Director of Finance - Winnebago County

25 Jul 2022 9:50 AM | Marcos Vega (Administrator)

POSITION TITLE:      Director of Finance                             

HIRING RANGE:   $101,138 - $111,506                  

STATUS:        FULL TIME                          

HOURS PER WEEK:           40    

WORK HOURS:     8:00 - 4:30                  

PAY BASIS:               Salaried


This is a senior financial position which provides the overall development, coordination and management of all financial and fiscal functions of the County, including accounting, budgeting, purchasing, investment, capital improvement planning, bonding, and internal auditing.


  • 1.            Analyzes, interprets and reviews all County financial reports and studies of various fund revenues, expenditures, assets, liabilities and equities.  Assures that data is appropriate, reasonable and properly classified.  Follows up with departments where issues with financial information are discovered. 
  • 2.            Responsible for analyzing County cash flow needs and investing funds in a manner to maximize safety and obtain the best possible return on investment.  Assures that sufficient funds are available to meet the daily cash needs of the County.
  • 3.            Organizes, distributes, and delegates work fairly and impartially. Provides clear and appropriate direction to employees.  Provides training and coaching to develop employee capabilities.  Ensures that staff has the resources and flexibility to perform, improve, and learn in their jobs.  Keeps open communication with employees, listens to them, and provides feedback. Positively motivates, mentors, and leads employees.  Provides appropriate and timely performance evaluations for staff as assigned.


  • 1.            Oversees preparation of the annual budget, delegates portions to staff, directs outside departments as to timing of budget preparation, works with County Executive to arrive at final budget proposal, assures that the budget document is completed and information contained therein is reasonable and accurate.
  • 2.            Develops the 5-year Capital Improvements Plan annually and coordinates funding of capital projects through bonding.
  • 3.            Provides professional advice to the County Executive, Personnel and Finance Committee, and the County Board regarding the County’s financial status, and recommends future courses of action.
  • 4.            Determines and coordinates, maintains, and reviews all existing and proposed financial and accounting systems of the County to ensure sound financial operation and reporting.
  • 5.            Develops and recommends long-range fiscal programs and financial systems; reviews and coordinates the development of information systems and programs in line with County policy and future needs.
  • 6.            Conducts or directs internal financial, compliance and program audits.
  • 7.            Reports on a regular basis the financial status of the County, highlighting trends and unanticipated variances in expenditures and revenues and presents recommendations.
  • 8.            Coordinates all activities related to bond issues and investing of county funds.
  • 9.            Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • 1.            Reports to County Executive and Director of Administration.
  • 2.            Supervises Assistant Finance Director and Budget Manager.
  • 3.            Works with all department heads – pertaining to reviews of their financial data, assisting them through the budget transfer process, preparation of their annual budgets and capital improvement planning.


  • 1.            Bachelor’s degree or higher with a major in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or Public Administration.
  • 2.            CPA preferred.
  • 3.            A minimum of seven year’s work experience performing related duties, including substantial experience in government accounting and budgeting.
  • 4.            Current valid Wisconsin driver’s license.


  • 1.            Knowledge of computerized accounting systems.
  • 2.            Ability to apply logic and reasoning to analyzing various financial data and coming up with conclusions, corrections and revisions.
  • 3.            Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other including subordinates, department heads, elected officials and the general public and press.
  • 4.            Strong written and verbal communication skills including listening skills.
  • 5.            Computer skills including extensive experience with Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn and use various other software such as Adobe PDF.
  • 6.            Thorough knowledge of the principles and procedures of governmental accounting, budgeting, auditing and fiscal management.
  • 7.            Knowledge of the laws and regulations applicable to County financial responsibilities.
  • 8.            Ability to apply established principles, theories, techniques and methodology to a variety of financial matters.


1.            Ability to perform most work from a sedentary position.

2.            Ability to function in situations encountered in a normal office setting.

3.            Ability to use standard office equipment including telephone, computer, printer, photocopier, and scanner.

4.            Ability to travel to other County departments and locations.  Some overnight travel is required to attend governmental accounting conferences around the state.

Current Winnebago County employees interested in applying for this position will need to complete the Winnebago County Application for Departmental Transfer/Position Change form. Other parties interested in applying for this position will need to complete the Winnebago County Application for Employment

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