Director of Finance

Organization: City of Georgetown, SC
Salary: A competitive beginning salary (DOQ’s) and an excellent benefit package will be provided.
Close Date: Open until filled

Job Description:


Georgetown was founded in 1729 and is South Carolina’s third oldest city. It is located on Winyah Bay approximately eight miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and at the confluence of the Sampit, Black, Pee Dee, and Waccamaw Rivers. Nestled conveniently between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, Georgetown offers something for everyone including shopping, dining, nightlife, magnificent historic local architecture, water sports, and recreation. Georgetown is traversed by three US Highways (17, 701, and 521). It serves as the county seat of Georgetown County and as the major trade center for the area. The 2018 Census update placed Georgetown’s population at 8,643. Georgetown offers an exceptional quality of life at a cost of living which is 16.8% below the national average.

Georgetown operates under the Mayor-Council form of government. Policymaking and legislative authority are vested in a governing council (Council) consisting of the Mayor and six other members, all elected on a partisan basis. All members are elected at-large, each for four-year staggered terms. The Council appoints the City Administrator who administers all departments of the City. All department heads are appointed by the City Administrator with the approval of the Council. The City provides a full range of services including police, fire, sanitation, streets, buildings, building regulations, planning, zoning, code enforcement, a museum and cultural events. City utilities include electric, water, wastewater and stormwater.

Under the City Administrator’s general oversight, the Director of Finance (Director) plans, directs controls, administers, and supervises the City’s financial activities and programs including budget, development. Preparation of annual financial statements, external audits, information technology cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, utility billing, inventory control, and purchasing. The Director consults with and advises the City Administrator concerning the City’s financial affairs, development of financial operating policies and procedures, and the City’s financial goals and objectives. He or she manages and directs the City’s overall financial and general accounting operations and reporting including financial controls. The Director exercises independent judgement in applying established generally accepted accounting practices. The Director provides information and recommendations to department heads regarding financial processes and procedures and performs financial approval duties of the City Administrator in his/her absence and may serve as the interim City Administrator in his/her absence.

Visit Georgetown on the web at: www.cityofgeorgetownsc.com

Minimum requirements include a Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or closely related field with four (4) to eight (8) years of progressively responsible managerial experience in local governmental accounting, auditing, finance, and budgeting or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Also required are excellent analytical skills in public finance, and knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board pronouncements.

A Certified Public Accountant, Certified Public Finance Officer, or comparable professional designation is preferred.

A competitive beginning salary (DOQ’s) and an excellent benefit package will be provided. The position will remain open until filled and the process will move forward immediately upon receipt of an adequate pool of well-qualified applicants. If interested, please email your resume and cover letter with salary expectations immediately to slavin@bellsouth.net.


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