Finance Director – Villa Park, IL

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    Maureen Barry

    With the impending retirement of the current Finance Director, GovHR USA is assisting the Village of Villa Park, IL with the recruitment of candidates for its next Finance Director.

    About the Community. The Village of Villa Park (population 22,263) is ideally located as an “inner” western suburb of Chicago, with direct access to downtown Chicago and the suburban region. Residents enjoy a ‘small town’ atmosphere, highlighted by excellent schools and superior village services, including outstanding police and fire protection, ‘state of the art’ paramedic service, and exceptional parks and recreational facilities. Villa Park is a stable community comprised of richly diverse residents from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Villa Park residents are comfortable with a wide variety of housing options including single family and multi-family dwellings that are close to convenient shopping areas. In 2017, Villa Park was recognized by Money Magazine as the 8th best place to raise a family, and 28th best place to live in the United States.

    About the Organization and Finance Department. A Village Manager, appointed by the Village President and six-member Board of Trustees, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Village. The Department Heads, including the Finance Director, are all appointed by and report to the Village Manager. The organization is comprised of 150 FT equivalent employees across eight departments: Administration, Community Development, Economic Development, Finance, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Police, and Public Works. The Village also shares ownership and operational responsibilities of the Sugar Creek Golf Course with the Elmhurst Park District. The 2021 FY Budget totals $64,682,481 with a General Fund budget of $24,760,147.

    The Village has been awarded the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 30 consecutive years and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the past 20 years. The Village holds an investment rating of S&P Rating of AA stable from Moody’s rating service reflecting the Village’s conservative approach to budgeting and healthy budget reserve levels.

    The Finance Director serves as a strategic partner with the Village Board, Village Manager, Department Heads and the community at large. The position oversees the full-time positions of Finance Supervisor, Accountant, Payroll Specialist, and Utility Billing Clerk. Key financial functions include: developing and implementing financial policies, coordinating the annual budget process, financial forecasting and reporting, auditing, payroll, debt management, purchasing, revenue collection and utility billing. The Finance Director will also be expected to propose a long-term financial strategy for the Village, facilitate capital improvements planning and provide financial analysis of economic development projects.

    Position Requirements. The successful candidate will have:

    • At least seven years of increasingly responsible experience in executive level financial administration in the government sector; or possess an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
    • A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, public administration, or related field is required; a CPA and/or a master’s degree is preferred.
    • Knowledge of best financial practices governing municipal financial management, including GASB principles, fund accounting, capital project financing and revenue and expense considerations related to development.
    • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills with the ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials.
    • Ability to lead, coach and train department staff in a focused and effective manner.

    Compensation and Benefits. Anticipated starting salary range: $125K-$140K. DOQ. The Village offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, health insurance including medical, dental, and vision coverage (also available to dependents), and life insurance. The Village also offers paid vacation, holidays, personal days and sick time. Residency in the Village of Villa Park is not required.

    Selection Process: Apply at with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by Monday, December 6, 2021. Questions about the position are welcome and should be directed to Mike Earl, GovHR USA Senior Vice President, at 224-261-8366 or [email protected]

    The Village of Villa Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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