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Job Opening - Finance Director at NEMCOG



 Supervised by: Executive Director/CEO

General Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, plans and directs the financial accounting and purchasing functions of the entity. Ensures accurate accounting of all NEMCOG funds, prepares the annual budget, monitors expenditures, and oversees debt issuance. Responsible for administering payroll and benefit programs.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

 Finance Functions:

1. Plans, organizes, and directs all aspects of the agency’s finances, budgeting, general administration, and capital needs assessment. Develops and implements policies and procedures, internal controls and reporting forms, and agency financial goals and objectives in accordance the agency’s needs.

2. Maintains all financial records and monitors all accounts of the agency. Plans, organizes, and administers the financial activities of the agency in accordance with accepted fiscal practices, and state and local regulations.

3. Develops and administers agency budget. Works with other members of the agency in developing budget requests and revenue and expense projections. Provides guidance on accounting and reporting procedures, account discrepancies, and agency fiscal policies.

 4. Evaluates financial trends and fiscal status, performs cost analysis and feasibility studies, and prepares periodic reports and recommendations for the Executive Director, Finance Committee, and Board. Attends Board meetings, completes special projects, and makes presentations as requested. Prepares various financial reports required by the city, state, and federal agencies. Creates and maintains forecasting models for the general government and produces charts and tables and analyzes various scenarios.

5. Works closely with auditors to ensure accuracy of financial reporting. Performs the year-end closing of financial records. Provides documentation and information.

6. Performs cash management functions including investment of municipal funds. Research investment options and recommends action to achieve the best possible rate of return.

7. Researches, collects, assembles, and analyzes information for wage considerations (including planning, projections, and compulsory issues)

8. Ability to compile and analyze monthly / quarterly financial records to accurately charge employee hours against projects / grants.

Purchasing Functions:

1. Receives and reviews agency requests for capital purchases. Works with Executive Director to determine type of bid required, assists with bid specifications and documentation, conducts bid process, awards bids, assist with developing contracts, and negotiates with vendors. Maintains and monitors contracts for services and projects. Develops and publishes annual purchasing calendar to assist agency in meeting deadlines for bidding process.

2. Confers with Executive Director and agency attorney in negotiating contracts for services and capital improvement projects as needed. Collaborates with consultants to ensure agency policies and procedures are followed. Responsible for all agency contract administration, execution and distribution.

3. Develops, recommends, revises, and maintains the purchasing policies and procedures manual.

4. Keeps abreast of legislative or regulatory developments, new administrative techniques, and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Maintains cooperative relations with peer agencies and other governmental units. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.

5. Performs related work as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

• A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, public administration, or related field. Designation as a certified public accountant is desirable or demonstrated experience in municipal finance/accounting.

 • Minimum of four years in professional accounting or financial management in a municipal setting.

 • Knowledge of MIP accounting software or other similar accounting software such as BS&A preferred.

 • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and legal regulations of municipal finance, budgeting, accounting, and investing.

 • Skill in responding to internal requests with a high degree of diplomacy and professionalism.

 • Skill in assembling and analyzing financial data, developing operating and capital budgets, and preparing comprehensive and accurate reports.

 • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing, and in making presentations in public forums.

 • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including computers and financial software, and the ability to master new technologies.

 • Ability to critically assess situations and solve problems, and to work effectively under stress, within deadlines and changing work priorities.

 • Ability to evaluate a variety of municipal financial services, analyze operating issues and establish Internal policy and procedural recommendations.

 • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgement, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, elected officials, professional contacts, and state and federal contract and grant employees.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with others and view and produce written documents. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items of light weight.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in a business office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


  • Competitive salary depending on qualifications and/or experience starting at $60,000.00/year
  •  Blue Cross/Blue Shied healthcare
  •  Dental
  •  Vision
  •  Death & disability insurance
  •  Vacation & sick paid time off
  •  Cell phone stipend

To apply:

Mail, email or drop off a letter of interest AND ResumeĠ› to:

             Doug Baum, Executive Director

            Northeast Michigan Council of Governments

            P.O. Box 457

            80 Livingston Blvd, Suite U-108

            Gaylord, MI  49734


Position Opening:

Accepting applications until close of business (received or postmarked by) Friday March 24, 2023. Preferred receipt by email.

Background checks will be performed and references will be reviewed.



Created on Tuesday, February 28, 2023