Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer
Beaufort County Human Resources Department
 Beaufort, South Carolina
Job Description

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for overseeing and managing the financial activities of the county. This includes financial planning, budgeting, reporting, financial management, and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations. The CFO provides financial leadership, advises elected officials, and collaborates with other departments to integrate financial considerations into decision-making processes. Additionally, the CFO plays a key role in public engagement to promote transparency and build trust in the community.

Examples of Duties:

  • Develop and implement financial policies, procedures, and controls to ensure sound financial management.
  • Prepare long-term financial plans and annual budgets in collaboration with other departments and officials.
  • Conduct financial analysis to support decision-making and identify areas for cost savings or revenue enhancement.
  • Ensure accurate and timely financial reporting in compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and accounting standards.
  • Prepare comprehensive financial statements and reports for presentation to elected officials, citizens, and other stakeholders.
  • Estimates future financial needs and efficiently allocates limited resources.
  • Manages processes for financial forecasting, budgets and consolidation and reporting to the County.
  • Monitor debt levels and work with relevant authorities to secure financing at favorable terms.
  • Implement risk management strategies to safeguard financial assets.
  • Coordinate external audits and work with auditors to address any issues or recommendations.
  • Maintain integrity in all fiscal systems by ensuring County programs and fiscal practices follow all federal and state rules, regulations, laws and county policies and procedures.
  • Provide duties and responsibilities as a leader of strategic, executive management, financial planning and analysis, debt management, accounting and administration, audit-internal controls, revenue management, and team management.
  • Attend public meetings and respond to inquiries related to financial matters.

Typical Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a related field, Master’s degree preferred; ten (10) years of local government accounting and finance management work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO).
  • Certified Public Accountant, preferred.

Special Requirements:

  • Familiarity with Tyler Technologies Munis, or similar financial system, preferred.