Finance Director (Unclassified)

JOB CODE: 3034


SALARY RANGE: $81,404 - $135,716

Finance Department

Under the general direction of the Mayor-President, performs very responsible administrative work in planning and directing the financial management of the City-Parish government. Work also includes the responsibility for financial planning, budgeting, accounting, revenue administration, data processing, and the billing and collecting of special assessments and service charges for the City and Parish. The Finance Director directs and coordinates the work of several divisions engaged in various phases of fiscal administration. Although the Director manages a variety of specialized financial and related fiscal operations, primary emphasis is upon the formulation and execution of broad policies rather than upon immediate technical supervision and participation in the detailed activities of these operations. The employee is, however, directly concerned with the development of effective procedures, and procedural improvements in the financial system of the City and Parish. Performs other work as requested.

Compiles budget requests from departments and estimates revenue for coming fiscal year. Maintains separate accounting systems and records for the Parish and City. Enforces line item budgetary control based on encumbrance of purchase orders. Prescribes accounting and budgeting procedures; assists Mayor-President in the conduct of departmental budget hearings. Administers local sales tax collection and collection of special assessments. Directs internal auditing of purchase orders and purchase contracts, the planning, organizing and maintenance of central accounting systems; directs the manner in which subsidiary ledgers are maintained by individual departments. Directs the preparation of statements and reports on City-Parish financial affairs to administrative officials and the general public; works closely with the Council Budget Officer in the analysis of these statements. As a member of the investment committee, assists in determining idle funds and investing the same. Directs the accounting for the Employees Retirement System and participates in the policies of that system as member of the Board of Trustees of the Employees Retirement System. Participates extensively in the development and implementation of financial policies; attends City and Parish Council meetings and also department meetings to explain financial policies.

Knowledge of modern principles and practices of public finance administration, with particular reference to accounting and budgeting. Knowledge of Plan of Government provisions, ordinances, and state laws governing the financial administration of local government. Knowledge of the functions, organization, staffing, and operating procedures of the various City and Parish departments. Ability to plan, assign, and direct the work of administrative and technical subordinates. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other city and parish officials, and the public. Ability to develop sound accounting principles and auditing procedures. Ability to estimate tax revenues within reasonable limits.


Bachelor's degree in accounting; supplemented by graduate work in public administration, six years of progressively responsible experience in governmental accounting and finance administration, and one year of experience as a Finance Director or Assistant Finance Director in a smaller jurisdiction. Section 8.01 of the Plan of Government: Shall be a person skilled in local government accounting, budgeting and financial control, and shall further have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a major course in accounting or public administration, and have six years progressively responsible accounting experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) None.


Unclassified job specifications may be revised at the will of the appointing authority.