W A S H I N G T O N FINANCE DIRECTOR $106,660 - $149,420. Plus Excellent Benefits. Apply by March 8, 2015 (open until filled)

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W A S H I N G T O N FINANCE DIRECTOR $106,660 - $149,420 Plus Excellent Benefits Apply by March 8, 2015 (open until filled) WHY SPOKANE VALLEY? Spokane Valley is located on the eastern border of the State
W A S H I N G T O N FINANCE DIRECTOR $106,660 - $149,420 Plus Excellent Benefits Apply by March 8, 2015 (open until filled) WHY SPOKANE VALLEY? Spokane Valley is located on the eastern border of the State of Washington and averages over 260 days of sunshine each year! Spokane Valley prides itself on quality neighborhoods and schools, along with strong business and retail centers. We are a community comprised of friendly, hardworking people reflecting the pioneering spirit that has led to our success. The Finance Director position is an excellent opportunity for a talented public sector finance professional to make a difference in a high-performing organization that employs the use of best practices. Spokane Valley city staff make up a workforce based upon loyalty, accountability and professionalism. The City places a high value on customer service, and takes a team-oriented, collaborative approach to the way it does business. If working for a fast-paced, evolving organization appeals to you, and you desire a work environment that is challenging, respectful and rewarding, we urge you to apply for this position. Spokane Valley is home to three major public facilities, including CenterPlace Regional Event Center, Avista Stadium, and Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point is a 54,000 square foot regional and community gathering facility. In addition to a great room/banquet facility, numerous meeting rooms, multi-purpose rooms and a lecture hall, it houses the Spokane Valley Senior Center and some Community Colleges of Spokane classes are held there. CenterPlace combines with Mirabeau Meadows Park and Mirabeau Springs to form a regional conference and cultural center serving Northeast Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana. The Spokane Indians, a minor league baseball team, plays its home games in Avista Stadium located just inside the Spokane Valley city limits. Avista Stadium is one of the finest facilities in the Northwest League and can seat 7,200 spectators. THE COMMUNITY Spokane Valley and the surrounding area have an abundance of recreational activities, including four ski resorts, more than 75 lakes, and 40 golf courses all within an hour s drive, along with many hiking and biking trails. The Spokane Centennial Trail boasts 37 miles of paved path running along the Spokane River from the Idaho state line (three miles from Spokane Valley s border) to Nine Mile Falls, located west of the City of Spokane, which borders Spokane Valley on the west. You can walk, bike, or ride horseback in designated areas. The City of Spokane Valley owns and maintains eleven parks and three seasonal outdoor pools. Excellent educational opportunities are provided by Central Valley, East Valley, West Valley, and Spokane Public School Districts. Higher education is well represented in the region by Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, Whitworth University, and the Community Colleges of Spokane. THE CITY Spokane Valley s Community Vision A community of opportunity where individuals and families can grow and play and businesses will flourish and prosper. 2 P a g e Finance Director Database Administrator IT Specialist (2) Accountant/Budget Analyst (3.75) Accounting Manager Accounting Technician (2) Help Desk Technician (1) City of Spokane Valley Finance Department Spokane Valley s Values: Community Identity and Pride - Spokane Valley promotes an environment that supports the home and family, and job and education opportunities. Focus on the Future - Spokane Valley is a visionary city encouraging its citizens and their government to look to the future beyond the present generation, and to bring such ideas to public discussion, enhancing a sense of community identity. Open, Collaborative Government - Spokane Valley values a user-friendly government, in which governance practices and general operations consider how citizens will be served in the most responsive, effective and courteous manner. The City of Spokane Valley was incorporated on March 31, With a 2010 population of 89,755, Spokane Valley is the 10th largest city in Washington state. Encompassing approximately 38.5 square miles, the incorporation of Spokane Valley was the largest in the state and the second largest single incorporation in U.S. history at the time. The City operates as a code city with a Council - Manager form of government. The City Manager serves as chief executive officer of the City and has responsibility for supervising all departments, hiring and firing personnel, providing leadership and direction in the development of short and long-range plans, and serving as the Council's chief policy adviser. Mr. Mike Jackson joined the City as the first Parks and Recreation Director in He also served as the Deputy City Manager from 2007 until his current appointment as City Manager in January of Spokane Valley is primarily a contract city, having many of its municipal services outsourced. Law enforcement services are contracted with Spokane County. Park and public works maintenance is contracted with the private sector. The fire department and library are independent districts. City Departments include: Operations & Administrative Services (Responsible for providing day-to-day operations and administrative support for the City, including Human Resources, Contract Administration, and Public Information) Finance Public Works Community and Economic Development City Attorney Parks & Recreation Police Spokane Valley currently has a staff of 87 FTEs. The City s total resources for 2015 are $68,660,147, including $16.5 million of capital projects. 3 P a g e CURRENT CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES Spokane Valley is fiscally sound with financial policies in place to ensure a 50% ending fund balance. We are seeking a finance director to support and protect the financial health the City has worked to achieve. Like many cities, Spokane Valley is facing budget challenges primarily in funding of capital projects and transportation infrastructure. Managing the City s finances will continue to be a high priority and will require a finance director who can operate effectively, creatively, and thoughtfully in an economy that continues to provide challenges. THE DEPARTMENT & POSITION The Finance Department provides financial management services for all city departments. Programs include accounting and reporting, payroll, accounts payable, purchasing, budgeting and financial planning, treasury, and investment. The department has a staff of FTEs and a budget of approximately $1.2 million. Reporting to the City Manager, the Finance Director is responsible for maintaining the fiscal records and systems of the City and supervising department staff. The position directs the City s accounting and reporting operations and directs the City s cash management functions, and monitors financial trends and budgeted revenues and expenditures to assure the fiscal well-being of the City. The Director also assists the City Manager and City Council in preparation of the City s budget and serves as an important resource in preparing financial forecasts, financial policies, and ensuring the City s compliance with Washington State Law and auditing requirements. The Finance Director supervises the City s information technology and computer services programs, and participates in economic development activities. The past Finance Director, Mr. Mark Calhoun, joined the City in June of 2011 and has been promoted to Deputy City Manager. The new Finance Director will have a critical role in the following projects and programs: Participate in the ongoing economic development initiatives of the City. Monitor funding of transportation infrastructure and the Pavement Preservation Program. Identify funding sources to support public works and parks capital projects. Keep operating contracts within budget. Finding acceptable new revenue sources or reducing costs in the General Fund. Maintain a workforce of highly qualified and skilled employees. IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE The City is seeking a highly ethical, principled, and talented manager and leader with a strong financial background. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in municipal or other local government finance management, accounting, fiscal reporting and control, budget development and monitoring, development of financial policies and the implementation of sound financial practices, and an understanding of municipal taxation and revenue sources. A key value of the City is customer service and candidates should have a proven track record and philosophy of providing excellent customer service. Experience in Information Technology management will also be a plus. The new Finance Director will be politically astute and possess a strong sense of honesty and will encourage open communication based on an environment of trust and integrity. The successful candidate will build accountability for staff and create a positive working environment characterized by teamwork and innovation. It is crucial that the Finance Director be able look at the big picture and to understand and 4 P a g e address the financial management needs of other departments. This individual will be recognized for building consensus and cooperation among city staff, and will bring an appropriate sense of humor to the job. The ideal candidate will be a strong and confident leader with excellent interpersonal skills. He or she will be a good listener who is accessible and works well with personnel throughout the organization. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE This position requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, business or public administration, or a closely related field, and seven years of progressively responsible government accounting or finance work, four years of which as a supervisor at the managerial level. Municipal finance experience strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. COMPENSATION & BENEFITS $106, $149,420 DOQ Washington State PERS retirement ICMA-RC 401(A) FICA Replacement Plan Medical, dental, and vision coverage Life insurance Long-term disability insurance Employee Assistance Program Health Reimbursement Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays For more information about the City of Spokane Valley, please visit: The City of Spokane Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by March 8, 2015 (first review, open until filled). Applications, supplemental questions, resumes and cover letters will only be accepted electronically. To apply online, go to and click on submit your application and follow the directions provided. Resumes, cover letters and supplemental questions can be uploaded once you have logged in NE Gilman Blvd., Ste 350 Issaquah, WA Prothman. All Rights Reserved. 5 P a g e
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