The Wake County Finance Department provides sound, innovative financial direction in accordance with regulatory laws and standards, empowering County leadership to perform their responsibilities. The Department strives to be recognized as an innovative leader in Government Finance, by utilizing leading-edge technology to improve business processes, provide timely and accurate financial information, and enhance fiscal accountability. The Department seeks to meet the expectations of County management, the Board of Commissioners, and citizens to conserve tax dollars and provide fiscal transparency. The Department supports and partners with other County departments and external organizations to provide efficient, effective customer service to residents, vendors, and employees.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies:
Top candidates will demonstrate the ability to be responsive to priorities and utilize objective, systematic processes to independently make decisions, formulate solutions, and seek process improvement. The Finance Director will be responsible for the accuracy and productivity of daily operations of the Finance Department, therefore qualified applicants should show an effective history of personal accountability, organization, and initiative. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of the Fiscal Control Act of North Carolina and areas of expertise in local government finance. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential. As a department that achieves outcomes through supporting and partnering with County management and other departments, this role requires leadership that is assertive, collaborative, and resourceful.
The Finance Director will successfully lead efforts aimed at the effective and efficient management of the County’s fiscal resources through:
Development and implementation of sound policies and procedures
Utilization of appropriate internal controls
Ensuring compliance with accounting laws and regulations
Providing executive direction of the County’s debt management program
Management of financial and contractual risk
Accurate reporting of the County’s financial condition
Maximizing the use of new and innovative technology
This position serves as the department head for the Finance Department (comprised of 5 divisions and staff of 28). The Finance Director will work directly with the Chief Financial Officer and Controller to ensure consistency in planning, evaluating, and implementing timely and efficient services to internal and external customers.
The Finance Director will be accountable for:
Fostering strong working relationships with County leadership, Internal Audit staff, and other departments to understand organization needs and solve complex financial issues.
Overseeing the streamlined operations of the Finance Department to ensure that they align with the business objectives of the organization.
Providing leadership on departmental projects, initiatives, and personnel through the development and management of the Finance Department budget.
Leading the development, implementation, and administration of County policies, procedures, and business processes to guide and monitor financial transactions.
Developing and engaging staff to deliver excellent customer service through increased training, responsibility, productivity, morale, and retention.
Coordinating, in conjunction with other departments, the County’s risk management efforts.
Providing idea collaboration and executive direction for the County’s debt management program, in accordance with maintaining the County’s AAA bond ratings.
Championing best practices, process re-engineering, data analysis, and maximum use of technology.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
Eight years of progressive leadership experience in governmental finance or organization-wide financial management, including three years of supervisory experience
Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration or related field
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) certification
Internal Number: Req1322
About Wake County
Home to the State Capital, Wake County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and the most populous county in the state, with more than 1.1 million residents. The County has 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 is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, who are elected at-large to serve two-year terms. Wake County Government has a general operating budget of $1.47 billion, employs approximately 4,200 employees, experiences minimal turnover, and is an award-winning leader in wellness and technology initiatives; such as offering employees and covered spouses free access to the Employee Health Center. 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.