Village of Morrisville Water & Light Department
December 14, 2021
857 Elmore St., Morrisville, Vermont
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Morrisville Water and Light is one of the 2,200 not-for-profit public power utilities in the United States. The Village of Morrisville Water & Light Department (MWL) is a small, rural, not-for-profit municipal utility providing reliable water and sewer services to Morrisville and electric service to Morristown and five surrounding Towns.


Position Overview:

The Controller/Office Manager is responsible for all financial and main office administrative operations. As a critical member of the leadership team, this position will ensure that the monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting is completed on a timely basis to ensure the organization can operate efficiently. The Controller/Office Manager responsibilities include accounting operations, taxation, internal controls, audit management, human resources and oversight of the customer billing process. The Controller/Officer Manager is the primary point of contact with key vendor partners. This person needs to have a demonstrated history of success developing the accounting, human resources, and overall management of the Morrisville Water and Light (MW&L) main office.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage all accounting operations, including billing, accounts receivables (A/R), accounts payable (A/P), general ledger (GL), cost accounting, and revenue recognition consistent with MW&L’s policies
  • Provide leadership in the accounting, controls, compliance, and reporting for the organization
  • Oversee and coordinate the information requirements and analysis needed to support the annual financial audit
  • Develop and document processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
  • Create and manage annual operating and capital budgets ensuring financial performance remains on target in partnership with the General Manager
  • Manage, mentor and develop the office team
  • Develop strong relationships across the leadership team to foster teamwork and constructive actions in all areas affecting the organizations strategies
  • Produce and communicate accurate and timely monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports
  • Manage all electric, water, and sewer billing activities
  • Maintains an effective relationship with customers while overseeing all account management activities
  • Ensures compliance with PUC rules related to billing, disconnections, deposits, etc. related to customers
  • Manages Net Metering to include review billings to customers, set up new accounts, etc.
  • Prepare annual filings to PUC
  • Prepare for, plan, negotiate and implement collective bargaining agreement terms, policies, and procedures with the IBEW
  • Manage the Human Resources functions for the organization that includes recruiting, onboarding, drug testing, and managing employee relations
  • Manage all payroll activities and ensure payroll processing is completed on time
  • Prepare and/or manage monthly, quarterly and annual filings for federal and state taxes
  • Design, recommend, negotiate and administer cost-effective benefit programs including managing compliance, and workers compensation
  • Manage electric rate cases prepared by VPPSA
  • Partner with IT to ensure expenditures are accurately forecasted and kept within budget
  • Responsible for managing new password setups and resets
  • Maintains current knowledge, trends, and practices in the utility industry through peer association, attendance at seminars, study, review literature, and proposed regulations
  • Prepares and communicates updates related to the organizations special project fund to the Town
  • Act as VPPSA Board alternate for Morrisville Water and Light
  • Assists, plans and implements safety and security policies and procedures in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations
  • This job description is non-exhaustive, and is subject to regular review


Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Minimum of Associates in Accounting;
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive accounting related experience; industry experience in utilities sector preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in creating financial reporting systems
  • Strong business intellect
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; with demonstrated ability to:
    • Provide leadership in projects and teams
    • Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner
    • Exhibits objectively and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team dynamic
    • Can delegate work by matching responsibilities to the person; sets expectations, monitors progress and gets results
    • Makes timely decisions, exhibit sound and accurate judgment


Interested candidates may apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Penny Jones, General Manager at While we appreciate all interest in this opportunity, only candidates most closely aligned with our search will be contacted.


Disclaimer: What is listed above is representative of the responsibilities of the position but are not meant to be an exhaustive list. Responsibilities may change during employment at the company’s discretion. Morrisville Water and Light does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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