Finance Director – Eau Claire County

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    Norbert Kirk

    Due to an upcoming retirement, Eau Claire County is recruiting for the position of Finance Director. The following outlines the position.

    The purpose of the Finance Director is to oversee and manage a variety of technical work in the preparation, review, and presentation of the County’s financial information and internal control structure. The Finance Director provides advice to the County Board, County officials and employees regarding financial matters for Eau Claire County.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Illustrative only)
    Establishes and maintains countywide accounting and reporting systems pursuant to Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and other regulatory requirements.

    Provides oversight to financial operations countywide, including the maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, internal controls and segregation of duties designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the County’s financial results.

    Oversees the Finance Department, including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, journal entries, and general ledger management functions.

    Oversees, prepares and executes the annual County budget in accordance with State Statutes.

    Works with the County’s Board and management to develop long-range financial plans to ensure the County’s financial sustainability.

    Researches, drafts and proposes financial accounting policies, standard operating procedures, and internal controls in order to establish consistent practices countywide and to manage the County’s financial risks.

    Provides guidance to the County Board, County officials, County Administrator and employees and act as a resource for County finances and accounting information.

    Coordinates and supports procedures of County, State and independent auditors.

    Designs, prepares and present various financial reports to internal and external stakeholders.

    Develops Finance Committee agenda and presents materials to the Committee on a monthly basis.

    Provides support to other departments for various quantitative analyses, including calculation of employee pay increases, contract and claim settlements.

    Provides oversight and coordinates filing of reports required by Federal, State, and other authoritative agencies in a timely and accurate manner.

    Performs statutory duties of a County Auditor.

    Analyzes trends in the financial data and performs analysis of budgetary variances to assist with the County’s budgeting and reporting processes.

    Assists management and the County Board with setting parameters for the budget process.

    Assesses capital and operating needs and assists with developing processes that identify and rank priorities in accordance with the County’s strategic plan.

    Oversee, coordinate and provide direction on the County’s investments and debt.

    Coordinate with external advisors for the issuance of the County’s debt, including analysis of the County’s existing debt structure and future financing needs and options.

    Provide supervision to Finance Team, including establish work rules and performance standards, conducts or oversees performance evaluations, and initiates and implements disciplinary actions as warranted.

    Applies knowledge of Excel functions to automate various schedules, reduce preparation time and improve efficiency in monthly/quarterly close procedures.

    Participates in the collective bargaining process.

    Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

    * Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, business administration, or related field with emphasis in accounting
    * Five (5) years of accounting and financial management experience
    * Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) required
    * Knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) rules preferred

    Appointment will be conditional upon successful completion of a criminal background and credit check

    Additional information and access to the application can be found via the link:

    Any questions can be directed to:
    Britt Buhrow
    Human Resources / Human Resource Advisor I
    721 Oxford Ave., Suite 3414 • Eau Claire, WI 54703
    Direct: 715-839-4792 Fax: 715-839-1669

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