Seeking a local government finance leader to join our team and grow a premier Finance Department – the best!
The Deputy Director of Finance (Deputy CFO) reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and assists in developing and delivering strategic financial services to the County. This newly created position that will be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the department and assist the CFO with completing tasks for the Executive Team, Board of County Commissioners and other stakeholders. The position will directly supervise and direct operational and compliance functions of Finance including Central Finance and Departmental Financial Services, with responsibility for financial reporting, grants management, payroll, and general accounting. The Deputy Director of Finance (Deputy CFO) serves as CFO in the CFO’s absence.
The DCFO will be an experienced, visionary financial professional who fully understands the principles and practices of governmental finance, accounting, capital budgeting, and long-range financial planning. The ideal candidate will be a team player, with a focus on developing staff towards the goal of developing a premier finance department. They will possess excellent communication skills, comfortable working with staff of all levels, to identify strategies and innovative ways to address local government issues, and advise the CFO, County Executive Team, and elected officials.
Key aspects are strategic thinking, strong communication and listening skills, technical competency, staff development, and strong leadership, including demonstrated change management skills.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Performs highly complex managerial and financial work providing oversight of strategic and tactical financial activities of the organization including:
Strategy and Analytics: • Participates in the development and implementation of strategic plans, budget, department goals, objectives, and systems • In conjunction with CFO, identifies best practice Finance programs/initiatives to enable County missions while supporting strong fiscal stewardship and long-term sustainability, and develops plans to implement such programs/services • Supports individuals and teams in process excellence, project management, problem solving, and value creation to drive toward required outcomes. Surfaces capacity, pacing, resourcing and any other issues requiring leadership attention. • Provides accurate, timely, and transparent financial analysis and reporting on a variety of areas, including: taxation, insurance, investments, debt, accounts payable and receivable, inventory and costs control, and budgeting and forecasting • Assists in analyzing the organization's revenues, liabilities, credit conditions, and other financial indicators to forecast its short, medium, and long-term cash flow position • Manages the Treasury portfolio, including evaluating and recommending investments and other financial instruments to meet cash flow needs
Service Delivery: • Ensures that Finance Service Delivery meets expected standards; implements changes and improvements • Works with Finance Managers to ensure effective and collaborative working relationships across the Department and with stakeholders • Develops and implements clear communications within the department and stakeholders to support efficient processes and procedures • Works with the CFO to align efforts and provide high-quality financial services support to County strategic initiatives • Provides expertise, training, and support to improve understanding of financial data, policies, procedures, and internal controls • Presents findings and recommendations to top executives; prepares financial reports and briefing materials that summarize auditor and financial analyst reports, balance sheets, and regulatory reports and filings • Develops data dashboards and other mechanisms to share information and support data-driven decision making • Oversees effective and efficient Payroll for the County and Library, supporting strategic initiatives as they relate to compensation and benefits and ensuring strong customer service
Compliance: • Develops and implements strong internal controls over County financial resources and ensures that all financial transactions, systems and procedures comply with regulations, accounting principles, and standards • Oversees County Treasury functions, ensuring timely payment of invoices, receipts of collection, and effective and efficient transactions • Advises management on financial matters and the impact of laws and regulations on the organization • Ensures all tax returns, declarations, and other required reports are submitted accurately and on time
In addition, the Deputy will have other duties as assigned.
The position allocable to this class has the primary responsibility of assisting with the management of designated functional areas within a broad financial management, record keeping and reporting system. This class is distinguished from CFO in that the latter has overall management responsibility for all financial management and planning, budgeting, record keeping and reporting activities for the County.
Experience: Eight (8) years of full-time progressively responsible experience in public financial, audit or business management or other directly related field including two (2) years in a management capacity assessing complex organizational issues, planning strategies and leading complex projects.
Education: Master’s degree in finance, economics, business, public administration, accounting, marketing urban planning or related field.
Equivalent Experience for Education Accepted: Yes
Licenses and Certifications: Requires a valid North Carolina or South Carolina Driver’s License. Must obtain and maintain a valid Mecklenburg County Vehicle Operator’s Permit
Licenses and Certifications: Accounting, Auditing, and/or Financial Management certification such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA), Government Finance Officer Certification (GFOA), preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Principles and processes for providing exceptional customer service. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, and agency rules, and the political climate.
Superior verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
Program evaluation, including analysis of relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Conveying information effectively.
Experienced in leading and supervising a diverse group of employees with a varied level of experience & competencies.
Ability to assist with fostering a positive work environment where employees feel valued and understand their contributions to the department goals.
Change Management – Lead cross-organizational change management efforts, incorporating feedback from internal and external stakeholders; embrace change and create value through improvements to the Finance organization; and foster an environment of creativity and innovation, focusing on the empowerment and support of staff through tools and continuous process improvement.
Aligning Performance for Success – Focusing and guiding others in accomplishing work objectives.
Ability to Prioritize Efforts – Navigate and respond to multiple competing priorities, delivering quality outcomes under strict deadlines.
Building Strategic Work Relationships – Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
Strategic Decision Making – Obtaining information and identifying key issues and relationships relevant to achieving a long-range goal or vision; committing to a course of action to accomplish a long-range goal or vision after developing alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values.
Formal Presentation – Presenting ideas effectively to individuals or groups when given time to prepare; delivering presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience.
Leading through Vision and Values – Keeping the organization’s vision and values at the forefront of decision making and action
WORK ENVIRONMENT Moderate noise is typical for the work environment for this job.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Internal Number: 111857
About Mecklenburg County Government
Mecklenburg County is home to over 1.1 million residents and the City of Charlotte—the second largest city in the southeast, and the 15th largest in the nation. With 6.9 million residents within 100 miles, Mecklenburg County lies in the heart of the sixth largest urban area in the United States. The County includes the City of Charlotte; towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville in the north; and the towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, and Pineville in the south. Over the last decade, Mecklenburg
County has attracted a large and growing number of people from around the country and the world. As a major hub for American Airlines – one of the country’s largest airlines – it is easy to get to Mecklenburg County.
This access has helped attract several Fortune 500 and 1000 companies that bring millions of investment dollars into the local economy. With a world-renowned park and recreation system, a range of professional and minor league sports teams, and diverse communities, people who come to Mecklenburg County find an energized downtown and a variety of living options. Since 1994, Mecklenburg County has been governed by a nine-member Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) with six mem...bers elected by districts and three elected at-large. The BOCC appoints a
County Manager who executes policy decisions and leads the County organization by overseeing
the administration of County departments. Mecklenburg County provides an environment where you can touch and enrich lives every day in countless ways. It’s not just a place to work – for some, it’s an opportunity to serve their neighbors and make a difference. For others, the role they take on fulfills a lifelong pursuit. Whatever the reason you choose to work for the County, there is an
opportunity for personal growth, professional development, and to make a difference in people’s lives.