Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer
Washington County Government Budget and Finance Department
 Hagerstown, Maryland
Job Description

Chief Financial Officer

While other Employers might offer competitive pay, Washington County Government offers a full, comprehensive compensation package worthy of your time and talents.

Please take a look at what you can expect to earn as a Chief Financial Officer during your first year as a full time Employee with Washington County Government:

  • Six (6) Paid Personal Days
  • Ten (10) Paid Vacation Days
  • Fourteen (14) Paid Holidays; plus Three (3) partial holidays.
  • Fifteen (15) Paid Sick Days
  • County and Employee funded Healthcare including Health, Prescription, Dental and Vision Coverage for under $1.00 / hour (Employee Only)
  • County Paid Employee Assistance Plan
  • County Paid Life Insurance
  • County Paid Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • County Paid Short Term Disability Insurance
  • County Paid Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Up to $2,500.00 Annual Tuition Reimbursement Assistance
  • County and Employee funded Defined Pension Plan (According to, only 4% of Workers in the Private Sector have Defined Pension Plans).
    o Vested in just five (5) years.
    o Credit for Prior Military Service and Unused Paid Sick Days.
  • The gratification and fulfillment of serving Taxpayers and Citizens of Washington County, Maryland.
  • An Annual Salary of $142,958.00

If our Chief Financial Officer, comprehensive compensation package interests you, please continue reading through our job posting to learn more about the position’s duties, responsibilities, prerequisites, etc. and apply online today.


Responsible for the day-to-day operations related to the billing function within the Department of Budget and Finance and to evaluate accounts for collection process.

General Responsibilities:

The position directs all County Financial activities and advises the CEO and County Commissioners in meetings, provides strategic leadership to Senior Management Teams to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies, along with providing leadership and management to County Administration and Human Resources, develops fiscal and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve County assets and report financial results; directs other County wide administrative service functions in the area of procurement and Community Grants Management.

The examples of functions listed are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position and or office.

  1. Provide leadership, direction and guidance in financial strategies and priorities; compile, evaluate and analyze financial data, and recommend and implement solutions; ensure financial activities and procedures are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulation and accounting standards.
  2. Coordinate and guide countywide strategic processes based on present and future service demands including budget development, investment management, financial analysis and reporting, revenue forecasting, and multi-year financial planning.
  3. Provide high quality strategic financial planning support to County administration and the County Commissioners.
  4. Oversee the preparation of the County’s Annual Financial Report; direct the year-end audit process.
  5. Oversee the preparation of quarterly financial updates to the County Commissioners
  6. Administer and negotiate contracts on behalf of the County; monitor and insure compliance with contract requirements.
  7. Communicate with a variety of County departments, outside agencies, legislative officials to coordinate activities, exchange information, and resolve issues or concerns.
  8. Develops organization prospects by studying economic trends; establishing critical measurements; designing systems, accumulating resources; resolving problems, implementing change.
  9. Develops financial strategies by forecasting capital, facilities, and staff requirements, identifying monetary resources; developing action plans
  10. Provide leadership, direction, and guidance for debt management, issuance, and analysis; responsible for rating agency presentation; evaluation of options; long range debt affordability analysis; final evaluation of market conditions.
  11. Monitors financial performance by measuring and analyzing results; initiating corrective actions; minimizing the impact of variances.
  12. Reports financial status by developing forecasts; reporting results; analyzing variances; developing improvements and opportunities.
  13. Develops and utilizes forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.
  14. Develops business plans and forecasts.
  15. Oversees procurement and community grant management operations.
  16. Evaluates County pension program funding and investment strategies; analyzing results, recommending policy changes; committee pension member.


  1. Financial accounting – application of GAAP; related state and local laws and regulations
  2. Budgeting and forecasting – ability to develop models and variables to support reliable and achievable goals
  3. Analytical – synthesizes complex and diverse information; collects and researches data; uses experience and data to complement data; designs work flows and procedures
  4. Project management – develops project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget; manages project team activities.
  5. Delegation – delegates work assignments; matches the responsibilities to staff; gives authority to work independently; sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; provides recognition for results.
  6. Managing people – includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; makes self-available to staff; provides regular performance feedback’ develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; fosters quality focus in others.
  7. Cost consciousness – works within approved budgets; develops and implements cost savings measures; responsible long-term performance; conserves organization resources
  8. Judgment – displays willingness to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decision; makes timely decisions.
  9. Quality management – looks for way to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  10. Strategic thinking – develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organizations strengths & weaknesses’ analyses market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  11. Communication – speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens attentive; responds well to questions; maintain professional nonverbal communication; writes clearly and informatively with high level of sophistication; varies writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret complex written information; presents clearly and informatively; easily maintain audience attention.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance;
  • Ten years (10) of accounting experience and Five years (5) of management experience required
  • CPA required
  • Experience as a Chief Financial Officer or high-level fiscal officer of governmental entity preferred.