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Chief Financial Officer

Butts County Commissioner's Office

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018

End Date: Feb. 21, 2018

Butts County, Georgia is seeking applications for the position of Chief Financial Officer. A résumé of qualifications detailing work experience, education and knowledge of the functions and practices associated with this type of position, along with an application (See below)  should be mailed or delivered to:

Butts County Commissioner’s Office
Attention: Steve Layson, Interim County Administrator
625 West Third Street, Suite 4
Jackson, Georgia 30233
Deadline to apply: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by 12:00 PM

Application Available at website

A detailed job description and requirements associated with the position are detailed below:

Purpose Statement
The job of Chief Financial Officer was established for the purposes of directing business programs and financial services; providing information and serving as a resource to others; achieving defined objectives by planning, evaluating, developing, implementing and maintaining services in compliance with established guidelines; and serving as a member of the leadership team.

Essential Functions
Analyzes a variety of financial information (e.g. revenues, expenditures, cash management, cost projections, real estate, insurance, etc.) for the purpose of providing direction and support, making recommendations, maximizing use of funds, and/or ensuring overall operations are within budget.

Assists a variety of external agency personnel (e.g. auditors, grant representatives, regulatory agency staff, etc.) for the purpose of providing information, general support, and risk assessment of county operations.

Collaborates with internal and external personnel (e.g. county administrator, department heads, auditors, public agencies, public officials, community members, vendors, etc.) for the purpose of implementing and/or maintaining services and programs.

Compiles data from a wide variety of sources (e.g. staff, public agencies, authorities, etc.) for the purpose of analyzing issues, ensuring compliance with organization policies and procedures, and/or monitoring program components.

Conducts internal audits (e.g. general and special funds, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring program operations are within budget and in accordance with fiscal practices.

Directs department operations, the maintenance of services and the implementation of new programs and/or processes for the purpose of achieving organizational objectives and ensuring compliance with legal, financial and county requirements within established timeframes.

Maintains a variety of manual and electronic fiscal information, files and records (e.g. accounts payable, accounts receivable, department activities, contracts, etc.) for the purpose of providing an up-to-date reference and audit trail.

Monitors budget allocations, expenditures, fund balances and related financial activities for the purpose of ensuring that allocations are accurate, revenues are recorded, expenses are within budget limits and/or fiscal practices are followed.

Participates in and facilitates when necessary, meetings, workshops and seminars for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.
Performs some personnel functions (e.g. interviewing, evaluating, supervising, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining adequate staffing, enhancing productivity of personnel and achieving objectives within budget.

Prepares a wide variety of materials (e.g. annual budgets, financial statements, reports for the Auditors, Board of Commissioners, County Administrator, department administrators, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and issues, meeting compliance requirements, and/or providing supporting materials for requested actions.

Prepares GASB financial statements and footnotes for the purpose of showing compliance to the auditors.

Presents information (e.g. budget overviews, accounting processes, distribution formulas, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, gaining feedback and ensuring adherence to established internal controls.

Researches financial topics and related legal issues (e.g. discrepancies, current legislative trends, etc.) for the purpose of evaluating compliance requirements and potential implications on county operations.

Responds to a wide variety of inquiries of staff, county personnel, other professional organizations, etc. (e.g. accounting guidelines, expenditure status, grant guidelines, etc.) for the purpose of resolving problems, providing information and/or referring to appropriate personnel.

Other Functions
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:
• operating standard office equipment including using a variety of software applications;
• planning and managing projects; preparing and maintaining accurate records;
• analyzing;
• budgeting and cost control;
• facilitating meetings;
• guiding others;
• interpersonal aptitude;
• managing staff/performance;
• problem solving;
• supervision.

KNOWLEDGE is required to utilize theoretical mathematical concepts; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:
• pertinent laws, codes, policies, and/or county, state and/or federal regulations;
• personnel processes;
• program planning and development;
• county budgeting, policies and audit procedures;
• concepts of grammar and punctuation;
• principles of public and fund accounting and budgeting.

ABILITY is required to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; routinely gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing a variety of complex processes; and operate equipment using a variety of standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize a variety of job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is moderate. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include:
• adapting to changing work priorities;
• communicating with diverse groups and individuals in public and/or private settings;
• meeting deadlines and schedules;
• setting priorities;
• working as part of a team;
• working with detailed information/data;
• decision-making; detail oriented;
• leadership and direction;
• meeting schedules/deadlines;
• motivating others; organizing; prioritization; and taking initiative.

Responsibilities include working independently under broad organizational guidelines to achieve unit objectives; managing multiple operations; and supervising the use of funds for multiple departments. Utilization of significant resources from other work units is routinely required to perform the job’s functions. There is a continual opportunity to significantly impact the organization’s services.

Working Environment
The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 60% sitting, 20% walking, and 20% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.

Supervisory Controls
The Chief Financial Officer reports directly to the County Administrator. The incumbent provides direct supervision to the Financial Staff, as well as supervisory controls over all aspects of departmental budget and spending.

Previous work in governmental accounting and job-related experience within specialized field, with increasing levels of responsibility is required. This experience should directly relate to governmental accounting, budget development and budget management, fiscal program management and financial policy development. This includes experience working with budgets within accepted local-level governmental budgeting standards; auditing; establishing financial controls and accounting systems as well as supervision of others. Knowledge of human resources and compensation plans is a plus. Certifications listed below may be considered in lieu of experience.

Bachelor’s degree in accounting required, preferably supplemented by a Master’s degree in business administration, accounting, financial management or related field, supplemented by six to nine years of professional accounting financial management experience or an equivalent combination of education training and experience that provides the required knowledge skills and abilities.

None Specified

Certificates & Licenses
CGFM preferred; CPA desired. Valid state driver’s license required.

Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance, Financial Background Check

FLSA Status