Finance Officer, Town of Robersonville (open until filled)

Closing: Open until filled, with first review of applications beginning 6/4/21
Salary Range: $50,000 – $56,000 annually

Organization Description:

The Town of Robersonville is seeking a qualified, professional candidate for the position of Finance Officer. Reporting to the Town Manager, the Finance Officer assists in the day-to-day finance operations of five (5) departments and  eighteen (18) employees with a total town operating budget of $5.0 million for FY2021. Robersonville is a Public Power community and a member of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and ElectriCities. The Town has a long history of the Council-Manager form of government with Mayor and Councilmembers elected every four (4) years with staggered terms.  Located in Martin County on U.S. Hwy. 64, Robersonville is nineteen (19) miles north of the City of Greenville (pop. 95,183), home to East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center. Robersonville is also well-positioned between Raleigh, one-and-a-half hours to the west and the coast, just two (2) hours to the east. With the opening of the new NC11 Southwest Bypass around Greenville and an already designation of U.S. Hwy. 64 as Interstate 495, Robersonville is poised for growth.

Position Description:

The candidate must have the ability to oversee accounting, customer services, collections, billing, purchasing and warehousing and payroll operations for the Town. Assists the Town Manager preparing general operating and capital improvements budgets; reviews departmental budget requests for accuracy and justification of resource allocation and expenditures; works with the Manager in the formulation of Town financial policies and in the preparation of the annual budget. Performs complex professional and difficult administrative work in planning, organizing, and leading the financial activities of the Town.

An employee in this class plans and oversees the disbursement and accounting of revenues and expenditures for the Town. Work involves supervision and participation in accounting, customer services, collections, billing, purchasing and warehousing, and payroll operations for the Town. In addition, the employee attends meetings of the Town Council to present requested financial reports and information. The employee must exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in planning and overseeing 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 financial operations. The employee is not subject to any adverse working conditions. Work is performed under the general direction of the Town Manager and is evaluated through conferences, reports, and by an independent audit of financial records.

Duties & Tasks:

  • Plans, organizes, and oversees the Towns finance operations, including disbursement and accounting of municipal funds, customer services, billing, collections, purchasing and warehousing operations, preparation of the payroll and maintenance of payroll and time records, and preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.
  • Trains, motivates, communicates and leads employees in creating a high performance team.
  • Assists the Town Manager in the preparation of the general operating and capital improvements budgets; reviews departmental budget requests for accuracy and justification of resource allocation and expenditures; works with the Manager in directing the formulation of Town financial policies and in the preparation of the annual budget.
  • Manages receipt and investment of all Town revenues.
  • Reviews and monitors ongoing administration of budget; monitors revenues and expenditures.
  • Reviews budget system and financial conditions and develops methods of improvement.
  • Assists the auditors during the annual audit of Town financial records; follows up on findings to improve financial systems.
  • Oversees and participated in the maintenance of a general accounting systems for the Town including financial records for each department, separate accounts for items of appropriation in the budget, including amount of the appropriation, amounts paid, unpaid obligations against the account, and the unencumbered balance.
  • Submits to the Town Manager and the Town Council monthly financial statements; prepares budget amendments.
  • Performs fiscal analysis, trend analysis, revenue forecasting, debt service planning, capital budgeting and planning, financial reporting, and related financial management tasks.
  • Oversees and coordinates the Town’s purchasing, warehousing, and risk management programs in property, casualty, and liability areas.
  • Oversees the Town’s debt service; prepares maturity schedules to project costs of debt; applies for grants; insures proper payment schedules.

Qualifications:

A successful candidate is one with outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to present multiple options for consideration with professional recommendation for a course of action. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and at least 3 to 5 years of local government management experience to be considered. Considerable experience in public finance administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Finance Officer Certification and/or CPA a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of North Carolina General Statutes and of local ordinances governing municipal financial practices and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public finance administration, including principles and practices of municipal accounting.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of automated systems and their use in a municipal environment; skill in the use of spreadsheets for tracking and analysis.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Town’s personnel, purchasing, and budgeting policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of modern and effective supervisory principles and practices including motivation, communication, leadership, performance coaching and evaluation.
  • Skill in collaborative conflict resolution.
  • Ability to evaluate complex financial systems and formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms, and records.
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate employees in the specialized field of accounting.
  • Ability to design and prepare analytical or interpretative financial statements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, departmental heads, governmental officials, and with other Town employees.
  • Ability to conduct long range fiscal planning.
  • Accuracy and thoroughness in the analysis and preparation of financial records and reports.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 2016.

Supplemental Information:

Mail or hand deliver resumes to: Town of Robersonville, ATTN: Interim Town Manager, Steven Harrell, P.O. Box 487, Robersonville NC  27817. Resumes should include education background, employment history, professional references, and salary history. Screening of applications will start on June 4th and the position will remain open until filled. The Town of Robersonville is an EEOC employer and does not discriminate against any qualified applicant.