Finance Director

Fargo, North Dakota
$71,495-$95,327 per year
Jan 14, 2019
Jan 28, 2019
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

This position serves as the department head for the Business Office which manages and processes all accounting transactions for all park district funds, such as processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, assessments, bonds, capital planning and overall risk management.

The incumbent is responsible for providing financial and accounting leadership to the Park District departments including Courts Plus Community Fitness, Valley Senior Services and the Fargo Park District Foundation.

This position is one of the senior managers that report to the Deputy Director as part of the district’s executive management team.


Essential Functions

Evaluation of this position is based primarily on performance of the following essential functions, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates the preparation of the Park District's annual budget. Advising other department heads in formulating budgets, reviewing status of budget, forecasting and preparing required reports. To prepare the annual budget in compliance to North Dakota Century code and GAAP.
  • * Coordinates the preparation and submission of various financial statements and reports. To provide timely and accurate reports for management and other requests needing financial information. Statements and reports must be presented in a timely manner, in proper format and be as accurate as possible based on the information available.
  • Compile data and perform financial analysis to provide supervisors or department heads with reliable information necessary for decision making. Analysis must be prepared in a timely and accurate manner and created in a format that can be easily interpreted by the end user.
  • Establishes financial reporting systems and internal control procedures.
  • Assists Park District legal counsel in the coordination of contracts, agreements, easements and other legal documents.
  • Manages the administration of special assessments.
  • Develop and recommend system/procedure improvements, modifications and/or creations. Identifying and notifying management of any discrepancies or inconsistencies. Internal controls as established by GAAP. Ensure the Fargo Park District has an audit with an unqualified opinion.
  • Provides leadership that builds trust and empowers people through teamwork and collaboration by clearly defining expectations that maximize results linking mission, vision, values and strategies to everyday work.
  • Assists in the issuance of bonds and other indebtedness of the Fargo Park District.
  • Empower employees to produce results by building team consensus to achieve a shared vision of the Fargo Park District.
    • Interviews, selects and trains department employees;
    • Coaches employees in proper job performance techniques and procedures;
    • Directs work of employees and sets/adjusts hours of work; Maintains records on employee productivity and appraises employees’ productivity and efficiency to recommend promotions or other changes in status;
    • Handles employee complaints and disciplines employees when necessary;
    • Delegates work among different employees.
    • Monitors or implements legal compliance measures.
    • Monitor and understand the impact of legislative issues on Park District affairs.


Other Functions

Evaluation of this position may also be based on occasional performance of the following other functions, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Participates in inter-department meetings to provide input, advice and technical assistance regarding accounting, funding, budgeting issues, and human resources as they relate to the development of programs and projects. Assist other departments in providing the best programs we can while providing good internal controls. Safe guarding of assets. Timely and accurate financial and management information.
  • Assist the Fargo Parks team as a whole to understand and clarify impact of the financial decisions needed to reach strategic goals.
  • Carries out duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain safe work environment and surrounding area for oneself, co-workers and public. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisory personnel.
  • Updates and enhances own knowledge by involvement in continuing education for professional growth, i.e., attends relevant conferences, seminars, in-service trainings and certification programs.
  • Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.
  • Assists the public by responding to inquiries and requests.
  • Assist in administration of the self-funded health insurance plan.
  • Keeps direct supervisor promptly informed of key/significant issues or concerns.

Experience and Skills:  

Education/Experience - Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or a related field and five or more years of progressively responsible accounting experience, including three or more years of supervisory responsibility or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job such as those listed above. Governmental accounting and GASB experience preferred.

Credentials/Licenses/Certifications - CPA or MBA is desired. Individual must maintain such licensure throughout employment with the Park District. Must possess a valid driver's license.

Other -

  • Planning, development and implementation of fiscal and management practices, system skills and knowledgeable in business law.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with public and media.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public. Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Comfortable interacting with clients, coworkers, and the public in small and large group settings utilizing effective oral and written skills with passion and sincerity that is respectful, authentic, and creative which inspires a shared vision.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
  • Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
  • Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations. Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs and financial software.
  • Maintain a positive and professional working relationship with peers, management, and support resources, with a constant commitment to teamwork and radical customer service. Live the company core values of; passion, intentional leadership, sincerity and solution engineers.
  • Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
  • Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.

Application deadline is Monday, January 28th EOB. Please attach your cover letter and resume to your application. These documents are required to be considered for this position.