This is responsible executive level work providing leadership and strategic direction with regard to fiscal related services. This position reports to the City Manager and serves as a critical part of the City Manager's cabinet. The position also provides financial direction and oversight to department directors within the fiscal service group of departments based upon policies established by the City Commission. This position is held in high regard and trust by elected officials, peers and subordinates. Assigned responsibilities include direct oversight of Assessor, Budget, Purchasing and Income Tax.
Manages the finances of the City; determines equitable billing rates for health care, retiree health care and pension; provides financial assistance for utility rate reviews and financial plans
Assists the City Manager with the annual development of the recommended budget and Five Year Fiscal Plan; provides revenue forecasts; reviews and presents budget amendments
Meets with assigned department directors and other staff to review major projects and programs, reassign resources as necessary and re-establish priorities as required
Communicates the status of assigned goals and projects and problem areas; recommends corrective action and revises priorities
Reviews and approves goals and objectives for assigned departments, departmental capital and operating budgets, priorities and programs
Serves as a member of the Manager's executive staff; analyzes, revises, implements programs, priorities, policies and procedures
Prepares reports, carries out assignments and recommends courses of action for the City Manager on a variety of financial subjects.
Reviews a variety of management reports; provides further analysis as needed; assists in financial planning for future development, growth, maintenance and expansion of public services.
Minimum Training and Experience
Master's degree in public administration, business administration, accounting, or a related field
Eight (8) to ten (10) years of progressive responsibility managing the finances of a major governmental organization, along with the ability to manage intergovernmental relations with surrounding communities and a demonstrated ability to understand the many facets of complex issues
Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities
About City of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan, and the largest city in West Michigan. It is on the Grand River about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan and three hours from Chicago. The City's population is 198,829 and covers an area of 45 square miles. The combined statistical area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland is 1.3 million.
The City recently received numerous recognitions ranging from the Best U.S. City to Invest in Housing and the Fastest Growing Economy in the U.S. (Forbes); the #1 City to Raise a Family; the #1 Hottest Real Estate Market to Watch (Trulia.com), and #28 Most Hipster City in the world. The Art Prize Festival was ranked one of the Top Five Festivals Worldwide (Time). Fifteen craft breweries are located within Grand Rapids making it locally known as Michigan's "Beer City."
Grand Rapids provides a full range of services to a multicultural group of residents, students and visitors. The Grand Rapids metropolitan area hosts fifteen institutions of higher learning. Grand Rapids has 67 parks with sports and recreation activities year-round. Salmon weighing up to 35 pounds are caught during the annual upstream migration of the Grand River.
In 20...19 the City completed a comprehensive Strategic Plan with a new Mission Statement: To elevate quality of life through excellent City services.