Chief Financial Officer

Forsyth County Government
July 12, 2021
201 N. Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Forsyth County Government is seeking a professional subject matter expert in financial management with experience in local government to lead the County's Finance Department.

The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for managing the County's Finance Department of 24 staff, and directing the financial operations of the County utilizing the County's organizational goals through forecasting, analytics, and risk management strategies.  Responsibilities include evaluating existing systems, management of staff, development and  facilitation of investment strategies, strategic planning, and working closely with the County Manager, elected officials, and staff.

Forsyth County, North Carolina is the 4th largest county in North Carolina with a population of over 382,000. The County seat is Winston-Salem, the city of arts and innovation. To learn more about Winston-Salem, please click on these links:

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Forsyth County has over 2300 positions in 20+ departments and an annual operating budget of $500 million. Our mission is to cooperatively support and maintain a community which is safe and healthy, convenient and pleasant to live in, with educational, cultural and economic opportunities for all. We provide certain services which the Board of Commissioners has determined to be necessary and appropriate to advance this mission. To learn more about Forsyth County, please visit


In order to be considered, submit an application online at If you would like to speak with us to find out more about the opportunity, please contact Human Resources, at (336) 703-2400.


The hiring range for the Chief Financial Officer is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances. We also provide generous paid leave benefits and a 2.5% contribution to the 401(k) plan. All employees participate in the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LGERS), a pension plan that is one of the most secure and responsibly managed defined benefit plans in the nation.  For more information about Forsyth County benefits visit



Graduation from a four-year college with a degree in Business, Accounting, or related field, preferably with a Masters Degree and certified as a Certified Public Accountant. Requires at least 6 years of progressively responsible financial management experience including three years at the supervisory level. A higher education level may be considered as a substitution for all or part of the experience requirement. A four-year degree outside of the relevant academic field plus additional years of relevant experience may also be considered.


The ideal candidate must be a subject matter expert in financial management and will demonstrate:

  • Thorough knowledge of management principles and the ability to effectively direct staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of State laws and regulations affecting county government.
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting and finance principles and best practices.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to determine appropriate fiscal recommendations.
  • Ability to plan, supervise and evaluate the work of others.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Ability to deal effectively with government officials, the public, and other employees.
  • Ability to develop budgets, operating plans and strategies.
  • Ability to evaluate systems and procedures.
  • Ability to implement efficiency enhancements.

Special Requirements

The Chief Financial Officer organizes and directs staff and the County’s fiscal management systems, which include the receipt deposit, disbursement, and investment of all County funds, and the provision of financial information. Work includes establishing, maintaining, and coordinating the accounting and financial systems of the County. Work is performed under the general direction of the County Manager’s Office. The focus will be to:

  • Advise the Board of County Commissioners and the County Manager’s Office on the financial condition of the County.
  • Direct the fiscal planning, internal control and internal auditing functions.
  • Direct accounting functions including payroll, accounts receivable and payable, and related accounting activities.
  • Ensure the responsible investment of the County’s idle funds.
  • Direct the County’s Risk Management programs.
  • Direct and supervise debt management.
  • Direct the preparation of reports on the financial status of the County or special financial matters.
  • Prepare revenue and expenditure estimates.
  • Manage staff and make recommendations for the hiring and personnel actions of subordinate personnel
  • Prepare budget requests and administer the department’s budget
  • Establish funds and accounts for budgetary and fiduciary control
  • Perform duties of finance officer for Tourism Development
  • Determine amount of money required for debt service during each fiscal year.
  • Establish methods and procedures


The selected candidate must become a resident of Forsyth County no more than 180 days after the first day of employment as Chief Financial Officer. Hardship exceptions may be considered for extraordinary circumstances.