Jefferson County Public Utility District (the PUD) is seeking a competent and enthusiastic candidate to fill our Financial Director position. The PUD (www.jeffpud.org) serves 18,500 electric, 4,200 water, and 400 sewer customers. There are currently 38 employees with plans to employ more than 40 during 2017. The PUD acquired its electric system in 2013. Annual revenues are $33 million with a total investment in utility plant of $159 million.
The Financial Director serves as the CFO and District Auditor. This position is one of four on the senior management team, reports directly to the General Manager and works closely with the three member elected Board of Commissioners. The Financial Director oversees and manages Finance, Accounting, Billing, Meter Reading, and Customer Service. This position provides long-term direction for the financial operations of the PUD, manages the Board’s fiscal policies and assists in developing new policies.
The successful candidate will be a person of high integrity and have proven leadership skills. The individual must be a team player, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and meet deadlines. Must have a thorough knowledge of GAAP, budgeting/forecasting, internal controls, cash management and financial techniques, local, state and federal laws/regulations impacting the utility business, and financial accounting software. Must have a working knowledge of RUS accounting and regulations within a reasonable amount of time. A minimum of 10 years’ experience in accounting, finance, fiscal services, or other utility related financial position. Experience in the accounting of an electric utility, especially one that adheres to RUS or FERC regulations, in highly desirable. Must have at least five years’ supervisory experience in managing accounting staff and leading an organization’s accounting function. Requires a BS in Accounting or Business Administration with emphasis in finance or accounting. An advanced degree or professional certification (CPA, CIA, CMA, etc.) is preferred.
The PUD is located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, in Port Townsend, Washington. It is surrounded by the Puget Sound and tall evergreens. It’s an ideal location for those wanting a picturesque, small-town atmosphere. Known for the Rhody Festival in the Spring, it also has plenty of opportunities for hunting, fishing and mountain hiking. Ride a ferry to Seattle or explore historic Victorian downtown Port Townsend. Quaint restaurants and antique shops lend nicely to a weekend stroll.
The PUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It provides a comprehensive benefits package and a salary structure commensurate with qualifications and representative of the market. Interested parties should direct their inquiries to the PUD’s HR Department and submit the following electronically: 1) cover letter, 2) two to three page resume, and 3) at least three professional references or letters of recommendation. Applications must be received by August 1, 2016 and submitted to:
Jefferson County PUD HR Department
360-385-8371 or Annette Johnson @ 385-8351
POSITION: Finance Director
STATUS: Full time, exempt position
RATE OF PAY: DOE
HEADQUARTERS: PUD Headquarters, Port Hadlock, WA
JOB OBJECTIVE: Oversee and manage the operations of Finance, Accounting, Billing, Meter Reading and Customer Service. Provide long‑term direction for the financial operations of the PUD. Manage the Board’s fiscal policies and assist in development of new policies. Coordinate the annual budget, risk management, and other key financial areas used to make operating decisions and meet regulatory reporting requirements.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to General Manager
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Serve as Chief Financial Officer of the District and District Auditor
- Act as liaison with the County Treasurer who is the District Treasurer
- Act as the primary accounting professional, overseeing and reviewing the work of District accounting staff
- Prepare annual financial statements and required reporting to RUS, State Auditor’s Office and others
- Perform and oversee financial planning work including preparation of annual budgets and long-range financial forecasting
- Maintain external financial contacts and good working relationships with the District’s bankers, insurance brokers, bond-rating agencies, regulators and peers in the PUD financial community
- Coordinate with outside auditors, State Auditor’s Office and RUS
- Provide oversight with District operations personnel in the areas of work order and inventory accounting and purchasing
- Perform or oversee District’s risk management activities
- Attend Board of Commissioner’s meetings and provide support to General Manager in meeting preparation and reporting
- Provide general management and supervision of direct reports personnel, providing guidance, resolving conflicts and conducting performance evaluations
- Ensure statutory oversight of compliance in contracting, bid requirements, purchasing procedures, processing of vendor payments and public meetings
- Provide support and oversight of the customer services function
- Perform other duties as assigned JOB STANDARDS:Skills, knowledge and abilities
- Board of Commissioners, management, staff, financial professionals, outside vendors, regulatory representatives, customers, service providers, auditors and general public.
- INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:
- Thorough knowledge of finance and accounting principles and practices, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, budgeting and forecasting, cash management and financial techniques, local, state and federal laws and regulations impacting utility business, financial accounting software.
- Working knowledge of RUS regulations and accounting procedures within a reasonable amount of time
- Demonstrated ability to direct departmental functions, prepare and monitor budgets and financial models, communicate financial information, and use independent and discretionary judgment
- Ability to develop, implement and oversee sound fiscal policies and procedures, including those covering internal controls
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others
- Able to meet deadlines
- Team player
- Strong communications skills
- High integrity
- Training and experience
- A minimum of ten years’ progressive experience in one or more of the following financial areas: accounting, finance, fiscal services/administration, or other utility related financial position. Experience in accounting for an electric utility, especially one with adherence to RUS or FERC regulations, is highly desirable.
- At least 5 years’ supervisory experience managing and supervising accounting staff and leading the accounting function of an organization Education
- Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business Administration, with emphasis on finance and accounting required.
- Advanced degree and/or professional certification, e.g., CPA, CIA, CMA preferredOther Requirements
- Valid driver’s license. Occasional overnight/out of town travel for training and business needs.
- Exempt, non-union position – expected to work as many hours as necessary to ensure that the goals and needs of Jefferson County PUD are met.
- Use of personal computer or other technology devices for reviewing, analyzing, creating, transmitting, and presenting documents, data and other business-related information.
- Work for extended periods of time in a stationary position while moving, grasping, and working with documents, office supplies, and other business materials.
- The position primarily works in a temperature controlled office environment. Office spaces include traditional office lighting, as well as, consistent and frequent noise, interruptions, and other similar distractions.