Deputy Director of Finance | Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)

The Deputy Director of Finance will be responsible and accountable for directing, planning, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department. The incumbent is responsible for the implementation of standards, targets, policies, and plans to ensure Authority financial stability, and department operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Responsibilities:
• Oversee day-to-day programming, services, and activities for all functions and staff of finance such as budgeting, general accounting, asset management, procurement, grant management, and financial controls.
• Implement, enforce, and recommend financial controls to safeguard Authority assets, define transaction flows, assuring that transactions processed conform with rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures.
• Lead and evolve capital fiscal process improvements and automation efficiencies around planning, development, analysis, and reporting to key stakeholders.
• Manage the preparation of financial reports, including internal and external financial statements, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PaPUC) financial reports, operating and capital budgets, year-end annual audits, comparisons to budget, reporting to government agencies, and capital project analysis.
• Maintain a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes a minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
• Develop, manage, and report on Key Performance Indicators to measure work performance and operation requirements.
• Oversee the development and submission of external funding applications.
• Management of the operating and capital budget development, preparation, and administration; provide advice to all PWSA departments on budget preparation and budget management issues.
• Develop and maintain financial rate models and budget revenue forecasting.
• Monitor and evaluate departmental performance; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
• Partner with leadership on matters of policy and short and long-term planning.
• Coordinate with departments for fleet and facility-related inquiries; ensure fleet inventory is tracked and disposed of properly.
• Prepare and make recommendations for the departmental budget expenditures including personnel, equipment, and capital planning budgets.
• Maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the fields of accounting and budget including legislation, court rulings, and professional practices and techniques; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
• Supervise, evaluate, coach, mentor, train, discipline, and motivate staff and contractors.
• Performs other related tasks as assigned or required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Extensive ability to develop and implement best practices to promote continuous improvement, operational efficiencies, innovation, and excellent customer service.
• Strong management skills (planning, organizing, analysis, problem-solving, team working, employee development).
• Advanced knowledge and understanding of GAAP and GASB accounting standards.
• Excellent leadership skills, with the ability to lead, motivate and empower employees.
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of general, fund, governmental, cost, and fixed asset accounting.
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of public agencies budgeting, principals, methods, practices, and legal requirements for public agency capital financing.
• Knowledge of applied research methods and statistical financial analysis techniques.
• Skilled in a variety of technology platforms with proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

Education/Experience Requirements:
The following requirements list the minimum education/training/experience required to qualify for this job. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be accepted:
• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or related field from an accredited four-year college or university. Master’s degree preferred.
• 7-10 years of related experience with a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.

General Requirements: Applicant must present a current, valid Class C (Class 1) Motor Vehicle Operator’s License at the time of application or before appointment. A valid driver’s license must be maintained throughout employment. Applicant must present an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination at the time of application or before the commencement of work (subject to applicable law including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 reasonable accommodation requirements). Applicants are also subject to a System for Award Management (SAM) or any successor system search as maintained by the General Services Administration (GSA) to ensure compliance with federal procurement and non-procurement programs.

Residency Requirements: Applicant must have permanent residency within one of the following Pennsylvania counties at the time of appointment and remain a resident within one of the noted counties throughout employment with the PWSA: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Indiana, Washington, or Westmoreland.

Examination: A drug screen, background check, and/or physical may be required for appointment.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and see, talk and hear.
• The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.
• The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and depth perception.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to a moderate or quiet noise level in the office work environment.
• Subject to remain on duty beyond normal hours or during emergencies or other extensive periods.

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Applications: To be considered for this position, please submit your online application on our PWSA Careers Page: https://www.pgh2o.com/about-us/careers. You may be considered for other available positions based on qualifications provided on your employment application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact the Human Resources Department at:

PWSA Human Resources Department
1200 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-255-8800
[email protected]

An Equal Opportunity Employer: The PWSA does not discriminate against anyone based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, family status, age, or non-disqualifying disability, or on any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

Position: Deputy Director of Finance
Division: Finance
Rate: $135,000 - $155,000
FLSA: Exempt
Reports to: Director of Finance
Application Deadline: Until Filled