The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Finance Director/City Treasurer.

St. Joseph, Michigan, (population 8,365) is a vibrant, mature, but modern community with a "small town" feel, a quaint downtown and an outstanding school system.  Nestled on the southeastern coast of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, the surrounding area a lush countryside.   A hospitable coastal microclimate tends to moderate cold temperatures in the winter and hot temperatures in the summer, which produces some of the nation's finest orchards and vineyards and results in the most productive and varied non-citrus fruit growing region in the nation.  St. Joseph is part of a group of communities that together have a population of more than 60,000, with a wide range of residential opportunities ranging from downtown lofts to historic Victorian homes, and 20th century neighborhoods to rural property.  

The City of St. Joseph is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, self-motivated leader who will serve as a strategic partner and organizational visionary to the City’s leadership who are working to move the City forward.  The St. Joseph City government prides itself in providing a very high level of customer service to its residents. The City operates under a City Commission/City Manager form of government. The City Finance Director is appointed by, and reports directly to, the City Commission, while working under the general guidance of the City Manager on a day-to-day basis.  The City Commission is composed of the Mayor, Mayor pro tem and three City Commissioners, who enact ordinances, determine policies, and adopt the annual budget. 

The Finance Department is responsible for administering more than 25 funds with annual revenues totaling $40 million.  The City employs around 125 regular full-time employees.  Under the direction of the City Manager, the Finance Department is responsible for all accounting, tax and water and sewer utility billing functions.  The Finance Director manages the day-to-day operations of four full-time staff and oversees departmental tasks, including cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, capital asset control, budget performance, project/grant accounting, debt administration, utility billing, property tax administration and acts as the treasurer to the City’s self-funded pension plan. The Finance Director develops the annual budget together with the City Manager and the Department Directors. 

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, finance, business administration, public administration, or a related field, and 6 years of related experience, including 3 years in a supervisory capacity, and the ability to be bonded, is required. A master’s degree or CPA credential, and a record of effective work with elected officials and experience in higher-level governmental accounting, budgeting and fiscal management using BS&A accounting applications is preferred.

The City offers competitive benefits including defined benefit pension, health insurance, and paid time off—as well as the opportunity to work with a fantastic team, in a beautiful downtown area, within walking distance of Lake Michigan.  For questions regarding this position including salary range and benefits, call 269-983-0443. For a complete job description online, visit  To apply submit a cover letter and resume to:  City of St. Joseph, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085, Attn:  Human Resources or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The City of St. Joseph is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: June 1, 2021.  Open until filled, however our hope is to have the new Finance Director begin work by mid-July to have an overlap with the current Finance Director.

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