Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Operations

Albemarle County, VA | Full-time


Thank You for Considering Albemarle County

Albemarle County is one of the most desirable locations in Virginia and the nation, with an excellent school system, low taxes, low crime and unemployment rates, a skilled and educated workforce, and a wealth of cultural, historical, 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 makes 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, 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 you will need in considering your move to Albemarle County. Welcome home.

The Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Operations

The Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Operations will join 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 Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue are performed by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The Assistant CFO for Operations reports directly to the CFO and supervises and directs operational and compliance functions of Finance, with responsibility for revenue assessment and collections, financial reporting, auditing, risk management, grants management, payroll, and general accounting. The following division heads report to the Assistant CFO: Controller, Chief of Treasury, County Assessor, Chief of Procurement, and Chief of Revenue Administration. The Assistant CFO for Operations may serve as CFO in the CFO’s absence.

The Department

As the Assistant CFO for Operations, the successful candidate will assume direct responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the financial divisions of the department, which includes leading a staff of roughly two-thirds of the 70-person department. The Assistant CFO for Operations is responsible for ensuring the difficult, varied, and complex tasks are performed in conformance with the policies and practices imposed by the CFO, 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 leader who embraces teamwork, collaboration, accountability, performance, and the principles of high-performance organizations.

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 stormwater 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; assisting with maintaining a competitive tax rate in an expanding urbanized area that requires additional services; and the planning and execution of a new ERP financial system.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the planning, organizing, and direction of the operations and activities of the financial divisions of the Department
  • Provides advice and consultation to the CFO, Deputy CFO, and department heads on fiscal matters
  • Prepares or facilitates the preparation of a variety of periodic, special, and required financial and statistical reports
  • Interprets and presents financial/budgetary reports in a wide variety of internal staff and public meetings
  • Formulates and reviews general policies that balance internal and external customer service needs with the fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities of the County
  • Oversees financial systems and business operations activities to facilitate transitions to new technologies and software as needed to support changing business requirements
  • Establishes and maintains all financial and accounting systems for the County
  • Provides leadership support for the successful preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); debt, cash, and investment activities; procurement execution; and tax and revenue assessment functions
  • Develops and executes best practices for financial management, including policies and standard operating procedures
  • Performs a wide variety of related professional and administrative duties, as assigned

Key Attributes of Our Ideal Candidate

  • Demonstrates integrity, trustworthiness, and respect and is able to build and maintain trust with others
  • Strong leadership and management abilities that support the transformational efforts underway
  • Is an approachable communicator at levels, actively listens, maintains an open-door policy, provides opportunities for feedback
  • Demonstrates concern for employees, residents, and businesses
  • Fosters a collaborative, positive, team-oriented work environment – both internally with employees, other departments, and schools and externally with partners and stakeholders
  • Seeks and is receptive to feedback or input from others, utilizes information to motivate and implement change, and is willing to hold employees accountable to their work and customers accountable to the policies adopted
  • 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 & Budget Department, ability to provide support and guidance to the various divisions
  • 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
  • Is flexible but realistic and can motivate others to achieve positive change
  • Prioritizes contributing to the success of others
  • Builds strong relationships within and outside the department, collaborates with others and for the good of the organization
  • Has demonstrated success and experience working in the public sector 

Experience and Education

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, business, finance, or related field is required a and at least eight (8) years of full-time progressively responsible experience in financial, audit, or business management or other directly related field, including two (2) years in a management capacity. General knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, government accounting and financial reporting, property assessment and local taxation, purchasing, risk management, and accounting is essential.

Local government financial management experience and experience leading complex projects are preferred. A master’s degree and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) designations are also preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing municipal financial practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices related to government accounting (GAAP, GASB) and reporting requirements; thorough 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 HPO principles; ability to formulate long-range fiscal planning. Basic knowledge of principles and practices of real property assessment, and general knowledge of federal, state, and local tax laws; basic knowledge of fiscal modeling and forecasting, risk management, and financial systems and business processes oversight.

Love Where You Work

The County government, with an annual budget of approximately $397 million planned in FY 2021, prides itself in sustaining responsive and accessible services to its residents, 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 the 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

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is subject to experience and qualifications. 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, now part of Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on February 22, 2021.


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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