beneficial joint efforts within the community.
    14. Administer lease/management agreement terms for the Barker's Island Marina and Nemadji Golf Course.
    15. Perform financial analysis and advisory functions for the Mayor, Common Council and Department Heads on various issues.
    16. Jointly with Human Resources Director manage the city's self-insured health and dental benefits plans. 
    17. Provide financial support for labor relations issues mainly in relation to funding impacts.
    18. Act as the city's agent for liability insurance needs.
    19. Manage the financial aspects of the city's tax incremental districts including compliance with state statutes, completion of compliance audits, and filing of annual reports with overlying taxing jurisdictions.
    20. Advise on closure, distressed or donor tax increment designations.
    21. Finance Advisor to the Finance Committee (preparing monthly agendas, reports and minutes) and Common Council.
    22. Oversee all banking functions, signing authority on all bank accounts.
    23. Administer all city-wide cash handling policies.
    24. Perform internal audit reviews to insure compliance with established policies.
    25. Oversee administration of all city contracts.
    26. Overall management of payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, personal and real property tax/special assessment billing and collection, utility billing and collection (wastewater, storm water and recycling), delinquent account collection and overseeing a centralized purchasing system.
    27. Overall management of finance department to provide a working environment conducive to employee productivity, growth and retention.  Responsible for hiring, employee evaluation and any needed disciplinary actions.
    28. Approves time cards for employees of the finance department.
    29. Performs office management functions for the finance department
    30. Attend meetings as required by the Mayor.
    31. Maintain continuing education requirement according to applicable licenses and certifications.
    32. Perform other duties as may be required by the Mayor and the Common Council.


    Thorough knowledge of:

    • General laws and administrative policies governing municipal financial practices and procedures;
    • Modern office practices and of standard office and accounting equipment;
    • Modern municipal accounting and financial administration practices and procedures;

    Ability to:

    • Formulate and install standard accounting methods, procedures, forms and records;
    • Evaluate work performed by subordinates;
    • Prepare informative financial reports;
    • Plan, organize and direct the work of subordinate employees in the specialized fields of accounting and information services;
    • Establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other department heads and governmental officials;
    • Demonstrate thoroughness, accuracy, integrity, and good professional judgment.

    Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledges and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain this knowledge and abilities would be

    A Bachelor's degree in accounting and ten years of progressively responsible accounting and auditing related experience is required, along with at least one year of supervising staff in accounting work. One or more of the following qualifications are preferred: Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the ability to obtain a Wisconsin CPA license; three years of government and fund accounting; a Master’s degree in a related field, Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) certification; and/or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) certification.


    Certification Requirement: Requirement to obtain and maintain any of the certifications listed above will be noted in the offer of employment letter.

    Oath of Office Requirement: Will be required to take an oath of office.

    Driver License Requirement: Must possess valid driver’s license or be able to provide a suitable form of transportation if necessary as approved by the department head.

    Residency Requirement:  None. 

    Background Investigation Requirement: Must pass a background investigation specific to the handling of financial records prior to hire.                                    

    Post Job Offer Medical Examination Requirement: Must pass the medical examination requirements established for the specified occupational grouping and drug screen prior to hire.




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