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.
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
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
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
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
Mecklenburg County was formed in 1762 from the western part of Anson County and the first official governmental action took place in February 1763.
The North Carolina State Constitution approved in 1868 gave the citizens of all counties the right to elect a Board of County Commissioners to govern them.
From 1868 to 1986, Mecklenburg County was governed by a five member board elected at-large. The first seven-member board took office in 1986 and in 1994, the first nine-member Board took office. Six members are elected by districts and three are ?elected at-large.
Elections for the Board are held in November of even-numbered years. The Board takes office on the first Monday in December following the November election. A chairman and vice chairman are elected at the Board's first meeting in December.
The Board's primary responsibilities are to adopt an annual budget, set a property tax rate and establish priorities to address the County's needs, especially in the areas of health, education, welfare and mental health.
?Who is my Commissioner?
The Board's priorities are carried out by a staff of nearly five-thousand employees led by Cou...nty Manager Dena Diorio. The County Manager is the CEO of the organization and is appointed by the Board.
County Services, funded through property taxes, local sales taxes, fees and other sources, are provided to meet the community's priorities as defined by the Board of County Commissioners.
The Board has set a vision for the community. The Board's vision is summed up in the following statement:
"Mecklenburg County will be a community of pride and choice
for people to LIVE, LEARN, WORK and RECREATE."
Mecklenburg County uses a scorecard to translate its vision to action.
The Community & Corporate Scorecard includes 21 measureable goals. These goals are grouped into four related areas, called Focus Areas. All programs and services provided by Mecklenburg County fall into one of these
Community Health & Safety
Effective & Efficient Government
Social, Education & Economic Opportunity