Finance Director

Finance Director
Isanti County
 Cambridge, Minnesota
Job Description

General Definition of Work:

Performs work managing, coordinating, organizing, and overseeing county finance operations including accounting, and banking, overseeing staff, developing and maintaining the annual budget, preparing and submitting various financial reports including financial statements and annual comprehensive financial report and related work as apparent or assigned.

Work is performed under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer.

Department supervision is exercised over all personnel within the department.

Essential Functions:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Prepares annual audit documentation, annual comprehensive financial report, and financial statements and submits various other financial reports to external entities.
  • Develops and maintains annual budget, composes budget documents, provides budget analysis to other departments and/or County Board and Administration, and presents at annual budget public hearing.
  • Provides recommendations on hiring, terminating, and suspending staff; assigns, leads, trains, and inspects the work of staff; coaches, counsels, and evaluates staff performance; develops staff schedules; ensures deadlines for the department are met; supervises daily operations.
  • Oversees all banking and cash management functions including deposits and disbursements, collateral, investments, and reconciliations.
  • Designs, prepares, and submits periodic financial reports for county departments and the county board to assure compliance and evaluate financial performance.
  • Assists with labor negotiations and prepares financial analysis of collective bargaining proposals. Manages county purchasing function and administers purchasing card program.
  • Assists departments with developing revenue collection procedures.
  • Reviews and/or advises staff with the more difficult and complex accounting entries, transactions, and reconciliations.
  • Makes necessary journal entries to prepare financial statements on the modified and full accrual basis.
  • Completes other duties as necessary to ensure continuity of financial operations
  • Answers accounting, payroll, banking, and budget questions from other departments.
  • Serves as the chief deputy county treasurer and performs the statutory duties of the county treasurer in the absence of the county auditor-treasurer.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field and considerable experience in the preparation of financial statements, governmental accounting and financial reporting standards, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Qualifications:

  • None.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and accounting procedures.
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting and financial reporting standards.
  • Knowledge of grant accounting and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of business and accounting mathematics.
  • Knowledge of computer applications including spreadsheet, word processing, payroll, cash management, and accounting software programs.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines related to assigned work.
  • Knowledge of county policies and ability to apply them to assigned work
  • Knowledge of current County Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (COFARS).
  • Knowledge of data privacy practices and ability to maintain confidential documents and information.
  • Ability to effectively plan, assign, train, motivate, organize, supervise and direct personnel to create and maintain high quality service to the public.
  • Ability to accept responsibility and to perform detailed work rapidly and accurately.
  • Ability to complete assigned work with accuracy and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to organize work and adhere to administrative, reporting, or statutory deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze data for inquiries and reporting purposes. Ability to analyze workflow processes and/or design and implement procedures to increase efficiency and effectiveness of employees and county services.
  • Ability to delegate work and provide effective direction and supervision.
  • Ability to understand, follow, and communicate written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to work without close supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, County Board members, county officials and department heads, employees, other governmental employees, bank and investment firm employees, accountants and external auditors, and the public.
  • Regular and timely work attendance.