Finance Director, Town of China Grove (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled
Recruitment Range:  $62,421 – $99,874 annually 

Performs complex executive work planning, organizing and directing the financial activities of the Town, and related work as required. Work involves setting financial policies and goals under the direction of the Town Manager. Provides leadership and exercises supervision over departmental personnel.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the Finance Department, including disbursement and accounting of municipal funds, billing, preparation of the payroll and maintenance of payroll and time records, and preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports. Serves as a member of the team, along with the Town Manager in the preparation of the general operating and capital budgets; reviews departmental budget requests for accuracy and justification of resource allocation and expenditures; works with the Manager in directing the formulation of Town financial policies and in the preparation of the annual budget; prepares budget amendments and journal entries.

  • Reviews and monitors ongoing administration of budget, monitors revenues and expenditures
  • Performs fiscal analysis, trend analysis, revenue forecasting, debt service planning, capital budgeting and planning, financial reporting, and related financial management tasks
  • Submits periodic statements of financial condition to Town Manager and Board, as directed
  • Meets with department directors to discuss financial issues, oversees maintenance of financial records for each department
  • Reviews budget system and financial conditions and develops methods of improvement
  • Assists auditors during the annual audit of Town financial records; follows up on findings to improve financial systems
  • Maintains a general accounting system for the Town
  • Maintains separate accounts for items of appropriation in the budget
  • Performs other tasks as required
  • Prepare the Financial statements and related notes for year end

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

Comprehensive knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing financial practices and procedures; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and budgeting in government. Must have thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of a local government purchasing system; the practices, methods and laws relating to local government bond financing; ability to evaluate complex financial systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records; ability to prepare informative financial reports and develop long range financial plans; ability to plan, organize, direct and evaluate the work of subordinate employees; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town officials, associates and the general public.

Education and Experience 

Bachelor’s degree with coursework in accounting, finance, or related field and extensive experience of an increasingly responsible nature in public financial management, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Government accounting experience is preferred. Possession of Certified Local Government Finance Officer designation or ability to obtain.