Chief Financial Officer

Albemarle County, VA | Full-time

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THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING ALBEMARLE COUNTY.

Albemarle County is one of the most desirable locations in Virginia and in the nation, with an excellent school system, low taxes, low crime and unemployment rates, a skilled and educated workforce, and a wealth of cultural, historic and recreational amenities in a beautiful setting. Our community is energized by entrepreneurship and invention fueled by the University of Virginia, one of the country’s most renowned research institutions. Our focus on innovation, ideas and opportunity make Albemarle an ideal place to live, work and play.

The County enjoys a strong economy, a healthy business presence, a school system among the top 10% in the state, a thriving local arts, music and culture scene, and parks and greenways that celebrate the County’s pastoral setting. The County’s wide variety of educational opportunities includes a public school system that has earned the VIP Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, two of Virginia’s four charter schools, and higher education facilities such as the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Albemarle embraces its vibrant local arts and agritourism scene, hosting the Crozet Music Festival each year, as well as showcasing its artisan breweries, wineries, and craft studios through the Monticello Artisan Trail. Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway touch the western frontier of the County, and Albemarle itself possesses over 4000 acres within its parks system.

This guide will highlight some of the important information that you will need in considering your move to Albemarle County. Welcome home.

THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

The Chief Financial Officer for Albemarle County will lead a fiscally sound local government operation with the prestigious triple-AAA bond rating since 2013 and 21 consecutive years of GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This is a senior-level professional position in the County Executive form of government wherein the responsibilities of the Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue are performed by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO will report directly to the County Executive and oversee the day-to-day operations of the multiple divisions of the Finance Department which serves both the local government and Albemarle County Public Schools. In concert with the Interim Deputy Director of Finance (current Director of Project Management on temporary assignment) and retiring CFO, the incoming incumbent will provide operational and financial leadership, advice, and consultation that will significantly impact the successful transition of the Finance Department and the County as a whole.

The Chief Financial Officer has overall leadership responsibility for Finance Department work, leading a staff of over 60 employees who in aggregate possess a wide array of professional experience and education. The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for ensuring the difficult, varied, and complex tasks are performed in conformance with adopted policies and procedures as authorized by the County Executive and the Board of Supervisors, consistent with governing local, state, and federal laws, and regulations promulgated by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Virginia Department of Taxation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Auditor of Public Accounts, and other oversight entities. The successful candidate for this position will be an inspiring transformational leader who embraces teamwork, collaboration, and the principles of high-performance organizations.

The Department:

The Chief Financial Officer has ultimate responsibility for the following functional divisions: Real Estate; Financial Management including accounts payable and financial reporting, payroll, purchasing and warehouse, debt and treasury management, and managing investments; Revenue Administration including business and individual property tax Assessments and licensing, collections, delinquent collections, and administration of the tax relief for the elderly and disabled; Risk Management; and Financial Systems Management. Although the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is part of the Office of the County Executive, Finance Department staff and OMB staff participate closely regarding capital improvement and debt planning.

Fiscal Environment:

The County’s growth and urbanization in recent years bring new challenges and complexities to our fiscal environment. Examples of the types of challenges include consideration of service districts for storm water and other infrastructure improvements; use of General Obligation bonds approved through a public referendum in support of education projects; the application of Tax Increment Financing and other financial tools to incentivize economic development; the development of public/private partnerships; implementation of more sophisticated debt and cash management tools; establishment of special funds in support of operations; implementation of ever-increasingly complex GASB standards for financial reporting; expanded use of State Revenue Sharing funds in support of transportation projects; and assisting with maintaining a competitive tax rate in an expanding urbanized area that requires additional services. The Chief Financial Officer will be expected to bring experience and expert guidance in all these areas.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the administration of all financial affairs of the County;
  • Assumes formal, legal and fiduciary responsibility for the collection of all taxes and the safeguard and disbursement of all county resources;
  • Responsible for the planning, organizing, and direction of the operations and activities of the Finance Department;
  • Provides executive-level leadership and direct supervision to the Deputy Finance Director and the Finance Department’s Division Chiefs;
  • Provides advice and consultation to the County Executive and department heads on fiscal matters;
  • Responsible to ensure timely and accurate reporting of the County’s fiscal operations as required by code and the Board of Supervisors;
  • Interprets and presents financial/budgetary reports in a wide variety of internal staff and public meetings;
  • Advises the County Executive, Board of Supervisors and department heads on complex financial matters;
  • Works with the public to resolve complaints regarding financial and tax matters;
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of all business processes and financial systems;
  • Responsible for the establishment and maintenance of all financial and accounting systems for the County;
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of long-term financial plans for capital improvement programs, including equity and debt management programs;
  • Directs all activities related to the preparation of annual comprehensive financial statements (CAFR);
  • Oversees all activities associated with the annual audit of the County;
  • Responsible for all procurement activity for the County’s Government and School operations;
  • Oversees the investment of all County funds;
  • Provides direct oversight and advice related to a variety of special financial programs, including the health care fund, pension programs, deferred compensation programs; bond referendums, bank placement financing, bond issues, and agency reviews, among others;
  • Serves as chief liaison to the County’s Constitutional Officers, including the Commonwealth Attorney, the Circuit Court Clerk, the County Sheriff, and the General Registrar;
  • Serves as a County representative on boards, commissions, and committees as directed by the County Executive.

Key Attributes of Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Is a transformational leader – able to affect positive change to benefit the department, the County organization, and the community as a whole.
  • Demonstrates integrity, trustworthiness, and respect and is able to build and maintain trust with others.
  • Is an approachable, effective communicator at all levels who actively listens, maintains an open door policy, provides opportunities for feedback.
  • Is empathetic – demonstrating concern for employees and citizens.
  • Fosters and promotes a collaborative, positive, team-oriented work environment – both internally with employees, other departments and schools, and externally with partners and community stakeholders.
  • Seeks and is receptive to feedback or input from others, utilizes information to motivate, and implement change.
  • Embraces high performing organization principles by encouraging continuous improvement.
  • Fosters a culture of diversity within the workforce; respects and values the diversity of the community.
  • Understands multiple functions within the Finance department, ability to provide support and guidance to the various divisions.
  • Provides clear direction and sets the tone with a compelling vision for the future to build on success and continuously improve the Albemarle County Finance Department by providing quality service to citizens, process improvements and professional development of staff.
  • Is guided in all things – personally and professionally – by a strong moral compass.
  • Models professionalism and expects professional behavior from staff, yet also has a sense of humor.
  • Is committed to transparency through disclosure, clarity, and accuracy in communications with stakeholders.
  • Has a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and passion for the work and is not deterred by obstacles.
  • Demonstrates superior emotional intelligence, authentic humility, and interpersonal skills.
  • Is flexible but realistic and can motivate others to achieve positive change.
  • Prioritizes contributing to the success of others.
  • Demonstrates integrity, fairness, respect, and trustworthiness; holds others accountable to the same standards.
  • Builds strong relationships within and outside the department, collaborates with others for the good of the organization.
  • Serves the Board of Supervisors by providing financial analysis and timely advice that appropriately assesses risk and available options while supporting the Board in meeting its priorities as they relate to County programs and services.
  • Has demonstrated success and experience working in the public sector.

Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree preferably in accounting, economics, business administration, finance or related field. Master's degree in public administration or business administration is preferred. Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, government accounting and financial reporting, property assessment and local taxation, purchasing, risk management, and payroll administration is essential. At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible related experience, to include supervisory or management experience preferably in a local government setting; Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) designations are desired – OR – Any equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training sufficient to demonstrate the requisite depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and abilities is acceptable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The successful candidate will have knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal financial and budgeting practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices related to government accounting (GAAP, GASB) and reporting requirements; knowledge of the principles and practices and regulating laws of modern pension funds, retirement plans and employee and general liability insurance administration; ability to evaluate complex financial systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records; ability to prepare informative financial reports; ability to plan, organize, direct and evaluate the work of subordinate employees in the specialized field of accounting; ability to exercise strong leadership skills and High Performance Organizational (HPO) principles; ability to formulate long-range fiscal planning and policy development.

Compensation and Benefits:

Hiring Range: $139,288 - $170,000. Excellent benefits including vacation and sick leave, health insurance options, and Virginia Retirement System benefits. This is a full time, FLSA Exempt position.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief on-line form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with first review of applications on April 17, 2020.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

LOVE WHERE YOU WORK

The County government, with an annual budget of over $457 million planned in FY 2020, prides itself in sustaining responsive and accessible services to its citizens, while emphasizing professionalism and efficiency. Albemarle County is recognized for quality services and innovative programs while still maintaining a comparatively low tax rate. The County government takes pride in being One Organization Committed to Excellence, valuing partnership and teamwork opportunities.

One Organization Committed to Excellence

The idea of One Organization Committed to Excellence is meant to foster a sense of community through the organization. It underscores that we are all working together toward the betterment of our community through sharing of knowledge and resources, collaboration with our colleagues, and working with our community partners and neighboring localities. Albemarle County is committed to a High Performing Organization model. We value integrity, learning, stewardship, innovation, and a diverse and inclusive community.

Public Service

Albemarle County employees are passionate about and feel rewarded by their role in helping to build and support their community. Our employees are customer service oriented to all customers, both internal and external, and the appreciation from the community for the delivery of service is gratifying.

Leadership at all Levels

Leadership at all levels encourages staff involvement, collaboration, and accountability. Everyone is encouraged to show leadership by looking beyond their individual role to see how their work impacts the broader organization, taking ownership of areas for improvement, thinking about the future, linking with others to address cross-departmental issues, and staying on the cutting edge professionally.

Total Rewards - Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary – Compensation System that incorporates market considerations
  • Retirement – participation in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS)
  • Competitive Insurance Benefits for Health, Vision, and Dental
  • Relocation Assistance
  • County-paid Life Insurance
  • Deferred compensation available
  • Holidays / Leave package
          - 12 Days of Holiday Leave
          - 12 Days of Annual Leave (increases with continuous years of service)
          - 12 Days of Sick Leave
          - Other types of paid leave such as Inclement Weather, Emergency, Jury Duty, Election Poll
             Volunteer, and other types of Administrative leave.
 
  • Supportive of work-life balance
  • Free employee parking
  • Social Activities Club hosts events with reduced cost meals, and offers reduced-cost movie tickets
  • Annual Reward and Recognition ceremony with reduced cost lunch
  • Department-level recognition programs
  • Learning and Development – free classes through County course catalog, focus on continuous learning, department budget for additional opportunities, conferences, and professional fees for staff
  • Wellness - programs year round to stay healthy and well – free flu shot, free mammogram screenings, lose well weight loss program, discounted rates with local area vendors and gyms, free use of County gym at two main office locations with showers at both
  • Free access to Albemarle County Parks year round
  • County resident discount for all County employees (regardless of residency)
  • Qualifying employer for the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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