Financial Business Manager, City of Asheville (continuous)

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Closing:  Continuous, with weekly review of applications
Salary: $66,000 – $95,000 annually

The City of Asheville is excited to hire a full-time, exempt Financial Business Manager to join the Public Works Department. The purpose of this position is to perform fiscal administrative duties in the management of the department’s finances and financial operations. The ideal candidate will have worked in the government sector managing the business and financial operations, providing excellent customer service to both internal and external stakeholders, have experience with fixed/physical asset management, have grant management experience and have a comprehensive background of financial and budgeting processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, manage and report on the department’s operating and capital project budgets and work-plans; monitor the budget throughout the year to investigate variances, reconcile discrepancies, make adjustments, etc. 
  • Projects and monitors departmental revenues, expenditures and assesses; conducts frequent analysis of budget-to-actual and provides update reports to management. 
  • Manages federal, state, county and local grants by understanding grants, preparing and submitting reimbursements, ensuring reports are submitted on time, maintaining supporting documentation, applying for new grants and coordinate with finance to ensure accurate financial grant reporting. 
  • Manages the department’s logistics, which includes monitoring, managing and providing recommendations regarding departmental equipment, gear, fleet and other fixed and physical assets. 
  • Develops and prepares materials/documents, statistics, reports, presentations and other items for City Council, other departments, boards and commissions and other internal and external entities. 
  • Supervises staff by assigning and reviewing work, conducting performance evaluations and supervising reimbursement of employee expenses. 
  • Conducts research and analysis on various financial, budget and grant related items.   
  • Ensures the department’s financial retention efforts are in compliance with State Retention Policy by maintaining database to track archived items and managing destruction of records. 
  • Attends city and public meetings to answer financial and budgetary questions; attends internal meetings to provide unit updates. 
  • Represents the department on special task forces and committees. 
  • Collaborates with various departments and agencies to coordinate effort and manage projects. 
  • Provides customer service to internal staff and external customers, which includes resolving concerns, attending meetings, participating in work groups, assisting customers as needed, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive understanding of the field and application of advanced principles, techniques and theory. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of governmental finance and budgeting. 
  • General knowledge of grant management and reporting. 
  • General knowledge of asset management, to include fixed and physical assets.
  • Ability to interpret, process and use complex workplace data and graphics with abundant information and/or challenging presentations including detailed charts, tables, graphs and forms and/or complicated diagrams or maps. 
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive research on organizational polices and procedures, best practices and innovative techniques. 
  • Ability to compile data and prepare formal reports or recommendations which may be shared with others, verbally or in writing. 
  • Ability to think creatively for work practices, programs and policies. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written form. 
  • Ability to research program documents and narrative materials, and develop reports from information gathered. 
  • Ability to analyze situations to pinpoint problems and assist with solving problems or identifying sources of obstacles. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships as required by work assignments. 
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. 
  • Ability to analyze and interpret policy and procedural guidelines and to apply this understanding to tasks. 
  • Ability to bring resources together to resolve a problem or provide a solution.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field; at least five (5) years of related work experience and at least one (1) year of supervisory experience. 
  • Experience working in a municipal, federal and/or state government is preferred. 
  • Experience managing federal, state, county and local grants preferred.