JOB: Finance Director, City of Shawness, Kansas

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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Finance Director, City of Shawness, Kansas

    Post Date Nov 01, 2011 Salary $95,460 – $113,200 (DOQ)
    Start Date
    Application Deadline 12/01/2011
    ICMA Members Only No ICMA Credential (Details) not required
    Normal Population 62,209 Seasonal Population
    Employer Location Shawnee, Kansas United States Job Reference Number
    Finance, Treasurer
    Job Description
    The City of Shawnee, Kansas, is seeking a talented and experienced Finance Director to join our team.

    The Community

    Shawnee, population 62,209, is the third largest city in Johnson County and offers a safe, friendly community lifestyle with easy access to two interstate highways (I-35 & I-435). Visibility and convenience are major attributes of our community as well as the variety of housing opportunities and two top-rated school districts. In addition to the excellent hometown services and stores, residents enjoy a well-rounded business community. Safe streets and neighborhoods complement our nationally recognized parks and recreational opportunities. Shawnee offers the convenience and amenities of a big city, yet continues to have small-town charm.

    Shawnee was recently named by Money Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live” in America! Ranked 17th on the list, Shawnee was recognized for its affordable housing, air quality index and median commute time. This was the fourth time Shawnee was recognized by a national on-line publication. BusinessWeek selected the City as one of the Best Affordable Suburbs in 2006 and 2009. In 2008, Money Magazine named Shawnee as 39th, in their list of the top 100 U.S. communities to live in.

    The Organization

    The City has a mayor-council-manager form of government established by Charter Ordinance. The Mayor is elected at large and eight Council members are elected, two for each ward. The Mayor and Council members serve four-year overlapping terms of office.

    The Finance Director is an integral part of the Management Team serving as one of eight Department Directors under the direction of the City Manager. The City offers a full range of services provided by the City including police and fire protection, emergency preparedness, emergency medical response, street and storm drainage maintenance, comprehensive recreation and cultural events, planning and zoning management, codes administration and general administrative services. The City is budgeted for 302 full-time equivalents in 2012.

    Shawnee has experienced challenging budget processes the last few years and has made a conscious effort to insure a structurally balanced budget without reductions in force or tax increases. Over the last several years, Shawnee has seen an approximate decline of 7% in assessed valuation. The City’s total assessed valuation for the 2012 budget remained relatively flat and the effect on property values due to the recession seems to have stabilized. The City began the 2010 budget process with a goal of resolving the General Fund fiscal imbalance over a three year period. The 2011 budget achieved the goal of budgeted revenues exceeding budgeted operating expenditures. The 2012 Budget continued to accomplish critical financial goals through the implementation of a funding plan for maintenance and replacement of significant assets – streets, facilities and equipment.

    The Position

    The Finance Director manages a citywide operating budget of approximately $79.8 million. He/she will serve as the primary financial resource to the City Manager and City staff. He/she serves as the City Treasurer and is responsible for managing all aspects of the Finance Department to include the Municipal Court Division.

    The mission of the Finance Department is to provide sound financial management achieved through solid policies and management of the City’s resources. The Municipal Court Division strives to provide adjudication of municipal citations and cases in a timely, fair, knowledgeable and respectful manner.

    Functions of the Finance Department include:
    • Accounting (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, decentralized procurement, risk management, establishment of internal controls and procedures, payroll and tax administration, accurate and timely recording and reporting of the City’s financial activity in compliance with federal, state and local requirements and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles fiduciary and custodial duties for the City’s cash management).
    • Administration (long-term financial forecast, budget preparation, drafting fiscal policy, debt management policies and procedures).
    • Municipal Court
    • Economic Development (serving on the City’s “EcoDevo Team,” creating and promoting financial tools that will promote economic development, and managing the implementation when those tools are used for a specific project).

    The Finance Department is noted for its high performance and accountability standards as indicated by the certification of policies by the Association of Public Treasurers of the US and Canada, as well as the GFOA Budget and CAFR Awards. The City is Aa1 rated by Moody’s Investors Services.

    Candidate Profile

    The Finance Director serves as a member of the City’s Management Team. In considering candidates for this position, the City will be seeking a results oriented visionary with the ability to understand and synthesize the financial priorities, expectations and realities of the community.

    The individual must have an established record as a team player with the ability to effectively work with other Management Team members and City staff in all departments.

    The successful candidate must have outstanding personal communication skills with the ability to articulate complex issues in a straightforward manner. Additional qualities include an objective and inclusive approach to problem solving, well-developed decision-making abilities and the ability to shape and implement strategic plans. Strong management skills and proven experience motivating and developing staff members to achieve excellent performance are a must. Exceptional leadership, within the organization, professional groups and in the community is desired.

    Shawnee’s Finance Director must be a person with passion for local government, and the highest ethical standards and an excellent sense of humor.


    The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business, finance, accounting, or public administration. A Master’s Degree is preferred. A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a public finance position is required with five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in executive management of a public organization. Residency within Shawnee must be established within one (1) year of hire.

    Compensation & Benefits

    Salary: $95,460 – $113,200 (DOQ)

    The City of Shawnee offers a comprehensive benefit package including: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS), City supplemental retirement plan, deferred compensation, vacation, sick leave, educational reimbursement and an employee assistance program.

    Shawnee’s integrated strengths in quality of life, community involvement, economic development and overall citizen satisfaction are just a few of the reasons that Shawnee is an outstanding place to live, work, and play!

    All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by December 1, 2011, (first review of applications, open until filled.) To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and four work-related references to
    [email protected] or to David Unmacht, Senior Vice President, Springsted Incorporated, 380 Jackson Street, Suite 300, Saint Paul, MN 55101.

    Visit for more information or contact Liz Crawford, Shawnee Human Resources Manager, at (913) 742-6241.

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