Job Announcement: Assistant Professor, Urban Management/Urban Policy, UNC-Charlotte

Click Here to View Announcement

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Political Science and Public
Administration invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level
specializing in public management or urban management and policy to teach in the NASPAA-accredited and nationally ranked Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program. The
standard teaching load for an assistant professor is two courses each Fall and Spring semester. We
seek an exceptional colleague and scholar with a research focus on diversity, equity, and social justice
in government, nonprofits, or in urban communities, like Charlotte. We welcome scholars
employing a variety of methodological approaches including but not limited to the analysis of
experiments, large N data analyses, interpretive and critical research methods, and surveys. This
nine-month position begins Fall 2021.

Qualified candidates must have a PhD in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, or a
related field at the time of appointment; an active research agenda and demonstrated excellence in
research that will contribute to and enhance the department’s and program’s national reputation; and
a commitment to teaching in a diverse environment.

The Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program ranks in the top 20% nationwide by
US News and World Report and 2nd best MPA Value in the US. The MPA program offers
concentrations in: Urban Management and Policy, Nonprofit Management, Arts Administration,
Emergency Management, and Public Budgeting and Finance (Ranked #23). The MPA Program
operates in an urban environment where it has strong ties to local government and non-profit
organizations, alumni, and the local chapters of the American Society for Public Administration, the
North Carolina City and County Management Association, and the National Forum for Black Public
Administrators. The program offers courses both on the main campus and at UNCC’s Center City
Building in downtown Charlotte. Additional information may be found at:
http://www.mpa.uncc.edu.

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration has award-winning faculty,
houses the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program, operates an experimental lab
offering research opportunities to faculty and graduate students (POLS-Lab), and is a core
department in the interdisciplinary Public Policy PhD Program.

As the largest and most diverse college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
houses 21 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and
mathematics, and military sciences, as well as 28 applied research centers and interdisciplinary
programs. With its 35 graduate degrees and 78 undergraduate degree options, the College is
connected to the world and its concerns, and is particularly supportive of the greater Charlotte
region.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive urban university,
located on an expanding modern campus. The second largest of the 16 UNC System campuses,
UNC Charlotte offers more than 30,000 culturally and ethnically diverse students a wide range of
undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community
Engagement campus and an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. It supports
faculty with excellent family and medical leave policies, junior faculty development awards, internal
faculty research grant opportunities, and other research opportunities. Charlotte offers a dynamic
space to live, work and connect for faculty, students, alumni, and staff, with its outstanding cultural,
recreational, and business amenities. As the 15th largest U.S. city, Charlotte is consistently ranked
one of the best cities to live (#20 by U.S. News & World Report).

Applicants must apply electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu (position number #007144) and attach
the following:

  • Cover letter describing your research accomplishments and agenda, teaching experience and
    philosophy, and a commitment to diversity (e.g., how have multicultural issues influenced
    and/or been a part of your teaching, research, and outreach/service)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available)
  • One writing sample (single or lead author preferred)
  • Contact information for three professional references

Review of applications begins November 2, 2020 and continues until the position is filled.
Please contact Dr. Jaclyn Piatak, chair of the search committee, at jpiatak@uncc.edu with any
questions about the position.

As an affirmative action, equal opportunity and an ADVANCE Institution, UNC Charlotte is
committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages
applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration seeks to recruit and retain a diverse
workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to
offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their
highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, American University

Position Announcement
Assistant Professor (Public Finance and Budgeting)
Department of Public Administration & Policy
School of Public Affairs
American University

The Department of Public Administration & Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2020. Applicants should have a PhD or an anticipated PhD completion by August 2020 in Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, or a related field.

We welcome applications from candidates engaged in high-quality scholarship in public finance and budgeting/financial management. Teaching responsibilities may include courses in the school’s Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, and doctoral degree programs. The ideal candidate will be able to contribute to both the management and policy fields in their research and teaching. In addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities will include engagement in department, school, and university activities.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit applications via http://apply.interfolio.com/65359. Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), copies of recently published articles or working papers, and three letters of recommendation. Please email dpapsearch@american.edu if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit www.american.edu.

Established in 1934, the School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of Government; Justice, Law, & Criminology; and Public Administration & Policy. The Department of Public Administration & Policy offers six graduate degrees, an undergraduate minor, and several graduate certificates. Its programs are consistently ranked among the best in the field of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about the School of Public Affairs at www.american.edu/spa and about the Department of Public Administration & Policy at www.american.edu/dpap.

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Job Announcement: Director of Finance; Bensenville, IL

Click Here to Apply

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.

Click Here to Apply

Job Announcement: GASB Recruiting for Board Chair, Applications Due June 1st

NewGASB(Norwalk, CT) The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation is seeking a Chair for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). This full-time opportunity will provide an individual with an appreciation for the Board’s important mission to lead with inspiration, command respect and help create change in a consensus-driven organization.

The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) is the independent, private-sector organization with responsibility for the oversight, administration, and finances of its standard-setting Boards, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and their Advisory Councils.

Through its standard-setting boards, the organization establishes and improves financial accounting and reporting standards—known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP—for public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local governments in the United States.  The FAF Board of Trustees selects and appoints the members of the FASB and the GASB and protects the independence and integrity of the standard-setting process.  The FAF, FASB, and GASB are located in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Major Responsibilities

  • Leadership/External Focus – Act as the principal public spokesperson for the GASB across its full range of constituencies and ensure that stakeholders’ concerns and issues are heard and considered, which requires extensive travel.
  • Forward Planning – Lead the overall strategic direction and activities of the GASB and provide the leadership to inspire teamwork where colleagues and staff excel in the achievement of the GASB’s mission.
  • Strategic Partnership – Serve, along with the FAF President/CEO and FASB Chair, as a member of a leadership and stewardship team for the combined GASB, FASB and FAF organization, fostering a tone at the top of collaboration, communication, and commitment to excellence in the achievement of the organization’s mission. Build, maintain, and strengthen constructive relationships with all of the GASB’s extensive and varied stakeholders.
  • Process Stewardship – Critically evaluate the processes by which the GASB conducts its work and oversee changes as necessary. Serve as one of seven active participants in the GASB process. Steer a diverse group of strong-minded individuals toward consensus. Manage in an orderly and constructive manner the process by which the Board develops and states its position on financial accounting and reporting issues. Address and balance a wide range of state and local governmental sensitivities.

Candidate Selection Criteria

  • Experience with the national scope of state and local government financial accounting and reporting issues at a senior level (for example, CFO/finance director of a local government or comptroller or auditor of state government); public accountant at the senior partner level with substantive experience in audits of state/local government financial reports; senior investment leader with knowledge of and experience in municipal securities markets and related financial reporting; or a senior executive (such as a president or CEO) or senior board chair or member of a nationally recognized state/local government organization or a municipal markets regulatory body.
  • Strong and current technical understanding of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for state and local governments, with a CPA viewed as highly desirable.
  • Experience or strong interest in standard setting or financial regulatory matters.
  • Proven success interacting and influencing at the board level and collaborating and demonstrating neutrality, when needed, with senior-level professionals.
  • Demonstrated thought leadership and intellectual capacity, curiosity, rigor and engagement.
  • Experience presenting to large audiences of various constituencies.
  • Proven success in attracting and retaining top talent and leading a talented and dedicated professional staff, providing appropriate direction to ensure the goals of the GASB and the FAF are achieved deliberately and in a timely manner.
  • Experience leading and managing organizational change in a thoughtful, effective manner.
  • Experience operating in a continuous improvement environment, assessing administrative structures and duties, with the ability to recommend and implement change where appropriate.
  • Experience in building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, constituencies and other interested parties, with the ability to have differences of opinion while retaining mutual respect.

Critical Competencies for Success

Commitment to the GASB’s Mission

Passion for the Board’s mission, appreciation for the importance of independent standard setting for state and local governmental accounting and reporting, concern for the public interest, understanding of the varying interests and perspectives of investors and other users of state and local government financial information (such as citizens, legislative and oversight bodies, taxpayers, and underwriters and analysts), as well as preparers and auditors of financial reports.

Technical Skills and Strategic Acumen

Strong knowledge and technical competency in state and local governmental accounting and reporting and an individual who can provide value-added analytical insight and perspectives by:

  • Bringing a strong background of achievement and recognized stature in governmental finance or accounting.
  • Being a highly intelligent, insightful, and rigorous thinker who can understand a broad range of accounting issues and think about both immediate and longer-term implications of standard setting, including post-implementation analysis.
  • Being fact-based and data-driven, demonstrating the ability to analyze issues and offer sound practical judgment.
  • Being capable of assessing the current financial environment and anticipating issues that may require GASB’s attention and focus.

Collaborative Leadership Skills

Being an inspiring and pragmatic leader who will command respect and help lead organizational change in a consensus-driven organization by:

  • Considering varied viewpoints, weighing the evidence presented in an impartial fashion, and reaching well-reasoned and supportable decisions in a timely fashion.
  • Effectively leading Board deliberations on technical accounting issues and building consensus to make progress on GASB’s technical goals.
  • Being hands-on and engaged, proactively working with the FAF President/CEO, the FASB Chair, and other colleagues, by influencing and shaping agendas, to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Understanding how to work effectively, lead and delegate, and build consensus when appropriate in an organization with diffuse and complex lines of authority.
  • Possessing strong interpersonal skills that will help build positive working relationships, demonstrating professional respect and a calm demeanor.
  • Understanding how to identify and develop leadership qualities in others, as part of the board and key staff succession strategy.
  • Understanding situations that require a consensus building style vs. a command and control style.
  • Being able to operate as a focal point or the “Face of the GASB,” with appropriate ambassadorial skills, for a high-profile organization, demonstrating natural authority.

Communication Skills

An articulate communicator who will command respect and instill confidence by:

  • Having an open, engaged, and inclusive style, possessing a point of view along with the appropriate level of diplomacy and discretion in private and public meetings, and in written materials.
  • Being an active listener who improves mutual understanding and possesses an intuitive style to influence others.
  • Interacting effectively and proactively with a senior and talented team and a range of interested third parties, such as state and local government organizations and groups, audit partners and others in accounting firms, regulators, legislative bodies and other standard-setting organizations.
  • Appropriately advocate for and succinctly explain the need for certain standards that are being implemented or changed.

Other Personal Characteristics

  • Strong values, integrity, and character.
  • Being resilient and resourceful with a high energy level.
  • Willing to commit to serve in the role for a single 7-year term.

The GASB Chair is the only full-time GASB member.  FAF offices are located in Norwalk, Connecticut. Qualified candidates are encouraged to indicate interest as soon as possible by contacting the recruiter, Heidi Voorhees, President of GovHRUSA at HVoorhees@govhrusa.com .  Application materials, including resume, cover letter and contact information for five references should be submitted no later than June 1, 2019 to www.GovHRjobs.com.

Click HERE to Apply!

Job Announcement: Finance Director, City of Unalaska, AK

Unalaska, Alaska (pop. 4,768) Unique, beautiful and dynamic Unalaska is seeking a visionary and collaborative leader to become its next Finance Director. Situated in the Aleutian Chain 800 miles southwest of Anchorage, Unalaska is the 12th largest city in Alaska, and the largest in the Aleutians, and is home to the International Port of Dutch Harbor. The Port consistently ranks first or second in the nation for the size and value of its seafood catch. Unalaska is home to 4,768 creative, friendly, industrious people who enjoy excellent schools, low crime and no unemployment.

The City of Unalaska is a well-financed and professionally managed organization, staffed by talented, hardworking and successful people. It is governed under the Council-Manager form, with an elected Mayor and City Council and an appointed professional City Manager. The Finance Director reports to the City Manager and is responsible for leading and managing the City’s 12-member Department of Finance. Department functions include accounting, treasury, budget, payroll, utility billing, Ports and Harbors billing, purchasing, and information systems. The total budget of the City, including proprietary funds, is approximately $78 million.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

· Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or related field. A graduate degree in finance, business or public administration may be substituted for an equivalent number of years of experience.

· Ten years of progressively responsible experience in financial management, including five years in a supervisory capacity. Municipal financial management experience strongly preferred.

· Alaska CPA license (or the ability to obtain) preferred.

· Strong analytical, leadership, interpersonal, communication, team-building and presentation skills essential.

· Experience with fixed asset accounting, grant administration, process improvement, utility management and collective bargaining desirable.

Salary range $89,068 to $142,508; starting salary DOQ/E. Attractive benefits package including health insurance (medical, dental, vision, audio) at no cost to employees and dependents, and participation in the Alaska Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Alaska does not have a state income tax.

Apply online with resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) professional references to www.GovHRjobs.com to the attention of Stephen Veitch, Vice President, GovHRUSA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240. Upon submission applicants will be asked to complete a City of Unalaska Employment Application. Review of resumes begins April 18, 2019.

Click Here to Apply