Assistant Finance Director, Person County (closes 12/22/20)

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Closing: 12/22/2020 5:00 PM Eastern
Salary:  $60,081 annually

General Statement of Duties:

Under general direction of the Finance Director, manages the financial activities and accounting functions, computer operations and supervises assigned accounting staff; performs difficult and complex statistical analyses; assists with capital project and debt management and annual budget preparation; provides oversight and assistance with the annual financial audit and acts as the Department Head in the absence of the Finance Director.

This is a full-time, professional position requiring significant expertise in administrative, supervisory and accounting functions, including the maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, debt service, cash reconciliation, and audit management.  The employee supervises and coordinates the duties and activities of accounting professionals and paraprofessionals. Extensive judgment, discretion, and technical knowledge are required.  Work is performed independently under the general direction of the Finance Director and is evaluated through conferences and the overall effectiveness of the accounting functions.

Distinguishing Features of the Class:

This is a full-time, professional position requiring significant expertise in administrative, supervisory and accounting functions, including the maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, debt service, cash reconciliation, and audit management.  The employee supervises and coordinates the duties and activities of accounting professionals and paraprofessionals. Extensive judgment, discretion, and technical knowledge are required.  Work is performed independently under the general direction of the Finance Director and is evaluated through conferences and the overall effectiveness of the accounting functions.

Essential Duties and Tasks:

  • Analyzes fiscal transactions to assure conformity and compliance with generally accepted accounting procedures and practices as well as County policies and ordinances;
  • Plans, organizes and directs the Finance Department functions relating to cash management, budget, payroll, debt service, audit reporting and other accounting functions as needed.
  • Supervises and maintains financial accounting systems for the County in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, the Budget and Fiscal Control Act, and other applicable Federal and State laws.
  • Performs financial analysis on complex financial matters and prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports; produces special financial reports and statement for Finance Director, County Manager or Commissioners as needed.
  • Supervises professional and paraprofessional staff; participates in selection decisions, assigns and prioritizes work, provides training and staff development, conducts performance evaluations, provides technical assistance on financial issues and handles difficult personnel problems.
  • Primary coordinator for the collection, analysis, and reconciliation of financial data for external auditors in preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
  • Coordinates and prepares budget documentation, including budget transfers and amendments, revenue projections, statistical data, budgetary analysis, and other fiscal information.
  • Plans and prepares recommended policies, guidelines and instructions to be followed by County personnel in the formulation of annual and capital improvement budget requests
  • Prepares and disseminates to departments materials for the completion of the annual operating and capital budgets; assists departments with budget issues; receives and reviews completed departmental budget requests and collaborates with Assistant County Manager to assemble a draft budget document for review by the Finance Director and County Manager.
  • Prepares responses to surveys and other requests for information from regulatory agencies; coordinates and prepares accounting reports and reconciliations for capital improvement projects;
  • Performs financial analysis on complex financial matters and prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports; produces special financial reports and statement for Finance Director, County Manager or Commissioners as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of modern governmental accounting.
  • Extensive knowledge of the fiscal policies and statutory requirements governing county funds including State and County laws, Governmental Accounting Standards board (GASB) pronouncements and North Carolina General Statutes.
  • Thorough knowledge of the organization and functions of county government and the financial issues that impact them.
  • Considerable knowledge of computer applications and specialized financial software applicable to accounting and financial management in governmental accounting.
  • Working knowledge of modern supervisory principles and practices and of the County’s personnel policies and procedures
  • Ability to direct and supervise the activities of professionals and paraprofessionals.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing situations and make decisions involving a variety of fiscal and business management areas.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to successfully establish and maintain effective relationships with auditors, County employees and officials, employees of other governmental units, and the general public.

Qualifications:

Physical Requirements

Must be able to perform the basic life operational skills of crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing and repetitive motion.
Must be able to perform light physical tasks, exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or 10 pounds of force frequently.
Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, operate a computer terminal, and do extensive reading.

Minimum Education and Training

Graduation from a recognized four-year college or university with a B.S./B.A. in accounting, finance, public or business administration or a closely related field and five years of progressively responsible governmental accounting and financial management experience with supervisory experience preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with Munis software is preferred.