Finance Director, City of Hendersonville (open until filled)

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Closing: open until filled
Salary Range: $76,739 – $116,777 annually; salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

The City of Hendersonville is seeking to hire an experienced and service-oriented professional with outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills and strong local government finance experience to join our organization committed to excellent customer service and an organizational culture of teamwork and collaboration. Hendersonville, (Population 14,035) is located in the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, 21 miles south of Asheville. Hendersonville sits at 2,200 feet above sea level with the Eastern Continental Divide running just south of its corporate limits. A thriving Hendersonville Historic Downtown district, and member of the NC Main Street program, Hendersonville is host to a variety of businesses, festivals and activities throughout the year. Hendersonville is a Council Manager form of government consisting of a Mayor and four Council members elected at large in non-partisan elections.

As an integral part of the City’s leadership team this position will manage and administer the operations of the City’s Finance Department. We are seeking a pro-active individual that will manage the financial affairs of the City to optimize long-term value to citizens and equity stakeholders. Emphasis of the work is on the exercise of managerial and professional accounting knowledge and abilities required to oversee the operations and supervision of the Finance Department including subsidiary functions for financial reporting, treasury, investments, billing and collections of taxes and municipal services, water and sewer billing and collections and other accounting divisions and operations. Work is performed with broad discretion and judgment in managing the department. The incumbent will be an experienced leader with a strong desire to guide and mentor departmental staff.

The successful candidate will serve as the chief financial officer for the City of Hendersonville. Possess comprehensive knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal financial practices and procedures. Will have comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and laws of accounting, and municipal bond financing in government. Familiarity with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Will have considerable knowledge and experience in municipal utility billing and revenue collections and best practices to lead the team to provide excellent customer service to the City’s nearly 60,000 water and sewer customers. Knowledge of principles and practices of effective communications, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision including reward systems, employee relations, disciplinary process, training, and motivation. Will have experience in preparation and presentation of complex and detailed fiscal reports of a financial nature to the City Council or other governing bodies or state and federal agencies. Will have considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of a municipal purchasing system. Ability to supervise the development and installation of accounting systems and procedures. Possess the ability to prepare and to interpret financial reports. Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of employees in fields of accounting, payroll administration, statistical reporting, tax assessment and collection, debt financing and management, investments, utility billing and collections and customer service. Ability to develop and implement teambuilding skills to achieve harmonious working relationships within the Finance Department, with department heads, municipal staff, governmental officials, and the public. Ability to conduct long-range fiscal planning.

Education & Experience

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance, or a related field; a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in public finance management (preferably in local government), including at least 5 years of which must have been professional financial management above the first-line supervisory level.

Preferred Special Requirements:

  • Valid North Carolina Driver’s License.
  • Licensed as a CPA or ability to obtain.
  • Government Financial Officer Certification by the North Carolina Governmental Finance Officers Association or ability to obtain.