The Town of Avon is seeking an experienced professional to join the Town’s management team as the Director of Finance. The successful candidate will be a dedicated, positive, effective team player with experience in the field. The Director of Finance is a direct report to the Town Manager. For more information on the Town of Avon, candidates are encouraged to visit our website: www.avonct.gov. The Town of Avon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application for Employment (under “Job Opportunities” at www.avonct.gov) must be completed and returned with a resume by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2020, to:
Stephanie Askeland, Director of Human Resources 60 West Main Street, Building #5 Avon, CT 06001
The Finance Department is composed of three divisions; Accounting, Assessment and Revenue Collection. Under the guidance of the Director of Finance, this department coordinates the day-to-day financial management of Town funds. The Finance Director coordinates preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and coordinates the bond rating and sale process. The Division of Accounting is mainly responsible for maintaining and controlling the financial records of the Town and processes all payments for Town expenditures. Accounting also prepares various reports and schedules in preparation of the CAFR, provides cash management, manages banking relationships, and processes payroll for Town employees. The Division of Assessing is responsible for the preparation of the Town’s Grand List. The Collector of Revenue is responsible for collection of all taxes, special assessments, sewer use fees and other Town revenues.
The required background would generally be acquired with a Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Public Finance or some closely related field, and a minimum of six years of increasingly responsible experience in financial management, including two years, supervising a major unit within a finance department. A Master’s degree in Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field, and/or recognition as a CPA or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), and a minimum of four years increasingly responsible experience in financial management and supervision is highly desirable.
A thorough knowledge of municipal financial administration, including accounting, budgeting, purchasing and investing is required. A working knowledge of computer technology, operations, and capabilities is necessary. The ability to apply principles of municipal financial administration to define problems, to amass data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions is required. The ability to prepare financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles is required. The ability to recognize weaknesses in Town financial systems and to effect improvements for increased efficiency and productivity is a continuing requirement. Must be able to access and process information contained in file records and computer databases. The ability to prepare statistical, as well as narrative reports, is required. Must be able to apply State, and Federal laws, Town ordinances, department policies, procedures, rules and regulations to determine necessary action. The ability to digest, review and disseminate large quantities of information to the proper authorities is necessary. The ability to give clear, concise written and oral instructions and work effectively with staff, superiors and the general public is essential
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include Medical and Dental Coverage, Defined Contribution Plan with employer contribution and paid leave.
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About Town of Avon, Connecticut
The Town of Avon, Connecticut provides municipal services in the functional areas of police, public works, engineering, health and social services, recreation and parks, library, and community planning and development. Fire protection services are provided by the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and public health services are provided by the Farmington Valley Health District. The Town employs approximately 107 full time employees and 60 regular part time employees.
The Town’s first charter was adopted in 1959 and has been amended several times, most recently in 1998. The Charter provides for a five member elected Town Council as the principal legislative body and the Town Manager as Chief Executive Officer.