Within the senior management structure, under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) assumes primary responsibility for finance/accounting and budgeting functions of the agency, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other regulatory and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the industry. Primarily responsible for the following: Finance/Accounting, Budgeting, Procurement, Fixed Assets, Treasury, and Internal Controls. Additional responsibilities include asset protection, agency standardization and efficiency, and overall workflow management. Will be expected to monitor day to day accounting transactions, conduct financial reporting, oversee budget and financial forecasting, execute ongoing risk assessment and develop strategic financial plans. The CFO will work closely with the executive team to define and accomplish mission, strategic goals and objectives and to design and execute successful business strategies. Provides advice and counsel to the executive team and key managers on financial issues and critical organizational initiatives. Responds to public inquiries, suggestions, complaints, and requests regarding agency and division policies, procedures, and general administration. Works cooperatively with executive staff to develop and maintain financial policies in keeping with the financial stewardship standards of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. Instructs various stakeholders including other PRC managers, Commissioners, and citizens about proper governmental finance procedures, ethical considerations and applicable laws in order for them to more fully understand the ramifications of issues and make better decisions. Conducts ongoing risk assessments including designing, monitoring, and updating Internal Control processes to insure deficiencies in operations, cash receipt or disbursement, procurement of goods, services, and capital projects would be detected in a timely manner. Oversees annual audit, closes books, prepares and approves financial schedules, footnotes, accruals, audit adjustments, financial statements, and final reports prior to issuance. Performs other related duties as required. Considerable knowledge of financial operations, accounting operations, cash management and treasury responsibilities. Requires project management, planning, and work flow design techniques. Considerable knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Practices for government and enterprise operations. Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local legislation related to public agency financial and bonding activities. Knowledge of policies and procedures for managing the Agency’s General Ledger which includes: budgeting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, reconciliations, fixed assets, year end closings, grants administration, external audit, and agency revenue. Shall maintain a valid S.C. driver's license.
Minimum Training and Experience:
Governmental Accounting experience required. A master’s degree from a college or university in Accounting or a related field with eight years relevant experience in a supervisory capacity, preferably with a public agency is preferred. This may be offset by a bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a related field with eleven years relevant experience required. MBA, CPA, or CMA is preferred.