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Chief Financial Officer

Forsyth County Board of Commissioners

Listing Summary

Position Information: 

The purpose of this classification is to provide financial leadership and management for the county and assigned departments, to include overseeing financial programs/activities, providing financial leadership, long-term strategic planning and expertise to the Board of Commissioners, and interpreting County financial goals/policies to ensure that County administration and Directors are making financial decisions consistent with the Board of Commissioner's financial planning and policy initiatives.  This position is appointed by and works under the direction of the County Manager.   The position of Chief Financial Officer is not covered under the Civil Service System.  

Job Summary: 

Directs fiscal management of the County; plans and directs County's debt management activities; reviews economic reports to evaluate status of County debts/investments.
Researches, evaluates and advises the County Manager and the Board of Commissioners on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.
Provides timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the Board of Commissioners, County Manager and Directors in performing their responsibilities.   Provides strategic financial input and leadership on financial issues affecting the county.
Interprets, applies, and ensures compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
Consults with County Manager, Board of Commissioners, and other officials to review financial operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; advises County officials on debt matters, accounting issues, and other financial matters; analyzes financial data and makes recommendations to assist County management in making financial decisions.
Provides financial support to all County departments in the implementation of goals/objectives established by Board of Commissioners; provides financial/technical information and expertise to department managers, County management, and related agencies.
Develops, enhances, recommends, updates, and implements organizational and departmental policies and procedures; reviews efficiency and effectiveness of financial operations, methods, processes, and procedures; implements needed improvements; develops and implements internal controls to reduce potential of errors.
Develops long and short term plans, goals, and objectives for the department; participates in developing long and short term financial plans, goals, and objectives for the County under the direction of the County Manager.
Plans and directs County budget processes; oversees development and implementation of County budget; monitors budget performance and makes reports to the County Manager and Board of Commissioners; assists with development and implementation of budgets for various County departments.
In coordination with Administration, acts as financial consultant in the administration of the County’s risk management and loss control program; works to safeguard County assets.
Plans, directs, and oversees internal/external audits; oversees and coordinates periodic internal audits to ensure compliance with accounting procedures and office policies; oversees annual/periodic audits conducted by external auditors; resolves audit, accounting, and reporting issues with outside agencies such as independent auditors or federal/state agencies.
Supports and provides guidance for preparation of accounting reports and financial analyses for County departments; ensures completion of all required financial/regulatory reports and timely submission of reports to appropriate agencies/individuals; reviews, edits, and validates contracts and agreements.
Supports a variety of general accounting/bookkeeping functions, such as analyzing financial data, forecasting financial revenues/expenditures, preparing journal entries, balancing accounts/ledgers, balancing/reconciling reports, calculating data, researching financial discrepancies, correcting data errors, keying financial data, generating reports, or maintaining financial records.
Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, financial reports, annual reports, budget documents, financial statements, cash forecasts, capital plans, performance evaluations, spreadsheets, or other documents.
Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, regulatory reports, financial reports, budget reports, economic reports, contracts, agreements, invoices, ledgers, chart of accounts, accounting guidelines, accounting principles, policies, procedures, manuals, publications, bulletins, directories, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; verifies accuracy of entered data and makes corrections; utilizes word processing, spreadsheet, database, financial, e-mail, Internet, or other computer programs
Responds to questions or complaints from citizens, the media, or County personnel regarding County financial issues or department operations; provides information, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution.
Communicates with the County Manager, Board of Commissioners, other County officials, employees, other departments, state/federal agencies, banking personnel, auditors, consultants, attorneys, vendors, the public, the media, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice/direction.
Attends Board of Commissioner meetings, strategic retreats, serves on various committees, and makes presentations as needed.
Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends seminars, workshops, and training sessions as appropriate.
Leads the department in ensuring compliance with all safety and health requirement; develops safety policies essential to the department; ensures all new departmental employees are trained on safety policies prior to commencing duties;  ensures all departmental staff are trained annually on departmental safety policies ensuring safety standards are consistently followed;  maintains safe and healthy working conditions ensuring minimal injury, accidents, liabilities and waste of materials within the department.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or closely related field; supplemented by ten (10) years previous experience and/or training that includes progressively responsible financial management (preferably in an organization or municipality of similar size), governmental accounting, budget development, budget administration, management, and personal computer operations.

  • Certified Public Accountant ("CPA") license or Public Finance Officer Certification preferred but not required.


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