Missouri City, Texas, known as the “Show Me” city, has a population of over 80,000 and is conveniently situated 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston. This City is comprised of 428 full-time employees and an FY 2023 annual budget of $199,316,434, which also includes a General Fund Budget of $72,648,897.
The City is looking for a new Director of Financial Services to oversee a department of 18 full-time employees that are responsible for providing Accounting, Treasury, Budget & Performance Management, and Procurement services to city departments, management, and other stakeholders. The department also has an operating budget of just over $2.5 million. The mission of the Financial Services Department is to excel at being forward thinking while maximizing efficiency and maintaining the highest level of integrity, as well as serving as a financial resource to the citizens, employees, and other stakeholders by implementing sound and innovative practices in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines.
The Financial Services Department is focused on being “stewards of public funds” which is evidenced by clean audit opinions and the recent bond rating upgrade to the second highest level Aa1 by Moody’s. The department is very committed to creating a culture of performance and leadership at all levels, continuous improvement, accountability, and transparency to improve organizational outcomes. This includes managing the annual Business Planning Process and the development and monitoring of key performance indicators (KPIs) that track the City’s progress utilizing a performance dashboard tool.
The ideal candidate shall have the political aptitude and emotional intelligence to make financially and ethically sound decisions ensuring the City’s financial transparency, accountability, and sustainability. This highly collaborative leader shall have exceptional interpersonal and analytical skills to bring credibility to the role and can quickly establish mutual respect and trust with City Leadership, City Council, and department staff. The new Director must have a successful track record of identifying challenges and opportunities, effectively utilizing accounting systems and processes, as well as optimizing the use of resources to meet the ever-changing needs of the organization. The ideal candidate must also possess strong management skills to modernize specific functions and re-design the organizational structure to ensure programs and services are delivered effectively and efficiently, that problems get resolved, and details are appropriately covered.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in finance or a closely related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 5 to 7 years of relevant professional experience. A master’s degree and certifications such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and/or Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) are also preferred, but not required.