Pattye Benson

Community Matters

Finance Director

Tredyffrin's Finance Director position is now available . . . Township in need of Chief Financial Officer

The position of Finance Director is available in the township. Yes, our current Chief Financial Officer Dave Brill has given notice to the township; it is my understanding that he has taken a similar position but closer to home. I know Dave personally and he has been a real asset to the township. Dave understood the larger financial picture in the township and responded with forward-thinking and a vision for the future. His thoughtful, management style in dealing with township issues and resident concerns will be sorely missed. I offer Dave best wishes for his future position. Dave’s departure is a township loss, but now his position is available.

I thought there might be some local residents that are looking for a new job opportunity in their backyard. Do you have the skill set to serve as Chief Financial Officer for Tredyffrin? If interested, I have included the job specifications below. I have emailed Mimi Gleason for a salary range for the position — if I receive a definitive response, I will let you know. [Just heard back from Mimi; the salary range is $90-100K] . This could be an opportunity for someone to live and work in their own community. Although it may not be possible, I would like to encourage the township manager and supervisors to consider giving ‘bonus points’ to hiring a Tredyffrin resident for the position. (Of course, I assume that the Tredyffrin resident is equally qualified as the non-resident applicant). Please forward this post to friends and neighbors who may be qualified for the position and are currently unemployed, or looking to make a job change.



Chief financial officer of the Township; provides leadership and coordination of Township financial planning and budget management functions.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance or related field (master’s preferred) and a minimum of ten years in progressively responsible financial management positions. Must be bondable.

Email a cover letter and resume to .

Job Description: Runs the finance department, reports to the Township Manager.

Requires knowledge of:

•government finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles, including generally accepted accounting principles.

•internal control procedures

•record retention and safeguarding requirements regarding journal entries, account reconciliations, and general ledger reports

•federal and state financial regulations

Requires ability to:

•independently perform professional accounting work, including analysis of financial data, financial/accounting reports, statements, trends and projections

•supervise, evaluate and improve accounting operations and recommend and implement financial policies and procedures

•understand and utilize general office and specialized accounting and reporting software

•motivate staff to produce quality materials within tight time frames and simultaneously manage several projects

•participate in and facilitate group meetings

•maintain confidentiality when working with sensitive or personnel-related records

•communicate effectively orally and in writing

•establish and maintain effective relationships with employees, officials and the public

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Manages and supervises finance staff to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.

2. Analyzes monthly and year-end reports to confirm revenue and expenses are in accordance with budget; recommends cost control measures or other improvements where appropriate.

3. Develops an annual report of revenues, transfers, and expenses for all funds.

4. Manages cash flow and the investment of idle funds.

5. Prepares financial analyses for union contract negotiations and significant purchase decisions.

6. Works with department heads and staff to develop five-year operating plans.

7. Recommends benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance of departments and measures performance against the benchmarks and operating plans.

8. Works with department heads to plan for purchases and resale of vehicles and equipment.

9. Assists in the preparation of the annual budget and in monitoring budget compliance.

10. Serves as staff liaison to the Municipal Authority and Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee.

11. Coordinates with underwriters, bond counsel and rating agencies relative to issuance of short- and long-term debt.

12. Explains financial policies, procedures, reports and ordinances to Township staff and elected and appointed officials and recommends appropriate modifications.

13. Keeps abreast of new legislation, regulations and amendments that could impact Township accounting or finances and advises on relevant implications and applications.

14. Provides professional advice to elected officials; makes presentations to elected officials, commissions, civic groups and the general public.

15. Other duties, as assigned.

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