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Finance Director

at La Plata County

Pay: $93163.00 to $116454.00/year
Salary : $3,583.19 - $4,479.00 Biweekly $93,163.00 - $116,454.00 Annually
Posted: 7/10/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2501998
Keywords: operations

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Finance Director
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 08/01/19 5:00 PM Mountain Time
Salary:$3,583.19 - $4,479.00 Biweekly
$93,163.00 - $116,454.00 Annually
Job Type:Full Time
Location: Durango, La Plata County, Colorado

The Finance Director manages all aspects of the County's financial operations, including: budgeting, accounting, financial reporting and forecasting, procurement, payroll, investments, revenue sharing, grant and loan admin, and performance mgt. This position has considerable interface with all county depts, the BoCC and community stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be a creative problem solver with a proven commitment to customer service. Critical success factors for the new Finance Director will include strategic planning, succession planning, collaboration and consensus-building skills, innovative problem solving, long and short-term planning, and strong, enthusiastic leadership.  A BA or BS degree is required (Master's Degree preferred) with major coursework in business admin, finance, public admin, accounting, or a related field with an emphasis on municipal finance. Progressively responsible supervisory experience in finance or fiscal mgt is required, including at least 6 years of progressive experience in financial analysis and administration of a complex annual budget of at least $20 million. 

Please attach a cover letter and a resume to your online application.

 Essential Job Functions:

Essential functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Reasonable accommodations, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, will be made when possible.

Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with County policies, procedures and applicable laws including; interviewing, hiring and training, planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Supports the County Manager in developing annual budget preparation policies and procedures for elected offices and departments; writes procedures; establishes deadlines and schedules; reviews proposed budgets with department heads, citizen budget advisory committee and makes recommendations to the County Manager; explains and justifies items in the proposed budget at public hearings; supervises and coordinates the physical preparation of the annual budget according to state statute.
Analyzes, monitors, evaluates and makes recommendations to the County Manager regarding spending levels as they relate to projected annual revenues.
Monitors budget during the year; advises elected officials and department heads regarding their budget status on a recurring basis; guides them when they experience deviations from the programmed budget.
Oversees all payroll functions for the County.
Monitors County budget and financial operations for compliance with state and federal laws and regulations; develops, discusses, coordinates and implements financial policies in consultation with the County Manager.
Evaluates revenue projections and actual receipts in order to assess whether the County will be able to remain fiscally viable compared to budgeted expenses and actual expenses; provides ongoing evaluation of the County's economic strength and viability in light of long term goals.
Ensures that County staff follow established purchasing policies; monitors and oversees County procurement and buying activities to ensure compliance with the County's Procurement Code.
Represents the County on a variety of committees and boards.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Supervises the County's payroll related functions.
General Office and Computer Equipment                       

 Minimum Qualifications Required:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position would be:

Education and Experience:

·         Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field (Master's degree preferred); and,

·         Six or more years of progressively responsible experience

Licenses and Certifications:

·         CPA or CMA (desirable).

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

Generally accepted accounting principles and practices.
General business and management principles and practices.
Local and state finance and budget law.
Generally accepted governmental fund accounting and auditing standards.
Experience with complex state and federal grants and requirements for County programs.
Computer and telecommunications applications and capabilities.
Personnel administration and human and organizational behavior.
Contract administration, purchasing practices and procedures and warehousing and materials distribution.
Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting and program budget development and implementation.
Administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision.
Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.

Skill in:

Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
Analyzing and resolving office administrative situations and problems.
Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.
Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.
Using mathematics.
Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.
Selecting and motivating staff and providing for their training and professional development.
Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Abilities to:
Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.
Ability to speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
Work is performed in a normal office environment with little exposure to outdoor temperatures or dirt and dust.
The incumbent's working conditions are moderately quiet.  Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to speak and hear; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; to verbally communicate to exchange information. While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Statement

 La Plata County prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with La Plata County on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or genetic information.


La Plata County is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  La Plata County takes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for protected classes, persons with disabilities and for covered veterans.  Covered veterans include: special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Vietnam era veterans, or any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized.

Inquiries regarding La Plata County's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to:

Director of Human Resources

1060 Main Avenue, Suite 106

Durango, CO 81301


Tel:  (970)382-6361

Fax:  (970)375-7985