Finance Director

Organization: Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Salary: A highly competitive beginning salary combined with an exceptional benefit program is provided.
Close Date: Open until filled

Job Description:

Kalamazoo County is located in western Michigan, about equidistant between Detroit and Chicago. It covers 576 square miles. The Countyís population is approximately 240,000. Kalamazoo County contains four cities, 15 townships and four villages. The City of Kalamazoo is both the Countyís largest city and the county seat. This is an ICMA recognized government with 1,000 employees, an $83M budget and triple A bond ratings by Moody's and S&P. Kalamazoo County offers a highly professional and very stable work environment and a strong commitment to professional development.

The County is governed by a 17-member County Board of Commissioners (County Board) responsible for establishing policies, adopting the budget, appointing committee memberships, and hiring the County Administrator/Controller (Administrator). The Administrator is responsible for carrying out the policies set by the County Board and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the County. County Board members are elected on a partisan basis every two years from districts. Five additional elected officers (some department heads) are elected at-large on a partisan basis to four-year terms.

The Finance Director reports to and serves at the pleasure of the County Administrator. This Director functions much like an Assistant County Administrator. He or she has direct and indirect authority over approximately 61 employees with assignments to the following units: Finance, Information Systems, Equalization, Document Services, Purchasing and Buildings & Grounds. The Finance Director actively participates in labor negotiations with the Countyís nine bargaining units and is one of four key advisors to the County Administrator. He or she assists with short and long-term strategic planning, maintains accounting systems and records including asset management for the retirement system, facilitates annual and special purpose audits and assumes leadership responsibilities in the absence of the County Administrator and Deputy County Administrator. The Finance Director also provides staff support to standing committees of the County Board and various commissions and committees. For more information, visit the County on the web at

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelorís degree in accounting or related field and five-years of professional finance experience including both local government and management level experience or any comparable combination of education, training, and experience. Prefer a Masterís degree in finance or related field, and/or Certified Public Accountant license. Strongly prefer experience working with an elected policy-making board and knowledge of county government accounting and auditing principles. Must have the ability to analyze and interpret technical information and demonstrate high-quality verbal and written communication and presentation skills. Must possess problem-solving skills with a commitment to quality improvement and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, elected officials, and the public.

A highly competitive beginning salary combined with an exceptional benefit program is provided.

Please send a cover letter, resume and current salary by Monday, May 19, 2008 to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848

Kalamazoo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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