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Director, Department of Financial Affairs

The Mid-America Regional Council, the Kansas City area’s metropolitan planning organization and voluntary association of local governments, is seeking an outstanding leader for its Department of Financial Affairs, which leads the agency's fiscal management and administrative activities including budgeting and financial planning; accounting; financial statements and reporting; investments and banking; purchasing and contracting; and personnel, grants and office administration.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic, capable and mission-driven professional to extend MARC’s tradition of excellence in financial management and to lead the agency in developing business and financial practices necessary for an evolving set of functions and financial models.

About the Mid-America Regional Council

MARC is the nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region of some 2 million people. Governed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected officials, MARC serves 119 cities and nine counties that include Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

MARC provides a forum for the region to work together to advance the social, economic and environmental progress of the Kansas City region and to promote regional cooperation through leadership, planning and action. MARC supports a broad range of regional functions that have become widely regarded for innovation and effectiveness in areas that include transportation, environmental protection, emergency management, aging services, workforce and economic development, early education and local government cooperative services. MARC’s work is fueled by confidence and support among key civic and public institutions and is carried out through effective community partnerships. We are committed to core values that include integrity, innovation, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, excellence in performance, and service leadership. See www.marc.org for more information.

MARC’s Financial Affairs Department

As one of six operating departments within MARC, the Department of Financial Affairs manages the financial and personnel systems that support MARC programs and services. The department has a strong track record for effective financial administration, which has earned the confidence of a wide variety of federal, state, local and civic partners that use MARC to carry out a broad range of cooperative functions and vital public services. Because of our sound financial practices, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded its prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to MARC for 29 consecutive years (fiscal years 1987–2015).

The Financial Affairs Department is supported by 14 highly capable staff members; 10 devoted to financial and grant management and four to personnel and administrative support functions. Strong financial oversight is provided by a network of functional committees and the Budget & Personnel Committee, a subcommittee of the MARC Board of Directors, which also functions as an Audit Committee.

The Financial Affairs Department manages a financial system that includes multiple funds, over 150 active grants in a typical year and a $59 million budget. Revenues include significant federal and state grants and contracts; contributions for shared services from local governments, nonprofit agencies and institutions; philanthropic and corporate support; and charges for services.

MARC uses three types of funds to manage its resources: governmental, proprietary and fiduciary. These accounting entities are separated for the purpose of carrying on specific activities or attaining certain objectives in accordance with regulations or program objectives. MARC maintains four governmental funds (a General Fund, two Special Revenue Funds, and a Capital Projects Fund), for which financial statements are prepared on the modified accrual basis. The Proprietary Fund financial statements are prepared on the accrual basis of accounting. MARC uses fiduciary funds to account for resources held by MARC for the benefit of others. Because these resources are not available for MARC’s operation, they are not presented in the agency financial statements.

MARC utilizes Microsoft Great Plains (GP) software for its core financial management system (financial reporting, grant management, general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and fixed assets). Management Reporter is used for report writing, which is being phased out as a new software tool, Prophix, is deployed for the annual budget and report writing. A separate software package, Ungerboeck Systems International (USI) Event Business Management Software (EBMS) software is used for reporting and accounting of revenues for events and training activities. MARC uses Ceridian Employer Services for processing payroll and payroll taxes on a biweekly basis. MARC’s currently retains RubinBrown, Certified Public Accountants, for auditing and related advisory services.
MARC maintains a subsidiary 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, the Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation (CSC), which receives grants that otherwise are awarded only to 501(c)3 organizations. MARC also supports two public cooperative entities with financial management, accounting services and annual audit report support: the Kansas Eastern Region (Worker Compensation) Insurance Trust (KERIT) and Kansas and Missouri Metropolitan Culture District Commission (remaining funds from the Union Station renovation project).

The Director of Financial Affairs supervises the agency’s human resources, office and risk management functions. Human resources activities are led by a capable team of two professional staff who coordinate employee recruitment, retention, compensation and benefit systems, and the management of employee affairs. MARC is a member of Midwest Public Risk, which pools risks among public organizations for employee medical benefits, property, general liability and workers compensation coverages.

Professional Opportunity

The Department of Financial Affairs is critical to MARC’s ability to carry out its mission to advance regional progress through collaborative initiatives and services. MARC is characterized by its ability to respond nimbly and effectively to shifting public needs and community expectations and to craft practical approaches to address common goals. With greater pressures in the funding environment, we are seeking a leader who will not only maintain the efficacy of our current financial systems, but also lead in development of new financial models and business practices for a broader range of revenue streams and operating functions, working in cooperation with internal managers and external stakeholders.

We are seeking an individual who will also lead efforts to broaden automation of our financial management systems; strengthen our financial reporting and revenue forecasting practices; foster increasing functional integration and cross-training within the department; and develop the capacity of department staff to achieve their professional potential. The Director of Financial Affairs is a member of the MARC staff leadership team, serving as a key decision-maker who contributes to the overall health of the agency and to the effectiveness of MARC programs and initiatives.

Responsibilities of Position

The Director of Financial Affairs plans, directs and supervises financial management and administrative activities for MARC and affiliated entities, including budgeting and financial planning; accounting; financial statements and reporting; investments and banking; purchasing and contracting; and personnel, grants and office administration. As a member of MARC’s executive team, the Director is a valued colleague and peer to five other directors and reports to MARC’s Executive Director.

The Financial Affairs Director is responsible for:

Leadership
  • Provide leadership and oversight for the direction, progress, effectiveness and health of financial, personnel and business affairs for the agency.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and professional support to the Board of Directors, oversight committees and external stakeholders on the agency’s financial and business matters.
  • Provide primary guidance for the development and implementation of financial strategies, business practices, financial policies and resource management procedures.
Management
  • Provide oversight and supervision for staff, operations and direction of the Department of Financial Services.
  • Manage the agency’s financial affairs, including budgeting, revenue forecasting, accounting transactions, payroll, indirect and fringe allocations, grants administration, financial reporting, indirect cost allocation plan, and annual audit.
  • Oversee preparation and reporting of accurate and timely monthly financial statements and special reports.
  • Oversee agency-wide personnel functions including employee compensation and benefits and personnel policies and administration.
  • Manage office administrative functions including office lease management, office space upgrades, purchasing policies, purchase and maintenance of furniture and equipment, and office operations.
  • Provide support to operating departments in effective grant administration and reporting.
Institutional
  • Serve as a member of the MARC leadership team, supporting its mission to advance the progress of metropolitan Kansas City by contributing to the overall health of the agency and to the effectiveness of its programs and initiatives.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal director will be an effective energetic, mission-driven leader and a highly capable, proven financial manager. The successful candidate will:
  • Demonstrate outstanding financial management competencies, a deep understanding of public, nonprofit financial systems, and a working knowledge of public policy and service systems at the local, regional, state and federal levels.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial talent and initiative, creativity in problem-solving and openness to innovation, as well as vision and effectiveness in developing systems and long-term plans supported by concrete strategies.
  • Have strong business acumen, a commitment to fiscal and programmatic integrity, and excellent administrative skills.
  • Be adept in supporting collaboration and complex initiatives involving diverse internal and external stakeholders; have a strong orientation to consensus-driven decision-making and a highly collaborative and politically astute approach to management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interface successfully with civic partners and elected officials.
  • Embrace the use of technology and data to advance agency functions and financial management systems.
  • Have excellent and versatile communication skills in all respects.
  • Demonstrate a collegial, open and accessible management style, with proven success in supervising and motivating professional staff and a strong commitment to staff engagement and professional development.
  • Foster an accountable, positive organizational culture and a leadership style that fosters trust and collaboration.
  • Exhibit personal, ethical and public service qualities consistent with the mission and values of MARC.

Education and Experience

  • Strong, relevant professional leadership and/or experience in managing financial affairs of complexity and character comparable to MARC, with particular emphasis on grant-supported activities.
  • At least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in accounting, finance business administration, or a closely-related field. A master’s degree and Certified Public Accountant certification is highly preferred.
  • Eight or more years of progressively complex and responsible experience in the field, including five years at the management/supervisory level; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Compensation

Starting salary range for this position is $115,000-130,000, depending upon qualifications. MARC offers an attractive team-oriented work environment along with a competitive fringe benefit package.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume when applying online. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 31, 2017; however the position will remain open until filled. MARC is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified persons without regards to race, color, sex, disability, national origin, citizenship, age, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, ancestry or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

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