Finance Director

Finance Director
City of Rocky Mount Finance Department
 Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Job Description

The City of Rocky Mount seeks a skilled and strategic leader with the financial acumen, organizational leadership, and communication skills to lead the city into its next era of community investments and fiscal sustainability. The Finance Department has achieved the GFOA Certification of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 27 consecutive years. Rocky Mount is governed by a non-partisan City Council utilizing a Council/Manager form of government consisting of a Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and six Council members. The city, believing in active Community input and engagement, has 15 Council appointed Committees, Commissions, and Boards. Additional information about the city is available at


Established at the Falls of the Tar River, Rocky Mount prides itself on being a leading cultural, economic, and education center of Eastern North Carolina. This city of over 50,000 residents lies in two counties, Nash and Edgecombe, and is home to NC Wesleyan College and Nash and Edgecombe Community Colleges. With lovely parks and greenways, a jewel of the city is the Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences, creatively and lovingly renovated from a tobacco processing plant originally built in 1903. Three major highways serve the city: I-95 to its west, US 64 (Future 87) as its main east-west corridor, and US 301 (Wesleyan Boulevard) as its main north-south corridor. The city has easy access to Raleigh (55 miles) and the Research Triangle. It is also a two-hour drive from Wilmington and the beautiful North Carolina coast. With such easy access to several major highways and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Rocky Mount is a great place to live and do business. With its temperate climate and proximity to both the mountains of North Carolina and Atlantic Ocean beaches, Rocky Mount provides residents the best of both worlds.


Holding an Aa2 bond rating (Moody’s) and multiple GFOA budget awards, the Finance Director will oversee the 2021-2022 adopted budget of $224M with a $78M General Fund, an $81.M Electric Fund, and a $24M Gas Fund. The Finance Director is responsible for accounting, payroll, cash management, investment portfolio management, and financial reporting. This position requires excellent written/verbal communication skills to effectively convey financial topics to staff, elected officials, and citizens. The position also oversees the financial aspects of capital improvement planning and budgeting, strategic planning, grant administration and performance management.

Other duties include but are not limited to preparing and presenting complex and detailed fiscal reports and organizing and directing the work of staff who supports all accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, payroll administration, purchasing, investment efforts, and property and risk management. Maintains full integrity of all revenues, ensuring organization policies and procedures, as well as state and federal laws and regulations are followed; oversees capital assets projects, ensuring goals are being met; compiles fiscal estimates and prepares fiscal reports and any other fiscal reporting requirements as appropriate; and ensures compliance with accounting procedures through observation, supervision, and testing. Analyze trends to reduce financial risks associated with making investment or spending decisions and monitor the performance of investments including creating reports and preparing and outlining complex models into simple terms that others can work with.

The successful candidate should hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, or directly related field and at least 10 years of progressively responsible accounting and fiscal administration experience, preferably in a local government setting. A Master’s Degree and/or Certified North Carolina Local Government Finance Officer designation or CPA is preferred.


The City of Rocky Mount is partnering with POLIHIRE to find its next Finance Director. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and your resume to

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