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Director, Finance

DeKalb County Government

Posted: Jul. 30, 2018

End Date: Oct. 30, 2018

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to plan, oversee and direct the administration of the County’s financial operations and staff and to provide professional financial advice to the County administrators and Board of Commissioners.  

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Manages, directs, and evaluates assigned staff;  oversees employee work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and control; reviews timesheets; approves/processes employee concerns and problems and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; assists with or completes employee performance appraisals; directs work; acts as a liaison between employees and County administrators and elected officials; and trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures.

Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; prioritizes and schedules work activities in order to meet objectives; ensures that subordinates have the proper resources needed to complete the assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; provides progress and activity reports to County administrators and elected officials; and revises procedure manuals as appropriate.

Ensures integrity and accuracy of all accounting/financial controls and activities of the County; interprets, applies, and ensures compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; and initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.

Develops, recommends, updates, and implements financial policies and procedures for the County; reviews efficiency and effectiveness of financial operations, methods, processes, and procedures; and implements needed improvements.

Consults with County administrators, Board of Commissioners, department heads or others through the budget request process; compares data and recommends appropriate adjustments; checks, balances and verifies completed budget requests; conducts and attends meetings and workshops; and advises, assists or instructs staff regarding budget process as needed.

Prepares, publishes, and distributes the annual budget; develops and monitors revenues and expenditures; monitors and maintains debt service requirements; prepares the preliminary budget with proposed alternatives; participates in long-and short-range financial planning, including forecasting all revenues, capital requirements and cash flow management for all funds; and provides final review and correction to written reports and documents included in annual budget.

Monitors budgetary performance; oversees budget reviews; reviews financial statements; identifies problems and opportunities; formulates and recommends strategies to remedy budget deficiencies; reviews budget status with departments; and develops performance indicators to be used in integrating performance/financial evaluation.

Prepares, analyzes, distributes, and presents financial reports and executive summaries; consults with County administration and other officials to review financial operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; attends Board of Commissioners' meetings; analyzes financial data and makes recommendations to assist County management in making financial decisions, including recommendations regarding pension plans, employee benefits, and insurance matters; and prepares ordinances and resolutions as requested.

Oversees internal audit functions; facilitates auditor interaction with finance and other departments; compiles electronic data and reports; tests audit trails; researches and analyzes transactions as needed; ensures preparation of required work papers; reviews and approves audit documents and recommendations; assigns and monitors special audits or investigations as needed; and updates County administrators and Board of Commissioners regarding findings and recommendations, and corrective actions.

Oversees and directs related financial activities as assigned; directs treasury and investments; reviews disbursements of all County funds and facilitates refunding of bonds; monitors and ensures favorable bond ratings; administers County purchasing card; directs safety programs; oversees collection for water/sewer services, sanitation services, hotel/motel taxes, etc.; oversees business and alcoholic beverage regulation and licensing; administers records management and fixed asset inventory; and administers Open Records Request processes.

Prepares all necessary reports to meet legal requirements and assists in making financial decisions; submits all mandated reports to local, state and federal regulatory agencies or others as required; compiles and/or tracks various administrative and/or statistical data pertaining to financial matters; prepares, reviews, and/or analyzes financial documents such as budgets, investment reports, income statements, balance sheets, financial statements, general ledgers, bank statements, etc.; makes applicable calculations; prepares or generates reports; and maintains records.

Manages department financial resources; develops, defends, and implements departmental budget; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget; and reviews and approves all financial documentation.

Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws/regulations; maintains professional affiliations; reads professional literature; and attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration or related field required (Master's degree preferred); twelve years of progressively responsible experience in financial administration, with five years of senior management experience for a comparably sized organization or as a director for a smaller organization; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required:  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license; licensure as a Certified Public Accountant preferred.