Finance Director, Cleveland County (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled
Hiring Range:  $85,000 – $104,166 annually


Performs complex executive work planning, organizing and directing the financial activities of the county, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the County Manager. Departmental supervision is exercised over all personnel within the department.


  • Plans, organizes and supervises the operations of the finance department and EMS billing, including disbursement and accounting of county funds, purchasing processes and preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Familiar with federal and state Department of Health and Human Services funding.
  • Supervises a staff of professionals, technicians and support positions; conducts hiring, training, motivations, communications, employee development and performance management and evaluation.
  • Materially participates with county manager the development of the annual general operating budgets; makes recommendations to the manager in directing the formation of county financial policies and in the final preparation of the budget; communicates with operational department heads and drafts 5-year capital improvement plan.
  • Helps manage organizational vision and culture through development and creation of community and professional partnerships; works toward achieving commission strategic goals.
  • Assists department heads with projected revenues and expenditures; reviews departmental budget requests for accuracy and justification of resource allocation expenditures.
  • Determines revenue projections based on expected expenditures and projected revenues; manages the receipt and investment of revenues and idle cash; manages the debt service and participates in debt financing analysis and strategies.
  • Reviews and monitors on-going administration of budget, accounting and billing processes; reviews budget systems and develops methods for improvement.
  • Assists the auditors during the annual audit of county financial records; follows up on findings to improve financial systems.
  • Maintains current professional development and standard changes with applicable compliance law.
  • Maintains a general accounting system for the county; financial records for each department; maintains separates accounts for items appropriations, amounts paid, unpaid obligations against the accounts and the unencumbered balance; performs and supervises grant accounting.
  • Submits to the manager and the county commissioners’ periodic statements of the financial condition of the county; reviews each department’s revenue and expenditures reports and analyzes actions, discusses actions and documents rationale and justification for actions; requests additional funds and transfers from commissioners.
  • Evaluates organizational risk.
  • Works with attorney, consultants and county manager to insure appropriate long-term sustainability.
  • Clearly comprehends self-insured risk management financing.
  • Diligently measures and manages available cash on hand to fully maximize county’s ROI as applicable in NCGS 159.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of related industry, organization and department policies, practices and procedures;
  • thorough knowledge of related industry, organization and departmental legal guides, recommendations, best practices, ordinances and laws;
  • thorough knowledge of standard office and department specific software;
  • ability to evaluate complex financial systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records;
  • ability to prepare informative financial reports;
  • ability to plan, organize, direct and evaluate work of subordinate employees;
  • ability to formulate long-range fiscal planning;
  • ability to make arithmetic computations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals;
  • ability to compute rates, ratios and percentages;
  • ability to understand and apply governmental accounting practices and maintenance of financial records;
  • ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials, associates and the general public.


Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field and extensive experience with government accounting and public finance, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred. Certified Local Government Finance Officer (GFOA), Certified Public Accountant (preferred), and/or General Governmental Finance and Fiscal Policy Training.