Few places in the country can match the near perfect year-round weather of Pinellas County, making it an extraordinary place to live, work and vacation.  Pinellas County is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater SMSA with Clearwater serving as the county seat.  St. Pete-Clearwater is the leading destination on the Gulf Coast, drawing more than 12.5 million visitors in 2020.  From bustling nightlife, shopping and dining in its largest cities (St. Petersburg and Clearwater) to vast expanses of natural beauty, Pinellas County truly has something for everyone.
Pinellas County’s Utilities Department is seeking a Financial Manager to join our team to oversee financial operations for the $467 million water and sewer enterprise funds. Each day, Pinellas County Utilities delivers 51 million gallons of potable water, treats 30 million gallons of wastewater, and delivers 19 million gallons of reclaimed water to its 120,000 retail and wholesale customers through 3 plants and 3300 miles of pipe. At PCU, our vision is to be the premier water utility focused on exceeding customer expectations through value-driven innovative services. The values for the PCU department are World class customer service, Accountability, Trustworthiness, Environmentally conscious, and Reliable (“WATER”) and align with the core principles we seek to embrace when attracting talent to the organization.  PCU offers a leadership development program, paid training, as well as paid pursuit and completion of certification programs.  
This position performs professional financial, accounting, contract, and budget work to ensure the proper financial accounting transactions, contract development, and preparation and implementation of the Utilities budget. The Financial Manager will ensure accurate and timely preparation and execution of financial transactions, budget amendment requests, and contracts and agreements. This individual will advise Utilities Divisions on process, guidelines, and deadlines for financial transactions, contracts, and both operating and capital budget development. Work is performed under general supervision of the Financial Services Division Director, with considerable independent judgment and initiative exercised in carrying out the daily operations of the division. This position will oversee the Financial Reporting Section and Contracts Management Section for the Utilities Department.  
We are seeking an effective leader with excellent communication and team-building skills. The successful candidate will possess the following experience or be willing and capable to learn:  Governmental accounting, budgeting in complex public sector organizations, linking a strategic plan to program budgets and associated outcomes and products/services, contract development and management, and managing/directing staff to enable their growth and development while providing superior service. 
Essential Tasks
  • Plans, develops, organizes, supervises, and reviews the work of a team of 16 (2 direct reports) employees–including professional accountants, financial analysts, and Contracts Management Team.
  • Oversee contract procurement process, including the development of staff reports for the Board of County Commissioners Agenda items.
  • Serve as a member of the department management team that formulates department strategies, policies, and procedures.
  • Serves as the primary contact in the department for a complex range of customer focused financial services designed to meet operations requirements.
  • Coordinate financial processes with the Financial Services Division Director, Office of Management and Budget, and the Clerk’s Finance Division.
  • Prepares Utilities financial items for Board of County Commissioners meetings.
  • Reviews findings of inventories of capital equipment and materials to assure proper accountability system-wide.
  • Monitors and verifies budgetary revenues, expenditures, and reserves for propriety of account coding and compliance with Governmental Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Assists with analysis of year-end transactions, and annual financial statements to ensure adherence to state budgetary laws, rules, and regulations; and conformity to Governmental Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Participates with the department senior management team to monitor changes in laws, rules, policies, and procedures for financial impact to Utilities.
  • Participates in the hiring and selection of staff team members.
  • Develop goals and performance expectations for staff, provide routine performance feedback, and support growth and development of employees within the section.
Position Specific Requirements
Prior experience in a combination of accounting, finance, budget, procurement, contract management, and grant management in public sector organizations. Experience supervising and managing professional staff responsible for functions previously listed.
  • Degree in accounting, finance, or a related field
  • At least 6 years of experience as described above; or
  • Associate’s degree and at least 4 years of experience as described above; or
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of experience as described above; or
  • Master’s or higher-level degree and some experience as described above.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience. 
  • Assignment includes compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
  • Typical work schedule is Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm, with some additional hours necessary to meet deadlines. Some flexible schedule and hybrid remote work opportunities (2 days remote) are available for this position.
Highly Desirable
  • Advanced degree and/or certification in accounting/public administration/budget/finance/procurement/grants.
  • CPA license and/or CGFO certificate and/or CPFO
  • Experience managing Enterprise Funds
  • Experience with governmental debt and bonds
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Skill to translate and communicate complex or technical principles, policies, and practices to staff and to members of senior management.
  • Ability to analyze budgets and expenditure/revenue reports to provide projections and business recommendations.
  • Ability to plan, assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinate personnel and establish and maintain effective working relationships with divisions and departments under the County Administrator.
  • Ability to use software systems tools (Microsoft tools, Oracle EBS, Questica) to research, analyze, and manage budget and performance activities; prepare presentations, reports, and proposals; enter and retrieve information; monitor work performed; and communicate information.
Our Benefits Rank Among the Top in the Area!
Salary: $115,003.20  Interested candidates should apply online with cover letter, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references by December 29, 2023.
Questions may be directed to Jim Dinneen, Vice President and Executive Recruiter at GovHR USA at (386) 846-2612.

Application Deadline: December 29, 2023

Posted: 2023-11-28

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