$45.57- $48.30/hr. (equiv. to $94,785.60 to $100,464/yr.) plus an excellent benefit package.
Join our team!
The Finance Department at the City of Urbana is seeking a dedicated, team-oriented leader with solid financial expertise and a commitment to excellence to join our team as our new Comptroller. The successful applicant will oversee six program areas and a department of 18 talented employees. Our ideal candidate will combine excellent financial acumen and communication skills with a passion for excellence and innovative leadership skills. Individuals with at least ten years of progressive executive experience in governmental accounting, highly developed leadership and communication skills, licensed Certified Public Accountant or equivalent professional credentials, advanced understanding of the municipal government processes and operations, and a strong understanding of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles are highly desired.
Advanced degree completion and/or professional certification is desirable.
Experience in negotiation and directing activities related to insurance and collective bargaining agreements and risk management are strongly preferred.
What does the City of Urbana have to offer? Besides making a difference in our community, our employees enjoy a generous leave program, including 10 paid holidays, vacation with pay, and sick leave. We also offer a host of other benefits that include employer-paid medical and dental coverage. Additional information is available on the attached vacancy announcement.
The Comptroller is the chief fiscal officer of the City and head of the Finance Department. This full-time executive management position serves as a key member of the executive team and reports directly to the Mayor. This is advanced professional work managing a wide array of accounting functions within the City's Finance Department. The incumbent plans, directs and administers the development and maintenance of internal control systems, policies, and procedures; acts as liaison between the department and auditors, outside fiscal agencies, the public and other City departments and is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. An employee in this classification works under limited supervision; utilizes considerable independence; should have knowledge of Government Accounting Standards and excellent public speaking skills and be proficient utilizing computers. Supervision is exercised over professional and clerical staff.
This position has considerable interface with all City departments, the City Council and community stakeholders.
The duties required of the incumbent include, but are not limited to: preparing financial statements and reports, resolutions, policies and procedures; planning, coordinating, and evaluating the activities of professional and clerical staff; representing the Mayor at meetings and sitting on committees; adhering to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and Government Accounting Standard Board (GASB) standards, as well preparing the City budget; identifying budget variances and/or discrepancies to manage performance and areas of weakness with City finances;
and performing other related work as required.
The Comptroller is an appointed, at-will position that serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.
As a condition of continued employment, all department heads must establish and maintain residency in the City of Urbana within six months of appointment.
For complete information, please refer to the Vacancy Announcement above, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link on the upper-right side of this page. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the
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until Friday, August 2, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. CST.
To be considered, applicants must include:
Application for the position completed in its entirety.
A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. The cover letter limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. Your cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for this job. Please be specific and detailed in describing experience, abilities, and accomplishments as they relate to this position's requirements and major duties as described in the announcement.
A current CV/resume. The resume limit is 2 pages with at least 11 point font and 1/2 inch margins.
The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references.
Attachments may be uploaded and attached to the application on the "Supplemental Materials" page. Although a resume and cover letter are required, they do not substitute for providing the information requested on the electronic application. Do not write "See resume" or "See attached." Failure to provide complete information will cause forfeiture toward employment with the City.
Applications must be submitted online. Hard copy application packets will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the online process. However, persons who believe they are qualified under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process. The request must be received by Human Resources with sufficient time prior to the final filing deadline to allow for the request to be considered through the interactive process.
Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. Depending on your browsers security settings, be sure to check your junk mail folder for e-mail communications from the City of Urbana.
Applications will be pre-screened for minimum qualifications to determine eligibility to participate. Those applicants that possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training will be scheduled for an interview. Those applicants invited to interview will be notified electronically at the e-mail address provided by each candidate through application process; therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide an accurate email address and to allow their inbox to receive emails in regard to this recruitment. In-person interviews are tentatively slated for early to mid-September.
All correspondence from the Office of Human Resources will be through electronic mail with the exception of a letter of offer. All applicants must be able to successfully pass City of Urbana background check processes which include reference checks and criminal history checks, a credit history check and education verification.
About the Urbana Community
Urbana is internationally distinguished as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, the state's flagship public university and one of the preeminent research institutions in the world, and has also been recognized as one of the top ten high-tech communities in America by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Wired magazines. Urbana is part of the Urbana-Champaign micro-urban community. The term "microurban" applies to population centers of 250,000 or less that possess a highly uncommon set of desirable attributes normally exclusively associated with much larger metropolitan centers. Among these are an internationally diverse population, a strong technology base, a vibrant arts/culture/entertainment scene, and animated public discourse on major societal and global concerns. One of the greatest characteristics of Urbana is the outstanding quality of life and low cost of living. Because of its natural assets and college setting, Urbana offers residents a metropolitan feel with small-town charm. In recent years, Urbana has been cited by the National Home Builders Association as one of the top ten most affordable housing markets in the United States. The City was also recognized in 2007 by the American Planning Association when the West Urbana Neighborhood was distinguished as one of the Ten Great Neighborhoods in the country. The highly ranked school districts, park district, library and award-winning mass transit district also highlight the community's dedication to excellence.
The City of Urbana, founded in 1833 and the county seat of Champaign County, is a home-rule municipality situated in east central Illinois, approximately 135 miles south of Chicago and 45 miles west of the Indiana border. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the state's flagship university, is located in both Urbana and Urbana's twin city of Champaign. Urbana's population is estimated at 41,275 and 11.9 square miles are within the City boundaries. The City is led by Mayor Laurel Prussing and operates under the Council-Mayor form of government. The legislative authority of the City is vested in a seven-member council, each elected from their respective districts. The Mayor is elected at large. Each member and the Mayor serve a four-year term. The Mayor recommends and the City Council approves department heads.
On average, Urbana employs 260 full-time personnel. The City's FY 2013-14 operating budget is $42.9 million. For more information about the City of Urbana, visit:
The Finance Department
The Finance Department is arranged into six program areas: Administration; Parking, Permits and Licenses; Financial Services; Information Services;
Police Records Management (A.R.M.S.); and Urbana Public Television (UPTV). The Finance Department provides a full range of financial services including treasury, revenue collection, accounting and auditing, payroll, budgeting, long-term financial planning, risk management, and purchasing. The department also serves as technical advisor to all other City departments. The Finance Department has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) in 23 of the last 24 years. For more information about the Finance Department, visit:
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