DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL (POP. 7,000) The City of DeFuniak Springs, a Council-Manager form of government, is seeking applications for an experienced professional to serve as their new Finance Director. DeFuniak Springs is the county seat of Walton County located in the Florida Panhandle. Located between Pensacola and Tallahassee, nestled 30 miles North from some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches and rooted in a rich unique history, DeFuniak Springs is an ideal location to live, work and play
Historic DeFuniak Springs has a rich and broad history and is a small town that did remarkable things, and still continues to do important things today.  Many of the same things that made DeFuniak Springs so popular in its early years are still there. A quiet friendly community still hosts cultural events like the Florida Chautauqua Assembly, Florida Chautauqua Theater, Grit and Grace, and various arts and crafts groups. The historic district has changed little over the years with many of the homes built in early years still standingThe Walton DeFuniak Library, established in 1886 is said to be the oldest library in the state still operating as a library in its original building. 

The City of DeFuniak Springs is governed by a Mayor and five Council Members. The Mayor is elected for a four-year term, and five Council Members are staggered, four-year terms.  The Council is elected by the citizens to establish policy for the health, safety, and general welfare of the community. It establishes policies by ordinance or resolution with the affirmative vote of a majority of the members. The Council makes final judgment on all policy decisions. The rules and regulations set forth by the City Council are administered through the direction of the City Manager.
The Finance Department is responsible for the core financial functions of the city:  Accounts payableAccounts receivableBudgetFinancial reportingPayroll processing, and Revenue monitoring.  Other key functions include internal control development and monitoring, internal audits of city departments and coordination of the external financial audit.
The director of finance shall be responsible to the city council and city  manager for the administration of all city finances. The director of finance shall be chosen on the basis of their experience and qualifications in the area of municipal finance and accounting and shall serve at the pleasure of the city council.  The director of finance shall be required to obtain a bond in the amount of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00), payable to the city council, conditioned upon the faithful discharge of the duties of city finance director. 

  • bachelor’s degree, in accounting, public finance, business administration, or a closely related field from a four-year accredited college or university, or eight (8) years’ experience in local government accounting, public finance or business administration or similarly related work may substitute.
  • A Certified Public Accountant is preferred. Must possess knowledge of State of Florida Uniform Accounting Codes and any other areas concerning governmental accounting, along with a working knowledge of utility services. 
How to apply:
The advertised salary range is $68,250 to $104,475 +/- DOQ/E and will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The city offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, pension, and more. Apply online with cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least five (5) professional references by March 3, 2023, to the attention of Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 2250, Northbrook, IL  60062. Tel: 847-380-3240, EXT 120.
The City of DeFuniak Springs, FL committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity and inclusion are critical to their success. They seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and strongly encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Application Deadline: March 3, 2023

Posted: 2023-02-28

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