Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Fairburn Finance Department
Location of position: 
Fairburn, GA
$81,931.20 - $88,691.20
Date Posted: 
Friday, March 15, 2019
Closing Date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Job Description: 

POSITION: Finance Director, reports to the City Administrator.

COMPENSATION: Grade: 33 pay range $39.39/81,931.20 – $42.64/88,691.20, annually.

BENEFITS: Eligible for health, dental and vision coverage, retirement plan, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plan, ten paid holidays per year, ten days annual leave per year and ten days sick leave per year, and ancillary benefits.

STATUS: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime pay).

SCHEDULE: Normal operating hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (schedule flexibility is available to accommodate needs of the City). Incumbent attends City Council and other meetings during evening and outside general work hours as needed.


Direct and oversee the Finance Department consisting of Accounting, Finance Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable, Budget and Property Tax billing operations. Direct Department activities through the development and oversight of program design and implementation, contract management, polices and directives, budgets, and goals and objectives to ensure the integrity of the City’s fiscal responsiveness and viability. Incumbent serves as the Chief Financial Officer.


Each position in this classification may not include all the duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties performed.

Under general supervision:

• Direct and oversee the financial operation of the City through the preparation of financial reports and reporting, annual external and internal audit functions, investment activities, budget preparation and implementation, annual capital improvements plan, and cash management strategies. • Assist with developing financial goals and objectives for the City. • Direct and oversee the accounting operation by monitoring and reviewing financial statements, investment reports and supporting documents prepared by Staff • Direct the preparation of all general and subsidiary ledgers, accounting records, financial statements, reports, billing and payable records, and payroll data. • Direct the preparation of inventory of all personal property. • Direct and oversee the Purchasing functions by establishing organization goals and objectives, ensuring legal compliance, and ensuring the proper implementation of the all procurements processes and procedures in accordance with State and City policy. • Provide staff assistance to the City Administrator and other departments as needed by preparing and presenting department and project related reports during Staff, City Council, and other City related meetings. • Direct and oversee the issuance and sale of bonds and other obligations and administering of all debt service accounts. • Work with Financial Advisors, Bond Counsel, Finance Advisory Board Members, and City Council to develop financing plans for City Projects and Systems. • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

• Master's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or related field with a concentration in Finance from an accredited college or university is highly preferred. • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting from an accredited college or university. • Certified Public Accountant is highly preferred. • State Certification as a Government Finance Officer within two (2) years is highly preferred. • Ten or more years of increasing responsibility and experience in public finance administration, with five (5) or more years of supervisory experience. • Experience in preparing for successful external financial audits. • Equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform all functions of the position, such as fifteen (15) or more years of experience and related education. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities • Ability to effectively manage and supervise department employees. • Ability to understand and develop computer models for costs analysis and compose financial and budgetary reports. • Ability to work substantially independently, exercising sound judgment and decision-making skill. • Ability to monitor and assess operations, workload, projects, and staff performance. • Ability to perform work that is widely varied, involving analyzing and evaluating many complex and significant variables. • Ability to organize-wide policies, procedures, or precedent that may be developed and/or recommended. • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills. • Ability to perform complex mathematical computations and/or statistical analysis. • Possess competent Microsoft Excel and Word software skills. • Ability to research, compile and analyze data, and then present findings to the City Council and City Administrator in an acceptable format. • Ability to learn and remain up-to-date on Federal, State and City applicable regulations, best practices and policies affecting department activities. • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other government representatives, contractors, partners, consultants, vendors, the media and general public is essential. • Possess a Valid Georgia driver license • Ability to satisfy employment background investigation to include credit. Physical Demands While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities requires by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Work Environment Employee experiences constant interruptions and inflexible deadlines. The noise level in this environment is quiet to moderate. Duties are performed primarily indoors and occasionally outdoors. In-distance and out-of-town travel required as necessary for training and/or to carry out duties and responsibilities. The Finance Director has a primary focus on providing superior internal and external customer service to the employees, citizens and other customers of the City of Fairburn in handling a variety of Finance issues. Incumbents in this classification must maintain professionalism and courtesy when exposed to stressful situations and may be assigned complex projects requiring independence of thought, initiative, and implementation.