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Director of Finance
Berwick is a small town of 2,500 centrally located in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Safe, affordable, and boasting an excellent quality of life, Berwick is home to a range of diverse shops, restaurants, farmers’ market stands, and is only minutes away from the Valley’s two Nova Scotia Community College campuses and Acadia University. Berwick is far enough from the hustle and bustle to be a relaxing locale, but central enough that only a short drive is required to get anywhere in the Annapolis Valley, including the beautiful Bay of Fundy.
The Town of Berwick is seeking an experienced, innovative individual for its DIRECTOR OF FINANCE position. Reporting to the Chief Administrator Officer, the position is responsible for the financial management of the Town and Berwick Electric Utility. This person will become part of the Town’s management team and will provide strategic leadership and direction for information technology services, insurance administration, and risk management along with general administrative and human resource support.
Financial Management: direct the expenditures and collection of public funds by establishing and maintaining a computerized financial and management information system; develop financial policies and procedures in accordance with the Municipal Government Act and accepted municipal accounting principles; implement accounting controls for assurance of the reliability of financial information; perform budgeting duties, including budget preparation, expenditure review and budget administration; analyze yearly tax roll documents, develop a projection of tax revenues and prepare revenue reports for the consideration of the Town Council; supervise accounts payable activities to ensure timely and accurate payment of financial obligations; manage general accounting activities to ensure proper posting of transactions and timely closing of the books in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; manage payroll activities to ensure timely and accurate payment to authorized employees and elected representatives; prepare for and assist the municipal auditors in the yearly auditing function; supervise the investment of surplus funds; identify federal, provincial, municipal and/or other funding sources to assist with the financing of projects, directly supervise all financial and billing services staff.
Corporate Services: responsible for financial software requirements for the Town; plan and direct the maintenance, filing, safekeeping and computerization of town information and documents; administrator of Town insurance policies, advises Town Council on insurance needs; process claims against the Town, maintain files and logs of claims and coordinate claim responses and handling with the Town Solicitor and Insurance Agents; coordinate asset management planning among the Town’s departments; ensure a high quality level of maintenance of Town systems, property, vehicles and equipment; monitor and improve risk management; communicate with residents, explaining Town policies, procedures and programs, provide advice on other government programs when necessary; draft correspondence and reports for Town Council; attends meetings and seminars as requested by Council.
The successful candidate will have post-secondary education, preferably in the fields of accounting, finance or government administration, and have exceptional skills in written and verbal communication, computer and financial systems along with experience working in local and regional government. A commitment to continuous skills upgrading and improvement, the ability to think and act strategically in a political and community service environment and excellent customer service along with five years of related experience are preferred attributes.
Salary negotiable based on qualifications, compensation includes a competitive benefits and pension plan.
Resumes will be accepted until 4:30 pm June 21, 2019 by drop off at Town Hall, mail or email attention: email@example.com.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Town of Berwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Town of Berwick
June 22, 2019, 9:35 a.m.
Accounting & Finance