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    Misty Dodge

    City of Cleveland Heights, OH
    Director of Finance
    Cleveland Heights, OH (Pop. 46,238) – The City of Cleveland Heights, located in Cuyahoga County and is an inner-ring suburb to Cleveland, is seeking a highly collaborative local government finance professional to service as its next Director of Finance. Cleveland Heights is an oasis of culture, nature, community and fun. The fabric of Cleveland Heights is its diversity through a rich tapestry of thought, education, beliefs and heritage. Residents often describe Cleveland Heights as friendly, eclectic, creative, green, unique, progressive and thriving.

    The City of Cleveland Heights, since it was chartered in 1921 has operated under the council-manager form of government and has operated under this form until recently. Currently, City Council consists of seven members elected on an at-large basis for four-year terms, with either three or four seats up for election every two years. Also, the City Council elects one of its members as a Council President/Mayor who presides at all meetings and another as Vice President/Vice Mayor. They are also charged with appointing a professional City manager to serve as the chief executive, who implements Council policy and oversees the day-to-day operations of the City.

    On November 5, 2019, voters approved an amendment to the City’s charter to revise the structure of its government into a mayor-council form of government. Under the amended charter, in November 2021 voters will directly elect a mayor as the City’s chief executive. The mayor will take office on January 1, 2022 and appoint a City Administrator, with council approval, to run day-to-day operations. Until then, the city will continue under the council-manager form. After the mayor is elected, that office will have executive responsibilities for managing government and Council will maintain its current legislative, policy making and fiscal responsibilities.

    The City has an annual general fund budget of $45.6 million (total funds at $77 million) and approximately 600 full time employees allocated across a full-service municipality. The Finance Director is an integral part of the executive management team and will propose, implement and maintain all policies affecting the overall fiscal health of the City.
    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experiences:

    • An ability to be creative and innovative, with a willingness to engage in fiscally sound financial practices, process improvement and a desire to think about local government service delivery and local government financing in a new and progressive way.
    • Well-developed leadership and management skills with a strong desire to work in a collegial, fast-paced, and team-oriented environment and the ability to work closely with elected and appointed officials and department heads on the City’s financial strategies.
    • A bachelor’s degree in finance, public policy, public administration, business or related field. A CPA and/or master’s degree in public policy, public administration, finance or business administration is a plus. Candidates should have at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience in executive-level financial administration with a portion of that experience in the public sector.

    The anticipated hiring salary range for the position is $98,000 – $105,000 DOQ with excellent benefits. Interested candidates should apply online by January 10, 2020 with a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least five (5) professional references to to the attention of Sarah McKee, Senior Vice-President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (224) 282-8310.

    Click HERE to Apply!

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