Director of Finance & Treasurer – City of Franklin

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    Tom Bakalarski

    The City of Franklin is recruiting for a Director of Finance & Treasurer. The City of Franklin is a growing, full-service community in southeast Wisconsin with a population of approximately 36,500. The City holds the 3rd largest tax base in Milwaukee County and enjoys financial stability. Franklin is located 10 miles south of downtown Milwaukee, and 80 miles north of downtown Chicago. Franklin, with significant development opportunities available, continues to see new residential growth and commercial development. Franklin is known for having excellent schools, and includes many City and County parks which provide a high quality of life. Franklin is home to the Rock Sports Complex (offering baseball, softball, golf, skiing, snow tubing, BMX courses), and 2 championship caliber golf courses.

    The City of Franklin operates under a part-time elected Mayor and 6 Aldermen. The Director of Finance & Treasurer will report to the Director of Administration, who reports to the Mayor. Primary duties will include the management of the treasury and finance offices, including an instrumental role in the preparation of the annual budget, coordinating the yearly audit and preparation of the CAFR, supervising the calculation and collection of annual property tax bills, providing financial management of the City’s TIF districts, and managing the investment of City funds. Oversees a staff of 7 full-time and part-time employees, with a department budget of approximately $600,000. The Director of Finance & Treasurer staffs the monthly Finance Committee meetings and usually attends Common Council meetings.

    The ideal candidate will be: (1) team oriented and highly collaborative, able to build and maintain strong working relationships both internally and with the City’s external partners; (2) an excellent communicator; (3) a creative problem solver with a ‘can do’ attitude; (4) open to new ideas and opportunities; and (5) a strategic thinker able to identify opportunities and challenges, and plan for the future.

    View full job description and additional financial documents on the City website at

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; five (5) years of accounting/finance experience, preferably in a municipal setting including Finance, Treasury, banking, and investments; a minimum of two (2) years public accounting experience preferred but not required; Certified Public Finance Officer or Certified Governmental Finance Manager certification a plus; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. CPA qualifications is a plus but not required.

    Salary Range: $90,285 – $121,884; it is anticipated that the starting wage will be between $100,000 – $115,000, depending on qualifications.

    To be considered please submit your resume to

    Review of resumes will happen as they are received. Interviews for qualified candidates will be scheduled fairly quickly.

    For additional information, please contact Dana Zahn, Human Resources Manager, at 414-427-7505.

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