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Published October 11, 2022

Position Details

Position Title: Chief Financial Officer
County: Lewis & Clark County
Salary or Pay Rate: $111,820.80 to $131,560.00 per year
Status: Regular, Full-time, Exempt
Closing Date: November 6, 2022. First review of candidates is October 24, 2022

Position Description


Lewis & Clark County is seeking to hire a Chief Financial Officer. Under general administrative direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, this position is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the County.

Required Qualifications

The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field, five (5) years’ experience in progressively responsible financial leadership roles in the public sector, and four (4) years of supervisory experience. Certified Public Accountant preferred. Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Duties & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

  • Directs, oversees, and provides recommendations relative to all County financial matters;
  • Coordinates and develops the County’s annual budget, including but not limited to preparation of the budget guidelines and providing guidance to County offices related to budget preparation;
  •  Provides leadership in the development of short and long-term strategic financial objectives;
  • Develops and implements enterprise-wide policies based on short and long-term strategic planning goals, management concepts and practices;
  • Responsible for budget preparation, projection of revenues and expenses and on-going monitoring of budget implementation;
  • Manages the General Ledger of the County;
  • Manages risk management functions of the County;
  • Completes monthly reporting and ensures compliance with applicable county, state and federal regulations;
  • Oversees the payment of all expenditures for the County;
  • Performs calculations of mill levies for property taxes each year for the County and special districts;
  • Prepares fiscal analyses on revenue expenditures, operating reserves, tax levies and operating reserves;
  • Implements budgetary and financial reporting controls;
  • Prepares documentation and recommends the sale of County property;
  •  Evaluates, develops, and implements finance procedures, processes and policies;
  • Is an integral part of senior management and plays a major role in administrative decisions on health, liability/property and workers compensation;
  • Manages the issuance of all debt for the County, including the sale of bonds;
  • Works closely with all departments in the annual development of the operating budget;
  • Hires and trains staff; develops and administers staff work plans; assigns and schedules personnel;
  • Supervises and evaluates professional staff; monitors staff activities with respect to department work plans, goals and objectives;
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with County policy, state and federal laws;
  •  Delivers presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions and the general public.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Examples of Knowledge

  • Knowledge of all County government functions;
  • Montana Codes Annotated as it applies to local government finance;
  •  Bond issues and other debt related activities;
  •  Organization and operation principles and practices;
  • Principles and practices of governmental finance and budgeting;
  • Insurance procurement and public procurement requirements;
  • Computerized finance and budget policies and programs;
  • Methods of analyzing, evaluating and modifying financial procedures;
  • Management, supervisory techniques and personnel practices.

Examples of Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to coordinate and carry out a variety of financial services;
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive reports;
  • Conduct presentations regarding financial issues to various individuals, including elected officials, department heads, and members of the public;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with county officials and employees, the general public and representatives of other agencies;
  • Direct, supervise, train, and evaluate professional staff;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Operate computer systems and related software, including word processing, presentation and spreadsheet programs;
  •  Understand and interpret statutes, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines;
  • Direct, supervise, train, and evaluate professional and support staff;
  • Work effectively as a member of a team.

Special Requirements

Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Physical Demands

This position requires the ability to move or lift documents and materials weighing up to 20 pounds. Position requires
knowledge and use of typical office equipment including telephone, audio-visual equipment and personal computer.

Application Instructions

Applications for this position must be submitted through our career portal by the listed closing date at

For questions on this position or on the application process, please call (406) 447-8317, (406) 447-8316, or e-mail

The following items are required along with the on-line application:
• Resume
• Cover letter


Lewis & Clark County is an Equal Opportunity Employer