Finance Director

County of Buncombe, NC

-Purpose of the position:

The primary purpose of this position is to plan, implement, control, and provide management oversight to the financial activities of the County.

Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience: Master’s degree in accounting, business, finance, government, or public administration with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in financial management, audit, revenue management, working capital, and cash flow management, including at least three (3) years of experience as a finance director of a like-sized government. Proven experience and knowledge of the relevant legislative framework of local government related to finance and tax collections.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation: Certified Public Accountant (CPA); NC Certified local Government Finance Officer and/or Certified Public Finance Officer preferred.

-Essential Functions of the position:

Serve as the primary financial advisor for the County and provide relevant financial information/advice to the County Manager on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to financial management and reporting, tax administration, cost benefit analysis, financial forecasting, management of debt service, and the securing of new funding.

Diligently and consistently complete job duties as required by North Carolina General Statutes §159-25.

Collaborate with elected officials, department directors and the County Manager to assess internal and external trends and issues, revenue sources, expenditure requirements, service demands and other relevant matters and facilitate development of long-term fiscal strategies.

Provide personnel/team management to ensure a competent workforce: recruit and select department personnel; assign, direct, train and inspect the work of staff; reward, discipline, coach, counsel and evaluate staff performance.

Ensure finances support County government programs and strategic priorities.

Ensure proper management and investment of the County’s funds; serve as the liaison with the financial services contractor who selects type and terms of investments to coincide with cash flow needs.

Ensure proper issuance and management of the County’s debt portfolio.

Communicate and provide guidance regarding financial information both internally and externally so that a proper understanding will result in informed decisions.

Ensure County financial policy and practice is in alignment with local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and financial and accounting standards.

Ensure work is done in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), COSO standards and all other industry best practices.

Actively participate in the strategic planning and design and management of service delivery to our residents.

Demonstrate through all formal and informal actions commitment to ethical standards and professional code of conduct.

Serve as finance officer for the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, and the School Capital Fund Commission in accordance with legislative mandate and provide financial data and debt projections.

Manage the annual external audit process; schedule audit and related workflow; request audit-related information from other departments; prepare required schedules, reports and work papers; compose sections of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR); review final report for accuracy before submission; review findings and develop strategies to address areas of improvement.

Prepare required state and federal reports.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

-Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and policies concerning County fiscal operations.

Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles and practices as applied to local government.

Knowledge of enterprise resource systems and electronic data processing as they apply to accounting and fiscal processing applications.

Knowledge of internal controls and the ability to identify problems and changing requirements.

Knowledge of debt issuance and management including preparation of official statements and coordinating issuance with underwriters, rating agencies, and bond counsel.

Knowledge of the creation, distribution, and storage of all financial records and reports.

Knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of organizational management.

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, other agencies, and the public.

Ability to determine the strategic vision and plan pertaining to areas of responsibility.

Ability to provide visible, supportive, and effective leadership, including ability to motivate and empower staff to deliver on strategies and goals.

Ability to manage the alignment of strategies and goals within areas of responsibilities and in conjunction with organization’s overarching strategies and goals.

Ability to establish operating standards and procedures to ensure compliance.

In order to uphold internal pay parity and equity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current Buncombe County employees. All new employees are paid according to their years of relevant education and experience above minimum requirements for the position and employees have the opportunity to obtain pay increases via cost of living increases and promotions.

Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee's unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. In addition, Buncombe County expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

Applicants for employment are invited to participate in the affirmative action program by reporting their status as a protected veteran or other minority. In extending this invitation, we advise you that: (a) workers (applicants) are under no obligation to respond but may do so in the future if they choose; (b) responses will remain confidential within the human resource department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our affirmative action program. We are a company that values diversity. We actively encourage women, minorities, veterans and disabled employees to apply. Refusal to provide this information will have no bearing on your application and will not subject you to any adverse treatment.

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Job Function
Finance Director
Position Type
Full Time

County of Buncombe


200 College St Ste 300
Asheville, NC 28801-3040
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager


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