Jobs Finance & Budget Director

Board of Supervisors

$Depends on Qualifications - $Depends on Qualifications/year


Courthouse: 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs

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Under limited supervision, this position is responsible for directing the County’s finance and budget functions. Work involves preparing the County budget, valuation reports, financial reports (annual and monthly) preparing the Auditor’s portion, processes the County’s levy preparation, prepare valuations and other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

Directs and assists department heads in the preparation of departmental budgets; provides training and guidance on policies and procedures; assist department heads in the management of approved budgets; prepares related financial information for the preparation of the overall county budget; analyzes and reports revenue and expenditure growth, trends, and projections. 
Prepares the County budget and appropriate documents, presents to the Board of Supervisors and the general public; addresses questions related to all County financial information.
Formulate and prepare the County’s annual report and year-end report.
Provides ongoing research and financial analysis of events that affect the financial management of the County, monitors legislative, programmatic and policy decision at the local, state and federal levels to determine impact on the County’s financial operation and status.
Recommends and implements financial/operational policies and procedures.
Coordinates County debt management activities including analysis of department capacity, new/refunding opportunities, issuance and compliance with restrictions/bond covenants.
Prepares valuation increments for urban renewal and TIF districts.
Prepares appropriations of budgeted funds per department per fiscal year.
Performs monthly balancing of incomes and expenditures for the county.
Receives all county, city, school and township budgets and oversees distribution to the State Department of Management.
Work with State Auditor each year at annual audit time.

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

Knowledge of accounting methods and terminology.   Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations relating to the collection / disbursement of County funds.   Knowledge of fund accounting and local government budgeting / financial management procedures.   Knowledge of cash handling and balancing procedures.   Knowledge of general office practices and procedures.   Knowledge of business English, spelling and grammar.   Knowledge of and the ability to maintain departmental policies, practices and standards.   Intermediate keyboard and typing skills.   Proficient skill in operating a personal computer and other general office equipment.   Proficient alpha / numeric proofreading skills.   Ability to accurately perform complex accounting calculations.

Ability to create and maintain complex ledgers / spreadsheets including mathematical / accounting formulas utilizing various hardware and software programs.   Ability to make routine decisions, in accordance with laws, rules, regulations, and departmental policies and procedures.   Ability to research, analyze, and resolve moderately complex problems / discrepancies.   Ability to juggle several tasks at once; continuously prioritize / re-prioritize tasks.   Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.   Ability to maintain accurate and complete office records.   Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with other County employees and the general public using courtesy, patience, and diplomacy.

Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

Position requires a high school diploma or GED.  Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years’ experience in accounting or any combination of training and experience that will have provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.   Preferred experience with fund accounting and local government budgeting / financial management procedures.

I’ve built lasting friendships. I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge from training and experiences that could only be learned on the job.

Camber, Clerk II
Planning and Development
20 Years with Pottawattamie County