Due to the pending retirement of the Chief Financial Officer, MEC invites applications for this leadership position that reports directly to the General Manager. The CFO will direct the affairs of the Accounting Department by setting the direction of their activities, and achieving goals in pursuit of MEC's vision, "Our business is providing energy. Our mission is serving our Members." The successful candidate will be one of integrity with an unwavering commitment to effective communication and teambuilding.
Key responsibilities include:
Leadership: Assists the General Manager and others in evaluating, formulating, and implementing policies and programs. Participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of the Cooperative's strategic plan. Fosters a culture of excellence and a work environment that encourages team member ownership.
Accounting and Internal Controls: Develops the Cooperative's budget utilizing its work plan for approval by the General Manager. Coordinates the annual audit by the independent auditing firm. Oversees internal controls to provide effective control and safeguarding of Cooperative assets. Ensures compliance with all federal, state and county tax laws and preparation of tax statements required of the Cooperative.
The CFO represents MEC in various capacities with other utilities and agencies, serving to promote positive member relations in the community. The CFO also nurtures contact within the industry and keeps abreast of current accounting and taxation trends and all applicable laws and regulations.
Demonstrated leadership skills, high ethical standards, strong written and interpersonal communications skills and high business acumen is required. Promoting teamwork is essential.
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting or related field. Additional courses in advanced or managerial accounting would be beneficial and at least five years of experience in public utility accounting or public accounting or the equivalent combination of education and experience. CPA or CMA preferred. Supervisory experience required.
Missoula Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned electric cooperative with 42 employees providing service to more than 14,600 meters within a 986-square-mile service area located in western Montana. Residential members are the co-op's largest single consumer group.
Missoula, the second largest city in Montana with a metropolitan population of more than 117,000, is the home to the University of Montana, a public research university. Missoula is a regional destination for shopping, dining and cultural events including symphony, ballet, theatre, film festivals and college sports. Three rivers run through town adding to the charm of the city. The area is a haven for outdoor recreation and wildlife opportunities including fishing, hiking, birding, biking and camping.