Finance Director – Transylvania County, NC

Transylvania County
May 27, 2023
Brevard, NC
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510 Meadowmont Village Circle #299 Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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Transylvania County, tucked away in the beauty and splendor of Western North Carolina, is seeking an experienced finance executive to serve as its next Finance Director (FD). This opportunity is for the forward-thinking leader who has experience working with the Council-Manager form of government and extensive knowledge and understanding of local government finance. As the County’s outdoor industry, pharmaceutical cluster and its primary industry of Tourism continue to grow, the Finance Director will have the unique opportunity to be highly engaged in the County’s long-term vision – bringing innovative ideas and solutions to support the growth and sustainability of the County.

The successful candidate thrives in a collaborative environment and can effectively manage the daily demands of operations while building and strengthening relationships within the organization and supporting the County Manager with annual and ongoing tasks including the budget and capital planning. County leaders desire a motivating, honorable leader who has demonstrable experience cultivating an environment of highly engaged team members where mutual respect, appreciation, and value for one another builds partnerships and connections to collaboratively meet departmental and organizational goals.

About the Organization, Department and Position: Transylvania County, which operates under the Council-Member form of government, strives to maintain its reputation as an ideal place to live, work, visit and play. The County employs 367 benefitted staff (full and part time) across 26 departments to support and fulfill its vision and deliver state mandated services. The mission of the Finance Department of Transylvania County is to conduct the financial activities of Transylvania County and the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority in compliance with all governmental regulations and accounting standards: to assure sound internal controls and transparent accountability for public funds: to provide reliable, timely, useful information for fiscal management and for community member review: and to deliver courteous responsive service to both internal and external customers.

Reporting to the County Manager, the Finance Director assists with the oversight of the County’s budget, analyzes spending patterns, and utilizes data, metrics, and the County’s long-term goals to communicate its financial position to County leaders and stakeholders. The FY 22-23 Adopted General Budget of $74.4M, which is supported by a tax rate of $.6033 per $100 of assessed tax value, includes a $4 million Solid Waste Enterprise Fund.  The Total Annual FY 23 Appropriation for all funds is $164,771,744 including:

  • General Fund: $74.4 million
  • Capital Fund: $83 million
  • Special Funds including Fire Districts: $7.9 million
  • Self-Insurance Fund: $5.8 million

The next Finance Director, who will oversee 5 positions - Accounts Payable, Payroll, Purchasing, Accountant, and a Specialist, is a flexible and adaptable leader and a strong advocate for the staff and needs of the Finance department. The Finance Director must demonstrate knowledge and skill in governmental accounting; NC laws and regulations; debt sales; procurement law; enterprise funds; state, federal, and private grant management and best practice financial procedures and operations that comply with North Carolina local government fiscal law and policy. This executive should have experience utilizing external resources such as the Local Government Commission and the School of Government.

Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field is required. A Master’s Degree and/or Certified North Carolina Local Government Finance Officer designation or CPA is preferred. Seven years of progressive leadership experience in governmental finance or organization-wide financial management, including five years of supervisory experience, preferably in a local government setting is required. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. North Carolina Local Government Finance Officers Certification is required within one year of hire, contingent upon the availability of the courses. Must have the ability to be bonded and possess a valid driver’s license in the State of North Carolina.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $97,206.94 (minimum) - $123,939.71 (midpoint) and $150,672.49 (maximum). Starting salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Transylvania County provides a comprehensive benefits package including participation in the NC Local Government Employees Retirement System.  

To apply, please visit and click on the Finance Director – Transylvania County, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the County Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants must apply by June 25th, 2023. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on August 3rd - 4th, 2023. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. Direct inquiries to [email protected]. Transylvania County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process are being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.