Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer
Winnebago County
 Rockford, Illinois
Job Description

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) assists the County Administrator in the review and preparation of long range financial planning including capital improvement programs, budgets and projected financial trends. Serves as the staff liaison to the County’s Finance Committee and maintain regular communications with all elected county officials as designated by the County Administrator.

Reporting Relationship:

This position reports to the County Administrator who in turn reports to the County Board.

Reporting to the CFO is the Finance Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. The Chief Financial Officer shall be subject to the direction and control of the County Administrator.
  2. Supervises and evaluates the performance of the Director and/or coordinators of the Finance department and administers the internal services department fund, internal technology fund and county health insurance fund.
  3. Prepares or cause to be prepared, all documents necessary for the County to enter into the lending market and administer ongoing debt management.
  4. Establish effective internal controls throughout the County.
  5. Monitor the financial activities of the tort fund, including the related tax levy.
  6. Serve as the internal point-person for the annual external audit.
  7. Oversees tax filings to be submitted on behalf of the County.
  8. Assist the County Administrator in developing a long-term capital plan for submission to the County Board.
  9. Assist the County Administrator in the preparation of County Board agendas, ordinances, resolutions and other business
  10. Reviews departmental budget amendment and transfer requests and advises County Administrator accordingly.
  11. Establish standard operating procedures, work rules, and administrative policies for the Finance Department.
  12. Serves as the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Officer and the System for Award Management (SAMS) administrator.
  13. Performs all duties in accordance with County policies and procedures.
  14. Performs other duties as required or assigned.
  15. Regular attendance is required, overtime as needed/scheduled.

Education and Experience:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, public administration or business administration.
  • Master’s Degree in public policy, public administration, finance or business administration is preferred.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform this job are typically acquired through a minimum of ten years of professional experience in executive level financial administration position. Ideally, the candidate will have some experience in the public sector.

A chief financial officer who meets the above criteria may be exempt from the residency requirements set forth in section 62-5 of the County Code of Ordinances.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Requires a minimum of four years of professional experience in a related field of finance/accounting.
  • Requires advanced knowledge of spreadsheets and word processing software and integration with computerized purchasing, accounting, financial and payroll systems.
  • Requires an excellent working knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to accounting procedures for governmental entities.
  • Requires extensive knowledge in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and methods.
  • Requires exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Requires ability to work independently, and apply established finance/accounting techniques.
  • Requires ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with department heads, elected officials, staff, and the general public.
  • Requires the ability to interpret, analyze, and detail complex accounting transactional information.
  • Requires the ability to prepare accurate and detailed reporting.
  • Requires the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with all staff and the general public.
  • Requires the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.