Utilities Board Specialist
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
About Our Office:
The Office of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury is responsible for the audit of state and local governmental entities and participates in the general financial and administrative management and oversight of state government. The Office is led by Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, a constitutional officer who is elected by the Tennessee General Assembly.
In the Comptroller’s Office, we strive to deliver on our mission to make government work better. We believe our success as an office depends on finding opportunities for employees to accomplish our office’s goals and answer challenges to make things better.
We want every member of our team to be excited to come to work every day and be challenged. Through dedicated hard work and commitment, every Comptroller’s Office employee accepts personal responsibility to accomplish our mission and uphold it.
The Utility Management Review Board ("UMRB") and the Water & Wastewater Financing Board ("WWFB") ensure the financial integrity and stability of governmental utilities. This position is within the Division of Administration and serves the Boards, assisting with a wide range of duties that drive the critical operation of both the UMRB and the WWFB. Board staff examine the books and records of local utilities to provide technical, managerial and financial recommendations.
Major responsibilities for this position will include:
- Review audits and financial plans of local utilities that fall under the Boards' purview.
- Collaborate with local utilities to develop financial plans to present to the Boards.
- Monitor legislation relevant to the Boards. Assist legislators with certain issues and questions related to the Boards and utilities.
- Communicate with various utility stakeholders, including utility employees, local government officials, various state agencies, engineers, attorneys, CPA firms, and legislative staff to resolve financial, technical, and managerial issues related to utilities throughout the state.
- Prepare various correspondence related to the Boards and maintain permanent records of the Boards' activities.
- Schedule and assist in setting the agenda for Board meetings. Ensure that minutes are properly recorded and archived. Prepare the annual utility report to the General Assembly.
- Respond to utility customer complaints.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the competency, knowledge, skill, and ability required to be a successful candidate for this position.
A degree in accounting or business administration from an accredited college or university is preferred. Other combinations of education/experience, if equivalent, may qualify an applicant for consideration.
Travel may be required with time varying by the Board caseload.
Candidates should possess knowledge of accounting theory and practices and have excellent math skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Candidates should have the ability to deal tactfully with the public and co-workers, exercise good judgement in evaluating situations and making decisions, and be able to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly. Successful candidates will be innovative, take personal responsibility to get results, and adapt to changing priorities and deadlines while maintaining accuracy and consistency.
The Comptroller's Office offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes twelve days each of annual leave and sick leave, insurance plans, pension retirement plan, 401(k), college fee waivers, and much more.