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Village of Lake Bluff, Finance Director


Lake Bluff, IL (pop.  5,722) Beautiful, progressive, home rule lake front community with a Aaa bond rating seeks public finance professionals with exceptional interpersonal skills and experience in public finance to serve as the Village’s next Finance Director. The current Director is retiring after 24 years of service to the Village.

The Village of Lake Bluff over looks Lake Michigan as the northern-most point of Chicago’s North Shore. Weaving together small-town, New England charm with easy access to Sunrise Beach, parks, recreation trails, and a host of family-centered experiences. Its culture is buoyed by lively, forward-thinking residents, a sensible and broad-minded government, a thriving commercial historic district (ca. 1895) with a burgeoning commercial corridor and great schools. It’s North Shore Life, Lake Bluff Style. Lake Bluff’s unique character, Americana charm, amenities, and lakeside location have been recognized nationally as well as locally by Chicago Magazine as one of the Top 20 Great Towns and Neighborhoods.

An efficient team of 35 full-time staff (15 law enforcement professionals) provides high-quality, in-house services (Administration, Community Development, Fire (volunteer), Finance, Public Works and Police); and oversees both shared and privatized (Engineering, Legal, IT Support, certain Public Works Functions) local government services as well. Please note the following additional information:

  • The Village of Lake Bluff is on a May 1 to April 30 fiscal year. The Village undertakes a biennial budget process with an annual budget of $14 million. The Village regularly receives GFOA recognition for its budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  • The Village’s Finance Department is comprised of four employees: the Director, an assistant finance director and two clerks. The department is responsible for all traditional finance duties including budget preparation, annual audit, monthly financial reports, accounts payable/accounts receivable, payroll, benefits administration, water billing and oversight of the information technology function (IT is provided through a consortium). The Village has nearly completed the installation of an Enterprise Resource Planning system.
  • The Director participates in the collective bargaining process with the Village’s three unions and is expected to work closely with the other departments on budget and finance issues as well as develop revenue and expense forecasts. The Director is a key staff person for the Village’s Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, and provides a financial report to the Board monthly.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, public policy, business, or a related field. A CPA and/or master’s degree in public policy, public administration, finance or business administration is a plus. Candidates must have at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal accounting/finance or closely related field.

Starting salary range is $135,000 – $150,000 +/- DOQ. Send cover letter and résumé with contact information for five professional references at once but not later than May 26, 2017 to Heidi Voorhees and Kathleen Rush, GovHRUSA, at Tel: 847-380-3240.

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