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Finance Bureau Chief - Southwest Florida Water Management District

Southwest Florida Water Management District
Finance Bureau Chief
Salary Range: $79,580.80 - $96,824.00 Annually
Closing: Open Until Filled
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District), a leader in protecting Florida's water resources, is seeking a leader to manage the operational and fiscal activities of the Finance Bureau. The Finance Bureau Chief is responsible for directing all financial and accounting operations including revenue and expenditure forecasting, operational and capital budgeting, financial reporting, financial analysis and services, procurement and related activities.

About the District: 
The District manages the water resources for west central Florida as directed by state law. The District encompasses roughly 10,000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties and serves a population of 4.9 million people. The goal of the District is to meet the water needs of current and future water users while protecting and preserving the water resources within its boundaries. A 13-member Governing Board oversees District activities. Members are unpaid volunteers appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate to set policy and administer the budget. District funding comes from voter approved ad valorem property taxes, along with other intergovernmental sources. The Fiscal Year 2017 District budget is approximately $180 million.

About the Finance Bureau: 
The Finance Bureau consists of 29 staff members who perform a full range of financial management, administration and duties for the organization. These include accounting, financial reporting, financial auditing and compliance, budgeting, fixed asset management, financial investment, financial forecasting, procurement (purchasing and contracts), financial systems and payroll. The Fiscal Year 2017 Bureau budget is approximately $2.6 million.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate specific experience with a knowledge of:
  • Overall financial planning, management and investment strategies for a midsize organization.
  • Overseeing and implementation of the District's annual budget and associated processes.
  • Overseeing a complex purchasing and contracting process for procurement of goods and services.
  • Leading staff to technical excellence and delivery of exceptional customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Leading staff to develop strong morale and inter divisional relationships.
  • Managing staff performance both personally and through subordinate managers.
  • Communicating with and delivering presentations to key stakeholder groups, such as executive management, Board of Directors, Governing Board and regulating or coordinating agencies.
Accepting applicants until filled.
  • Advise Executive Staff and the Governing Board on fiscal matters.
  • Provide leadership to staff and support to executive and senior management in carrying out the District's mission, vision and values.
  • Participate in the District's strategic planning process and major policy planning and administration.
  • Provide direct management and oversight for the Finance Bureau.
  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, develop, coach, discipline, discharge and otherwise manage staff and resolve staff issues in accordance with established policies and procedures. The Bureau Chief has 4 direct reports, with a total Bureau staff of 29.
  • Ensure that all financial activities of the District remain in compliance with federal laws, Florida Statutes, rules and regulations, Board policies, District procedures and guidelines, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and governmental accounting standards as established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
  • Plan and develop systems and procedures to improve the operating quality and efficiency of the Bureau.
  • Develop and manage the Bureau budget and provide oversight for development of the District wide budget.
  • Monitor systems and internal controls for budgeting, accounting and procurement services.
  • Oversee activities for budget presentations and statutorily mandated budget reporting to the Governing Board, public workshops and public hearings ensuring compliance with Florida Statutes.
  • A Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college in finance, accounting, business, public administration or in a related field.
  • Seven (7) or more years of related experience in finance, accounting, budgeting and related disciplines.
  • Five (5) or more years’ experience at a supervisory level directly managing subordinate staff.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License.
  • Four (4) years related experience in finance, accounting, budgeting or related disciplines in a local municipality, county, or state government agency.
Skills Critical to Success within the Position:
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Customer service excellence
  • Managing organizational change
  • Teamwork and collaboration, team management and team building
  • Professional integrity
  • Self-management
  • Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Staff and career development
  • Measurement of work unit effectiveness
  • Industry knowledge

Please visit www.watermatters.org/careers for a more detailed job posting, as well as information on the Benefits offered by the District. Applications are submitted online through the District’s Careers page.