Massachusetts Government Finance Officers Association

Mansfield CT - Director of Finance

  • 28 May 2020 4:42 PM
    Message # 8998918
    Marilyn Gordon (Administrator)

    The Town of Mansfield, Connecticut is seeking a full-time Director of Finance. This vibrant and diverse community located in Tolland County is known for its excellent public schools, community-wide events, parks and preserves, protected open spaces, agriculture, responsive and professional government, and where the main campus of the University of Connecticut is located. Mansfield has an inclusive and progressive government with an engaged community.

    In total, the Town including the Mansfield Board of Education and Regional School District 19 employs approximately 1,000 staff members, including both part-time and full-time. Our departments include: Animal Control, Assessor, Building & Housing, Emergency Services, Facilities, Fire Department, Finance, Human Resources, Human Services, Information Technology, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Development, Public Library, Public Works, Registrar of Voters, Town Clerk, and the Town Manager. In addition, there are close working relationships with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Eastern Highlands Health District, Mansfield Discovery Depot, and the Resident State Troopers office of the Connecticut State Police.

    The Town of Mansfield has an excellent bond rating of AA from S & P. The overall budget for the Town and Boards of Education is approximately $54,000,000.

    Key Responsibilities:

    The Director of Finance position is a shared services position. The Director is responsible for the overall financial management for the Town of Mansfield, Mansfield Board of Education, and Regional School District 19.  This position is also responsible for the financial management services and reporting for the following: Eastern Highlands Health District, Mansfield Downtown Partnership, and the Mansfield Discovery Depot. The Director of Finance coordinates work with the Town Manager, Superintendent of Schools, and other agencies/departments as required.  The position reports directly to the Town Manager with accountabilities to both the Superintendents of the Mansfield Public School and the Regional School District 19.

    Other responsibilities would include administering financial management programs such as accounting and financial reporting budgeting, payroll, information technology, purchasing & cash management, grant applications, tax collection, assessment, risk management, audits and reporting. This position serves as the purchasing agent and is a member of the Town Council’s Finance Committee.

                (For a complete list of job duties, please see attached job description.)

    The Ideal Candidate:

    The Town of Mansfield seeks an experienced and collaborative professional who will successfully build relationships and work alongside existing staff. Overall, the ideal candidate would possess the following:

    · Strong financial knowledge and skills. The successful candidate will be someone who possesses a comprehensive knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal and school financial practices and procedures. They will have the ability to evaluate complex financial systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records. The ideal candidate will possess in-depth knowledge and experience with coordinating preparation of operating budgets.

    · Excellent communication skills. The Town seeks a Director with strong written and oral communication skills. The ability to communicate detailed financial statements to associates, state and regional governmental officials, and the general public in a non-financial manner. The ideal candidate would have excellent presentation skills as well as the ability to lead meetings.

    · Organization and management skills. The Town seeks an individual who is highly organized as well as detail-oriented. This position oversees various entities with varying needs, and the ideal candidate will be able to keep their projects organized as well as prioritize accordingly. A successful individual will have experience and expertise with project management and supervising.

    A successful candidate for this position will have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration, supplemented by a Master’s degree in business administration or related field as well as extensive experience in public finance administration. Consideration may be given to equivalent experience and training. Ten plus years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal government accounting, including at least five (5) years of supervisory experience is required. A successful candidate should currently possess or have the ability to obtain within the first year of employment a School Business Manager Certification SDE 085.

    Compensation & Benefits:

    The salary for this position is negotiable dependent upon experience and qualifications. The Town of Mansfield offers a comprehensive employee benefits program which includes: medical, dental, & vision insurance, participation in the defined benefit retirement plan CMERS (Connecticut Municipal Employees Retirement System), employer paid life/ADD insurance, employer paid short-term & long-term disability insurance, voluntary option to participate in a 457(B) or ROTH plan. Time off benefits include vacation, personal, compensatory, sick time, twelve (12) holidays, one (1) floating holiday. The Town also has an employee wellness program that includes a discount membership to the Town’s Community Center.

    How to Apply:

    To learn more and submit an application, please go to

    Applicants must submit a cover letter which includes the anticipated compensation and resume along with their application.

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