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Deputy Division Director-Internal Services

Columbia County

Listing Summary

Columbia County, Georgia (population 159,639) is a highly desired suburban neighbor of Augusta, Georgia. [RL1] Centrally located in east Georgia, Columbia County is within a short drive of several major cities and attractions that include Atlanta, GA (140 miles), Savannah, GA (150 miles), Charleston, SC (140 miles), Columbia, SC (80 miles), Greenville, SC (110 miles), Hilton Head, SC (125 miles), Asheville, NC (185 miles) and Charlotte, NC (150 miles).  Whether you crave the mountains, the beaches, or visiting major cities, Columbia County puts you in close proximity to all of these options while offering a suburban lifestyle rich with family amenities and a high quality of life. 

Columbia County continues to be a popular and rapidly growing area to both locals and visitors alike.  In 2020, Money Magazine named Evans as the #1 Place to Live in America.  The next year, Martinez made the list at #21. Our new Performing Arts Center is already buzzing with activity hosting Broadway plays, concerts, and dance performances.  Our Recreation Department is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With our first-class parks and greenways, our families have numerous options for enjoying outdoor sports, bicycling, jogging, golf and pickleball. On the northern end of our county is Thurmond Lake which is the largest Corps of Engineers lake east of the Mississippi River. The lake encompasses 1,200 miles of shoreline, 70,000 acres of water and 80,000 acres of land.  If you enjoy camping, fishing, and boating, Columbia County is the place for you.

The FY 2023 Budget for all funds totals $296,349,586, including capital project funds. Additionally, citizens recently approved another round of SPLOST funding anticipated to produce $288,000,000 worth of projects in our county through 2028.  The County has been awarded the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 24 consecutive years and the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Preparation Award for 14 consecutive years.

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners uses approximately 1400 employees to provide our citizens with exemplary support in the areas of Public Safety, Emergency Management, Community Services, Water Utility, Technology Services, and Engineering, Development and Planning Services.  Internally, these Divisions are supported by County Administration, Internal Services, and Human Resources.  The Board of Commissioners is also responsible for coordinating services with elected officials in the offices of Sheriff, District Attorney, Superior Court, Clerk of Court, Probate Court, Magistrate Court, Tax Commissioner, and Coroner.  A copy of the FY 23 Budget can be found here:

About the Position

This position is responsible for assisting the Internal Services Division Director in managing the operations and administration of the Internal Services Division, to include Financial Services, Procurement, Risk Management, Public Transit, and Fleet Services. In the absence of the Director, the incumbent coordinates with the Deputy County Manager, Board of Commissioners, and Oversight Committees.  

Under general direction the individual is responsible for providing professional managerial assistance to the Director of Internal Services in the following areas including but not limited to: collecting, monitoring, analyzing and presenting financial data; recommendation and implementation of financial and fiscal policies; oversight of departments within the Internal Services Division.

The incumbent will have direct financial oversight of the following areas: Performing Arts Center, Development Authority of Columbia County; Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Contacts are typically with elected officials, department managers, vendors, auditors, financial institutions, and the general public.

Key responsibilities for the position include:

  • Directs financial oversight of the Performing Arts Center, Development Authority of Columbia County, Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and other areas as needed.
  • Assists the Director in supervising the operations of the following departments: Finance, Procurement, Risk Management, Public Transit, Fleet Services.
  • Assists the Director in coordinating the development of the county’s annual operating budget including the request and compilation of departmental budget estimates, preparation of county revenue estimates, presentation to the Board of Commissioners, and development of the digital budget book to submit to the Government Finance Officers Association’s award program.
  • Ensures implementation of applicable standards issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
  • Assists the Director in preparing fiscal year-end financial statements in accordance with generally accepted governmental auditing standards to include all required note disclosures and activities of all component units, and compilation of the County’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) to submit to the Government Finance Officers Association’s award program.
  • Monitors expenditure levels of County departments and reviews departmental requests for compliance with budgetary and management policies and objectives.
  • Assists the Director with oversight of the County’s debt management program and capital improvement programs.
  • Organizes and prepares financial records, documents and operations for external audit purposes.
  • Prepares specialized report requests, such as management, operational and analytical reports.
  • Provides information to Internal Auditors and technical assistance to County departments by establishing or proposing improvements to their financial management operational procedures.
  • Acts as the Internal Services Division Director when needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Knowledge of relevant local, State and Federal laws; County ordinances, policies and procedures; standards of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; auditing processing and methods; other rules and regulations governing accounting activities of county government.
  • Knowledge of modern principles and practices of public administration, finance, budgeting, accounting, procurement and cash management in public organizations.
  • Knowledge of economic forecasting and economic trends.
  • Knowledge of special requirements pertaining to accounting and investment of governmental funds.
  • Skill in supervision and general management practices
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Skill in the operation of calculator, personal computer, computer software applications and financial management system.

Desirable Training and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, public administration, business administration or a related field, completion of CPA requirements, and a minimum of three years related accounting experience required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the years of experience or education requirements.  Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills are necessary.  Experience in the use of various accounting, data base and word processing computer programs and financial management systems are required. Possession of or the ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting annual salary for this position is $94,036.80.  In addition, this position carries a vehicle allowance and cell phone allowance.

County employees have an array of benefits at their disposal which include insurance options for medical, vision, dental, life, short/long term disability and accident coverage.  Other benefits include a defined contribution retirement plan via 401(a) and 457 accounts. The Board of Commissioners provides a base contribution to an employee’s 401(a) account equivalent to 4% of his/her salary.  If an employee contributes additional money, the Board of Commissioners will match the personal contribution up to another 4%. Both the 401(a) and 457 accounts are administered by Mission Square Retirement.

Further benefits include earned Paid Time off (PTO), 11 holidays, an extensive Employee Assistance Program, an employee fitness center staffed with a fitness specialist, and an Educational Tuition Reimbursement Program for approved college programs up to $5250 per calendar year for current employees.

Application Process

Apply online by following the instructions at 

Look for job #1716-Deputy Division Director-Internal Services.

Columbia County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Columbia County Government's policy is to provide equal opportunity for employment to all persons and to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, religion, color, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital or veteran status.

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