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Finance Director

City of Lancaster - Lancaster, SC , USA

Job Description:

Finance Director, Finance Department

Job Description: Under limited supervision, serves as Chief Financial and Budget Officer for the City of Lancaster, ensuring efficient and effective financial and cash management of the City's various funds. Develops and implements internal financial controls. Maintains fiscal control of the City's budget and oversees the management of cash receipts, payment of accounts payable invoices, payroll processing, report preparation, management of bond proceeds and debt repayment, preparation of financial projections, and assistance to auditors with the external audit.

  • Plans, organizes, and directs all programs and activities of the Finance Department and Utility Billing, with emphasis on developing and maintaining effective procedures and procedural improvements to the City's fiscal management system.

  • Supervises the operation of the Finance Department; assigns work loads, establishes work schedules, directs, and supervises duties of assigned staff. Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing, and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; and recommending and approving employee promotions, transfers, discipline, discharge, and recommending salary increases.

  • Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.

  • Provides direct assistance to the City Administrator in accounting, finance, budgeting, collections, and billing/customer service.

  • Serves as the City's Budget Officer. Reviews and manages general procedures, methods, and controls to ensure that expenditures are authorized and do not exceed appropriations.

  • Assists in the development of the annual budget; coordinates with department heads in developing revenue and expenditure forecasts.

  • Invests all City funds in the general fund, capital projects fund, special revenue funds, solid waste funds, and gross revenue funds to ensure that the maximum returns are received in accordance with appropriate laws and regulations. Allocates earnings accordingly.

  • Manages the external audit for the City.

  • Prepares the Annual Financial Report and Annual Budget document for the City.

  • Prepares cash flow projections and capital improvements plan.

  • Prepares monthly finance and cash management reports for the City Administrator, City Council, and

    department heads. Presents reports to the City Council monthly.

  • Develops and maintains an efficient accounting system.

  • Verifies all journal entries; verifies and approves documentation supporting accounts receivable;

    reviews and approves purchase orders and vouchers for payment, etc.

  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns, complaints, and requests for assistance from citizens

    regarding their water bills, property taxes, and general financial matters.

  • Establishes procedures for internal controls. Conducts financial reviews and recommends changes or

    improvements as appropriate.

  • Provides direction for the proper documentation of payroll. Verifies and approves payroll.

  • Signs all City checks and approves wire transfers.

  • Prepares tax reconciliation and matches to corresponding bank deposits.

  • Prepares required financial information for bond issuance. Processes all bond payments and invests


capital project proceeds from bond proceeds until expended.

  • Prepares IRS, State Budget and Control, South Carolina Department of Revenue, South Carolina State Treasurer, and SCDHEC reports as required.

  • Oversees the City's debt set-off program.

  • Serves on the Finance Committee and various other committees.

  • Serves as custodian of the firefighters’ insurance funds, including receipts and disbursements.

  • Reviews and approves monthly reporting and remittance of court revenues and fine assessments for

    Court Administration.

  • Conducts and attends various meetings as required.

  • Receives reviews, prepares, and/or submits various records and reports including financial reports,

    balances, expenditures reports, billing registers, audit documents, payroll documentation, tax records and reports, budget reports, fund/debt service schedules, tax schedules, employee evaluations, project status reports, memos, correspondence, etc.

  • Operates a variety of equipment such as a computer, printer, fax machine, copier, calculator, telephone.

  • Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the City Administrator, other administrative staff and department heads, subordinates, all other City employees, City Council, auditors, other government agencies, bankers, sales representatives, consultants, City Attorney staff, bond counsel, Municipal Association staff, news media, general public.

  • Performs related duties as directed when such duties are a logical and appropriate assignment to the position.

  • Knowledge of methods, procedures, and procedures of the City Department as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Finance Director.

  • Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of City and other governmental agencies.

  • Knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and

    responsibilities of the position.

  • Knowledge of the principles of finance and accounting, and the standards, regulations and laws relating for financial accounting.

  • Knowledge of the implementation and control which must be exercised over the City's financial management systems and procedures.

  • Knowledge of proper English usage, punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

  • Knowledge of modern office practices and technology; has skill in the use of computers for word and

    data processing.

  • Knowledge of the terminology and various professional languages used within the department.

  • Skilled in accounting/financial mathematics.

  • Ability to ensure departmental compliance with all laws and regulations and control the activities of

    the department through effective supervision.

  • Ability to make sound, educated decisions.

  • Ability to compile, organize, and utilize various financial information necessary in the preparation of

    the organizational and individual budgets, and knows how to prepare and monitor budgets.

  • Ability to monitor expenditures and maintain accounts within budgetary limitations.

  • Ability to produce quality work which requires constant attention to detail.

  • Ability to plan, organize and direct a financial and support staff.

  • Ability to apply supervisory and managerial concepts and principles; has knowledge of administrative

    principles involved in developing, directing and supervising various programs and related activities.

  • Ability to offer instruction and advice to subordinates regarding departmental policies, methods, and


  • Is able to perform employee evaluations and to make recommendations based on results.

  • Ability to offer training and assistance to co-workers and employees of other departments as required.

  • Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in supervising various programs including the

    handling of emergency situations, determining procedures, setting priorities, setting schedules,

    maintaining standards, planning for future City needs and resolving problems.

  • Ability to plan and develop daily, short- and long-term goals related to City purposes.

  • Ability to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision.

  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.

  • Skill with organization, technology, and human relations.

  • Ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.

  • Ability to read and interpret complex materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job.

  • Ability to assemble and analyze information and make written reports and records in a concise, clear,

    and effective manner.

  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with personnel of other departments, professionals, and

    members of the public through contact and cooperation.

  • Ability to make public presentations.

  • Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.

    Desirable Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting supplemented by ten (10) years of continuous progressively responsible experience in governmental accounting, auditing and cash management, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that the City Administrator, with the advice and consent of City Council, determines provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    Preference will be given to candidates who are registered as a Certified Public Accountant. Certified as a Government Finance Officer (CGFO), Public Finance Officer (CPFO), or Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.

    Application for Position: Applicants interested in this job opportunity may apply online (employment tab) This position is open until filled. EOE

    Position May be Subject to the Following Background Checks Credit Check, Criminal History, Driving History, Drug Test, Medical/Physical

    Grade Salary Range 222 $36.37 to $45.47

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Contact Information

Angela Roberson
Phone: 803-577-1545
Fax: NA


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