Director of Finance

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City of Mt. Pleasant
The City of Mt. Pleasant, located in the heart of Michigan's Lower Peninsula offers a growing and financially stable community. We are a warm and friendly community dedicated to retaining our small town traditions while building a vital economy. The area population officially stands at 26,016, but can swell to two or three times that number due to special events and the approximate 30,000 daily visitors to the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino located at the east City limits.
The Mt. Pleasant community provides an abundance of recreational and cultural opportunities ranging from hockey to chamber music concerts. Golfers are especially pleased with the 13 courses available within a 30 minute drive. The City Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of recreational programs for all ages, including youth soccer, softball, golf, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. In addition, the City operates and maintains 11 parks comprising 300 acres, offering venues for picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. The Isabella County park system adds another 900 acres with similar opportunities as well as camping and cross-country skiing. We offer ease of access to many of Michigan's treasured assets such as a 1 hour drive to the State Capital of Lansing, just 1.5 hours to Grand Rapids or 2 hours to Ludington and the West Michigan Shoreline, and a simple drive of just 1 hour east to the Bay City area and beautiful vistas along Lake Huron.
We are also home to Central Michigan University's 27,000 plus students and many of its employees. CMU offers more than 170 programs at the Bachelor, Master, and Specialist Degree levels, as well as their newly opened Medical School. Mid-Michigan Community College has a Mt. Pleasant Campus for those who wish to transfer to a university or prepare for a career in health, business or industrial technologies. In addition, five other colleges and/or universities are within 45 miles of Mt. Pleasant. This community is dedicated to education and offers seven neighborhood schools, one middle school and two high schools. In addition, there is one parochial and two charter schools.
This position is salaried at-will and is responsible for the daily operations of the Finance, Assessor, Treasurer, City Clerk and Information Technology departments. The City of Mt. Pleasant operates within a Council-Manager form of government and a familiarity with this style would be beneficial. Candidates must exhibit knowledge of Michigan based governmental accounting practices; have a solid understanding of the functions within the division and provide strong mentoring, guidance and leadership development. We expect the successful candidate to be active in our community on a personal and professional level. This Division Director position is considered a senior leader and reports to the City Manager. You will collaborate with the City Manager, other Division Directors, community partners and staff on a daily basis to ensure solid communication. Our staffing is stable and the employees of the City are dedicated, hard-working professionals who strive to meet our customers' needs.
The City seeks a candidate who is creative, goal-oriented, a genuinely inclusive leader who builds and encourages teamwork, is a strong communicator, and supports process improvement. In addition to a strong financial leadership background, successful candidates must possess a participative management style, an open creative approach to problem-solving, a history of process improvement and positive mentoring skills. You must enjoy working in an environment which values and appreciates the contributions of innovative approaches and continuous improvement, all in an effort to provide quality services to the Mt. Pleasant community (pop., 26,016 and SEV $507 million). The City's budget and Comprehensive Financial Report are available for review on the City's website .
The position requires a Bachelor Degree (Master's is preferred) in Accounting, Finance, Business, Public Administration or Economics field, with a significant amount of progressively responsible public or private sector finance experience or an equivalent combination of formal education and experience providing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Additional knowledge in the areas of control procedures, self-funded insurance plans, municipal utilities and operations, contract negotiations, grant processes, economic development, various budgeting approaches, and state laws/regulations are desired.
The City of Mt. Pleasant offers a competitive fringe benefit package, including cafeteria plan, employer-paid medical, prescription, dental insurance, life insurance, pension, deferred compensation matching program, flexible spending accounts, educational, and wellness benefits. Salary is in the mid to high $80's, depending on qualifications and experience.

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