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        Finance Director | Village of Niles

        Niles, IL 60714
        Full-time, Part-time
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        Job Description

        Posted on May 26, 2020 and open until Jun 22, 2020.

        The Community

        Welcome to the Village of Niles, where we take pride in our local community, our businesses, our schools, and our residents. Located approximately fifteen miles from downtown Chicago and eight miles from O'Hare Airport, Niles is a hub of business and cultural activity. Niles makes up about six square miles of land and is home to approximately 30,000 residents. The community is a melting pot of culture that includes residents of Polish, Irish, Italian, German, Greek, Asian and mixed heritage. Convenient transportation options like the Niles Free Bus provide residents with easy and affordable travel around Niles and the region. Surrounding communities include Chicago, Morton Grove, Skokie, Park Ridge, Des Plaines, and Glenview. Niles' Village Government has remained consistent in preserving high quality of life by providing municipal services that are responsive to the needs of the residents and businesses. The Village of Niles is reliable, efficient and fiscally responsible.

        Niles is a full-service, charter village with an adopted FY 2020 budget of $100.7 million, and 238 full-time and approximately 290 part-time authorized positions in the departments of Administration, Police, Fire, Public Works, Finance, Community Development and I.T. The Village of Niles has additional departments that many municipalities do not, including a Senior Center, Family Fitness Center, Family Services, and a Teen Center. Niles has a Board of Trustees composed of a President plus six Trustees who are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis for four-year, overlapping terms.

        Finance Department

        The Finance Department consists of eleven full-time employees, including six employees represented by AFSCME and five non-union employees. The Department provides all accounting services, performs investment and cash management activities, coordinates capital financing, purchasing, budget preparation and control, as well as audit preparation and compliance.

        Finance Director

        This position is responsible for coordinating the fiscal activities and systems for the Village of Niles, which includes administrative control and direction over budget and financial forecasting, accounting and financial reporting, auditing, treasury management, investments, purchasing, utility billing, debt administration, Police and Firefighter Pension Fund administration, liability insurance, revenue collection and vendor disbursements. The Office of the Finance Director shall be filled by an appointment, made by the Village President, with the recommendation of the Village Manager and with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees, of a person competent to carry out the duties of the office.

        Essential Job Functions

        • Plans, directs, organizes, communicates and controls Finance Department operations, including direction of the finance staff in department functions such as the maintenance of accounts payable and receivables, processing payroll, Village's water billing and the collection and recording of all Village fees and fines;
        • Participates in inter-department meetings to provide input, advice, technical assistance regarding accounting, funding and budgeting issues as they relate to the development of programs and projects;
        • Plans, develops and coordinates the preparation of the Village annual budget including advising other department directors in formulating budgets, reviewing status of budgets and preparing required reports:
        • Responsible for the completion of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) Program. The CAFR process includes a significant amount of account analysis at year-end including preparation and review of closing entries, audit schedules and final audit report;
        • Responsible for preparation and filing of all Federal, State and County fiscal reports and for preparing and submitting monthly financial reports to the Village Board;
        • Responsible for investment of all Village funds; management of the Village's outstanding debt, coordination of the sales of new debt and direction of the Village's role in the annual audit;
        • Advises Village Manager, staff, the President and the Village Board of fiscal policies, interpretations, procedures and challenges; develops new and innovative ways of managing departmental financial operations;
        • Assists the Village's insurance brokers by collecting and organizing the necessary data and reports for the annual renewal of medical, life, workers compensation and liability insurance to obtain the best plans, options and rates;Optimizes department functions and procedures by investigating various relevant software programs to improve department efficiencies;
        • Completes special projects as assigned or as identified;
        • Maintains a working knowledge of the laws and ordinances that relate to areas of responsibility. These include all revenue related village ordinances and all Federal and State laws related to municipal fiscal issues;
        • As treasurer of the Police & Firefighter pension funds, maintain fiduciary oversight including approval of investment transactions and analysis of fund performance;
        • Prepares requested reports for union contract negotiations;
        • Responsible for managing TIF budgets and Joint Review Board planning;
        • Mediate issues that arise with residents or commercial customers.

        Ideal Candidate

        The successful candidate will be self-motivated, responsible, enthusiastic, and able to take on new challenges in a high-pace environment. This position will need to lead a transitioning department and provide excellent leadership and direction. This position has the authority and responsibility to coordinate fiscal activities and systems for the Village of Niles; including administrative control and direction over budget and financial forecasting, accounting and financial reporting, auditing, treasury management, investments, purchasing, utility billing, debt administration, Police and Firefighter Pension Fund administration, liability insurance, revenue collection and vendor disbursements.

        This is a very challenging position that requires a high degree of interpersonal skills in addition to outstanding organization and administrative abilities. The ideal candidate will need to possess a strong ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, as well as speaking comfortably in front of large audiences. Further, this role requires a keen ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Village officials, other staff, the public, demonstrate responsibility, initiative, dependability, adaptability, creativity, and flexibility with a commitment to quality, customer service and trustworthiness.

        Education and Experience

        • A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance is required;
        • A CPA or advanced degree is preferred;
        • Experience in the public sector is required;
        • A minimum of 5 years in a similar management position is required;
        • Must have a valid Illinois Driver's License and a safe driving record.


        Current salary range is $128,846-$180,384. The salary for this position is dependent upon qualifications and is accompanied by a competitive benefit program. Benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, IMRF Pension, vacation, sick, personal and holiday pay. Additional benefits include complimentary fitness center membership and tuition reimbursement, among others.

        The Village of Niles is an Equal Opportunity Employer

        Village of Niles


        1000 Civic Center Dr
        Niles , IL 60714
        United States

        How to apply

        If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit and email your application and resume to . Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 5, 2020. The interview process will begin on on Friday, June 12th. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Evangeline Alpogianis at or 847-588-8013.

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        Posting ID: 566856941Posted: 2020-08-09