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Posted on: March 24, 2022

Director of Finance Employment Opportunity

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POSITION TITLE: Director of Finance 


The Director of Finance (“Director”) is a position created by authority of the Sunbury, Ohio City Charter (“Charter”) and shall serve as the chief financial officer of the municipality.  The Director shall exercise the powers, duties, and functions as required by the laws of the State of Ohio, the Charter, legislation of the City Council (“Council”), and by the City Administrator (“Administrator”).  The Director shall provide full and complete information concerning the financial affairs and financial status of the municipality as required by the Administrator and the Council.  



The duties and responsibilities of the position shall include but are not limited to:


  • administering accounting, payroll, purchasing, audit, tax, and debt functions;
  • projecting cash flow and collecting and disbursing funds;
  • analyzing complex financial data and preparing financial reports;
  • developing and implementing accounting policies;
  • management of financial planning and implementation of strategic eligible investments in accordance with City investment policies
  • monitoring departmental budgets, developing revenue forecasts, and preparing operating and capital budget requests; 
  • training and managing staff;
  • assessing, managing, and minimizing risk;
  • managing and recommending internal controls; 
  • administering financial reports for federal and state grants;
  • monitoring inventory and fixed assets; and
  • performing other duties as assigned by the Administrator.


The Director is expected to attend monthly meetings of the Sunbury Finance Committee, bi-weekly Council meetings, and other meetings as directed by the Administrator.  The Director will prepare reports for the Finance Committee and shall assist in the preparation of documents for Council consideration and present at Council meetings, public hearings, and work sessions regarding various financial and budgeting matters.   


The Director will assist in the resolution of problems related to financial matters by coordinating with other Sunbury staff and professional contracted support and provide updates to stakeholders, including residents. 


SUPERVISION: The Director shall be under the general supervision and control of the Administrator and shall have such other powers and duties as are prescribed by ordinance or by law and which are consistent with the relevant laws of the State of Ohio or the Sunbury Charter.


HOURS AND RATE OF PAY: The Director is a full-time position and is exempt from overtime.  On-call availability is anticipated, evening hours for meetings is also expected.  The compensation range for this position is $65,000 to $90,000 and is dependent upon qualifications.


DISCLAIMER: The foregoing job description does not constitute an employment contract which will be entered into prior to commencement of employment. 



The Director must have broad knowledge of municipal finance, accounting, payroll, purchasing, tax, budgeting, and investment concepts and techniques.  The Director must be skilled in effectively communicating complex instructions, policies, and financial information both orally and in writing, to individuals and to groups. He/she must have the ability to analyze and solve difficult finance, accounting, payroll, purchasing, tax, and budgeting problems. The Director must have skill in directing, evaluating, and developing personnel and the ability to develop effective working relationships with City officials, other public and private agencies, civic groups, and residents.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field is required.   At least three years of responsible fiscal management experience is required, with some experience in governmental fund accounting preferred.  A graduate degree or CPA is desirable.


The successful candidate must also demonstrate broad knowledge of accounting (GAAP, GASB), budgeting, payroll, purchasing, and tax principles and possess strong analytical skills.


The City may consider any combination of education and experience that meets the minimum knowledge/skills.


A valid State driver’s license will be required.



Personal computer, telephone, calculator, copy machine, Microsoft Office software products, specialized financial software, and motor vehicles.



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


While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to speak and hear.  The employee is required to make visual observations, read reports, and prepare reports for others to read.  The employee is occasionally required to walk, climb, stoop, or kneel. 



The work environment described here is representative of that which an employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The work environment will be primarily in an office setting.  



The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


This job description is intended to identify and illustrate the kinds of duties that may be assigned to an employee holding such a position and is not to be interpreted as describing all the duties that may ever be required of such an employee.

Interested applicants may submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Assistant City Administrator, Daryl Hennessy, at or mail the materials to the City of Sunbury, ATTN: Director of Finance Search, 9 East Granville Street, P.O. Box 508, Sunbury, OH 43074.


The position is open until filled with the first review of applications planned for April 29, 2022.  Contact Daryl Hennessy with questions via email or by phone at 740-965-2684, ext. 224.


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