Finance Director, Town of Hillsborough (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled, completed applications preferred by 3/22/21
Salary Range: $91,294 – $146,070 annually

Job Description:

The purpose of this classification is to perform complex professional, financial and managerial work overseeing all aspects of the town’s financial operations, including planning, directing, and implementing all revenues, expenditures, financial records, and investments. The employee in this classification maintains cash flow; supervises finance, billing and collections, and meter reading divisions; and oversees and participates in the annual audit and annual budget processes.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are representative of this position.  The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities and staff of the finance department, including general accounting, accounts payable, purchasing, payroll, tax collections, capital asset recording and tracking, utility billing, collections, customer service and meter reading.
  • Supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff; processes employee concerns and problems; directs work; counsels, disciplines and completes employee performance appraisals; ensures adequate staffing at all times to handle work load.
  • Oversees timely and accurate financial reporting, including the annual audit and CAFR preparation for the town, Tourism Board and Tourism Development Authority.
  • Participates in key management decisions affecting the financial aspect, nature and scope of various municipal programs and services; provides input in the expansion or revision of existing programs to determine impact on the town’s financial resources or related activities.
  • Manages the selection, acquisition, issuance, payment and required reporting of town and special assessment district debt, including financing through lease purchase agreements, bond sales and grants, including the preparation of requests for proposals, application to the Local Government Commission, assisting and submitting information to bond attorney, town attorney, and quarterly and monthly grant reporting for reimbursement; maintains communication and submits information to bond rating agencies.
  • Administers the town’s financial investment program by keeping in touch with financial institutions, transferring monies for higher yield, purchasing certificates of deposits, etc.
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance in the development and implementation of process improvements, software systems and internal controls.
  • Meets with town manager, budget director, and department heads to determine final recommendations for proposed budget; assists department heads in their submittal proposals; meets with town board for work sessions; advises town manager, department heads, and town board in requested areas; prepares annual budget for accounting and billing and collections divisions; meet with and receive input from department supervisors; assesses needs for personnel, operation, and capital expenses.
  • Advises the town board, town manager, department heads, Tourism Board, and Tourism Development Authority officials on all financial matters; ensures compliance with Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control requirements.
  • Performs tasks associated with the annual audit; ensures accuracy of financial records; assists auditors onsite in retrieval of documentation and answer associated questions.
  • Prepares and distributes a variety of reports and financial statements.
  • Serves on various committees and task forces at the request of the town manager and town board; provides needed and requested information.
  • Serves in the capacity of financial coordinator with emergency management, local, state, and federal agencies, whenever disasters occur.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Education and Experience: Requires a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in Accounting, Finance, Business, or Public Administration and 6 years of experience with fund accounting and finance in a governmental environment, management and supervisory experience, investment experience, advanced technical and computer skills, excellent verbal and written interpersonal skills, and customer service experience are required.; or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Licensure, Certification, and Specialized Training: NCGFOA Finance Officer certification preferred. CPA preferred.

Supplemental Information:

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate small hand tools, and a variety of automated office machines.
Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects; must be able to lift and/or carry weights of 10 to 60 pounds.
Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for periods of time.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs if they believe they are unable to perform every task on a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. The town will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. Hiring salary will be dependent on qualifications.

Position is open until filled, but complete applications are preferred by March 22.