Finance Director for the City of Sparta

City of Sparta Job Description


Job Title:               Finance Director

Department:          City Hall

Reports To:           City Administrator

FLSA Status:         Exempt

Salary:                   $82,259- $100,058

Approved Date:     May 19, 2008



Performs various administrative and managerial functions associated with all matters related to finance including payroll, general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, reconciliations, assets, budget, reporting, risk/insurance, and audit. This position is integral in assuring city, state, and federal financial compliance. The finance director reports directly to the city administrator.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


1) Maintain accurate financial records and perform accounting functions in a timely manner.


2) Manage accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash.


3) Perform monthly account reconciliations.


4) Prepare monthly statement of revenues, statement of expenditures, balance sheets and summary finance reports.


5) Prepare documents and reports for annual audit.


6) Administer payroll, payroll taxes, unemployment taxes, and sales taxes.


7) Coordinate insurance and risk management.


8) Maintain fixed asset listing and depreciation schedule.


9) Perform daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting close procedures.


10) Implement budget into accounting software.


11) Monitor budget throughout the fiscal period.


12) Perform other related duties as assigned.




Provides work direction to 2 to 3 employees responsible for accounts payable, purchasing, business licenses, tax receipts, utility administration and payroll.




Must have a character of fiscal and ethical responsibility.


Must be organized with the ability to schedule work to meet numerous deadlines.


Must have the ability to perform arithmetic problems with a high degree of accuracy and consistency.


Requires the ability to understand complex legal and regulatory documents.


Must be able to effectively give and receive assignments and directions to and from staff, supervisors and others.


Requires the ability to prepare documents and reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.


Must possess the ability to effectively communicate to city staff and the general public through written and verbal presentations.


Requires the ability to make independent judgments in the absence of supervision.


Requires the ability to record and deliver information, such as in a public speaking situation, to explain procedures, and to follow verbal and written instructions.


Must be able to operate a variety of task related equipment including, but not limited to, computers, printers, copiers and facsimile machines, telephones, cell phones and motor vehicles.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the field of accounting. Five or more years’ experience in governmental accounting. Certified Municipal Finance Officer designation is preferred, but must be obtained within 2 years of employment.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.



Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



Notary Public

Certified Municipal Finance Officer

Must be bondable



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.