Finance Director

Finance Director
City of Columbia Finance Department
 Columbia, South Carolina
Job Description


This position performs a variety of complex professional, administrative, supervisory and technical accounting and finance functions involved in maintaining the fiscal records and systems of the City, and to advise administrators in their oversight of City business affairs. The incumbent plans, organizes and implements programs within major organizational policies, reporting program progress to executive-level administration through reports and conferences. The position reports to the City’s Chief Financial Officer.


  • Plans, organizes and directs all programs and activities of the Finance Department, which includes Business License, Payment Center, Utility Billing, Accounting and Payroll, 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 workloads and 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; approving employee discipline, and recommending employee promotions, transfers, discharge and salary increases;
  • Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed;
  • Provides for the adequate training and development of department staff;
  • Performs or assists subordinates with assigned duties; investigates and corrects technical errors;
  • Provides direct assistance to the Chief Financial Officer, City Manager and City Council in financial matters and regarding various special projects;
  • Establishes and maintains internal control procedures, and ensures City compliance with recognized accounting and reporting methods;
  • Develops, analyzes and interprets statistical and accounting information in the evaluation of the fiscal soundness and operating effectiveness of the City;
  • Forecasts and monitors the financial condition of the City, and prepares related reports;
  • Reports monthly to City Council the financial reports;
  • Assists the Budget Director in the preparation and administration of the City’s annual budgets; reviews operating budgets periodically to analyze trends affecting budget needs; monitors revenues and expenditures and performs appropriate cost control activities;
  • Develops and administers the department budget; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time;
  • Directs and/or reviews the financial aspects of various City projects to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures;
  • Oversees City accounting activities;
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes; prepares periodic and special financial reports as required by the City and other agencies;
  • Assists with City-wide administrative initiatives and projects; makes recommendations regarding rate changes, tax increases, changes in levels of services provided by the City, and other issues as appropriate;
  • Coordinates department activities and functions with those of other City departments and outside agencies as appropriate;
  • Conducts and attends various staff meetings as required; represents the City at various local, regional and national conferences and meetings; attends training, conferences and seminars as appropriate to enhance job knowledge and skills;
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns, complaints and requests for assistance from City personnel, elected officials and citizens regarding general municipal financial matters; presents financial information and issues to external groups as required;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, accounting, finance or closely related field;
  • Ten (10) years of relevant prior experience, including local government setting;
  • Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License;
  • CGFO/CPFO/CPA certifications preferred.


  • The work is considered sedentary and involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a recurring basis or routine keyboard operations.