Chief Financial Officer – Peoria County, IL

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    Maureen Barry
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    Peoria County, IL (est. population 180,000). Peoria County, Illinois is seeking qualified candidates for its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) position. Known as the Heart of Illinois, Peoria County is at the center of a multi-county region along the Illinois River.

    The Greater Peoria region has a diverse and vibrant business base and is home to a variety of firms that focus on innovation, research, and development. While agriculture and the manufacturing giants of Caterpillar and Komatsu still have a firm presence, the region’s industries over the last 10 years have noticeably expanded and grown to encompass healthcare, education, banking, and craft distilling among others.
    Peoria County boasts an impressive array of urban amenities. The vibrant arts scene ranges from a symphony orchestra and ballet company to local workshops and galleries. The City of Peoria, which is the County’s population and commercial center, offers a range of leisure time amenities, including a minor league baseball team, NCAA Division One athletics, and a regional hockey team.

    The area is also characterized as one with small town friendliness and charm. Multiple communities are nestled along the Illinois River, which flows along the entire eastern border of the County. The landscape lends itself to a plethora of outdoor activities. Abundant golf courses, substantial trail systems, fishing and hunting opportunities, a lively running scene, and mountain biking can all be found in the County.

    Peoria County is governed by an 18-member Board elected by districts to staggered four-year terms. The Board conducts the bulk of its business through eight (8) standing committees. The Board hires a professional administrator to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization including supervision of many County departments. The current Administrator has spent his entire 27-year professional career serving in various capacities within the County including the last 6 ½ years as the County Administrator. The County has 587 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of $118 million.

    The Chief Financial Officer is appointed by and reports to the County Administrator. However, the CFO has considerable interaction with members of the governing body. The CFO is responsible for managing the County’s financial affairs through the direction of the Finance Department. The County has been awarded GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 35 straight years and GFOA’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 33 years. Led by the CFO and the Finance Department, the County prepares its own financial statements annually, which is very uncommon in the public sector. More specifically, the CFO is responsible for oversight and management of the following functions:

    • Central accounting
    • Payroll administration
    • Purchasing and procurement
    • Debt management
    • Budget preparation and administration
    • Capital expenditure programming
    • Revenue and financial forecasting
    • Multi-year financial planning
    • Financial reporting
    • Prepare of annual financial statements

    The County’s Finance Department consists of 8.4 FTE’s and has an annual budget of $432,000.

    In addition to managing the County’s financial affairs, the CFO serves as an important member of the County’s senior management team and is involved in assisting the County Administrator in developing a variety of policy recommendations for presentation to the County Board. The CFO is expected to attend all Country Board Meetings and other official meetings as directed by the County Administrator.
    The County is seeking candidates for the CFO position with the following minimum qualifications:

    • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or some other related field.
    • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant and progressively responsible professional experience in the field of financial management, accounting, and/or public administration.
    • A thorough understanding of various technology and software applications commonly used in financial management and accounting functions.
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
    • The ability to establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships with elected and appointed officials, other senior managers, subordinates, and members of the public.
    The preferred candidates will possess one or more of the following qualifications:
    • A Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or some other related field of study.
    • Designation as a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
    • Considerable experience with public sector financial management and accounting services.
    • An understanding of the County’s financial management and accounting systems.

    The starting salary range for this position is $130,000 to $150,000 DOQ/E. The County also provides an excellent package of fringe benefits. Residency within the corporate limits of Peoria County is required within one year of appointment.

    Apply online at http://www.govhrjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. Applications will be accepted until September 10, 2021. Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Mark Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA at [email protected] or (309) 825-5091. Peoria County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Click HERE to Apply

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