Finance Officer, Town of Spencer (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled
Minimum Salary:  $61,172 annually

Job Description:

The Town of Spencer seeks a Finance Officer to administer the Town’s finances and perform complex professional and administrative work in planning, organizing, reporting, and directing all municipal financial activities. Work is performed under the direction of the Town Manager and is evaluated through conferences, reports, and by an independent audit of financial records.

The Town of Spencer enjoys a solid financial report is also looking ahead to growth and the many projects which are currently planned. Town operations focus on excellence in customer service. The Town of Spencer enjoys the benefits of a diverse population and the town’s management is expected to understand and appreciate those opportunities for service delivery. The town seeks to encourage economic development and efforts are currently underway towards increased beautification, community development, and capitalizing on 160,000 visitors coming into the community each year. The intent of these efforts, along with capital improvement projects, is to revitalize the town and to rebuild and expand the tax base.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Work involves supervision of the budget, purchasing, accounting, general revenue collections, and payroll operations. The employee must exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in planning and directing the fiscal control system. Work is performed in accordance with established municipal finance procedures, local ordinances and North Carolina General Statutes governing the responsibilities of local government accountants. Specific task areas include 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. The Finance Officer also supervises staff assisting with these duties. The Finance Officer serves as a member of the management team. The Finance Officer, along with the Town Manager in the prepares the general operating and capital improvements budgets; reviews departmental budget requests for accuracy and justification of resource allocation and expenditures; works with the Town Manager in directing the formulation of Town financial policies and in the preparation of the annual budget.


The basic desired qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance, public administration or a related field. A candidate should have considerable experience in public finance administration including supervisory experience. A candidate may distinguish themselves with evidence of North Carolina local government fiscal control act administrative experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be accepted. A candidate is expected to demonstrate an extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and budgeting along with the knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal financial practices and procedures. A candidate should also be able to communicate with others, both orally and in writing especially related to preparing and presenting complex and detailed fiscal reports of a budgetary of financial nature to the Town Board of Aldermen or other governing bodies or state and federal agencies.

Supplemental Information:

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and a completed application available at The salary for this position is negotiable based upon the candidate’s qualifications and experience and is supplemented by an excellent benefit package. The Board of Aldermen anticipate progressing salary with performance.

Position is opened until filled with review of candidates to begin October 9, 2020.