Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):
The City Controller is an executive level position for the City of Boston that reports to the Chief Financial Officer/Collector-Treasurer and is appointed by the Mayor. The City Controller serves as City Auditor, Ex-Officio Member of The Boston Retirement System and as Trustee for The George Robert White Fund and the Brown Fund Trusts. The City Controller is also the primary contact and liaison between the City of Boston and the Boston Audit Committee and the City’s external auditors.
The Auditing Department acts as the Controller of the City, establishing policies that serve as rules or guidelines for City departments so that they may conform with regulatory requirements for handling revenue and expenses, and other areas of financial oversight. The City Controller provides guidance and direction to all City Departments on how best to achieve their financial objectives and goals, be compliant with financial regulations and/or meet a specific accounting requirement. The Auditing Department centrally manages and conducts pre-audits of all City payroll and accounts payable transactions, also serving as the official keeper of the records.
Serving as an advisor and resource to the Chief Financial Officer, the City Controller works to ensure effective and efficient management of the City’s operations; compliance with all relevant laws and regulations; and responsible and transparent financial practices. The City Controller works collaboratively with the Mayor’s Office, Cabinet Chiefs, Department Heads and other members of City Leadership to enhance municipal operations, and is an advocate for change building on best business practices in government by promoting accountability, integrity and clarity in the City’s business operations.
The City Controller plays a critical role in managing the City’s over $3 Billion annual budget and approximately $350 million in external funds that annually flow to the City. The City Controller is also integral to developing strategies for managing the City’s longterm liabilities and developing policies for maintaining internal controls.
The City Controller is responsible for planning and directing the financial and fiscal compliance, program, operational, and information technology audits of all City departments and programs. This involves directing a professional staff to ensure adherence to generally accepted accounting principles, governmental auditing standards and federal uniform guidelines, coordinating audits and communicating the results to the Chief Financial Officer and elected officials.
The City Controller prepares proposals, evaluates response and selects the City’s external auditor. The Controller directly participates in the selection, implementation and ongoing management of the financial and human capital management systems.
As ex-officio member of the Boston Retirement Board, the City Controller holds fiduciary responsibility for the $5.5 billion dollar pension trust which serves approximately 34,000 members and beneficiaries. Board Trustees participate in the selection of financial managers and vendors providing services while providing oversight of general operations which monthly issues 20,000 benefit checks totaling $47 million. The Trustees also review and vote to approve all disability pensions and petitions for accidental death benefits. Board Trustees are exposed to personal liability in furtherance of their fiduciary duties. Massachusetts Law obligates Trustees to attend annual education trainings.
Boston Residency Required at Time of Hire
Salary Range: $110,000 - $160,000 Depending On Experience
Hours per week: 35