Finance Director, Town of Black Mountain (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled
Hiring Range: $70,000 – $80,000 annually

Job Description:

The Finance Director plans, directs, organizes and administers a variety of fiscal and administrative functions including disbursement and accounting of revenues and expenditures, monitoring and administering the budget, accounting, purchasing, revenue collections, information systems, billing and payroll operations, customer services, and grant administration. The employee must exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in planning and directing the fiscal control and procurement system.

Essential Duties & Tasks:

  • Performs statutory finance officer responsibilities, administers and coordinates all accounting, budgeting, and post-award grant management activities for the Town of Black Mountain, which includes multiple funding sources: state appropriations, state appropriated receipts, contracts and grants, fees, and other funds.
  • The position supervises three full-time positions – one Accounting Clerk and a two Water Administration/Customer Service staff members.  
  • Provides leadership and direction to the finance and water administration staff responsible for the day-to-day operations with emphasis on providing a high level of customer service, implementing optimal processes, and cultivating a culture of continuous improvement. The individual in this position functions independently and is responsible for his/her daily routine and schedule. He/she meets with vendors, staff, auditors and citizens as needed to assist with financial issues for the Town of Black Mountain.
  • Ensures compliance with Town, State, and Federal (where applicable) accounting and procurement policies, procedures, regulations, and works closely with the Town Manager and other Department Directors with regards to transactions.
  • Provides regular financial reporting for all funding sources, ensures that all financial activities are handled in an accurate and timely manner, reviews paperwork to determine appropriateness of expenditures and ensures adequate audit trail and consults with the Town Manager regarding questionable charges.
  • Prepares budgets for each function/department with input from the Town Manager and Department staff.
  • Designs and oversees the development of financial systems for planning, maintaining, tracking, monitoring and providing internal controls for state appropriations, state appropriated receipts, contracts and grants, and other funds.
  • Plans, directs, and monitors the activities of Accounting Technicians and Contracts and Grants Research Administrators. Additionally this position is responsible for assisting as a backup for contract and grant proposal development and submission during peak volume submission times.
  • Promotes innovation, critical thinking and creativity in developing approaches and solutions to Town needs; empowers all levels of staff to be proactive and participatory.
  • Ability to manage insurance needs for property and casualty to include automotive policies for all Town vehicles.
  • Ability to maintain LEO Supplemental forecasts with Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting firm.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of North Carolina General Statutes and of local ordinances governing municipal financial practices and procedures, purchasing of materials, supplies and equipment as set out in NCGS 159-25.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public finance administration, including principles and practices of municipal accounting.
  • Considerable skill in document production including word processing at the desired speed and accuracy and the accurate preparation of financial reports.
  • Thorough knowledge of fiscal support activities such as purchasing, technology, payroll, and budget analysis and preparation.
  • Considerable ability to solve problems independently. Skilled in collaborative conflict resolution and customer service excellence.
  • Considerable knowledge of computer skills (MS Word, Excel, MS Outlook, and various financial software programs, etc.).
  • Ability to evaluate complex financial systems and formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms, and records.
  • Ability to design and prepare analytical or interpretative financial statements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, department heads, government officials, and other city employees.
  • Ability to research, write, coordinate, and monitor grants; ability to interpret, explain, apply, and enforce a variety of rules and regulations regarding grant requirements.

The preferred candidate will possess:

  • Strong creative and critical thinking, self-starter.
  • Ability to work with initiative and independence.
  • Strong data analysis and report writing skills.
  • Strong understanding of legal, accounting, and business concepts.
  • Experienced with methods, principles, and techniques associated with research, data collection, report writing with data analysis and interpretation. Ability to manage multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Finance and three years of experience in public finance administration. Experience must include supervisory experience. Individual must be capable of being bonded. Master’s Degree, CPA and five years of experience preferred.  Position will be open until filled.

Additional Information:

Position Summary: Work is performed in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes and State regulations governing the responsibilities of local government financial operations, local government purchasing, contracts and bidding, and Town policies and manuals. Work is performed under the supervision of the Town Manager.

Special Requirements:

Preferred:  North Carolina Government Finance Officers Certification (UNC SoG). Ability to obtain Municipal and County Administration Certificate (UNC SoG)