Wellington, CO (pop. 11,500). The Town of Wellington is the fourth fastest growing community in Colorado located 10 miles north of the City of Fort Collins, and 30 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming. As Colorado’s Northern Gateway, this charming and friendly Front Range community has easy access to many recreational and area amenities making it an outstanding location to raise a family.
The Town is seeking a highly professional, and experienced local government finance professional to serve as their next Finance Director and assist their community in addressing the challenges rapid growth brings. Located in Larimar County, Wellington has a historic downtown that serves as a nucleus of small-town amenities, a variety of housing types, excellent schools (including a new high school) and an established area of commercial and light industrial development. Excellent access to I-25 and close by I-70 and I-80 offers excellent connection to the Front Range communities and the nation. This growing community anticipates growth of 8% annually for the next several years.
The Town of Wellington has 46.25 full-time equivalent employees. Town operations are divided into 4 departments under the direction of the Town Administrator and include Finance, Community and Economic Development, Planning and Development, and Public Works. Other services offered to residents include a full-service Library and Recreation. The staff members are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work while respecting the need for work-life balance. Autonomy is proudly offered while conducting one’s work, while at the same time supporting fellow employees in the team environment is expected. The successful candidate will bring energy, modern procedures and a drive for excellence. The Finance Director reports to the Town Administrator and serves as Treasurer to the Town Board of Trustees.
The Finance Department is responsible for the preparation of the annual audit and budget, financial forecasting, financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, utility billing and purchasing. The new Director will lead 3.25 total full-time employees including an assistant finance director, utility billing clerk, and one part time account services clerk. Consideration of an additional employee to support purchasing and grant management is included in the 2020 budget. The Town operates on a calendar fiscal year. The 2020 annual budget is $61.8 million supporting 9 funds. During 2020, the Capital Fund and the Water Fund anticipate expenditures over $20m each as a result of the construction of a new water plant and significant capital improvements to support the town’s growth. Both water and water treatment rate increases are presently under consideration to support the future health of these funds.
Qualified individuals will be expected to have:
A minimum of seven years progressively responsible experience including in a supervisory position preferably in a community of comparable complexity with strong knowledge of municipal finance practices including GASB standards. Experience in local government finance within a Colorado community preferred.
A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field is required. A Master’s degree, CPA, CPFA is highly desirable. Grant administration experience is a plus.
High standards of performance, productivity and initiative with a strategic approach to innovation and process evaluation. The new Director will encourage employee initiative to accomplish their work in new and better ways while respecting the regulatory framework that guides service delivery.
Skill in financial analysis, forecasting and a familiarity with modern budgetary approaches, fund structure, GASB principles and accounting practices. An understanding and experience with the GFOA budget award including transparency and community engagement in performance measures.
Impeccable professional and personal integrity that will inspire trust and confidence among subordinates, coworkers, elected/appointed officials and the general public.
Supervisory skills that promote team spirit, support the development of the department staff and create a supportive environment which fosters growth and innovation resulting in enhanced department service delivery.
Well-developed interpersonal skills and oral/written/presentation communication skills including the ability to communicate complex numerical data effectively including relaying information in clear graphic formats to ensure an understanding to a non-technical audience.
Approachable, recognizing the need for flexibility, responsive to the changing needs created by growth and a smaller organization. A sense of humor and focus on the long-game will be valued. Participation and commitment to the executive leadership team and the community; demonstrating leadership and a concern for the community’s sustainability.
The starting salary range for this position is +/- $101,000 DOQ/E.
Candidates should apply online by February 28, 2020 with resume, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references to www.GovHRJobs.com, Attn: Kathleen Rush, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240 or 224-282-8313.
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