Chief Financial Officer

County of Wake, NC

Job Details

  • Job Function: Finance Director; Budget Director
  • Salary: $150,000 - $180,000.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 1,000,000
  • Where: 301 S. McDowell Streetn, Raleigh, NC
  • Form of Government: County council-administrator/mgr

Post Date: May 10 2018

Deadline: Jun 1 2018

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About the County

Home to the North Carolina’s state capital and part of the Research Triangle, Wake County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and the second-most populous county in the state, with approximately 1,100,000 residents. The County and its municipalities have received national and international rankings and accolades from publications such as Money, Fortune, and Time magazines as being one of the best places to live, work and play. The central location of the County allows for a short drive to the spectacular mountains or coast. Wake County Government functions under a Council / Manager form of government. The County Manager is appointed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. Wake County Government has a general operating budget of $1.26 billion, employs approximately 4,000 employees, experiences minimal turnover, and is an award-winning leader in wellness (Top 15 Healthiest Employer in the Nation) and technology initiatives (Top 10 Digital County). Wake County Government offers a wide range of training and development opportunities, a stable career in public service with a balance of work and family life, flexible work schedules, and a competitive salary and benefits package including free access to an Employee Health Center for employees and covered spouses.

Wake County ‘s 4,000 employees enjoy competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, generous paid leave, investment in professional development, and a balance of work and family life. We offer a diverse selection of benefits to choose from, allowing employees to customize their benefits package to meet their family’s unique needs. Our comprehensive benefits package and wellness programs are the rewards that go beyond the paycheck, and include:

• Two on-site Employee Health Centers
• Choice of medical, dental and vision plans
• Participation in the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LGERS)
• 5% Employer Contribution to NC 401k
• Life Insurance
• Voluntary Benefits such as accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity insurance
• Telemedicine
• Employee Assistance Program offering social, emotional, financial and legal support

The County also offers a generous paid leave program that includes sick, annual, community service, parental, military and bereavement leave.

These benefits, along with our award-winning wellness programs, set us apart as an employer of choice and affirm our commitment to supporting employees and their families, both inside and outside of work. Learn more about Wake County Government’s benefit options at

About the Position

Wake County, North Carolina offers an outstanding opportunity for experienced Chief Financial Officer to serve as the key advisor / strategist to County Management and the Board of Commissioners on all financial matters.

This position serves as the department head for the Finance Department (staff of 32) and provides executive leadership to the Budget Department (staff of 10). Responsibilities also include safeguarding financial resources, protecting the County’s Triple, AAA bond rating / financial integrity, and providing financial management leadership to other departments. This position oversees the County’s revenues, expenditures, cash and investments, debt, procurement, accounting, budgeting, financial planning, financial reporting and certain risk management functions.

The CFO is responsible for developing high quality business strategies and plans while ensuring their alignment with short-term and long-term Board of Commissioners’ goals and objectives. Additionally, this position has responsibility for high level management of a more than $1.4 billion operating budget, a more than $1 billion 7-year capital improvement plan, and over $2 billion in debt.

Key Responsibilities:
The CFO is responsible for leading and directing the following:
• Forecasting and monitoring of the financial condition of the County.
• Implementing effective policies, procedures and internal controls.
• Strategic and complex long-range financial planning and modeling to respond to constantly changing financial circumstances implemented through the annual operating budget, multi-year capital, and debt planning.
• Ensuring compliance with County’s financial and debt policies and external debt requirements.
• Championing best practices while promoting continuous improvement and optimal use of technology.


The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely-related field. Additionally, candidate will have at least eight (8) years of executive-level financial, budget management and strategic financial planning experience in a government setting.

Preferred Qualifications include: A master’s degree; experience leading in government organizations with budgets exceeding $500 million; expertise in multi-year planning and forecasting. Strong leadership, communication skills, and demonstrated performance working with elected officials. CPA is advantageous, but not required.

Note: The position will be open until June 1, 2018 with first round of review being conducted on May 21, 2018.

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