Mountain Village, CO (pop. 1,840 permanent/2,600 seasonal/part-time). Exciting opportunity for finance executives with a love of the outdoors to serve as the Town of Mountain Village’s next Finance Director. Located at the primary base of the Telluride Ski Resort, the Town is in the heart of the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, 70 miles from Durango, in southwest Colorado.
The Town of Mountain Village was founded in the late 1960s, when an entrepreneur began to assemble ranch properties to build the world-class Telluride Ski Resort and incorporated as a town in 1995. At an elevation of 9,545 feet and covering 3.3 square miles, the Town’s small population is not indicative of the scale of infrastructure or the opportunities that await the next Finance Director. The Town operates the only municipally owned free gondola transportation system in the U.S., connecting Mountain Village with the Town of Telluride, among other unique features.
A Home Rule municipality, the Town of Mountain Village’s charter took into consideration the special nature of the resort community and was designed with the flexibility to deal with the issues of growth and development that continually present new opportunities and challenges to Town officials. The Town has a Mayor-Council form of government, with the Mayor serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Town government. The Mayor, subject to the advice and consent of the Town Council, recommends appointments to office, including the Town Manager and department heads (including the Finance Director).
Within the framework of a nearly $30 million total budget (including an approximate $10 million General Fund), the Town provides services which include public works, transportation and parking, cable and broadband, recreation, plazas and sustainability, community development, design review/planning and zoning, childcare, police, and administrative services. The Town currently employs 120 full and part-time employees and up to 40 seasonal employees fluctuating throughout the year.
About the Position
As a key member of the management team, the Finance Director serves as the principal financial advisor reporting to the Town Manager, the Mayor, department directors and Town Council, and assumes a strategic role in the overall management of the Town. The position has primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing, safeguarding and controlling all financial and accounting-related activities of the Town, assuring compliance to state and Federal regulations, and Town policies and procedures.
The Finance Department is responsible for administering all financial record keeping and reporting functions for the Town and the Mountain Village Metropolitan District. The department also produces the fiscal budget and financial statements for both entities. The department performs debt and treasury management, internal audits, contract compliance review, budget control, payroll, purchasing, accounting activities, loss control, sales and excise tax collection, and business licensing.
The Director reports directly to the Town Manager and supervises a staff of 5 people in the Finance Department. The position also serves as the Town’s Treasurer and acts as staff liaison to the Town Council’s Budget and Finance Committee.
The Town has shown its commitment to financial transparency by not only posting financial documents on its website, but also offering an interactive reporting tool for members of the community to explore budget data online. The Town’s last bond issue was given a ‘Aa2’ rating from Moody’s Investors Service and has received the GFOA award for excellence in financial reporting for 17 consecutive years.
In addition to finding new and improved ways to provide financial information to Town officials and residents, other challenges and opportunities for the position will include oversight of 14 different funds, including a variety of enterprise funds, which requires an entrepreneurial and creative mindset. The successful candidate will bring strong analytical and financial skills, along with a sharp business acumen.
The successful candidate will have:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
• Master’s in related field, MBA/MPA and/or CPA highly desirable
• At least seven (7) years in progressively responsible leadership roles; five (5) years management experience in the public sector preferred; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
• Knowledge of rules and regulations governing municipal financial management in Colorado, including Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
• Municipal budget experience preferred
• Strong communication and presentation skills
Compensation and Benefits
The anticipated salary range is $150,000 – $190,000 +/- DOQ. A comprehensive benefits package includes participation in PERA retirement, 401k employer matches, health insurance (including medical, dental and vision coverage), life insurance, and a generous wellness benefit (up to the cost of a ski pass). The Town does not have a residency requirement and offers a variety of options to assist with relocation and housing costs.
Apply online at www.GovHRjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references by July 7, 2021. Questions about the position may be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at 224-282-8306 x116.
The Town of Mountain Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted:May 4, 2021