Financial Services Director, City of High Point (closes 11/23/18)

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Closing:  November 23, 2018
Salary Range:  $120,000+ annually


The Finance Director oversees, directs, and participates in all activities of the Finance Department, including short- and long-term planning, development, and administration of departmental policies, procedures, and service; provides assistance to the City Manager/Deputy City Manager in a variety of administrative, coordinative, and analytical, capacities.  Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of public policy, municipal functions and activities, including the role of an elected City Council, and the ability to develop, oversee, and implement projects and programs in a variety of areas.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Deputy City Manager. Exercises general direction and supervision over professional, technical, and administrative support staff through subordinate levels of supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Finance Department programs, services, and activities, including finance, budgeting, financial reporting, general accounting, and information technology.
  • Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department; establishes, within City policy, appropriate budget, service, and staffing levels.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the Finance Department’s work plan; meets with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the department’s annual budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and directs department personnel; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; works with employees on performance issues; implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department’s service by developing, reviewing, and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and City needs; continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors the distribution of work, support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of change.
  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Financial Services Department, including accounting and financial reporting, treasury operations, payroll, capital projects, grant administration, management, debt management, internal audit, risk management, deposit operations, purchasing, and warehouse operations.
  • Advise and assist elected City Council, City Manager, appointed committees, and other departments with the development and implementation of all financial matters.
  • Consult with City departmental and other administrators on matters of fiscal and budgetary management and control.
  • Coordinate and assist external auditors and prepare the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
  • Oversees grant management, compliance and reporting program
  • Analyze current operating expenditures and estimate future expenditures, revenues, and fund balances/retained earnings.
  • Presents reports and recommendations during governing board meetings.
  • Analyze problems; identify potential solutions; project consequences of proposed actions; and implement recommendations to support City Council and/or department goals.
  • Manages the City’s investment portfolio; ensures that investments meet the City’s policy guidelines and that adequate cash is available to meet obligations; prepares periodic reports regarding investments to the City Council.
  • Manages revenue collection programs including utility billing, tax assessments, subventions, license or user fees, and other sources.
  • Coordinates the activities of the department with those of other departments and outside agencies and managing and overseeing the complex and varied functions of the department.
  • Oversees cash flow analysis and monitor a comprehensive cash management program, including the investment of idle cash in permitted instruments.
  • Administer and monitor capital financing program for municipal projects and facilities, including timely payment of debt service obligations and required compliance with various bond and debt covenants, State and federal grant and loan programs, and required secondary market disclosures.
  • Participates in and makes presentations to the City Council and a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of Finance and other services as they relate to the area of assignment.
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official departmental files.
  • Monitors changes in laws, regulations, and technology that may affect City or departmental operations; implements policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the City Manager.
  • Coordinate and manage debt issuance process, including application for issuance, preparation of official statements, legal counsel, rating agencies, sale, and closing.
  • Ensures that all work is performed in accordance with OSHA and City Safety Standards and Policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures, and operational needs; principles and practices of municipal government administration.
  • Principles and practices of governmental accounting, public finance administration and budgeting, auditing, reconciliation; Federal and State regulations and guidelines as they pertain to municipal finance; municipal taxation and revenue management.
  • Public agency budgetary, contract administration, and City-wide administrative practices.
  • Practices and techniques of automated and manual financial and accounting document processing and record keeping.
  • Basic terminology, methods, techniques and practices of the operation and maintenance of computer servers, network systems, and personal computer hardware and software.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Technical, legal, financial, and public relations issues associated with the management of Finance programs.
  • Methods and techniques for the development of presentations, contract negotiations, business correspondence, and information distribution; research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, financial programs, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, public administration, or a related field and seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience, including supervisory experience, preferably in municipal administration or in a finance office and at least four (4) years of government finance experience.

NC CPA or NC Certified Local Government Finance Officer or Certified Public Finance Officer required.

Master’s Degree in Public Administration and North Carolina governmental accounting experience preferred.






Process Improvement Analyst, City of Durham (closes 11/7/18)

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Closing:  November 7, 2018
Hiring Range:  $50,386 – $55,425 annually


To execute the vision of a continuous improvement model the Office of Performance & Innovation seeks a candidate that will lead process improvement projects and provide analytical support for performance measurement. This position will perform highly complex research and analytical studies in support of organizational performance and evaluation, develop and analyze performance metrics, conduct studies, prepare and present special reports providing sufficient detail to support organizational and departmental long-term planning, problem-solving, and management action.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans, directs and coordinates staff and activities to ensure that process improvement initiative goals are accomplished within prescribed timeframes. This position independently facilitates complex performance improvement activities, which includes leading large cross-functional process improvement teams in developing and refining systems and processes to meet key strategic objectives.
  • Conducts research, evaluation and assessment of City programs.  Gathers, synthesizes and analyzes data and performance metrics, including benchmarking and best practice data.  Researches most effective methods of organizational operations via such sources as periodicals and literature and data / information sharing opportunities to ensure methods being used are the most current and effective.
  • Review performance measures and targets in the City’s performance management software system and work with departments to evaluate and make recommendations to improve performance across the City.
  • Works with reporting and analytics team in assessing, tracking and reporting the impact of process improvement projects.
  • Assists with the creation and maintenance of process improvement training content.
  • Assists in the development and evaluation of the Citywide Strategic Plan to ensure that objective and initiatives are being moved forward across the organization.
  • Consults with senior departmental managers and provides advice and counsel on management issues, organizational structure, feasibility, and the potential impact of varying courses of action; coordinates interdepartmental program elements with Citywide goals.
  • Promotes communication by preparing a variety of materials to disseminate program and policy information on a departmental or Citywide basis on departments behalf.
  • Performs related duties including managing projects and long-term plans and reviewing established expectations for accuracy, validity and variances.
  • Demonstrated understanding of project management concepts, practices, and standards.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience with employing best practice principles in process design and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills. Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively, build consensus and promote the exchange of information among project team members.
  • Ability to provide high quality work utilizing highly developed and effective communication (written and verbal), project management, time management, and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with multiple concurrent tasks and changing priorities.
  • Strong attention to detail and thoroughness in work product.

Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Organizational Development or related field.
  • Three or more years of experience in related work or academic research and analytics training


  • Experience utilizing lean strategies as part of an organizational process improvement strategy
  • Experience helping to coordinate an organizations data collection and analysis process using a performance management system.




Finance Division Director, Gaston County (11/2/2018)

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Closing:  November 2, 2018
Salary Range:  $87,281 – $139,650 annually

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties listed below are not all of the duties that may be assigned but are those that are considered essential for an employee to perform.

  • Identify, develop, and implement systems to enhance financial operations. Develop and revise policies to ensure compliance with changing laws and statutes and technology updates to provide exemplary customer service.
  • Manage engagements to provide financial information to key stakeholders, including Departments. (i.e., coordinate external audit of County funds for presentation of audit report to the Board of Commissioners and Federal/State agencies).
  • Ensure compliance with NC General Statutes governing Local Government Finance, including the review and approval of financial documents and reports.
  • Supervise Finance staff, leading the interview and hiring process. Direct staff development, ensuring the right person is completing the right task at the right time.
  • Engage senior management and Board of Commissioners in strategic planning regarding financial activity to build capacity, advising on financial matters and sources of financing for capital projects.
  • Coordinate the provision of reports detailing financial activity and status, including revenue and expenditure projections, to facilitate decision making for the Financial and Management Services Director, County Manager, and Board of Commissioners.
  • Oversee the investment of County funds and proceeds from issuance of debt instruments.
  • Issue County debt in coordination with bond attorney, County Attorney, financial advisors, underwriters, Local Government Commission, Financial and Management Services Director, County Manager, and trustee.
  • Engage service providers for auditing, banking, arbitrage calculations, cost allocation and other professional services.
  • Evaluate financing methods and execute the bid process for vehicles, equipment, and real estate.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance and a minimum of 5 years of managerial experience is required. CPA status is required. Please verify as to this status on application. Experience in local government finance is preferred. A Master’s Degree in a related field and local government finance officer a plus. The candidate must have a strong computer and calculator skills with experience in Microsoft Excel and Word. Tyler Technologies Munis experience is helpful. General knowledge of various office equipment is required. The candidate selected must undergo and pass a drug screening test prior to employment. Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time; ability to lift and carry boxes of mail and packages.

Management Analyst, Cabarrus County (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled; first review of applications on 10/26/18
Hiring Range:  $50,960 – $58,073 annually


Performs advanced professional analysis in the review, evaluation and administration of the County’s overall operations. Conducts studies, prepares and presents senior management level reports providing sufficient detail to support organizational and departmental long-term planning, problem-solving and management actions. Provides professional support in the form of advanced analytical, communication and coordination to County Departments. Conducts, administers and monitors grant administration with experience in fiscal management of federal, state and local grant awards. Work is performed under general supervision of the Budget and Performance Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs organization-wide evaluations and analysis of County programs, services and operations; administers grant monitoring and reporting procedures; assists with special projects.
  • Lead program/process improvement projects, including researching best practices, conducting fact-finding reviews, developing and analyzing alternatives, preparing reports and presenting findings and recommendations to implement sustainable, repeatable and quantifiable business process improvements in order to increase productivity, reduce costs, and safeguard County assets.
  • Review all grants for compliance with grant documents and all reporting/reimbursement requirements. Assist departments with seeking grant opportunities and grant approvals from application to award, including approval by Board of Commissioners.
  • Support the facilitation of decision-making and issue resolution as required with a broad array of department leaders from across the County.
  • Review and test County policies and procedures to update in a timely manner.
  • Perform special projects by utilizing evaluation processes and systems to extract data; ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Conduct evaluations of various programs and services and assist with tracking the effectiveness of process improvements.
  • Interact with County departments by corresponding with supervisors and providing feedback and best practice recommendations.
  • Facilitate change by encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.
  • Attend meetings of departments and managerial staff.
  • Make presentations to the executive staff and Board on assigned projects.
  • Perform related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

A successful candidate will have the ability to problem-solve and analyze complex processes, operations, and data; demonstrate the ability to think and communicate strategically with exceptional analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy; ability to clearly and concisely communicate verbally and in written format with all levels of staff and management; strong ability to clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media including presentations to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message; demonstrate the ability to facilitate the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and effectively collaborate with all levels of staff and management; ability to work across multiple County departments; demonstrate the ability to take initiative including taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive; experience planning and managing strategic initiatives; proven program and project management skills and experience; demonstrate the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;  proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; ability to work independently with minimal supervision; perform complex research. Considerable knowledge of accounting, financial management, budgeting and of laws and regulations pertaining to government, including knowledge of federal, state and local grant law and grant administration with experience in grant writing.

Education and Experience

Preference given to candidates with the following:

  • 3 years’ experience in financial and/or local government setting
  • Educational foundation in financial management (i.e. business, accounting, budget, finance) or local government (i.e. public administration)
  • Can work autonomously or in group settings
  • Experience working with grants, reconciling, grant writing
  • Analytical, critical thinking and strong communication skills


Budget Analyst I, Buncombe County (closes 10/21/18)

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Closing:  October 21, 2018
Salary Range:  $60,296 – $76,227 annually


Performs research and analytical work to assist in preparation of the County budget, including examining departments’ budget requests and making recommendations to County Management/Budget Director.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class performs financial research and analytical work to assist County management in preparing the annual budget. Work involves reviewing budget requests as submitted by individual County departments, analyzing such requests, and preparing reports or oral presentations to explain recommendations for preparation of the County budget. Employee is also expected to perform various studies requiring the compilation and analysis of various financial and other data, individually or as member of a team, and preparing written or oral reports of findings. Employee is expected to conduct assigned areas of responsibility with a high degree of independence, receiving instruction only on matters involving significant departures from established policy. Employee must be able to make independent decisions by frequently applying knowledge of accounting and budgeting principles and practices. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Budget Director, and is evaluated through conference, observation, and review of reports produced for the efficiency and effectiveness with which duties are performed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in planning and implementing procedures for developing annual budgets for the County.
  • Collects and analyzes program, budgetary and related fiscal data concerning departmental operations; advises and assists department heads in the development of budget requests; analyzes operating and capital outlay budget requests submitted by individual departments, and makes recommendations to County Management/Budget Director or others as appropriate, concerning revision or adoption of departments’ budget requests; prepares and presents written and oral presentations of findings and recommendations.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and monitors assigned departments’ budgets, ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures, and assisting with budget transfers and budget amendments, as necessary.
  • Conducts analytical studies, individually or as member of a team, utilizing expertise in financial and budgetary areas; prepares and presents oral or written reports on findings and recommendations for improvements, as appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of public finance administration and the budget process.
  • Thorough knowledge of standard research techniques, methods and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws and policies concerning County fiscal operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of accounting concepts, principles and practices as applied to local government.
  • Considerable knowledge of the operations of County government including taxation and other sources of income.
  • Considerable knowledge of County rules and regulations regarding the budget and fiscal practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of statistics with particular reference to their application to financial, budgetary and operational activities.
  • Considerable knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the field of public finance and budget administration.
  • General knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
  • General knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the fields of governmental accounting, budgeting, and public finance administration.
  • Skill in statistical analysis.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret fiscal and accounting records and complete financial statements and reports from such records.
  • Ability to prepare and submit clear, complete, and concise reports.
  • Ability to provide leadership and coordinate the work of other professionals involved in special projects.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft SharePoint.

Education and Experience

Experience in budget analysis and preparation work. Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, public administration, or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

Nominations Open for 2018 Vogt Award

Nominations for the 2018 A. John “Jack” Vogt Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Advancement of Local Government Budgeting and Evaluation are now open. This career award is the highest annual award presented by the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) to recognize individuals who have served during their careers as innovators and leaders in advancing budget and/or evaluation practices in North Carolina local government. In 2006, Dr. Jack Vogt became the first recipient of the award to honor his thirty-four year legacy as an innovator, teacher, mentor, and consummate student of local government budgeting and evaluation. 

Nominees must have a minimum of ten years of local government service in North Carolina. “Government service” is defined broadly as any profession that works in or with municipal, county, or other local government jurisdictions. Examples include budget/finance professionals, city/county managers, elected officials, academics, and local government financial consultants. 

Nomination applications and a list of previous award winners can be accessed on the award page. Completed nomination applications should be submitted via email to by 11:59pm on Friday, November 9, 2018. A committee from the NCLGBA Board will review the submissions and present the award at the 2018 Winter Conference during the Thursday luncheon on December 13th, at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, please feel free to contact NCLGBA President Stephen Hawryluk at or (336) 747-7093. 

North Carolina has a strong, national reputation as a leader in local government budgeting and evaluation. Please take this opportunity to recognize those who have helped us earn this reputation and charted new paths for all of us to participate, learn from and benefit.

Budget and Management Analyst, Transylvania County (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled; first review of applications on 10/26/18
Salary:  $45,732 – $57,166 annually

Duties and Responsibilities

The Budget and Management Analyst will conduct research and analysis on a wide array of County services, provide support to all administrative departments, and serve as an advisor to other departments for special projects. Examples are preparing reports for County Manager and Commissioners; conducting studies for multiple purposes; assessing fiscal impact of initiatives; analyzing processes to streamline and increase productivity; assisting agencies in development and improvement of performance measures. In addition, the Analyst will serve as the Deputy Clerk to the board, and assist with inquiries, reporting, policies and procedures, recordkeeping, data management, computer systems, and various projects.

Skills and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Accounting, Finance, Management or related field and 1 to 3 years of responsible administrative experience preferably within county government; advanced degree preferred. Must have working knowledge of local government budgeting; highly developed analytical, interpersonal and communications skills; enjoy analyzing data and developing solutions. Applicant should have significant experience with computer systems and programs including website design software, publication software and all Microsoft Office applications.

Final Draft of NCLGBA Strategic Plan Available for Review

The Board is pleased to present the final draft of the new NCLGBA strategic plan. The result of over nine months of work, the draft plan – complete with revised mission, vision, core values, and performance measures – came about as a result of a NCLGBA membership survey that went out in January and February. Member comments were the foundational element used to create the Strategic Plan.

We are now asking for your input! Please take a moment and review the work that has been done to date. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please send your thoughts to Justin Amos, Immediate Past President, or Steve Hawryluk, President, by Friday, November 16, 2018.

At the upcoming Winter Conference, the Board will host a concurrent session to share the plan in more detail. Formal board adoption of the strategic plan will also occur at the Winter Conference.

The Board would also like to thank Rebecca Jackson from the City of Fayetteville for assisting with the creation of this plan. Her guidance and expertise were invaluable.


2018 Winter Conference Registration and Scholarship Update

Registration for the 2018 Winter Conference is open. The following links will direct you to online conference registration forms:

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check

Please note that every attendee needs to fill out a registration form individually.

After you complete the form, a copy of your registration should be e-mailed to you (check your spam filters).

Important Information for Payment by Check

If you are paying by check, please include the e-mailed registration form with your check when you mail it to our Treasurer, Teresa Fulk, Carteret County Finance, 302 Courthouse Square, Beaufort, NC 28516.

Please e-mail Teresa ( or Christopher Williams and Paarth Mehta ( if you have any registration questions or concerns.


The 2018 Winter Conference Scholarship application period is also open. The application is available here and is due Friday, November 2, 2018. Submission details are included on the application. Recipients will be notified by Friday, November 16, 2018.

Please help us get the word out to any MPA student(s) and/or first time attendees you may know, and please apply yourself if you haven’t attended a conference before!

Questions regarding the conference scholarship program can be sent to Michelle Daniels (

Budget Analyst, Town of Chapel Hill (closes 10/31/18)

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Closing:  October 31, 2018
Hiring Range:  $47,117 – $62,170 annually


This position is responsible for providing support and analysis to the development of the Town’s annual operating budget.

Essential Functions:

  • Compiles, reviews, and analyzes data submitted for inclusion in the Town’s operating budget
  • Compiles, reviews, and analyzes data submitted for inclusion in the Managers Recommended Budget
  • Compiles, reviews, and analyzes data submitted for inclusion in the Town’s Capital Improvement Plan
  • Analyzes and reviews budget expenditures and revenue estimates in order to ensure compliance with relevant laws and Town policies; reviews departmental budget requests
  • Provides guidance to department on budget issues; responds to department questions and inquiries regarding budget issues
  • Works with departments in the development and management of performance measures
  • Assists with various research and analysis projects; researches issues and prepares reports of findings
  • May represent the department in meetings and on committees
  • Perform other duties as required


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, and tends in municipal accounting and budget preparation
  • Principles, practices, and trends of public administration and government
  • accounting
  • Principles and techniques of systems, statistical, and procedural analysis
  • Research methods and report preparation
  • Relevant state and federal laws
  • Relevant town ordinances, policies, and procedures
  • Pay and benefit systems
  • General accounting and bookkeeping practices
  • Computerized systems and software for the maintenance of personnel
    and financial records

Ability to:

  • Solve problems and make sound decisions
  • Perform mathematical calculations accurately
  • Maintain accurate financial records and prepare reports
  • Use a personal computer and various word processing and database software applications
  • Interpret information, determine findings, and develop recommendations
  • Gather facts, analyze, and report research findings in a clear, complete, and logical form
  • Perform complex budget analysis
  • Conduct studies utilizing statistical and spreadsheet software programs
  • Comprehend and follow oral and written instructions
  • Operate a personal computer and related software
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Model behaviors that are consistent with our value of RESPECT


Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, finance, accounting or a related field
  • One year of experience in budget analysis
  • A valid driver’s license issued by the state of NC and the availability of private transportation or the ability to provide transportation between job sites is required