City of La Crosse – Director of Finance

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    Valerie Fenske

    City of La Crosse, WI (population 51,666), located on Wisconsin’s western shore offers a rich culture and quality of life experiences from miles of bluff-land trail systems to extraordinary kayak, canoe and boating trails of the Upper Mississippi River and its tributaries, and three major performing arts venues. The City has progressive leadership with an eye on preserving our beautiful environment, rich history and development of beautiful new architectural landmarks. To discover more about the City of La Crosse, please visit:

    The City of La Crosse is seeking to hire a full-time Director of Finance. The purpose of this position is to plan, organize, direct and control all aspects of City financial accounting, debt management, treasury functions, purchasing, budget preparation and administration, payroll and supervision of staff according to applicable practices, standards, ordinances and statutes. This position is considered a City Executive by Common Council resolution and performs administrative level responsibilities that ensure fiscally responsible departmental operations for the City. The Director of Finance is appointed by Council and is responsible to the Mayor and Finance and Personnel Committee, works under the general supervision of the Mayor and is required to make complex judgments and decisions. Hiring wage for this exempt position is $103,089.27 – $118,065.39 depending on qualifications, with potential to earn up to $135,217.15.

    Requirements: The Director shall have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field, with a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience (5 years at management/supervisory level) in the areas of accounting, budget preparations and review, cost and fund accounting, financial reporting and treasury experience. Current license as a Certified Public Accountant is required. A Master’s degree in a related field is strongly desired. Previous governmental accounting/finance experience strongly preferred, however candidates with comparable private sector technical and management experience will also be considered. Ability to effectively communicate with management, council members and the public is critical. Must have a valid driver’s license. Experience required using integrated accounting systems, payroll systems, tax collection system, County tax roll system.

    Benefits: The City of La Crosse offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical benefit plan, Wisconsin Retirement Plan, deferred compensation, Roth IRA, life insurance, income continuation insurance, voluntary dental and vision plans, paid holidays, vacations and sick leave. Benefit perks: low medical plan premium costs having a $400 deductible, participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System with a 6.75% employer contribution, 10 paid holidays, ability to earn up to 12 sick days per year and vacation time available as of date of hire.

    Selected candidate is subject to an extensive background check and post-offer/pre-employment drug screen. Applications accepted until position is filled. To be considered, submit an employment application by visiting the City of La Crosse website and clicking on City Services, then clicking Career Opportunities or by visiting

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