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Finance Director

Georgetown County - Georgetown, SC , USA

Job Description:

The ideal candidate for this seasoned management position will be a dedicated financial professional who is committed to excellence and continuous improvement while leading the Georgetown County Financial Department as it innovates and progresses toward a technology-driven future.  This position offers you more than an exceptional career, it also provides the community to share a vision centered on the growth and prosperity of Georgetown County.   Come work, live, and play in a vibrant and growing coastal community of South Carolina.

Ideal Candidate:
To be considered for this opportunity, previous governmental accounting experience will be measured favorably.  The leading candidate will possess the advanced technical skillset required to perform analytical job duties as well as the energy, enthusiasm, self-motivation, and positive attitude to initiate and sustain organizational efficiency within the department.  This is a lead position involving management of a team where collaboration and team support are emphasized.  As a leader in the organization, you must be comfortable and willing to drive evolution of process and work as a change agent in the organization.  How well do you communicate?  Georgetown County promotes 360⁰ communication campus wide; the right fit for this position will be able to lead discussions and follow up with team members, peers, administration, elected officials, and the public.

The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Finance, Accounting, Public/Business Administration or related field.  Certified Public Accountant, Certified Public/Government Finance Officer, or Certified Management Accountant is preferred.

Further, the successful candidate must have documented and verifiable experience of at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible employment in accounting (governmental accounting preferred) and at least five (5) years of management experience supervising staff.  Familiarity with GASB, budget preparation and review, cost and fund accounting, financial reporting, and internal, annual auditing experience is required.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide a candidate with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job will be considered.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of modern government accounting including mathematical skills and formulas;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the fiscal policies and statutory requirements governing County funds;
  • Creative and analytical while using independent judgment within procedural guidelines;
  • Effective communicator both orally and in writing with County Council, Administrator, Directors, Department Heads, the public and media;
  • Ability to manage complex financial systems and efficiently implement and maintain accounting methods, procedures, forms and records;
  • Ability to prepare and present informative financial reports;
  • Ability to firmly and impartially supervise, coach, counsel, mentor, lead, evaluate and direct the activities of staff;
  • Ability to motivate and engender innovation and assumption of appropriate responsibility and decision-making by staff;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with subordinates, other department heads, and various elected officials;
  • Skills in analyzing trends and current affairs, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings to address concerns;
  • Skills such as timeliness, multitasking, decisiveness, and attention to detail in order to fulfill significant responsibilities and meet deadlines simultaneously;
  • Technology skills relative to the job duties. 

ADDITIONAL ATTRIBUTES sought in the next Finance Director of Georgetown County include a collaborative LEADER, positive strategic thinker, PROBLEM SOLVER, inside influencer and visionary who values the collective reasoning of a team.  DO YOU THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX?  The County is looking for an individual that will be progressive while considering the County’s history, one who delegates projects without micromanaging staff, a person who can FOLLOW THROUGH with policy directives, and LISTEN to the needs of staff and provide SUPPORT.


  • Oversee, monitor, and manage all financial matters for the County, including but not limited to financial strategies to accomplish strategic goals;
  • Supervise financial accounting related to various tax and revenue sources;
  • Assist and monitor financial matters as it relates to capital project plans, capital equipment replacement, and bonding;
  • Supervise accounting staff that process Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Procurement, Grants and various billing. This includes providing accurate accounting for the distribution of said processes to the various Funds via the use of the County’s general ledger accounting system;
  • Create and ensure compliance with County accounting policies and procedures, in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements, designed to increase timeliness, accuracy, transparency as well as reduce inefficiencies and opportunities for fraudulent activities;
  • Monitor all County internal financial and accounting controls;
  • Assist County Administration and Departments in preparing detailed department annual budgets. Work closely with the County Directors and officials to track each department’s budget to control spending and conduct appropriate reporting;
  • Spearhead the creation and presentation of the County-wide annual budget to the Administrator and County Council;
  • Prepare monthly financial reports for use by the County in administrating the annual operating budget;
  • Maintain all funds in accordance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board and General Accepted Accounting Principles;
  • Manage and report Special Revenue Funds of the County for financial and compliance purposes;
  • Assist in monthly account reconciliations for all bank accounts, government fund accounts, and securities;
  • Manage the investments, bond issues and lease-purchases of the County;
  • Conduct year-end closeout and timely prepare auditable financial statements;
  • Prepare annual CAFR;
  • Work with the County’s external auditor to facilitate the completion of the annual County-wide external audit. This includes aiding with the information gathering process, reporting on the County’s internal controls, explaining the County’s accounting policies and procedures, and preparing the annual detailed management and discussion analysis paper to be included with the annual audit as required by the Government Accounting Standards Board;
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of overall strategic goals for the County;
  • Prepare the County’s annual reports for State and Federal agencies;
  • Conduct timely and efficient fiscal year close of all accounting modules and set-up of accounts for subsequent year;
  • Conduct financial analysis and provide guidance to County administration as required in contract negotiations and agreements with outside third parties;
  • Conduct ad-hoc special reviews related to County finances and/or accounting activities as directed;
  • Other duties as assigned. 

The starting annual salary for the Finance Director of Georgetown County will be market competitive depending upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. An excellent fringe benefit plan will be provided. This position is unclassified and reports to the County Administrator.  

How to Apply:
This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Candidates may send the their resume and cover letter to the contact below. Email is preferred. 

The County of Georgetown is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The County of Georgetown does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas or disability in employment or in the provision of services.

Contact Information

Walt Ackerman, Director of Administrative Services
P.O. Drawer 421270
Georgetown, SC 29442Phone: 843-545-3075
Fax: NA


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