The Controller ensures accuracy and efficiency of City financial reporting, budgeting and processing through direct professional accountancy work and through leading the Finance Department team. Plans and directs accounting functions for all city revenues, expenses, assets, and liabilities to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the City’s financial records, and the integrity of the City’s internal controls. Manages the annual audit and the preparation of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, in accordance with GASB requirements. Oversees the preparation and enforcement of the City’s Annual budget. Provides oversight to the risk management function in matters relating to property and general liability insurance. This position leads the Finance Department, including directly and through subordinate supervisors.
Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or related. Certified Public Accountant certification and Master’s degree preferred. Five years of progressive leadership experience in governmental accounting or auditing. Ability to analyze complex financial data and prepare meaningful reports. Demonstrated knowledge of technology and software applications for delivery of financial services. Must be highly proficient in spreadsheet applications to solve complex financial/accounting problems including the use of formulas and writing macros. Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated history of effective leadership. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences. Ability to exercise good judgement, initiative and resourcefulness in dealing with a wide variety of individuals. Ability to work under stress and use good judgment in critical situations. Must possess a valid State of Michigan driver’s license with a good driving record.
The City provides a full array of services, including police and fire protection; planning and community development; building inspection and code enforcement; street maintenance; sanitation (refuse and recycling); forestry; horticulture; parks and recreation; fiscal services (assessing, treasury, finance, and purchasing); information services; engineering; clerk (local elections); community affairs, including the oversight of two tax increment financing (TIF) districts; and utilities (water, wastewater, storm water management, and a renewable gas-to-energy plant). It also operates Currie Municipal Golf Course; the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library; Midland Community Television; the Midland Civic Arena, with an indoor ice rink and turf field; Dial-A-Ride, a curb-to-curb on-demand transportation system; Jack Barstow Airport; the Sanitary Landfill; and two senior apartment complexes: Riverside Place and Washington Woods.