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Deputy Director of Finance
Jefferson County Finance Department
 Birmingham, Alabama
Job Description

The Deputy Director of Finance plans, organizes, and directs Jefferson County financial and administrative operations. This includes tasks related to investment management, accounting, budget administration, debt management, sewer billing, auditing, payroll, and purchasing divisions. This individual directs the functional areas or operations, ensures employees have the necessary resources to accomplish goals, resolves complex business issues, oversees the flow of cash, and generally assists the Chief Financial Officer in the execution of his/her authority and responsibilities in the areas of executive leadership, managerial and organizational effectiveness, fiscal planning, and budget accountability. The work of the Deputy Director of Finance is reviewed by the Chief Financial Officer for departmental efficiency and effectiveness. This is an at-will position which is exempt from Civil Service and serves at the pleasure of the County Manager.

This position is not part of the Merit System and, therefore, is neither subject to the Rules & Regulations of the Personnel Board nor provided the rights of a Merit System position.

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Degree Requirements:

  • Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or has an advanced degree (e.g., master’s degree) in finance, accounting, or related field.

Specific Experience:

  • Held role with progressive exposure to accounting and financial principles. Held upper-level managerial role within a financial function. Experience working with Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) principles. Experience with, and/or knowledge of, external auditing/accounting, investment, cash management, internal controls, budgeting, and general ledger.   
  • Experience managing a work unit
  • Managed a work division (10 or more people). Experience as a 3rd level manager (i.e., managed a supervisor of another supervisor). Responsible for setting goals and making key decisions at a divisional level. Managed a budget for a division. Responsible for evaluating the performance of those within a division.
  • Experience implementing and monitoring work unit strategy
  • Responsible for a concrete substantial change effort. Developed and implemented a strategic initiative. Responsible for managing and delivering results on several high-level projects at the divisional level (i.e., more than unit level objectives).
  • Experience interacting with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience working in a high stress environment involving multiple constituents. Responsible for a function that delivers services to internal and external customers. Held roles involving forging positive interpersonal working relationships. Responsible for the development and growth of multiple others (e.g., coaching activities, formal mentoring). Responsible for delivering complex communications to multiple parties (verbal and/or written).
  • Experience working in environments that require adherence to high professional and ethical standards
  • Exposure to essential work tasks and/or processes in non-profit or government, or in a private organization that has constraints resembling those in the public sector.


  • Experience managing a work unit
  • Engaged in concrete personal development activities (e.g., formal programs, taking on stretch assignments, integrating a development plan into daily activities). Held roles in which they have delegated important responsibilities to others.
  • Experience implementing and monitoring work unit strategy
  • Responsible for guiding the implementation of an innovative solution (e.g., organizational process, product).
  • Experience interacting with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Held roles in which they were responsible for resolving conflicts and driving consensus. Responsible for completing a negotiation at work.
  • Experience working in environments that require adherence to high professional and ethical standards
  • Demonstrates a track record of ethical professional behavior. Demonstrates a track record of understanding and respecting the practices, customs, and values of people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.


  • Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


  • The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.
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