The Town of Wellington, Colorado’s Northern Gateway, is located
on Interstate 25 ten (10) miles north of the City of Fort Collins
and thirty (30) miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming along the Front
Range of the Rocky Mountains offering easy access to either of
these large cities while giving its residents the closeness of
small town charm. With flourishing development activity, Wellington
shows great promise for the future.
The town covers more than three square miles, with an additional
13 miles in the town’s growth management plan which will help
define a continued pattern of expansion for years to come. The
long-range plan for Wellington includes a nucleus of small-town
amenities, residential regions, excellent schools, including a new
high school under construction, a relatively large area of
commercial and light industrial, surrounded by rural housing and
agricultural land. The community has an “old town” center
surrounded by affordable housing developments containing parks and
Wellington is connected to the Front Range and the rest of the
nation with a North-South Interstate Highway (I-25), and close by
there are two East-West Interstate Highways (I-70 and I-80). The
Town of Wellington, as the 4th fastest growing municipality in
Colorado, has experienced unprecedented growth over the years and
is expected to see continued growth, predicted to be around 8%
annually in the next few years. The Town in its efforts to create a
strong retail sector shares a strong partnership with the
Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Program, and other
People are drawn to Wellington for the quality of life,
abundance of jobs, affordable land, moderately priced homes, award
winning schools and countless acres of open space and trails on the
Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Within the 135 acres of open space and 7 parks, the Wellington
recreation department organizes many community events and
activities for children and adults including the annual 4th of July
festival, Christmas Parade of Lights and much more. The library
offers additional programming for adults and youth.
One of Wellington’s assets is the availability of high-quality
schools as part of the Poudre School District. Two elementary
schools along with Wellington Middle School focus on supporting and
educating the youth of the community.
In December 2019, construction began for a new middle/high
school which will serve 1500 students starting in 2022.
The current middle school facility will be repurposed to serve
Grades 4 and 5.
Wellington is conveniently located near the Colorado State
campus located in Fort Collins which is home to more than 33,000
students. The campus is known for its vibrancy, and amenities
including highly attended athletics and cultural arts programs. The
university serves as one of the economic engines for the region.
Additionally, residents have the choice of the Aims Community
College is located in nearby Greeley and Laramie Community College
located just 30 miles away in Laramie, WY.
WELLINGTON AT A GLANCE
Population: 11,500 (est.)
Elevation : 5,201
Total Annual Budget (2020): $61,793,000
Land Area: 3.4 square miles
Median Home Value: $280,700*
Median Household Income: $88,978*
*Source: US Census
Wellington continues to further its reputation as
a well run, financially sound organization. This
growing community has a track record of fiscal
stability with strong general fund revenues and,
while sales tax performance is lagging slightly,
a commitment to economic development
strategies has been implemented to shore up
the commercial sales tax collections. The
Mayor and six elected at large trustees
establish policies to guide the Town’s values,
mission and goals. An appointed Town
Administrator who has been with the Town for 3
years oversees an efficient staff of 40
employees who deliver comprehensive
review and inspections, road maintenance, park
and cemetery maintenance, water and sewer
services, the public library, senior center and
code enforcement. The honest, hard-working
team of employees is focused on superior
quality of customer service to their residents and businesses.
The Finance Director is appointed by and reports to the Town
Administrator. The position will work hand in hand with the
executive management team to provide progressive and collaborative
solutions to residents and businesses.
The Town is on a January 1 fiscal year. The Town has a total FY
2020 budget for all funds of approximately $62 million.
Notably, there is a planned approximately $23 million dollar
capital expense in this budget to address the water plant and other
significant capital needs. Impact fees and Charges for Service make
up the bulk of the revenue stream. There are 9 funds including
General Fund and Capital Improvement funds. The five-year Capital
Improvement plan is also considered as a means to plan for and
address long-term infrastructure expenses.
The Finance Department
The Finance Department oversees the traditional finance
duties including budget preparation, annual audit, monthly
receivable, payroll, utility billing including water,
and storm drainage; regular interaction occurs with the
information technology function. The Director also serves
as the Treasurer for the Town providing investment advice
and guidance to the elected and appointed officials as they
carry out their fiduciary responsibilities.
Budget - The Town is on a January 1 fiscal year. The
Board adopts a mill rate in December of each year. The
departmental staff in conjunction with the Finance
department prepares the budget which is then reviewed by
the Town Administrator and approved by the Town Board.
Operational Oversight - Daily oversight of the financial
operations is required for this position including
and maintaining internal systems and processes in keeping
with financial best practices, GAAP and GASB; preparing
the CAFR, serving as financial advisor and long-range
financial planning and forecasting. The Director will
provide a monthly financial report to the Town
Administrator. The Director will work closely with the other
department directors on financial matters. The Director
fosters a strong, professional customer service orientation
for employees of the Finance Department.
The Town’s Finance Department consists of three and one-half
employees: the Director, the assistant finance director, utility
billing clerk, and one part time accounting services clerk. A
purchasing manager position is presently under consideration in the
Opportunities for the Finance Director
The next Finance Director for the Town of Wellington can expect
to be involved in handling the following:
• Establish a highly collaborative working relationship across
departments to support their efforts and provide guidance, advice
on best practices and financial expertise to ensure fiscal
• Improve the financial reporting materials offered to appointed
and elected officials to allow them to consider policy
consequences, long term trends, and impacts of decisions to assist
in their efforts to govern effectively.
• The Finance Director will assist in developing a multi-year
strategy to implement technology enhancements in the organization
with an eye to improve the business functions offered. Change for
change sake is not desired.
• The Finance Director will be expected to further the
development of the department staff, create a learning environment
that fosters growth and innovation.
• The Finance Director will be charged with evaluating the
purchasing process and established protocols, tools and methods to
implement modifications to improve efficiency.
• The Finance Director will develop an annual spending plan that
ensures fund balances remain strong; communicate budget policy and
ensure organizational priorities are addressed; control operational
expenses and guide reinvestment into the infrastructure. Implement
the GFOA Budget award best practices. The Town has a long-term goal
to secure the GFOA budget award.
• Continue to develop a long-term rate strategy for the water,
waste water and drainage funds to ensure necessary funding for
required capital improvements including an effective resident
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA
The Finance Director is a key member of the Town’s executive
team. This resilient, hard working individual will require strong
technical aptitude, highly developed interpersonal skills,
excellent professional credentials and strong communication skills.
The next Finance Director will approach challenges with an
analytical perspective, framing recommendations with a forward
thinking, sustainable perspective. The Director must have a strong
desire to work in a collegial, team-oriented environment. He/she
must have a sense of humor, be a highly motivated, self-starting
and confident individual. The successful candidate will demonstrate
the ability to prioritize projects, navigate conflict and
demonstrate strong supervisory skills.
The Town is seeking proven candidates committed to excellence in
the delivery of public finance management services.
The following factors of education, experience, leadership
management style, and personal and professional traits have been
identified as necessary and/or desirable for the Director to
succeed in this position.
Education and Experience
• Graduation from an accredited college or university
with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or
related field is required. A master’s or related degree
(MA, MBA, MPA, CPFO and/or CPA degree) is highly
desired. Appropriate FEMA certifications helpful.
• A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible
and technically complex public sector financial
management experience; an equivalent combination of
education and experience, may be considered.
Demonstrated supervisory responsibility in a
functionally similar position is desired. Colorado local
government experience and knowledge of the TABOR
statute is a plus.
• Knowledge of finance department functions and
government accounting principles and standards is
required. Experience with coordinating and overseeing
the annual audit, levy, annual budget, TIF audit/report,
fixed asset reporting/disposition/depreciation and
required narratives for the CAFR.
• Strong understanding of modern budgeting practices
including preparation of Town-wide annual budget;
preparation of transmittal letter, analysis, schedules
and supporting documentation. Understand and
experience with GFOA budget award guidelines.
• An ability to research, formulate, initiate and administer
financial policies and procedures that are founded in
best practices but adapted for a small organization with
• Demonstrated support for and consultation with Town
departments on budgetary matters and asset
management; develop financial and cost analyses to
support sound decision-making.
• Experience and supervision of a financial accounting
system; knowledge of new system implementation
challenges and adaption of practices to ensure
effective use of technology.
• Have demonstrated supervisory experience in creating
an environment of trust, integrity and mentorship where
employees respect one another and where the
Department consistently functions at a high level of
• Have a demonstrated ability to provide strategic
leadership, develop forecasting tools, prepare and
ability to relay financial matters in a common sense,
straightforward fashion to ensure understanding.
Possess strong presentation, writing and interpersonal
• Be technologically savvy and have a demonstrated
record of understanding and utilizing technology
systems and procedures to monitor and measure
departmental productivity and provide timely
information to citizens. Possess proficiency in MS
Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
• Experience in working and collaborating with elected
and appointed officials, and committees.
Management Style and Personal
• Have complete personal and professional integrity,
gaining respect and inspiring the trust and confidence
of subordinates, co-workers, and elected and
appointed officials, as well as the general public.
• Have a genuine passion for public service from both an
internal, department standpoint and for service to the
community; be devoted to customer, community and
• Be a highly motivated, goal-oriented leader with a
proven ability to quickly earn respect, gain cooperation
and communicate clear direction.
• Be a positive and flexible team builder who
demonstrates a strong work ethic and creativity in
solving problems, encouraging employees to find new
and better ways to get work done, while also applying,
maintaining and respecting the regulatory framework
that guides the delivery of municipal services. Be a
manager who both defends his/her staff when
appropriate and holds the team accountable.
• Have an open, friendly personality, a sense of humor
and a calm, deliberate demeanor; be one who can
establish trust quickly with others.
COMPENSATION AND HOW TO APPLY
The starting salary range for this position is +/- $101,000
Candidates should apply with resume, cover letter and contact
information for five work-related references to
http://govhrjobs.com/ to the attention of:
Kathleen Rush, Vice President
630 Dundee Road, #130
Northbrook, IL 60062
The Town of Wellington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.