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Chief Financial Officer

City of Orangeburg, SC - Orangeburg, SC , USA

Job Description:

City of Orangeburg, South Carolina Classification Specification


The City of Orangeburg, South Carolina, the “The Garden City” operates under a Council-Manager form of government and is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who can ensure sound financial practices and effective leadership. The CFO is responsible for guiding debt and investment management and providing outstanding customer service to the public and operating departments. This is not simply a job, or a career move but a calling for someone who is passionate about public finance and the difference successful and innovative financial leadership can make in a community.

About the Community: Orangeburg is the Orangeburg County seat and has a population of about 13,000 within the larger County of 84,000. Known for its Festival of Roses which brings tourists flocking to the community each Spring, Orangeburg is also the home of OC Tech, Southern Methodist College, and two historically black institutions of higher education: Claflin University and South Carolina State.

Economically, Orangeburg is host to a diversity of employers from government, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing. Demographically, Orangeburg is a majority-minority City.

Culturally and recreationally, Orangeburg is home to Edisto Memorial Gardens and the IP Stanback Museum and Planetarium, which has one of the largest exhibition areas in South Carolina. It also boasts the Orangeburg Civic Ballet, and the County Fine Arts Center. The City is located within easy access to recreational opportunities presented by the newly opened Athletic Complex, the Edisto river, and the close proximity of the beautiful the beaches of South Carolina. Consisting of nine square miles, Orangeburg, sits on the north fork of the Edisto River, just 37 miles south of the capital city Columbia and a little more than an hour’s drive to Charleston.

About the Organization: The City of Orangeburg operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City employs approximately 200 employees across 9 departments and has a total budget of $26M. The City is self-insured for health, dental and vision insurance. The CFO, who reports to the City Administrator and interfaces frequently with the City Council, oversees a sophisticated and complex municipal finance department bonded debt of $40M.

About the Position and Department: The CFO leads a department that manages financial reporting, payroll, purchasing, revenue, and risk management with a staff of approximately 7 employees. To learn more about the department, click here.

Key priorities for the next CFO are:

  • evaluating the Finance Department and making recommendations to the City Administrator on structure and staffing;

  • proactively managing cash balances and planning for requirements in response to COVID 19 impacts on revenue;

  • issuing and managing debt on current capital projects;

  • coordinating the annual budget with the City Administrator; and,

  • proactively working to maintain and enhance bond ratings.


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field is required, a master’s degree in Finance-related field highly preferred.

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of progressive experience in government financial administration including 3-5 years of supervisory experience is required.

  • Local government experience is required.

  • CPA and GFOA Certification are highly preferred but not required.

    The successful candidate is:

  • an engaged collaborator with impeccable integrity who has experience in partnering with internal and external stakeholders to effectively manage financial resources in order to leverage financial opportunities and mitigate challenges;

  • knowledgeable of general accounting principles (GASB, etc.), applicable laws, cash management, municipal bond financing, debt issuance, municipal purchasing, capital markets, investment management, purchasing, financial reporting, risk assessment, enterprise funds, and financial trends impacting similar-sized cities;

  • a highly skilled negotiator;

  • skilled in evaluating strategies for creating investment opportunities in areas lacking capital

    investment for a number of years;

  • committed to transparency and clear communication of financial position to stakeholders;

  • an excellent and effective communicator including one on one, small groups, and public

    speaking who makes complex financial topics understandable to citizens, staff, and Council


  • a responsive, detailed and deadline-oriented professional who continuously monitors and

    engages in process improvement in a service-driven organization;

  • savvy with information technology for financial systems;

  • a creative thinker in assessing ways to increase revenue and manage expenses to meet the operational and capital needs of the City without simply proposing tax increases;

  • experienced working in a council-manager form of government with skills in navigating the complexities of varying roles; (need for building relationships, educating Council, clear communication, maintaining trust);

  • able to effectively manage, develop and engage staff to deliver excellent customer service through increased training, responsibility, productivity, morale, and retention;

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  • an advocate of best practices who can confidently and persuasively present options to the Management team and Council; and,

  • successful in a culture of high-performance expectations and personal accountability with a track record of developing the same departmental standards as a highly accomplished financial professional.

    Salary range and Application Process:

    The hiring range is up to $115,000 with starting salary based on credentials and experience. Information about benefits can be found on the City’s website. Residency requirement for this position is strongly preferred within six months of employment, however, is not required.

    To apply, go to and click on the Chief Financial Officer-Orangeburg link. To learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser: openings/).

    All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume but resumes and cover letters should be uploaded through the portal.

    The position is open until filled. Interviews with the Leadership team will follow after applicant screening. All inquiries should be emailed to:

    The City of Orangeburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    The recruitment and selection processes are being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.


Contact Information

Kayla C. Lee
Phone: 803-539-3716
Fax: NA


South Carolina Human Resources