Finance Manager

Job Details



End Date

Until Filled


Starting: $136,488 (Range: $136,488 - $177,277)

Job Description

Canby Utility is recruiting for a Finance Manager.  This senior-level position has primary responsibility for the direction, control, and coordination of all financial activities for the utility. These responsibilities include leading, planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling functional areas of accounting, financial and risk analysis, banking and investment services, budgeting, treasury, audit activities, debt management, and information technology systems. This position is classified as a full-time, exempt position with supervisory responsibilities.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the General Manager; Exercises direct supervision over the Customer Service Supervisor, Accounting Clerk, and Purchasing Agent.


  • Assume full management responsibility for all department services and activities, including general accounting functions, budget preparation, financial reporting, banking and investment services, purchasing, auditing, utility billing, information systems, risk, treasury, and debt management. Recommend and administer policies and procedures. Confer, assist, report on, and make recommendations to the General Manager and Board of Directors on complex financial, accounting, and auditing matters.
  • Manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities based on analyzing organizational needs, workload, and staffing levels to provide superior financial applications and customer service.
  • Prepare budget and financial forecasts. Assists department managers with budgeting processes to include forecasted funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, supplies, and training. Present recommended budgets to the Board of Directors. Implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary. Ensure cash reserves are sufficiently funded to manage utility risks.
  • Plan, coordinate, review, and manage the preparation and completion of all financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, company-wide and departmental budgets to actuals, operational reports, and reports to government regulatory agencies. Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports for the Board of Directors and present information at board meetings.
  • Oversee the management of the Utility’s general ledger. Responsible for the development and monitoring of all financial functions, including all revenue, expense, and job cost processes.
  • Manage, implement, enhance, and communicate the Utility’s internal controls. Develop new, or revise existing, accounting policies as needed. Train employees on internal control process improvements and changes. Ensure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Manage the Utility’s investment of funds; responsible for making recommendations of sound prudent investments.
  • Serve as the Utility’s liaison with external auditors of activities involving the annual audit.
  • Perform or work closely with outside consultants to analyze electric and water revenue requirement studies, cost of service and rate studies, water system development charge updates, and recommend rate adjustments to assure prudent financial management of the organization.
  • Ensure accurate payroll and purchasing processes are followed and compliant with state and federal laws. Approve payments, sign checks, and authorize wire transfers.
  • Oversee administration of the Utility’s information technology functions, including file servers, network resources, data resources, hardware and software, and cyber security. Provide information on technology options and recommended improvements.  Provide internal support when necessary.  Develop and administer the information technology annual budgets. Serve as liaison to outside information technology consultants.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive customer inquiries and complaints related to utility billing and collection functions, and customer service personnel as needed.
  • Supervises work, conducts performance planning and evaluations, documents personnel action, participates in the interview process, hires and terminates subordinate employees following established policies and procedures, collective bargaining agreements, and state and federal law.
  • Ensures compliance with work rules, policies, procedures, and safety practices.
  • Attends evening meetings as required.

Job Related Qualifications

Mandatory Requirements: Broad knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of accounting and budgeting, financial analysis and reporting, internal controls and auditing procedures, cash management, and investments. Advanced understanding of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Ability to plan, develop and implement fiscal management practices and systems, apply management theories and principles, and coordinate debt financing activities. Advanced knowledge of personal computers and related software applications. Must be able to prepare informational analyses and perform problem-solving to assess large amounts of information and formulate decisions. Ability to select, supervise, train, motivate, and evaluate staff. Ability to make presentations, communicate effectively with coworkers, management, appointed officials, and the general public, and display excellent interpersonal skills and awareness of controversial and/or sensitive issues.

Education and Experience: Equivalent to a complete four-year university education in Finance, Public Administration, Business Management, or a related field; and eight or more years of experience, which includes at least three years of supervisory experience, or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the above duties.

Desirable Qualifications: Possession of a Certified Management Accountant designation or Certified Public Accountant.  Previous Oregon municipal electric or water utility experience.  Completion of a Master’s degree program in Public Administration, Finance, or related field.  Working with Professional Computer Systems software.

Special Requirements

Must be able to pass a pre-employment credit check and be able to be bonded.


To be considered for the position, a completed application, cover letter, and resume must be submitted by the deadline.  Applications and a complete job description can be downloaded from our website or obtained at our office located at 1265 SE 3rd Ave., Canby, Oregon.  For more information or to obtain an application by mail, email or fax, call Barbara Benson at 503-266-1156 ext. 312.  A pre-employment driving history, credit check, and background checks are required after receiving a conditional job offer.  We will accept applications by email; however, we cannot guarantee that they were received. Please fax (503) 263-6597, mail, or bring your signed application materials to our office.  The position is open until filled with the first review beginning December 8.

Benefits Information

Canby Utility offers an excellent benefits package. Benefits include a 4-10 workweek (M-Th), medical, dental, vision, and life insurance for the employee and family. Canby Utility pays 95% of the employee and family medical, dental, and vision premium costs. Oregon PERS/Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) employer with the employee's mandatory 6% contribution being paid for by the utility. Monthly contributions to the employee’s HRA-VEBA account for medical-related expenses, a 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plan (voluntary participation), Employee Assistance Program, and additional voluntary supplemental benefit options. Canby Utility offers 9 paid holidays. Paid sick leave consists of 12 days per year, or one day per month, after 90 days of employment. One week of vacation at six months and another week at one year.

Notice of Equal Opportunity Employment

We expect employees to be honest, trustworthy, and operate with integrity. Discrimination and all unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) in employment is not tolerated. We encourage success based on our individual merits and abilities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or employment status. We support and obey laws that prohibit discrimination everywhere we do business. We fully consider all qualified applicants including those with a criminal history.