LANSING HOUSING COMMISSION
POSITION TITLE: Chief Finance Officer
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2015
DIVISION(S): All Sites
Under supervision of the Executive Director, recommends and implements Commission financial policy as established by the Board. Plans, directs and supervises all programs, services and employees as it relates to accounting policies, procedures and processes. Oversees budgeting, administers and ensures proper controls of funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other funding sources.
II. Required Employment Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Certified Public Accounting license, for public practice, by the State of Michigan or relevant experience.
Experience: Three or more years of progressively responsible experience as a CPA (preferably with Public Accounting responsibilities) or relevant experience, including extensive experience in a managerial capacity, providing a comprehensive knowledge of public accounting guidelines and GAAP accounting standards and the procedures involved in auditing, and budgeting. Prior customer service experience dealing with the public is required.
Other Requirements: Possession of a valid Michigan Driver’s license and must be insurable by the Commission’s insurance carrier at standard rates.
The qualifications listed above are intended to represent the minimum skills and experience levels associated with performing the duties and responsibilities contained in this job description. The qualifications should not be viewed as expressing absolute employment or promotional standards, but as general guidelines that should be considered along with other job-related selection or promotional criteria.
- Manage the day-to-day operations of the Accounting Division.
- Maintain and keep abreast of changes to all HUD financial reporting and recordkeeping requirements to ensure compliance
- Prepare all financial statements such as; balance sheets, income statements, statements of equity, and cash flow statements and ensure accounts are properly reconciled.
- Advise staff on compliance issues and ensure proper internal controls.
- Regularly review accounting systems and processes for efficiencies.
- Perform ad hoc projects as needed.
- Help leadership to identify profit improvement opportunities.
- Provide accounting guidance, financial analysis, reporting and decision-making and support to local finance teams (site Managers, HCV staff, etc.)
- Lead the annual audit process including contract solicitation, initiating the engagement, preparing applicable work papers, primary interface, etc.
- Maintain accounting controls by implementing proper internal control processes; establishing accounting policies and procedures and perform quality control reviews.
- Validate proper documentation supporting the receipt of funds from residents and other parties. Review and validate daily receipted payments and adjustments.
- Prepare reports for and attend all required meetings with HUD staff, HUD Auditors, Independent Auditors and Commissioners. Responsible for monthly financial reports to be submitted to the Board and HUD finance related reports, i.e. VMS, SEMAP, PHAS LOCCS, CFP, etc.
- Monitor and Manage all Fixed Assets and Inventories.
- Assist with Modernization Coordinator’s process
- Ad Hoc Tasks as assigned
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the above tasks. This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of this position. It is not intended to limit or in any way to modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind, level or difficulty.
Position reports directly to the Executive Director and provides administrative supervision for the accounting staff, accounting process agency wide and administrative resource for the Central Office Cost Center.
To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.
- Supervisory Responsibilities: Position will supervise all staff members with direct responsibility for LHC’s accounting policies and procedures.
- Proficiency in all accounting applications and software
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Proficient in data entry, electronic filing and data retrieval
This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. These include but are not limited to; the following requirements. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements:
- Ability to access office files
- Ability to enter and retrieve information from a computer
- Ability to lift 52lbs, (Box of copy paper)
- Prolonged sitting or standing
*Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements:
Primarily works in office conditions but is required to travel throughout the city to various rental housing sites. Exposure to health hazards, communicable diseases and potential hostile behavior from the public.