The Town of Brookline (population of 63,191) seeks highly qualified applicants for the position of Finance Director to join the leadership of the town administration. Brookline is a vibrant, safe, and highly desirable diverse urban community with an excellent school system and public transportation, livable and walkable neighborhoods, accessible job opportunities, green space, and outstanding services.     

Brookline is governed by Representative Town Meeting – the legislative body, a five person Select Board – the Chief Executive Officer, and Town Administrator – the Chief Administrative Officer. The Finance Director is appointed by the Town Administrator and confirmed by the Select Board. Moody’s credit rating of Brookline is Aaa.  

The Finance Director works under the administrative direction of the Town Administrator and in accordance with applicable statutes of the MGL and local bylaws. The position is responsible for directing and monitoring all the Town’s financial operations, including the Assessors, Comptroller, Payroll Division, Purchasing Agent, and Treasurer/Collector.

Essential Functions
(The essential functions or duties listed below are not all inclusive, but rather are illustrations of various types of work of the Finance Director.) 
  • Responsible for the coordination and direction of all financial management and accounting for the town operations under the direction of the Town Administrator, which includes overall supervision of accounting and finance, revenue and tax collection, debt administration and treasury, purchasing, assessing, and retirement operations.  
  • The Finance Director works, plans, supervises, and administers all financial and accounting operations, financial reporting functions, and the adequacy of all internal control procedures.    
  • Directs and oversees the auditing and accounting functions and issues monthly reports on the status of expenditures, revenue, and financial policy.
  • Conducts all cash management operations and trust funds investments in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Department of Revenue. 
  • Keeps abreast of all laws and regulations concerning the divisions within the finance department, implements them and their respective use, and keeps the Town Administrator informed of all major changes.
  • Assists the Town Administrator with the preparation of the annual operating budget and capital improvement plan, providing periodic reports on the status of the budget and annual revenue collections and projections.
  • Responsible for the processing and recording of all departmental payroll.
  • Oversees the maintenance of assessments of all property and the issuance of property and motor vehicle tax bills and all other municipal bills.  
  • Coordinates and directly administers the collection, custody, investment, and disbursement of all Town funds. 
  • Arranges for long- and short-term loans and ensures that all statutory requirements for bond issues are met. 
  • Invest Town trust funds to maximize investment income with due consideration of safety and liquidity.
  • Conducts internal audits as necessary and schedules and assists outside auditors and acts immediately on any management letter comments.  
Recommended Minimum Education and Experience Special Requirements 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, economics, finance, or related field and additional study in specialized areas including computer science, investment analysis, and/or cash management. Master’s Degree in public or business administration and/or CPA is highly desired and/or treasury experience is a plus.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in governmental (municipal preferred) accounting or financial management. 
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable. Must be bondable.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
  • The next Finance Director must have through knowledge of governmental fund accounting and auditing theory, principles, and practices; internal control procedures and bookkeeping; accounting procedures and systems, especially the UMASS accounting system; and state and local laws and regulations relating to municipal finance. 
  • Working knowledge of organization and operation of town departments. Knowledge of accepted practices related to auditing, financial reporting, treasury management, debt administration, investment and money management, internal controls, universal assessing practices and governmental financial systems. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, work well with employees and officials at all levels, maintain and prepare complex records and reports, maintain effective accounting procedures, and carry out projects to their completion.  
  • Good public relations, customer services, and working with numbers skills.   
Other Details and How to Apply
The current salary range, which is under review, is $142,424 to $167,768 DOQ. The Town of Brookline offers an excellent benefit package. Apply online at with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Michael Jaillet, Vice President, GovHR USA at 781-760-3658 or Rachel Glisper, Vice President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240.

The Town of Brookline is an Equal Opportunity Employer who values diversity at all levels of its workforce and is actively seeking a diverse pool of candidates for its next Finance Director. 

Posted: 2022-09-08

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