Finance Director

Linn County

Cedar Rapids, IA Financial Services & Banking / Executive & Management $101,158 to $161,811 yearly


  • Sets the strategic direction for the Finance and Budget Department and operationalizes those goals in alignment with the County’s Strategic Plan and Customer-Centered Culture. 
  • Responsible for all activities relating to financial management of the County including financial reporting and preparation of the County’s annual budget. 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a Customer-Centered Culture that values a positive, supportive workplace. 
  • Ensures services are delivered consistent with the Finance and Budget and Linn County Mission Statements and Core Values.


  • Administers and supervises accounting and reporting functions of the County by preparing Comprehensive Annual Financial Report; managing external audit; ensuring tax-exempt bond compliance and coordinating internal control assessment; preparing policies and procedures; providing grant monitoring assistance. Member of the County Investment Committee.
  • Assists in the development of the annual operating budget and budget document by projecting revenues; establishing departmental guidelines; reviewing departmental requests; making budget recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Develop, drive and measure improvements to key performance indicators. Prepare budget offers for strategic projects that improve customer satisfaction.
  • Advises the Board of Supervisors and management staff on financial issues by providing financial analysis associated with debt issuance; addressing proposed legislation; preparing cost-benefit analysis. Serves as County Compliance Officer and as such investigates potential conflict of interest, fraud and whistleblower allegations.
  • Presents financial information to the general public by communication financial and budget information at public hearings, with special interest groups and individual citizens; providing financial and budget assistance to other counties and mental health regions.
  • Supervises staff of Finance and Budget Department by doing performance appraisals; determining work flow; reviewing staff work; approving leave requests.
  • Coordinates implementation of financial systems by evaluating financial software; managing software implementation; providing ongoing software support to staff.
  • Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s Mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates them on a regular basis. Uses the LC3 principles to identify, develop and refine departmental products so they are aligned with the Linn County Strategic Plan and enhance customer satisfaction. 
  • Collaborates with customers to enhance customer satisfaction. Facilitates capturing the “Voice of the Customer” and uses it to measurably improve departmental performance. Empower direct reports to close gaps between customer expectations and experience wherever possible. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned; regular work attendance is required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required.
  • Over four (4) years of public sector governmental accounting experience required.
  • Additional relevant education or directly related experience may count towards minimum qualifications on a year
  • for year basis at the discretion of the hiring manager.
  • Certified Public Accountant required. (Must have passed the CPA exam and have active status.)
  • Ability to read periodicals, IRS pronouncements, Governmental Accounting Standards Board pronouncements, Code of Iowa, pending legislation, memorandums, training manuals, and information requests from the public.
  • Ability to prepare financial reports, budget documents, memorandums and letters to the public.
  • Ability to perform advanced mathematics, including statistical analysis and quantitative methods for calculation of present and future value, internal rate of return and weighted averages.
  • Work is of the broadest scope dealing with highly complex concepts and issues of great important to the organization.
  • Managerial abilities including determining staff workflow, financial forecasting, prioritizing tasks, and completing special projects as requested by the Board of Supervisors.
  • Interpersonal skills in order to discuss financial issues with the Board of Supervisors and staff, instructing staff regarding work, responding to questions and concerns from the general public.
  • Ability to use a calculator, personal computer (word processing, spreadsheets, financial systems), telephone, fax machine, and copier
  • Reports to Board of Supervisors; supervises Budget Director, Senior Accountant and Account Analyst.
  • Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment.
  • Subject to criminal background and credit history review.

Application Instructions:

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. APPLY AT: (Current Openings)

Job ID: 67790

Posted 22 days ago

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