Careers - City of Cornwall

Supervisor, Property Tax and Assessment

The City of Cornwall is a progressive community of 47,000 situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario.  Cornwall boasts a modern economy led by forward thinkers and offers an extensive array of urban amenities making it an excellent place to build a career and raise a family. 

Reporting to the General Manager Financial Services and Treasurer, the Supervisor, Property Tax and Assessment is a key member of the Municipality’s Financial Services’ team and is responsible for the control, management, and maintenance of effective taxation, utility billing, revenue and collection programs, customer service initiatives, corporate cash management and cash handling, and providing treasury administration support. As a member of the leadership team in Financial Services, key responsibilities will include the development of long-term strategic goals and priorities for your team, as well as ensuring objectives and priorities are aligned with the Department/Organizational strategic direction. You will also play a key role in business support, budgeting, audit, and reporting. You will lead a motivated team and enable high performance by ensuring functions are aligned to support the strategic focus and growth of the Department.

Through the Municipality’s succession planning program, we are seeking a qualified team leader in this role who is looking to grow with the City of Cornwall. This mandate will require leadership that embraces the mission of the Department and a leader who is comfortable in an environment driven by integrity and respect. This position interacts frequently with the general public and provides expertise in the area of property taxation and assessment to Senior Management and Council. The Municipality is looking to recruit a talented individual with a passion for service.

As an ideal candidate, you will have a University degree or college diploma in business, commerce, accounting, or finance. Demonstrated knowledge and a minimum five (5) years of financial analysis, reporting, budgeting, cash management, and audit experience; with a minimum of three (3) years in a supervisory role. The position will require thorough knowledge of municipal finance including taxation and revenue billing and collection, ensuring the integrity of the Municipality’s assessment base in coordination with the City’s Assessor and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), and legal procedures and legislation associated with the Municipal Tax Sale process. Fundamental to your success will be your ability to deal with sensitive collection matters as it relates to the ratepayers in our community. You will have knowledge of applicable legislation, bylaws, legal proceedings and the ability to interpret legislation/regulations, such as the Municipal Act and the Assessment Act, as it relates to tax collection policies. Knowledge of Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) standards, successful completion of the Municipal Tax Administration Program (MTAP), and a CPA designation will be considered as assets.

Candidates must possess an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in each of the following technical competencies: policy analysis, leadership and interpersonal management skills, issue analysis, conflict resolution, financial/contract negotiation, and management. We are looking for an individual who has a strong customer service orientation; listening skills; coaching/motivational skills; adaptability; advanced computer skills; and negotiation skills. The ideal candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills with experience preparing and presenting reports.

Must be proficient in the use of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook). Must have demonstrated experience with financial systems for financial reporting and budgeting (the City uses Diamond and FMW). Must be able to demonstrate the ability to learn new systems and web applications; proven problem-solving and mathematical skills to check and perform calculations required to produce necessary reports and statistics; the ability to work under pressure, adapt to changing priorities, and meet strict deadlines.

The City of Cornwall offers a competitive compensation and benefit package with a starting annual salary of $82,230.

The deadline for submissions is July 2, 2020. Please submit your resume in confidence to: Quoting File:20-58 – Supervisor, Property Tax and Assessment

The Corporation of The City of Cornwall is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required.  Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

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