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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

MTAS Municipal Finance Training Specialist

The University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) seeks applications for a Municipal Finance Training Specialist in its Nashville or Jackson office. MTAS is an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service that provides technical assistance, consulting, training and research services for Tennessee towns and cities.

The Municipal Finance Training Specialist has responsibility for all aspects of the MTAS Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) Program.   In addition to providing program design, curriculum development, examination development, training material development and classroom delivery, the position updates, validates, and assesses the program on an on-going basis. 

The position also stays current on generally accepted accounting and reporting principles, government finance best practices, applicable state and federal laws and regulations; and maintains program materials in order to provide municipal officials with the most current and relevant information available.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Finance Training Specialist:

  • Develops, maintains, and updates the curriculum for the CMFO Program
  • Delivers CMFO training and continuing education courses statewide
  • Markets and coordinates the CMFO program pursuant to strategic goals
  • Stays abreast of new laws and rules, GASB statements, and other regulatory guidelines to determine their impact on municipal governments and the CMFO Program     

Required Qualifications:

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field.


This position requires at least five years of work experience in accounting or finance.  At least two years of governmental accounting experience working in the municipal government environment, at least two years of experience in teaching governmental accounting or finance, and at least two years of work experience in curriculum development and instruction of governmental accounting or finance is preferred.


This position requires a knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards, Financial Accounting Standards, and general accounting theory. The position also requires a practical knowledge and understanding of the problems faced by municipal finance officials.

The position also requires a professional certification (CPA, CGFM or CPFO) or ability to obtain one within 18 months of hire date. The professional certification must be current and in good standing throughout the time of employment.


This position requires excellent communication skills, both oral and written, a high level of organization skills, and time management skills.


The position requires the ability to:

  • Develop course materials in areas of accounting and finance, and general municipal operations 
  • Teach in a classroom setting 
  • Recruit and schedule temporary part-time instructors 
  • Properly evaluate the performance of temporary part-time instructors 
  • Prioritize projects
  • Travel statewide with overnight travel

Location:  Nashville or Jackson, TN

Applicants are encouraged to review all position requirements prior to applying. Salary is based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications. 

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and references when applying. Position is open until filled.