State of Montana Financial Manager - 50005 in Helena, Montana

[Montana DNRC]

At DNRC we are passionate about our ensuring Montana’s land and water resources remain a benefit today and for future generations. We are actively seeking an executive level manager who values the vast resources in our treasure state as much as we do.

Yes, we fight fire across Montana and provide volunteer fire departments with resources, but are you aware our agency also owns 5.2 million acres of state land that generates revenue for K-12 schools? Last fiscal year our Trust Lands Division distributed over forty-three million dollars. $43 million. Not chump change. Or how about that we are a significant resource to assist small communities, through grant funding, restore their natural resources who otherwise would not have the means to do so. Small communities matter in Montana.

The Water Resources Division’s (WRD) Administration Unit oversees the following division programs: 1) Water Rights Bureau comprised of administering new appropriations, changing existing water rights and a statutorily mandated centralized records system; 2) Water Adjudication Bureau adjudicates Montana's existing or pre-1973 water rights; 3) Reserved Water Rights Implementation Bureau will oversee the ongoing responsibilities and tasks of implementing the state’s water compacts; 4) State Water Projects oversees state-owned water projects and maintenance of 58 state water projects, rehabilitation of state-owned water storage projects (DNRC's and other state agencies), operation of state-owned hydroelectric plants and provides water purchase contract accounting and other assistance to water user associations involved with state projects; 5) Water Management Bureau oversees basin management planning, hydro-sciences technical support; water policy development, interstate and international water allocation, planning and negotiations, and water education; 6) Water Operations Bureau is comprised of dam safety, floodplain management, Board of Water Well Contractors technical and administrative support, and water measurement; and 7) eight regional offices located throughout the state. The division employs approximately 142 staff and has a biennial budget in excess of $30 million. The Administration Unit provides overall management to the division; technical management and support in the areas of fiscal management, human resources management, graphic design and web support, contracting and procurement; and also administrative support to the Division’s four bureaus.

Description of Duties:

The purpose of this position is to provide upper level management with financial information for decision making. The position develops and manages the budget and provides fiscal oversight to ensure the department is within legislative budget requirements and that the budget allows the Division’s goals and objectives to be met. The position participates in analyzing funding alternatives and strategies to accomplish the strategic goals for the division. Other key duties of this position include:

  • Coordinating and overseeing the development of the biennial budget for the agency.

  • Working closely with the division administrator, bureau chiefs and regional managers in preparing for the legislative session; responding to issues that arise during the session, and managing special projects that are the result of legislative activity.

  • Coordinating and finalizing fiscal notes for the department.

  • Developing and implementing changes to policies and procedures based on audit requirements and revisions to the budget.

  • Overseeing and approving budget status reports for all bureaus and regional offices within the division.

  • Making recommendations to alternate courses of action as necessary (i.e. funding options, delay expenditures, etc.).

Education/Experience: This position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree but prefer a Master’s degree in business or public administration with coursework in finance, accounting, and personnel; and five years experience in a progressively responsible business management environment including government finance. With extensive knowledge of: 1) the principles, practices and theory of accounting, government budgeting and accounting, state biennial budget process; 2) financial statutes and policies, funding sources and associated limitations, fiscal planning and analysis, federal grant accounting, contract administration, records management; 3) reconciling and analyzing complex account activities, and identifying and resolving errors and discrepancies.

Considerable knowledge of government operations and procedures, federal grant reporting; contract administration and contract law; Department mission and Division goals and objectives; and employment law, program requirements, and personnel management practices and techniques.

Application & Selection Process: The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSTION ARE: Your online State of Montana application; Cover Letter; and Resume .

In your cover letter please state how your skills and experience meet the qualifications for the position and addresses the following:

  • Please describe your education and work experience in fiscal management specifying your background on budget request preparation, ongoing budget management, and preparing expenditure projections.

  • Please describe your knowledge of and experience with government fiscal policies and procedures and general government accounting systems.

HELPFUL HINT: You must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application.

Eligibility to work: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card".

Job: *Environmental Sciences

Title: Financial Manager - 50005

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 19140084