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

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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 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.

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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.

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Job Announcement: Manager of Public Finance, SEPTA

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the nation’s sixth largest transportation system with a vast network of commuter rail, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and bus routes serving a 2,200 square mile service region.

What’s more impressive is our inclusion on the Forbes Magazine list of America’s Best Employers. Ranked as one of the best companies to work for in America signals a new direction to become a driving force for the economic success of the region and a great place for your career.

Our Center City Philadelphia HQ is currently seeking an experienced Manager of Public Finance to develop and coordinate the use of capital markets and other financial resources to support the Authority’s overall capital and operating goals. These will include planning and implementation of debt and financing strategies, and working to administer current, ongoing and future obligations. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to the following: 1) Taxable or tax-exempt debt financing; 2) Long-term leasing; 3) Commercial bank relations; 4) Pension fund administration and management; 5) Business and Financial Planning; 6) Project analysis.

Ideal candidates will possess:

· Bachelor’s degree in either business administration, economics, accounting or finance with a minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in a public or corporate finance environment.

· Knowledge of defined benefit and defined compensation plans preferred.

· MBA or CPA preferred.

· Excellent verbal and written communication and analytical skills.

Working for SEPTA provides you with a competitive salary based on experience and a superior benefits package including medical, dental, prescription, life insurance, pension, and retirement plans, and free transportation for SEPTA employees on all SEPTA modes. Please apply online at: www.septa.org/careers

SEPTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity