Chief Financial Officer

5 days left

Columbia, South Carolina
$74,084.00 - $118,535.00
Apr 21, 2021
May 21, 2021
Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time
Level of qualification
CPA, Director/Executive


This position ensures the financial integrity of the Commission’s operation by establishing and maintaining sound financial practices, procedures, reporting, and processing of financial transactions.  Work involves providing fiscal guidance; supervising assigned staff; overseeing direction for the planning, coordination, and administration in the areas of general accounting, general ledger, accounts payables, payroll, procurement, debt issuance, budgeting, capital facilities planning, and strategic planning. This position also ensures fiscal compliance and meeting reporting requirements and develops mission, goals, and objectives to support city-wide plans.


  • Plans, organizes, and directs operations of the Commission's financial operations relative to accounting, general ledger, payroll, accounts payable, procurement, debt issuance, budgeting, and strategic planning; analyzes and evaluates suitability of existing and alternative local fiscal practices and financial management; provides general advice, assistance, and recommendations; and decides and implements procedural changes.
  • Delegates work assignments; provides advice and counsel; ensures continuing professional development for staff; directs and reviews schedules and other reports prepared by staff to ensure compliance with annual audit requirements and reporting requirements; reviews and develops financial policies for recommendation; and provides strategic direction for preparation of annual financial and park improvements plans, commission budget, and strategic planning initiatives.
  • Directs and analyzes studies of general economic, business, and financial conditions and their impact on Commission and department policies and operations; oversees implementation of financial and budget policies.
  • Driving to and from different locations within the agency.
  • Reviews the fiscal impact of legislative changes; controls expenditures to ensure compliance with budgeted appropriations and legal requirements; and confers with the agency’s legal counsel regarding legal matters related to finances.
  • Participates at the executive management level in various teams to review, consider, and make recommendations on development projects, solicited or unsolicited proposals from the private sector, and implementation of new city programs; determines and addresses impact of changing legislation.
  • Analyzes the various methods of debt funding; recommends and implements bond repayment structure; oversees bond issuance; attends bond sale bid opening; prepares, reviews, and executes bond closing documents; prepares debt authorization ordinance; and calculates legal debt margin.
  • Plans, organizes, and oversees the preparation of the annual operating and capital budget.
  • Oversees Commission procurement activities to ensure compliance with state and local policy.
  • Plans, organizes, and directs in the preparation and provides guidance and recommendations for the development and implementation of the Annual Operating and Capital Plan and the five-year projected Annual Capital Improvements Plan for the Commission; provides direction for growth and development of the Commission’s overall financial position.
  • Monitors account activity of expenditures and revenues for meeting budget forecast objectives; prepares quarterly performance reports and makes recommendations for needed corrective action.
  • Oversees budget transfer requests.
  • Reviews fiscal impact analysis of growth and development in the Commission as requested.
  • Assists in debt management related issues, including preparation of rating agency information and presentations and other financing related issues.
  • Oversees agenda reports on financial matters, budget amendments, and budget related matters.
  • Researches, analyzes, reviews, and prepares a variety of reports, schedules, official statements, and account data.
  • Attends various committee and board meetings; serves on committees and boards as a financial advisor.
  • Evaluates, advises, and recommends options for proposals.
  • Supervises or prepares action or informational items for the Commission's Board information or as agenda items; prepares and publicly presents information on finance, budget, and strategic related matters.
  • Performs related duties as directed when such duties are a logical and appropriate assignment to the position.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field; master's degree in business administration (MBA) or public administration preferred.
  • Six (6)  years of related work experience in managerial accounting and budgeting in a governmental setting, including at least three (3) years of supervisory experience.
  • Or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities for this position.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental accounting, auditing, procurement, strategic planning, and budgeting including modern commission financial administration.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and city laws and policies concerning fiscal operations.
  • Knowledge of the operations of special purpose districts, city/county government including taxation, and other sources of revenue.
  • Knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization, and administration.
  • Skill in clearly expressing ideas, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in utilizing mathematical formulas; adding and subtracting subtract totals; multiplying and dividing; determining percentages and decimals; using basic systems of algebra; and utilizing statistical theories and inference.
  • Ability to read and present a variety of informational documents, annual audits, minutes, and related department records and reports.
  • Ability to prepare financial statements, depreciation schedules, fund balance projections, revenue and expense reports, and various related financial reports and information, using prescribed format and conforming to rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.
  • Ability to speak before an audience with poise, voice control, and confidence.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to record and deliver information and to explain procedures.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the work of other employees.
  • Ability to operate standard office machines and popular computer driven word processing, spreadsheet, and file maintenance programs.
  • Ability to exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in planning and directing an extensive fiscal control system.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.


  • Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is required.
  • Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) preferred.
  • Experience using Kronos preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License to drive an RCRC vehicle and produce an acceptable 10 year driving record.


The work is sedentary work and requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body; work may also require hearing, mental acuity, repetitive motion, speaking, visual acuity in color/observations, and walking.


Work is typically performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities, and needs.


 Richland County Recreation Commission has the right to revise this position description at any time, and does not represent in any way a contract of employment.