Director of Finance and Accounting

Director of Finance and Accounting
Custer County Government Finance Department
 Westcliffe, Colorado
Job Description

The Director of Finance & Accounting position, reporting to the Board of County Commissioners, is a full-time, exempt role with primary responsibilities involving the management and operation of the Finance Department. The role requires overseeing the financial systems and operations of the county, including the preparation of the county’s annual budget, management of accounting records, and financial reporting. Key duties involve compliance with GAAP, GASB, and GAAS standards, managing revenue projections, and overseeing sales tax collections and debt financing. The position supervises payroll and accounts payable functions, maintains accounting records, and prepares financial statements and reports. The role demands a high level of independence in performing duties and making decisions affecting the county’s financial health. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a related field, with a Master's preferred, and at least four years of relevant experience, particularly in government finance. A CPA certification is also preferred. The position also requires passing a background check and potentially involves travel.

The Board of County Commissioners is looking for an ideal candidate who possesses governmental finance knowledge and experience. Exhibits a high degree of professionalism, exceptional customer service and leadership abilities.

Are you a polished governmental finance professional, looking for a place where you can bring your skills, knowledge, and servant leadership to a place that reminds you of how things used to be, you’ll find living and working in Westcliffe, Colorado the home of Custer County is the place you’ve been looking for.

Ask a long-time resident what they like best about Custer County and you will get the usual response …. “the people”. Here, neighbors still take the time to get to know one another and are always ready to lend a helping hand. Hidden between two stunning mountain ranges, removed from the Front Range’s bustling cities, the Wet Mountain Valley remains one of Colorado’s last undiscovered gems. The imposing ridgeline of the sharply vertical Sangre de Cristo Mountains demands full attention, especially at sunrise when the alpine glow registers the ‘blood of Christ’. To the east of the valley roll the Wet Mountains. They slope upward to the south where the peak of Greenhorn Mountain, at 12,200 feet.

This position administers and performs a variety of complex professional and technical functions necessary to maintain the financial systems and operations of the County. Manage the maintenance of Custer County accounting records and preparation of financial accounting reports and statements. Direct external and internal financial accounting and reporting, operations, debt financing, and monitoring sales tax collection functions. Serve as the financial advisor to the Board of County Commissioners and other county department directors and officials. This position reports To the Board of County Commissioners. County Commissioners are elected from one of three geographic districts for four-year staggered terms. The Board establishes the vision and sets the direction for the county government and for future challenges that face the County. The Board provides leadership to County operations through adoptions of the budget which includes all departments, commissions and other spending agencies funded by County appropriations, including law enforcement and human services.