Financial Specialist

Ehlers seeks a dynamic, highly motivated professional to join our Minnesota Team as a Financial Specialist.  Ehlers’ Financial Specialists support our Municipal Advisors with project management across the full spectrum of public finance including municipal debt transactions, economic development and redevelopment, long-term financial planning, fiscal studies, and utility rate analyses.  The successful candidate will benefit from one-on-one mentorship with our Senior Municipal Advisors in order to gain the technical expertise, client service skills, and business development aptitude required to progress to a Municipal Advisor role and manage client relationships independently. The primary client focus for the position includes Minnesota cities, counties, townships, and related governmental agencies.

Job Details

  • Level: Entry-level to Mid-level
  • Job Location: Roseville, Minnesota
  • Position Type: Exempt, non-supervisory
  • Education Level: 4-Year College Degree
  • Salary Range: Undisclosed
  • Travel Percentage: Up to 25%
  • Job Shift: Day
  • Job Category: Financial Specialists

Essential Job Functions

  • Debt Financing

    • Support Municipal Advisor team with client debt engagements from planning and analysis phase through closing and post-issuance
    • Build, update and verify client debt models
    • Prepare debt impact and scenario analysis
    • Review statutory options, regulatory and tax matters, and legal opinions for debt issuance
    • Collaborate with team members to conduct client debt analysis
    • Review client credit profile and engage with rating agencies and other third parties related to credit matters
    • Gain a strong understanding of offering and legal documents that memorialize public debt transactions
    • Manage internal debt issue workflow in consultation with Municipal Advisor team and other work partners
    • Assist with preparation and delivery of informational and transactional documents, reports, and presentations

  • Fiscal Planning & Analysis

    • Work with clients and team members to prepare multi-year financial plans by gathering background data, constructing baseline models, analyzing financial information, and preparing forecasts and fiscal impact analyses
    • Assist clients and team members with operational and capital budget impact analyses

  • Economic Development & Redevelopment

    • Gain a strong understanding of statutory and administrative requirements for the creation and modification of Tax Increment Districts.
    • Prepare reports, cash flow statements and projections for proposed and existing Tax Increment Districts
    • Prepare calculations for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) arrangements
    • Assist with preparation of client TIF district plans
    • Review and analyze development proposals and requests for public assistance

  • General

    • Monitor, evaluate and communicate the client impact(s) of changes in state and federal laws and regulatory requirements
    • Attend client meetings with Ehlers staff and present work product to client staff, administration, and governing bodies
    • Attend and speak at industry events, conferences, and seminars/webinars
    • Identify and seize opportunities for process and technological improvements
    • Recognize and pursue opportunities for on-going training and professional development
    • Actively contribute in a team environment to achieve individual, team, and company goals
    • Perform other duties as required to help fulfill our corporate mission


Requirements

Physical Demands:

  • Perform stationary work 90% of the time using a computer and applicable office equipment.
  • Move about inside the office 10% of the time to access files, office equipment and collaborate with colleagues
  • Travel approximately 25% throughout Minnesota to attend meetings with staff and elected officials, both during and after regular business hours

 Licensing:

  • Obtain Series 50 (Municipal Advisor) license within six (6) months of hire

 Education:

  • 4-year college degree in Public Administration, Business, Accounting, Economics, Math or related field
  • Post-graduate degree or study in related fields is preferred

 Experience:

  • 0 – 3 years’ experience or exposure to the municipal bond industry, government finance, development finance, or public administration

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Fundamental understanding of governmental accounting concepts and principles
  • Ability to size and structure debt (re)financing under the direction of Municipal Advisors
  • Working knowledge of capital financing solutions
  • Understanding of property and other tax systems and user-fee based enterprise systems, such as public utilities
  • Ability to analyze financial and other data to develop feasible solutions, clearly outlining both quantitative and qualitative considerations to offer recommendation(s) to clients.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to understand relationships between budgets and actual financial performance and the sensitivity analysis required for financial forecasting
  • Excellent PC skills using the Microsoft Office suite and database programs
  • Exceptional project management skills, including attention to detail and accuracy

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Ehlers is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
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