Director of Finance – Williamsport Municipal Water Authority/Williamsport Sanitary Authority, PA
Posted On: 1/30/2023
Company or Entity: Williamsport Municipal Water Authority/Williamsport Sanitary Authority, PA
Location: Williamsport, PA

Job Description:

Williamsport, PA (population 27,754)  The seat of Lycoming County, Williamsport is on the West branch of the Susquehanna River, 90 miles north of Harrisburg. The City is surrounded by more than 300,000 acres of state game lands as well as a navigable river and many exceptional value streams, making the area popular with hunters, fishermen, hikers, boaters, birders, and all types of outdoors enthusiasts. Indoors, the Community Arts Center produces cultural events and performances. Williamsport also hosts the Little League World Series every year, with a museum that pays homage to this competition. In the 1800s, Williamsport was the Lumber Capital of the World, with all the attendant wealth that implies. Today, visitors can tour the Millionaire’s Row historic district by replica trolley.

The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority’s (WMWA, or the Water Authority) Water System is a regional system which serves a population of approximately 51,000 residents of the City and surrounding municipalities in Lycoming County with public water.  Service is provided on an efficient and dependable basis at low rates.  Presently there are three sources of supply, the first two of which are surface sources, and the third is a wellfield supply comprised of nine wells. The Water Authority owns 10,053 acres of watershed, which provides an abundant source of high-quality mountain stream water.

The water treatment plant, completed in March, 1992, is a conventional filtration plant and has finished water storage facilities that hold a total of 13.6 million gallons. The entire distribution system presently consists of approximately 280 miles of mains.  The average annual amount of water delivered into the system during the past five years is approximately 5.0 million gallons daily average.

The Williamsport Sanitary Authority (WSA) serves the residents of the City of Williamsport and other neighboring townships and boroughs.   The WSA operates two secondary wastewater treatment plants, eight pumping stations, an expansive collection system within the City of Williamsport, and an Environmental Protection Agency approved Industrial Pretreatment Program.

The combined authorities own several major facilities, pump stations, typical rights of ways, and an extensive array of operating equipment and supply materials.  Additionally, the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority shares its main office and garage facilities with the WSA, as well as many of the managerial employees and customer service personnel.  This sharing concept has allowed the WSA to keep administrative and overhead costs low compared to similar facilities operated separately.

The Water Authority’s budget for FY 2023 is $8.3M in operating and $5M in capital and the WSA’s budget for the same period is budget is $13M in operating and $3M in capital.   The organization is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors. A professional Executive Director oversees nearly 100 full-time employees between the two authorities.  The WSA’s last bond issue in 2021 and outstanding debt received an ‘A+’ rating with a stable outlook. S&P Global Ratings noted the rating “reflects a strong enterprise profile and a very strong financial profile”, and management’s “willingness to adjust rates as needed to maintain strong financial metrics”.

Position Requirements

Appointed by and reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance (Director) is responsible for all the financial and administration services of the Authorities, including accounting/controller and financial reporting functions, as well as billing service and data management.  The position involves hands-on financial and administrative duties and the detailed administration of the expenditures and revenues for water and sanitary services.  The Director currently has three direct reports, an Accounting Manager, a Customer Service Manager, and a Billing Manager.  Ten other employees report to those three positions for a total Finance department count of 14, including the Director.

The Authorities are seeking an experienced, organized and ethical Director to lead the Finance Department.  The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, finance, accounting, or related field.
  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in public or private finance or accounting, with three (3) years of management/supervisory responsibility, preferably in local government.
  • Master’s Degree, CPFO or CPA designation, Auditing experience, or knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to is strongly preferred and may substitute for up to two years of experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, strategic planning abilities, and a demonstrated proficiency and enthusiasm for working closely with elected and appointed officials.
  • Technically proficient in accounting and commonly used applications of financial services information technology.

Compensation and Benefits    

The anticipated starting salary is $100,000 – $115,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Residency is preferred but not required. The majority of the work week is “in office”.  The Authorities offer attractive benefits, including membership in a 457b Retirement Fund and a menu of excellent health plans.

Application Process   

Apply immediately online at www.GovHRjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. The position is open until filled with a first review of applications on Feb. 15, 2023.  Confidential inquiries may be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240, x116.

The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority/Williamsport Sanitary Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education/Skill Requirements:

Position Requirements

Appointed by and reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance (Director) is responsible for all the financial and administration services of the Authorities, including accounting/controller and financial reporting functions, as well as billing service and data management.  The position involves hands-on financial and administrative duties and the detailed administration of the expenditures and revenues for water and sanitary services.  The Director currently has three direct reports, an Accounting Manager, a Customer Service Manager, and a Billing Manager.  Ten other employees report to those three positions for a total Finance department count of 14, including the Director.

The Authorities are seeking an experienced, organized and ethical Director to lead the Finance Department.  The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, finance, accounting, or related field.
  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in public or private finance or accounting, with three (3) years of management/supervisory responsibility, preferably in local government.
  • Master’s Degree, CPFO or CPA designation, Auditing experience, or knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to is strongly preferred and may substitute for up to two years of experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, strategic planning abilities, and a demonstrated proficiency and enthusiasm for working closely with elected and appointed officials.
  • Technically proficient in accounting and commonly used applications of financial services information technology.

Application Deadline:

February 28, 2023

Application Requirements:

Apply immediately online at www.GovHRjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. The position is open until filled with a first review of applications on Feb. 15, 2023.  Confidential inquiries may be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240, x116.

The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority/Williamsport Sanitary Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Chief Assessment Officer – Allegheny County, PA
Posted On: 1/30/2023
Company or Entity: Allegheny County, PA
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Job Description:

CHIEF ASSESSMENT OFFICER – ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA

Allegheny County, PA (pop. 1,238,090). Located near the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County is home to the historic city of Pittsburgh and highly ranked educational institutions including University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

The county offers visitors and locals alike plenty to do year-round. There are a large number of attractions including the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, the Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Allegheny County also has many parks and recreation areas, including the Allegheny County Park System, which is one of the largest county park systems in the United States. The county is also home to a number of professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League, the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League, and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball.

With a 2023 total budget of $5.6M for assessment management, the Assessment Office of Property Assessment delivers uniform base year assessments for real property and maintains accurate property description records on the 576,000 parcels in Allegheny County.

About the Position
The Chief Assessment Officer of the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) works under the supervision of the Division Manager and Department Director and is responsible for supervising all assessments and valuations of all real property for ad valorem tax purposes. The incumbent makes determinations of tax-exempt status of any parcel of real property in accordance with law, ordinance, industry standards, and is also responsible for assisting in the development of assessment procedures within the OPA. This position is responsible for the annual revision and equalization of all assessments and valuations and for performing all of the duties and responsibilities required of a chief assessment officer under applicable Pennsylvania law and ordinances/regulations of Allegheny County pertaining to property assessments.

Key responsibilities for the position include:
• Oversees all assessments and makes the final determination of the value of all subjects of taxation in accordance with law, ordinance, and industry standards
• Ensures the revision and equalization of all assessments and valuations are done in accordance with law, ordinance, and industry standards at the lowest cost per parcel
• Provides information as requested by the Division Manager, Department Director, and/or Administration
• Deliver to the Administration on behalf of the Office of Property Assessment a request for certification of values for properties in the County in the form and within the time period set forth in the County’s Assessment Standards and Practices Ordinance
• Recommends to the division, department, and Administration elements of assessment standards, practices, and ordinances as the Chief Assessment Officer deems appropriate
• Promulgates guidelines for use by county assessors in applying the cost approach, sales approach, and income approach to property valuation as part of the county’s computer assisted mass appraisal system
• Provides advice and assistance in public relations efforts
• Assists in establishing policies and procedures for the Office of Property Assessment
• Reports on administrative matters to the County Manager through the Manager of the Office of Property Assessment and performs other administrative duties as assigned by the County Manager
• Performs and/or participates in special projects and other duties as requested or assigned by the Director or Division Manager
• Provides sales information to the State Tax Equalization Board (STEB) to be used by STEB for the calculation of the common level ratio

Minimum Requirements
• Must be an International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) OR hold the highest-ranking Commonwealth of PA General Appraiser’s license.
• A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the management of property valuation is required.
• Must have a firm command of assessment and taxation practices. A valid Certified Pennsylvania Evaluators license is preferred.

Applicants must possess and maintain a valid PA Driver’s License throughout employment. Residency within Allegheny County is required within one year of hire for the Chief Assessment Officer.

Pre-employment Covid-19 Vaccination and Background Check Requirements: It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates for positions within the executive branch must provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated or have at least one shot of a two-shot series before beginning work. Any employee who does not receive and provide proof of the second shot within 30 days will have their probationary employment terminated. Allegheny County will allow for medical and religious exemptions from the requirements in accordance with state and federal law.

Additionally, it is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status, and drug/medical examinations as required for the position. The pre-employment drug screen must be completed within 48 hours of the acceptance of the conditional offer of employment.

Compensation and Benefits
The salary range is up to $140,000 DOQ. Allegheny County also offers a generous employee benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, and voluntary benefits. Employees are vested and eligible to participate in the Allegheny County Employees’ Retirement System (ACERS) after 10 years of creditable service. In addition to paid time off benefits, the county observes 11 paid holidays.

Selection Process
Apply online immediately at www.GovHRjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. Position is open until filled. First review of resumes in late February. Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240 ext. 101 or Alan Rosen, Vice President, GovHR USA at 954-644-9999 or [email protected].

Allegheny County is an equal opportunity employer – M/F/V/D

Education/Skill Requirements:

Minimum Requirements
• Must be an International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) OR hold the highest-ranking Commonwealth of PA General Appraiser’s license.
• A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the management of property valuation is required.
• Must have a firm command of assessment and taxation practices. A valid Certified Pennsylvania Evaluators license is preferred.

Applicants must possess and maintain a valid PA Driver’s License throughout employment. Residency within Allegheny County is required within one year of hire for the Chief Assessment Officer.

Pre-employment Covid-19 Vaccination and Background Check Requirements: It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates for positions within the executive branch must provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated or have at least one shot of a two-shot series before beginning work. Any employee who does not receive and provide proof of the second shot within 30 days will have their probationary employment terminated. Allegheny County will allow for medical and religious exemptions from the requirements in accordance with state and federal law.

Additionally, it is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status, and drug/medical examinations as required for the position. The pre-employment drug screen must be completed within 48 hours of the acceptance of the conditional offer of employment.

Application Deadline:

February 28, 2023

Application Requirements:

Apply online immediately at www.GovHRjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. Position is open until filled. First review of resumes in late February. Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240 ext. 101 or Alan Rosen, Vice President, GovHR USA at 954-644-9999 or [email protected].

Allegheny County is an equal opportunity employer – M/F/V/D

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Senior Financial Analyst
Posted On: 1/9/2023
Company or Entity: County of Berks
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

The County of Berks, Pennsylvania Budget and Finance Department has an immediate opprtunity to join its team and is seeking experienced professionals interested in joining a financially stable and well managed organization for the following position:

Senior Financial Analyst – The Senior Analyst will be responsible for $30M to $75M in departmental financial performance, financial planning, analysis and key contributor to the aggregate budget development, monitoring, and multi-year budget and cash flow forecasting of a $600M aggregate budget, which includes a long-term care facility. The ideal candidate will have 3+ years recent experience as a fiscal officer or fiscal manager for a municipal or city government, or senior financial/budget analyst in a budget and finance function in a county or school district, with financial statement, budget, and finance responsibility. The ideal candidate will be eager to expand their knowledge of county-level services, and increase the size, scope, and complexity of their financial, budget and planning analysis responsibility. The ideal candidate will exhibit a positive attitude with eagerness to succeed, and see this as an opportunity to grow into a management role. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding and application of technology and related financial analysis and data mining tools with excellent written and verbal communication skills. This position works both independently and collaboratively.

Education/Skill Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree in accountancy or finance with some accounting experience is required.

Experience with Oracle Financials and Hyperion a plus.

 

Compensation And Benefits:

We offer competitive pay commensurate with experience,  and excellent benefits package with very low employee contribution and deductibles. Benefits include healthcare, dental, disability &  life insurance, defined benefit pension plan, 457 deferred compensation plan, tuition reimbursement and flexible spending plan and generous time off beginning 90 days after employment begins. Health benefits start immediately.

Other Details:

THE COUNTY OF BERKS IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F/V/D

Application Deadline:

February 15, 2023

Application Requirements:

Interested candidates should submit their resume, with a letter of interest, salary requirement and application per website instructions found at the “Employment Opportunities” page at www.co.berks.pa.us

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