Job Announcement: Assistant Finance Director, City of Oshkosh, WI

Assistant Finance Director – City of Oshkosh, WI

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Offering an exciting opportunity in one of Wisconsin’s top communities, the City of Oshkosh is an award-winning, full service community in the heart of Wisconsin.  Oshkosh provides excellent cultural, recreational and educational amenities, and is the home of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  Located where the Fox River enters Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh is a thriving community with a history of progressive, thoughtful leadership.  The Assistant Finance Director is a key part of the City’s financial team.

The City is seeking a technically skilled and collaborative Assistant Finance Director to assist the Director in managing the department and a variety of financial activities. The City’s finance department includes 18 employees and is responsible for accounting, budget development, utility billing, financial reporting and investing. The City’s General Fund/Special Revenue Funds levy $75 million annually, and the department manages annually $50 million in debt funding the Capital Improvement Program. The city’s bond rating is AA3.

The City is seeking an ethical and experienced professional with strong technical and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate must have an inclusive managerial style, as well as clear, concise, and open communication skills.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment;
  • Have a record of problem solving and decisiveness;
  • Possess a passion for public service; and
  • Have a desire to work collaboratively with members of the finance team, and with other departments on the delivery of city services.

Candidates should also have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field; a Master’s degree or CPA is ideal;
  • Five – seven years in a mid-level financial or accounting management position;
  • Supervisory experience; and
  • Experience, familiarity or demonstrable aptitude for governmental fund accounting.

The starting salary range is $84,000 – 90,000+/- DOQ.  Candidates should apply by June 25, 2018 (open until filled) with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The City of Oshkosh is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position Announcement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Public Finance, Wichita State University

wichita-state-logoThe Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at Wichita State University is seeking a visiting assistant professor to teach courses during the 2018-19 academic year in the area of public finance.

This is a full-time, non-tenure track position.

Qualifications: Candidates must hold a terminal degree in public administration, public policy or related field. The successful candidate must demonstrate expertise in the areas of public budgeting and public finance. Preference will be given to candidates who have taught in these areas, including online. Candidates with experience working with local government in the areas of public budgeting and public finance will considered.

To apply: Email a cover letter and CV to: Melissa Walker, Interim Director

Click Here for List of 2018-2019 WSU Courses in Public Finance

GASB Research Funding Opportunity Available

Deadline for Applications is June 4th!

The deadline for submitting a request for research funding under the GASB’s Gil Crain Memorial Research Grant program has been extended through Monday, June 4, 2018.
The GASB hopes to encourage more collaborative research efforts with academics by offering one or two $5,000 research grants, to be awarded by the end of June 2018.
The Request for Proposals, which contains information about the Crain Grant program and how to apply for a grant, can be found here.

ABFM Seeking Candidates for Treasurer (Deadline Extended)

ABFM is seeking candidates for Treasurer.  This will be for a three-year appointment, beginning January 1, 2019.  The timeline for the selection process is to field a call for candidates in March/April, evaluate candidates April/May and have a candidate appointed in June.  Starting in July, the selected candidate will assist the current Treasurer with conference registration, collection of conference sponsorships and reviewing and paying conference-related invoices.  Those members interested should submit a cover letter and resume to Bryan Sullivan at by close of business on May 25th, 2018.

The required duties of the Treasurer are specified in Section 5 of ABFM’s Charter and By-Laws:

  1. Have a fiduciary responsibility for the finances of ABFM.
  2. Prepare and execute the annual budget, to be approved by the Executive Committee no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the fiscal year.
  3. Maintain the financial records of ABFM in accordance with sound financial management and accounting practices, and provide annual financial reports to the Executive Committee, consisting of:
    1. Balance sheet
    2. Statement of cash flows
    3. Statement of income and expenses
    4. Schedule of accounts receivable and accounts payable
    5. Budget versus actual expenditures
  4. Submit the annual report on the financial position of ABFM to the ASPA National Office and National Council.
  5. In conjunction with the Chair-Elect and the Conference Committee Chair, negotiate and sign the hotel contract for the Annual Conference on Public Budgeting and Financial management, after forwarding the contract to the Executive Director of ASPA for review.
  6. Exercise responsibility for the registration and other finances associated with the ABFM Annual Conference on Public Budgeting and Financial Management.
  7. The Treasurer shall oversee the activities of the Vice-Treasurer, who will assist the Treasurer. The Chair may appoint a Vice-Treasurer after consultation with the Treasurer.
  8. Complete IRS Form-990 on behalf of ABFM and file with the IRS by the required deadline.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned/requested by the Chair.

The required skills, knowledge and ability necessary for the successful undertaking of the Treasurer’s role are as follows:

  • Ability to record all financial transactions using generally accepted accounting principles for nonprofit organizations
  • Working knowledge of Quickbooks or other accounting software
  • Ability to generate financial reports from recorded financial transactions
  • Working knowledge of mail merge tools in Microsoft Word
  • Attendance at the ABFM conference each year
  • Access to Wells Fargo banking either online or in person
  • Working knowledge of Paypal and Paypal Here app
  • Knowledge of IRS informational reporting requirements of nonprofits
  • Ability to complete the IRS Form 990 and file with the IRS by the required deadline
  • Ability to manage cash balances in multiple accounts

2018 Howard Award Nominations Close June 30th

Nominations are now being accepted for the S. Kenneth Howard award

Nominations are due June 30th, 2018

This award is presented to honor the lifetime accomplishments of S. Kenneth Howard. It is granted annually to a distinguished practitioner in the field of public budgeting and financial management for lifetime achievement. The award recipient should be an outstanding practitioner as judged by his or her record of service over a sustained period of time. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the significant accomplishments of the nominee, the nominee’s vitae, and no more than two additional letters of recommendation. A committee will determine the award winner.

Nominations should be sent by June 30 to Joseph Cordes at You will receive confirmation from Joseph Cordes.