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Michelle Bowens

Director of Finance

Amherst, OH

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Seeking a challenging position with a governmental agency where my fund accounting experience and educational background will be utilized in a highly professional and ethical environment

Work Experience

Director of Finance

City of Vermilion
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Vermilion, OH
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July 2008 to December 2009

• Responsible for Developing, Balancing and Maintaining $20 Million Annual Budget 
• Prepare Annual Tax Budget, Appropriations and Estimated Revenue 
• Maintain and Monitor City's Budget for Ohio Revised Code Compliance 
• Created Cash Reserves in Excess of $1.2 Million from $90,000 
• Authorize All City Requisitions and Purchases 
• Developed Strict Purchasing Policy to Control Spending 
• Created Efficiencies by Capitalizing on New Technologies 
• Recommend Bond and Note Issuance and Policy 
• Supervise the Employees of the Finance Department & the Utilities Billing Department 
• Assisted in the Development of the City's .gov Website and Content Management 
• Attendance of All Council & Committee Meetings to Present Department Reports 
• Lead Negotiator for OPBA, FOP and Local Laborers 860 Union Agreements 
• Function as Benefits Manager for Health and Liability Insurance Policies 
• Completed HB 300 Energy Efficiency Performance Contract $3.2Million

Deputy Finance Director

City of Twinsburg, Ohio
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Twinsburg, OH
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March 2008 to July 2008

• Acting Finance Director 
• Manage the City's Investment Portfolio of $20 Million 
• Responsible for Developing, Balancing and Maintaining $18 Million Operating Budget 
• Prepare Annual Tax Budget, Appropriations and Estimated Revenue 
• Saved City $14,000/year in Portfolio Management 
• Perform Bond and Note Issue Analysis 
• Saved City $25,000 Debt Issuance Investment Advisor 
• Maintain and Monitor City's Budget for Ohio Revised Code Compliance 
• Authorize City Requisitions and Purchases 
• Supervise the Employees of the Finance Department 
• Attendance of All Council Meetings to Present Department Reports 
 
122 WOODHILL DRIVE 
AMHERST, OHIO 44001 
mlbowens@hotmail.com 
(440) 821-0743 
 
EXPERIENCE (Continued)

Accountant

Cleveland State University, Ohio
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March 2007 to January 2008

• Responsible for General Accounting for Campus Support Services 
• Prepare and Monitor Five Year Revenue and Expense Forecasts 
• Examine, Monitor and Review Fiscal Activities and Budgets 
• Review All Requisitions and Purchase Orders 
• Perform Profit and Loss Analysis

Finance/Budget Director

Lake County
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July 2004 to October 2005

• Responsible for Developing, Balancing and Maintaining $60 Million Operating Budget 
• Prepare and Monitor Five Year Revenue and Expense Forecasts 
• Examine, Monitor and Review Fiscal Activities and Budget Requests 
• Plan and Coordinate Activities of Subordinate Personnel 
• County Administrator for Self-Insurance Fund for Health Care and Worker's Compensation 
• Approve All Requisitions and Purchase Orders 
• Involved in Union Labor Negotiations when Requested 
• Prepare Fiscal Reports for the Meetings of the Board of Commissioners 
• Attendance of All Board Meetings to Give Oral Presentations when Prompted

Assistant Director of Finance

City of North Olmsted, Ohio
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North Olmsted, OH
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December 1999 to July 2004

• Implemented and Perform Monthly Cash Reconciliations for All Bank & Investment Accounts 
• Complete All Month-End Closing Journal Entries 
• Assist in Preparation of Annual Budget for Expenditures and Revenue 
• Maintain and Monitor City's Budget for Ohio Revised Code Compliance 
• Authorize City Requisitions and Purchases 
• Supervise the Employees of the Finance Department 
• Acting Fiscal Officer for the Component Unit, the North Olmsted Commission on Paratransit 
• Developed, Implemented and Maintain Fixed Asset System for the City 
• Develop and Perform Year-End GAAP Conversion and Completion of CAFR 
• Received Auditor of State Award and GFOA Certificate 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002 
• Assisted Administration in Bond Rating Upgrade from Baa1 to A2

Senior Auditor

Charles E. Harris & Associates
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Cleveland, OH
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May 1996 to November 1999

• Plan and Supervise Audits of State and Local Governments, School Districts and Community Colleges 
• Develop Time Budget Summaries and Progress Reports 
• Supervise and Direct Audit Team to Completion of Audit 
• Prepare Audit Reports, Including all Required Audit Opinions for all Clients 
• Complete Year-end GAAP Conversions and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports 
• Perform Audits in Accordance with the Ohio Revised Code and the Single Audit Act of 1984 
• Perform Detail Analysis and Implementation of Clients' Internal Control Structures

Education

Master's Degree in Business Administration

Cleveland State University -
Cleveland, OH

January 2004 to January 2005

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

Cleveland State University -
Cleveland, OH

1996

Additional Information

HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS 
 
• Strong Analytical, Problem Solving Skills, and Communication Skills 
• Excellent Time Management Skills 
• Effective Management/Leadership Skills through Teamwork 
• Proficient in Excel, Access, Lotus, Word, Word Perfect, PeopleSoft, SSI, & CMI 
• Extensive Knowledge of Fund Accounting in Accordance with GAAP