The Comptroller is responsible for developing and maintaining financial records, preparing and reviewing budgetary materials, exercising budgetary controls and serving as the municipal expert in the Softright accounting system; all other related work, as required.

Works under the general direction of the Chief Financial Officer in the Administration & Finance Department. The incumbent may be expected to report to the Town Council and Finance Committee upon request in regard to financial matters of the town, including but not limited to, year to date budget reports, financial statements, and audit related documents. The incumbent will also be subject to an annual performance review by the Chief Financial Officer.

Performs a variety of complex and highly responsible duties requiring extensive judgment and initiative in ensuring that all municipal transactions conform to law and sound municipal accounting practice.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Directly supervises full-time (currently three) employees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Works cooperatively with the Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and other financial officials in the day-to-day management of Town finances.
  • Manages the daily operation of the accounting staff in the Finance office; disciplines and evaluates the performance of staff; provides training and mentoring to staff to ensure maximum efficiency.
  • Maintains and oversees official accounting records for town appropriations, expenditures, and revenues for all town offices; assists in writing financial reports, financial forecasting reports, and preparing a variety of mandated and/or requested specialized reports for the Chief Financial Officer, Town Manager, and the Finance Committee.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or a related field; five years of experience in municipal or governmental accounting and law, including supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements
Certification as Governmental Accountant by Massachusetts Auditors and Accountants Association.