Finance Director

Archuleta County is actively recruiting for a Finance Director. Our Finance Director enjoys a salaried wage of $82,430.40 a year, plus a robust benefits package including medical, dental, vision plans, a County matching 401(a) retirement plan, PTO program, holidays, and life insurance, and optional benefits which include Mutual of Omaha Accident, Critical Illness and Term Life Insurance, and 457 retirement plans.


Performs a variety of complex supervisory, professional, administrative, and technical accounting and finance functions in maintaining the fiscal records and systems of the County.


Receives general supervision from the County Manager.


Exercises direct supervision over the Finance Department’s staff and operations.


The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. The administration retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.

Exercises direct supervision of employees, operations, and activities within the Finance Department to include coordinating staff training, assigning and reviewing work, participating in the interview and selection process, making recommendations impacting pay, status, and disciplinary action, and evaluating performance.

Provides direction in the development of short and long-range plans. Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations. Coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

Provides professional advice and assistance through the County Administrator to the Department Heads and Elected Officials regarding budget and allocation of resources. Participates in various committees and boards related to program activities and responsibilities. Makes presentations to County departments, boards, commissions, civic groups, and the general public.

Oversees payroll and accounts payable processing.

Monitors budget performance and cost control activities. Monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control. Prepares annual budget requests and monitors effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Prepares a variety of studies, reports, and related information for decision-making purposes.

Serves as the chief financial advisor to the County Manager.

Establishes and maintains internal control procedures in compliance with standard state and national accounting procedures.

Maintains financial records and reports.

Develops financial studies and plans. Forecasts, estimates, and monitors the financial condition of the County to assure the fiscal well being of the County.

Coordinates the annual budget process. Develops all County revenue projections, assists County departments with the preparation of their budget requests, and works directly with the County Manager in developing the recommended annual County budget. Assures compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Monitors the adopted County budget and consults with the County Manager concerning potential amendments to the adopted County budget.

Coordinates the annual audit process. Provides direction to staff in completing all reports, general ledger account analysis, and reconciliations necessary for the completion of the audit field work. Works directly with the auditors in resolving variances and determining appropriate adjustments to the County’s financial records. Reviews, recommends revisions, and approves the audited financial statements for submittal to the Board of County Commissioners.

Directs the preparation of state and federal reports, including tax reports.

Evaluates and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of financial operations.

Performs or assists staff in the performance of accounting duties. Responds to and resolves errors and complaints.

Develops, interprets, and ensures compliance with policies and procedures.

Performs other duties as assigned and required.


Training and Experience:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying.

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, or a related field.

Five to seven years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities, including governmental accounting, budgeting, and financial auditing processes.

Knowledge of:

Modern principles, practices, and theories of accounting, governmental accounting, and audit processes in a County government.

Internal control procedures and management information systems.

Routine software and business applications, including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases and financial applications.

Budget development, management, and fiscal planning.

Standard accounting and bookkeeping practices and methods including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll.

Operation of standard office equipment including fax machines, copiers, personal computers, and mainframe computer systems.

Ability to:

Prepare and analyze complex financial reports.

Maintain efficient and effective financial systems and procedures.

Supervise and mentor professional and support staff in a productive and positive manner.

Negotiate and manage contracts for service.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and administrations, and members of the community.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.


Work is primarily conducted indoors with occasional time spent in an outside environment. Incumbent experiences routine exposures and hazards of a typical office environment. May occasionally travel to other County office locations or work sites. Requires the ability to sit and perform administrative and computer work for significant periods of time. Ability to read and understand written documents and materials as required for the performance of the job. Requires manual dexterity to operate computers and standard office equipment.

Requires sufficient hearing and speech ability to communicate verbally in response to inquiries, complaints, and to speak to individuals or groups in an informational or instructional situation.

Incumbent is frequently required to work after normal work hours to attend governmental meetings.

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