Job Announcement: Director of Finance; Bensenville, IL

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The Village of Bensenville is a strategically located, vibrant community known for its family oriented neighborhoods and bustling business districts. Bensenville’s location near O’Hare International airport provides a foundation for a large commercial, industrial and retail base of employment that continues to grow. The community is also home to an historic downtown with a theater, restaurants and multi family living options. Bensenville functions as a key “gateway” from adjoining Cook County into DuPage County, and with its low DuPage County tax rate is an ideal place to live, play, work and conduct business. The Village is home to over 1,500 businesses and it has one of the largest industrial parks in Illinois.

The Village of Bensenville is a non-home rule municipality. The Village operates under the Council-Manager form of local government. The Village provides a full range of municipal services including police protection, emergency management, recreational programming, finance, human resources, public works operations, community and economic development, and general administrative services. The Village’s budgets total around $58 million, including a $21 million general fund. The Village’s equalized value exceeds $580 billion and has a bond rating of Aa3.

The Village is seeking a highly professional, progressive public finance professional with exceptional interpersonal skills and experience in public finance to serve as the Finance Director. The successful candidate will be responsible for the direction and coordination of the financial and business activities of the Village of Bensenville. The Finance Director is responsible for the coordination of all Village proposed budgets in relation to current year’s budget, future year’s budget, goals and objectives through sessions with Village Board, Department Heads and Village Manager.

The Finance Director oversees the preparation and disbursement of payroll, utility billing, accounts receivable and payables, purchasing, front desk and cash receipt operations; ensures staff is collecting and posting the receipts accurately; is responsible for safeguarding the Village assets and utilizes controls and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure the same; reviews postings of internal cash flow and bank statements; and handles customer service issues for utility billing and other Village services.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Financial Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field and seven (7) years’ experience working in local government with at least three (3) years’ experience in a managerial position. Other combinations of education and experience, which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job, may be considered. Master’s Degree and/or Certified Public Accountant certification is preferred.
  • Exceptional customer service skills servicing internal and external customers.
  • Strong understanding of governmental budget, audits, GASBs, debt management, and financial planning and analysis skills are required.

The starting salary range is +/- $120,000 DOQ. Candidates should immediately apply online with a cover letter, resume and contact information for five professional references. Document submission deadline is June 6, 2019. Electronic Submissions are required. Apply at www.GovHRjobs.com. For Questions, Contact: Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHRUSA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Phone: (224) 282-8310 Email: smckee@GovHRUSA.com The Village of Bensenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Opening: Finance Director – Glencoe, IL

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Glencoe, IL (pop. 8,900) The Village of Glencoe is an affluent, historic community located on the shores of Lake Michigan, approximately 20 miles north of downtown Chicago.  Glencoe is a Special Chartered non-home rule, AAA rated community of approximately four square miles. The Village boasts a vibrant downtown, nationally ranked schools, award winning parks (many designed by acclaimed landscape architect Jens Jensen), historic neighborhoods with a rich architectural heritage (boasting the third largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in the world), and is the home of the Chicago Botanic Garden and Writers Theatre, a nationally-acclaimed theatre company.

Glencoe places the highest emphasis on customer service and excellence in municipal service delivery and has a long history of innovation.  Glencoe is the first council-manager community in Illinois, one of many “firsts” in the Village’s history of innovation. The Village has an annual budget of $25 million (General Fund is approximately $18 million) and 100 full-time employees allocated across a fully integrated Public Safety Department (officers are cross-trained as firefighters/EMTs/police officers), full-service Public Works Department (including a municipally-operated water treatment facility and distribution network), Finance, the Village Manager’s Office and a municipal golf operation (a wholly separate enterprise fund).

The Finance Director is appointed by the Village Manager.  The most recent Finance Director served the Village for 29 years, 19 as Finance Director.  In addition to the Director, the department has 5 full time employees—an Assistant to the Director, an Accountant, a Data Coordinator, a Billing Coordinator and a Management Analyst.

  • The Village’s next Finance Director will be an integral part of the executive management team, participating in key decisions regarding economic development, capital planning and development, long- and short-term revenue and expenditure strategies, budget development and administration and all policies affecting the overall fiscal health of the Village.
  • The Finance Director is an important communicator – the Director must be able to discuss complex financial concepts and strategies in a manner that can be readily understood by individuals with and without municipal finance backgrounds, and as a member of the Village’s leadership team, the Director communicates within the organization about Village goals, priorities and work plan initiatives.
  • The Finance Director must maintain a forward-looking perspective, constantly scanning the horizon in efforts to anticipate future problems and work toward developing potential solutions – candidates must be creative, innovative, committed to process improvement and excited to think about local government service delivery and financing in new, progressive ways.
  • The Finance Director leads a professional team and encourages staff growth and development by offering learning and professional development opportunities and providing coaching and feedback.
  • Candidates must have a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, finance, business administration or a related field, plus at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience in executive-level financial administration, a portion of which is in the public sector. CPA or Certified Public Finance Officer designation is a plus.
  • The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative team-player with strong communication skills and a passion for outstanding municipal service delivery.

Salary: $150,000 +/-  DOQ. The Village of Glencoe offers a competitive benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates should apply no later than March 9, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 references to www.govhrusa.com/current-positions/recruitment to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHR USA , 630 Dundee Road #130 Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240

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