Chief Financial Officer

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, OR | Full-time

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The Position

The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s Chief Financial Officer provides strategic planning, cost-effective management, and administration of district financial functions, including oversight of accounting, budget preparation and control, payroll, equitable procurement, capital outlay, revenue, investments, and expenditures. The Chief Financial Officer serves as the Director of the Finance Division and manages the day-to-day operations of fiscal operations and budget and accounting. Coordinating with local, state, federal agencies, and community stakeholders, the Director performs analytics and administrative services, including analysis of policies and operating procedures, budget requests, and other financial matters.

The Director leads and exercises oversight of all projects and activities within the division. Projects include incorporating equity into budgeting and purchases and ensuring compliance with various state and federal laws regarding financial procedures and audit requirements. By administering the budget, the Chief Financial Officer forecasts funding needs, monitors and approves expenditures, prepares status reports, and evaluates cost accounting methods, manages short- and long-term debt, and recommends adjustments as needed. The Director manages day-to-day activities such as financial forecasting, oversight of bond activities and provides internal accounting, payroll, and fiscal services for district divisions and employees. Responsible for the division's vision, goals, and objectives, the Director reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures and recommends and administers policies and procedures to increase the effectiveness and accountability of departments.

The Chief Financial Officer is a member of the management team, with broad responsibilities to work collaboratively to lead the District. As part of the management team, the Director works closely with fellow management team members to address and resolve districtwide issues in a supportive and inclusive way, utilizing an equity lens, and focusing on the District’s values and budget priorities. Reporting to the General Manager, the Chief Financial Officer provides direction to and supervises the activities of the Fiscal Operations Manager and Budget and Accounting Manager and indirect supervision of divisional staff.

Priorities

  • Assess the Finance Division systems, structure, and processes. Maintain an equity lens and lead necessary change and transformation through the design and implementation of new programs that increase the effectiveness and accountability of the division. 
  • Collaborate and strategize with district leadership to identify opportunities to overcome the budget constraints and lost revenue from the pandemic, focusing on financial recovery. 
  • Support the multi-year Tyler Munis software implementation. Focus on the remaining components of the implementation and communicate the timeline to ensure a successful transition. 
  • Chair the District’s stand-alone pension plan committee and work with investment advisors, actuary, and legal counsel to monitor the stability of the plan. Propose plan amendments or investment policy changes as needed and directed by the committee. 
  • Partner with the Human Resources Director to prepare for the June 2022 Oregon Schools Education Association labor contract renewal. Provide necessary costs associated with the contract, including compensation, benefits, and paid leave. 
  • Proactively partner and build trust with colleagues and peers throughout the District. Provide financial tools and needed support for the recreation opportunities and programs offered to the community. 
  • Serve as a teammate and collaborator on the District’s management team. Work across divisions to help advance organizational values and priorities.

The Successful Candidate

The new Chief Financial Officer is a strategic, systems thinker who enjoys being a hands-on, working director. With prior experience developing and administering modern budgets, the successful candidate will quickly understand the mission, vision, and values of Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and easily see the big picture and long-term vision for the District. While deeply rooted in financial best practices, the Director brings their own set of diverse experiences that add value and perspective while promoting the importance of long-term financial sustainability.

The successful candidate proactively develops relationships and partnerships throughout the District, building a deep understanding of the financial needs of the organization. Through demonstrated leadership skills, the Director effortlessly builds consensus among a diverse set of stakeholders. The ideal candidate is an effective communicator, believes in transparent communication, and actively keeps others well informed. The ability to routinely translate complex financial data into clear and concise information that is easily understood by leadership, staff, and the broader community is essential.

The ideal candidate provides direction and sets standards for excellence in internal and external customer service. The Director engages in continuous improvement and incorporates principles of environmental and financial sustainability to ensure efficient, safe, and cost-effective services. With a creative approach to problem resolution, the Director collects, analyzes, and evaluates data and information to arrive at sound financial conclusions and recommendations. The Director is known for providing sound financial advice while maintaining the flexibility to meet the evolving needs of the organization.

The Director fosters a culture of trust and respect and will actively promote, model, and support diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. The successful candidate builds and maintains effective working relationships and proactively contributes to a positive team atmosphere. It is important for the Director to set the tone for the department and bring a sense of calm and stability while simultaneously managing an evolving and changing environment. The Director is recognized as a highly effective leader and employs a leadership style that invites participation, builds trust, empowers staff, and promotes a culture that embraces change for the better. The ideal candidate brings a proven background in mentoring and developing employees and believes in effectively building the internal capacity of their team.

Qualifications

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in financial administration, government accounting, budgeting, and/or purchasing, including at least two years of supervisory experience in the public sector, park and recreation, or a related industry is required. Leadership responsibilities in a multi-divisional local government agency are highly desired. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in public administration, business administration, finance, or a related field. A Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified Government Finance Manager is preferred.

We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all employees and the community. As a part of this commitment, all district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment must either submit proof of vaccination or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated.

We understand that some candidates are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. Should you be offered employment with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, there is a process to request a reasonable accommodation that would be considered based on the requirements of the job.

Inside Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 250,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area and eastern unincorporated Washington County. The District provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, 100+ park sites with active recreational amenities, more than 70 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and 1,500+ acres of natural areas.

THPRD was founded in 1955 as a special service district devoted to park and recreation services. The District was built on a shared community vision. Elsie Stuhr, a physical education teacher in Beaverton, inspired her fellow community activists to create THPRD because they saw the need to have a government agency focused exclusively on the community’s park and recreation needs. From our humble origins, we have grown from serving 3,000 people to more than 250,000. The approved budget for 2021-2022 is $64.5 Million, and there are over 491 FTEs.

Mission

The mission of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is to provide high-quality park and recreation facilities, programs, services, and natural areas that meet the needs of the diverse communities it serves.

Vision

We will enhance healthy and active lifestyles while connecting more people to nature, parks, and programs. We will do this through stewardship of public resources and by providing programs/spaces to fulfill unmet needs.

While THPRD is dedicated to providing park and recreation services to the community, we are also committed to doing this work by leading with our values which are centered on:

  • A focus on equity, with special focus on racial equity;
  • Environmental stewardship; and
  • A commitment to our community vision.

At THPRD, we recently adopted an updated Equity and Inclusion Statement to guide our work.

  • We acknowledge that all U.S. government agencies have roots stemming from systemic racism and oppression, including THPRD.
  • We seek to hold ourselves accountable for our role in perpetuating these systems and are committed to taking action to create meaningful change.
  • We aspire to bring people together, to be a welcoming and inclusive park & recreation district, and to live our values of advancing social and racial equity.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for the Chief Financial Officer is $140,388 – $153,144 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Total compensation also includes an exceptional benefits package, including fully paid family medical and dental care contributions, generous paid time off, and meaningful work. THPRD offers a hybrid pension plan (not PERS) that provides for both a defined benefit pension plan at age 65 of 1.5% paid by the employer and a defined contribution plan funded by a mandatory 6% employee contribution in which employees are immediately vested.

How to Apply

We provide all individuals the opportunity to play, learn, and explore, and all employees and volunteers the opportunity to further the District's mission. We do this by removing barriers to participation, fostering an inclusive culture, and offering programs that celebrate the District's diverse population.

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications beginning December 20, 2021.

Questions

For more information or questions regarding the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District or the Chief Financial Officer position, please contact Heather Gantz at hgantz@raftelis.com.

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