YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Chief Financial Officer

BAND:

D

GRADE:

6

SUBGRADE:

2

CLASS CODE:

9492

DEPARTMENT:

Auditor

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Auditor and

Assistant Auditor

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

the incumbent is responsible for managing the accounting, budgeting and financial reporting functions of the County including: preparation and monitoring of the County budget and related reports; providing technical assistance and advice; developing and maintaining financial policies; managing the central accounting system and supervising professional accounting and support staff.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Chief Financial Officer classification is a stand alone classification distinguished from other classifications by the overall responsibility for managing the accounting, budgeting and financial reporting functions of the County.

   

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Manages the County Budget process which includes: determining the content of budget packages; scheduling the budget process; determining the allocation of staff hours; preparing the County budget; and monitoring the County budget for potential overruns, extensions and/or other adjustments.

D6

2.

Directs, prioritizes, supervises, motivates and participates in the performance evaluation of accounting staff including: recruiting and selecting staff; assigning, reviewing and monitoring work; ensuring training; resolving staff conflicts; approving leave; conducting performance review and evaluation; and recommending discipline.

C4

3.

Manages the production of internal and external financial reports including the County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and other essential management reports. Determines allocation of staff hours, disclosures made in the notes to financial statements, and steps necessary to comply with GFOA and other legal standards and requirements.

D6

4.

Provides general technical assistance and advice to the Board of County Commissioners, department directors, managers and the public which includes: determining how to communicate financial information to non-financial uses; determining format and content of information provided through reports; and determining and recommending resolution to problems.

D6

5.

 

 

 

Manages the central accounting system which includes: determining training needs; determining adjusting entries; deciding when year-end rollover will occur; and deciding appropriate internal controls and security.

D6

6.

Performs other duties as required.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Theories, practices, principles and techniques of project, program and financial management;
  • Public administration, budget control and public sector financial management standards including Governmental Accounting Standards (BASB) Pronouncements, Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP), Budgeting Accounting and Reporting System and Office of Management and Budget Circular A-87 and A-133;
  • Theories, practices and principles of risk management and internal control;
  • Federal, state and local laws, standards, regulations, guidelines, ordinances, polices and procedures related to public finance functions such as payroll and accounts payable;
  • Principles and theories of personnel management, coaching and supervision; and
  • Customer service techniques and team building concepts.

Skills (depending on nature of assignment, position may require at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment;
  • Determining priorities and making critical decisions involving complex and technical financial matters;
  • Developing long range strategies;
  • Developing, writing, applying and interpreting County and departmental policies and procedures;
  • Supervising and evaluating professional, technical and administrative support staff;
  • Applying principles of financial and resource management as applied to the budgeting process;
  • Preparing financial reports and providing technical expertise in financial matters;
  • Presenting information to the public;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Bachelorís Degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration or Business Management and seven years related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

None required.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

The incumbent may be subject to travel.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 Approved 1/1/99