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Finance Director

City of Fairburn

Listing Summary

The City of Fairburn has the following position available:


                                                    Finance Director

                            Salary Range: $90,459.20 -$96,012.80  DOQ


STATUS:                     Exempt (Not eligible for overtime pay).


SCHEDULE:                Normal operating hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (schedule flexibility is available to accommodate needs of the City). Incumbent attends City Council and other meetings during evening and outside general work hours as needed.





This is a management position responsible for overseeing the financial activities of the City.  Work involves managing, planning, forecasting and directing the staff responsible for the operation and administration of the City’s Finance Department.  This position will report to the City Administrator and work with Mayor, department heads, vendors and auditors. 




  • Directs and oversees the City’s financial management operations to ensure compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  Ensures compliance with all state, federal and local laws related to the financial operation of the City.
  • Provides direction and assistance to department staff and departments in the preparation and presentation of the City’s annual budget, financial audit report, revenue administration and treasury management, implementation of auditor recommendations, and city-wide policies and procedures.
  • Conducts research, prepares special reports, prepares position papers, recommends solutions and makes presentation to the City Administrator, Mayor, elected officials and general public.
  • Under the direction of the City Administrator, has primary responsibility in preparing the annual budgets for the General Fund, Special Revenue funds, Debt Service fund, Capital Project funds, Enterprise (water, sewer, electric) fund, and Internal Service Fund.
  • Monitors and controls execution of city budgets by reviewing monthly Budget vs. Actual reports and ensuring department compliance with City budgetary policies.
  • Prepares and reviews monthly, quarterly, and annual balance sheets and schedule of revenues and expenditures; presents report to Mayor and City Council.
  • Verifies accounting reconciliations of all Subsidiary and General Ledgers, including Utilities, Property Taxes, Account Payables and Receivables.
  • Verifies the reconciliation of account balances for inter-fund/government funds to related amortization schedules; approves bank reconciliations; approves journal entries; approves all budget adjustments; oversees the City’s cash management program and authorizes transfer of cash and investment assets and wire transfers for Mayor’s approval.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate internal control safeguards.
  • Develops purchasing policies and procedures for review and approval by the Mayor and Council.
  • Conducts ongoing review of the procurement operation to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures with a goal of continuous improvement (streamlining) of operations.
  • Advises departments on the applicability of the Purchasing Ordinance policies and procedures; provides technical assistance to same by writing or assisting with the formulation of requests for proposals, bid specifications, and requests for information.
  • Maintains current knowledge of purchasing laws, Uniform Commercial Code provisions, and contract law rulings to advise government departments on the legal standing of purchase order agreements and other contracts.
  • Provides purchasing support for capital and maintenance projects; solicits bids for projects, and consults with departments on bid analysis, contractor capabilities, and contract compliance issues.
  • Reviews Water/Sewer bond transactions; reconcile bond balances to amortization schedule.
  • Reviews Fulton County Sewer Treatment Bills and MEAG Invoices for payment.
  • Develops and reviews monthly financial reports; investigates abnormal fluctuations in operating revenues and expenditures and make report to Mayor and City Administrator.
  • Provides work allocation, training and problem resolution.  Evaluates staff performance.
  • Plans, reviews, evaluates, supervises, and instructs the work of staff engaged in accounting, data processing, tax and utility billing, and payroll.  Trains, assigns work, addresses complaints, resolve conflicts, rewards and disciplines employees. 
  • Performs other work-related duties, as assigned.





Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting from an accredited college or university.
  • Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or related field in Finance from an accredited college or university is highly preferred.
  • Certified Public Accountant is highly preferred, but not mandatory
  • State Certification as a Government Finance Officer within two (2) years is highly preferred.
  • Eight (8) or more years of increasing responsibility and experience in public (municipal) finance administration, with three (3) or more years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience in preparing for successful external financial audits.
  • Equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform all functions of the position, such as twelve (12) or more years of experience and related education.





  • Thorough knowledge of federal and state laws affecting local government finances.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal and state grant administration procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of management principals and supervisory practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern office practices, methods, equipment and standard clerical procedures, including computers and related software applications.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Business English, spelling, arithmetic and municipal budgeting procedures.
  • Ability to interpret and apply related federal, state and local laws.
  • Ability to effectively manage and supervise department employees.
  • Ability to monitor and assess operations, workload, projects, and staff performance.
  • Ability to organize, supervise and give clear instructions to employees.  Requires the ability to deal with and relate to people beyond giving and receiving instructions.
  • Ability to adapt and perform under minimal stress when confronted with an emergency.
  • Ability to understand and develop computer models for costs analysis and compose financial and budgetary reports.
  • Ability to work substantially independently, exercising sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in managing subordinates, including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.
  • Ability to quickly and accurately analyze situations and professionally respond as necessary with solutions to problems and alternative courses of action.
  • Ability to perform work that is widely varied, involving analyzing and evaluating many complex and significant variables.
  • Ability to organize wide policies, procedures, or precedents that may be developed and/or recommended.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to perform complex mathematical computations and/or statistical analysis.
  • Ability to act as a staff advisor to the Mayor and City Council.
  • Ability to research, compile and analyze data, and present findings to the City Council in an acceptable format.
  • Ability to learn and remain up-to-date on Federal, State and City applicable regulations, best practices and policies affecting department activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other government representatives, contractors, partners, consultants, vendors, and general public.




While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to reach with hands, and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities require close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.



Employee experiences constant interruptions and inflexible deadlines.  The noise level in this environment is quiet to moderate.  Duties are performed primarily indoors and occasionally outdoors.   In-distance and out-of-town travel required as necessary for training and/or to carry out duties and responsibilities.



  • Possession of a valid Georgia driver's license and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).
  • Must be able to attend meetings in the evening as required by the City Administrator or Mayor.

To apply for this position please go to our website Should you have any questions contact Abril Montano in the HR Department 770 964-2244 x111.

This position will close on 11/20/2021

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