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Now Hiring - Assistant Finance Director



The Assistant Finance Director performs, supervises, maintains and provides technical and professional accounting assistance and services on various organization wide finance, accounting and budgeting matters. Additionally, the Assistant Finance Director will do the following:

  • Analyze fiscal transactions to assure conformity and compliance with accepted accounting procedures, COG procedures and methods, and Municipal, State and Federal regulations

  • Direct and coordinate the processing of COG accounting procedures

  • Maintain, analyze and reconcile all subsidiary and general ledger accounts, including grant funds

  • Responsible for the preparation or supervision of the preparation of the monthly and year-end revenue and expenditure reports, journal entries, adjusting and closing entries

  • Research, compile and prepare financial statements and supporting schedules

  • Review various documents and records for accuracy, appropriate coding, and compliance with policies

  • Provide   explanations   and   interpretations   of   regulations   governing   finance   and   local government entities and similar matters

  • Research and develop departmental operating policies

  • Work with department directors and other COG staff on accounting and analytical related issues and problems

  • Analyze problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement creative recommendations

  • Assist Finance Director with the annual audit for WPCOG and all client financial statement reviews

  • Maintain a variety of records and prepare complex financial and statistical reports

  • Research, analyze and prepare various financial reports and documents for the signature of the Finance Director

  • Track capital assets and all depreciation schedules

  • Act in the absence of the Finance Director, when asked to do so


Grant Projects and Finance Duties

  • Identify grant project needs and prepare journal entries and other transactions to ensure accuracy of grant expenses

  • Develop tools to assist in monitoring grant projects

  • Organize and maintain grant project records for outside agency reporting, auditors and management



  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in accounting, finance, business administration, or closely related field. Master’s degree in accounting or related field is preferred but not required

  • Substantial professional accounting experience that includes at least five years in accounting/finance fields and at least two years’ of local government experience. Experience with an emphasis in accounting, financial reporting, and auditing is preferred

  • Applicants should have the knowledge of principles and practices of governmental accounting agencies and professional organizations as relates to municipal accounting and financial operating practices (GASB, GFOA, AICPA, GAO, OMB, etc.)

  • Applicable laws and regulations, and financial reporting practices within the State of North Carolina and governing local municipalities



The hiring range for this position is $62,080-$72,000 depending on qualifications and experience. New hires are eligible for up to a 5% increase with the successful completion of probationary period.

  • WPCOG is a member of the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System. This entitles vested employees with at least five years of employment to a defined benefit at the time of retirement. Members contribute 6% of gross compensation each month. This is a before-tax deduction. Western Piedmont Council of Governments contributes an actuarially determined percentage of the gross payroll of members each month.

  • The Western Piedmont Council of Governments will contribute 4.2% of each employee’s salary and match 4%, for a possible total of 8.2%, to either the NC 401k or the NC 457.

  • WPCOG pays 100% of an employee's health and vision coverage. The current plan is a high deductible health plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Contributions to the HSA are made pre-tax through payroll deduction.

  • WPCOG pays 100% of the following premiums:

    • Life Insurance - $100,000

    • Accidental Death & Dismemberment

    • Dental Insurance - Employee and Family

    • Short-Term Disability (Weekly Indemnity)

    • Long-Term Disability

  • WPCOG provides for the following payroll deduction and retirement options:

    • NC 457 Plan

    • NC 401(k) Plan

    • Local Government & State Employees' Credit Union payroll deductions

    • Voluntary additional life insurance

  • WPCOG provides for the following paid leave options:

    • 11 Paid Holidays Per Year

    • Annual Leave earned on a sliding scale based on years of service

    • 12 Sick Leave Days Per Year

    • Longevity Pay



This position is open until filled. Submit by March 20, 2020 for first consideration.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources, Ashley Bolick, at WPCOG, P.O. Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603. Emailing application materials is acceptable, Questions should be directed to Ashley at (828) 485-4221.  Final candidates will be subject to an interview process. The WPCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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