The City of Orangeburg, South Carolina, the “The Garden City” operates under a Council-Manager form of government and is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who can ensure sound financial practices and effective leadership. The CFO is responsible for guiding debt, investment management, and providing outstanding customer service to the public and operating departments. This is not simply a job, or a career move but a calling for someone who is passionate about public finance and the difference successful and innovative financial leadership can make in a community.
About the Organization: The City of Orangeburg operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City employs approximately 200 employees across 9 departments and has a total budget of $26M. The City is self-insured for health, dental, and vision insurance. The CFO, who reports to the City Administrator and interfaces frequently with the City Council, oversees a sophisticated and complex municipal finance department with bonded debt of $40M.
About the Position and Department: The CFO leads a department that manages financial reporting, payroll, purchasing, revenue, and risk management with a staff of approximately 7 employees. To learn more about the department, click here.
Key priorities for the next CFO are:
• evaluating the Finance Department and making recommendations to the City Administrator on structure and staffing;
• proactively managing cash balances and planning for requirements in response to COVID 19 impacts on revenue;
• issuing and managing debt on current capital projects;
• coordinating the annual budget with the City Administrator; and,
• proactively working to maintain and enhance bond ratings.
• A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field is required, a master’s degree in Finance-related field highly preferred.
• A minimum of 7-10 years of progressive experience in government financial administration including 3-5 years of supervisory experience is required.
• Local government experience is required.
• CPA and GFOA Certification are highly preferred but not required.
The successful candidate is:
• an engaged collaborator with impeccable integrity who has experience in partnering with internal and external stakeholders to effectively manage financial resources in order to leverage financial opportunities and mitigate challenges;
• knowledgeable of general accounting principles (GASB, etc.), applicable laws, cash management, municipal bond financing, debt issuance, municipal purchasing, capital markets, investment management, purchasing, financial reporting, risk assessment, enterprise funds, and financial trends impacting similar-sized cities;
• a highly skilled negotiator;
• skilled in evaluating strategies for creating investment opportunities in areas lacking capital investment for a number of years;
• committed to transparency and clear communication of financial position to stakeholders;
• an excellent and effective communicator including one on one, small groups, and public speaking who makes complex financial topics understandable to citizens, staff, and Council members;
• a responsive, detailed and deadline-oriented professional who continuously monitors and engages in process improvement in a service-driven organization;
• savvy with information technology for financial systems;
• a creative thinker in assessing ways to increase revenue and manage expenses to meet the operational and capital needs of the City without simply proposing tax increases;
• experienced working in a council-manager form of government with skills in navigating the complexities of varying roles; (need for building relationships, educating Council, clear communication, maintaining trust);
• able to effectively manage, develop and engage staff to deliver excellent customer service through increased training, responsibility, productivity, morale, and retention;
• an advocate of best practices who can confidently and persuasively present options to the Management team and Council; and,
• successful in a culture of high-performance expectations and personal accountability with a track record of developing the same departmental standards as a highly accomplished financial professional.