Career Opportunities

Now Hiring - Finance Manager

The Financial Manager performs a variety of professional accounting and finance tasks in support of the financial operations of WPCOG. The ideal candidate must be knowledgeable of accounting principles, practices and financial analysis and have a working knowledge of local government practices. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter, who can learn new skills quickly, work independently, possess excellent communication skills, be well organized, detail-oriented, possess strong critical thinking skills and be able to use Microsoft computer applications effectively. Essential duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain programmatic division budgets with multiple revenue and expenditure streams, modify and adjust as needed; performs internal auditing tasks on a periodic basis.

  • Reviews, analyzes and evaluates various program budgets and provides comprehensive financial management information and recommendations to the Finance Director and other staff.

  • Prepares and/or reviews various records and reports, enters computer data where appropriate and verifies information concerning the WPCOG and performs submission of financial reports to state and/or federal agencies.

  • Manage financial services provided to financial administration clients. Prepare monthly financial reports for management and governing board(s).

  • Responsible for capital assets management. Track all capital assets for WPCOG. Prepare all audit reports/schedules for capital assets.

  • Assist Finance Director with WPCOG audit as well as financial administration client audits.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

An associates or higher-level degree is required in accounting or business administration that is supplemented by accounting coursework, or other closely related field and demonstrated knowledge. Experience in using a computer in a general accounting system with some experience in governmental accounting preferred; or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be considered.

 

SALARY & BENEFITS:

The hiring range for this position is $50,948 to $54,309 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. *This is in lieu of participating in Social Security. WPCOG does not participate in Social Security. 

  • 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) and Long-Term Disability

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

    • NC 457 Plan

    • NC 401(k) Plan

    • 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 *New hires with applicable local or state government experience may if approved, earn annual leave based on their prior years’ experience.

    • 12 Sick Leave Days Per Year

    • Longevity Pay

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

This position is open until filled.

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, ashley.bolick@wpcog.org. 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.

Now Hiring - Payroll Technician

The Payroll Technician performs payroll administration duties, making changes and running payroll from time sheets and records submitted for each payroll period; performs payroll period reports for tax payments to state and federal officials, year-end tasks associated with W-2 and staff longevity payments, quarterly tax reports and fiscal year end tasks associated with budget and audit. Additionally, the Payroll Technician will do the following:

  • Prepare and maintain filing of payroll related documents

  • Review and/or compute all employees timesheets regarding hours worked, deductions, overtime, leave, tax changes, etc.

  • Resolve payroll discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information

  • Provide payroll information for staff as requested

  • Prepare all payroll-related reports as necessary, and prepares remittance checks/payments as necessary for: health insurance, pension, worker’s compensations, unemployment, disability, various retirement accounts, garnishments, etc.

  • Transmit direct deposit files to the bank to meet bi-weekly deadline for processing payroll

  • Prepare all payroll journal entries

  • Prepare, review for accuracy and file W-2 and W-3 forms for employees

  • Prepare and file bi-weekly, monthly and/or quarterly payroll tax forms

  • Reconcile general ledger accounts associated with payroll processing

  • Ability to handle confidential matters with sensitivity, tact and discretion

  • Provide backup for accounts payable technician

  • Perform other related duties as assigned and/or required

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associates or higher-level degree in Accounting or related/equivalent job experience required.

  • Three to five years of payroll processing experience required.

 

SALARY & BENEFITS:

The hiring range for this position is $36,207-$41,282 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. *This is in lieu of participating in Social Security. WPCOG does not participate in Social Security. 

  • 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) and Long-Term Disability

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

    • NC 457 Plan

    • NC 401(k) Plan

    • 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 *New hires with applicable local or state government experience may if approved, earn annual leave based on their prior years’ experience.

    • 12 Sick Leave Days Per Year

    • Longevity Pay

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

This position is open until filled.

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, ashley.bolick@wpcog.org. 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.

Now Hiring - City Manager, City of Newton

The City of Newton is currently seeking experienced, energetic, outgoing, & action-oriented candidates for the position of City Manager. Newton is located in the western piedmont area of North Carolina and is part of the Hickory Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the sixth largest metro in the state. Newton is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Charlotte; 65 miles west of Winston-Salem; and 85 miles east of Asheville. As of the 2020 Census, Newton serves a resident population of 13,148 as well as a large and diversifying manufacturing base. Recent city initiatives include significant downtown revitalization and streetscape improvements, a new downtown amphitheater, several new industrial projects, recreational improvements, water and wastewater infrastructure rehabilitation, and an increased emphasis on quality of life projects and events.  

 

The manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City with about 200 employees. The FY21-22 Budget totals $48.5 million with a General Fund of $16.2 million.

 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • strong interpersonal and communication skills;

  • the ability and inclination to get out of the office and connect with the public, employees, businesses, partners and community organizations;

  • creative thinking as well as the ability to bring creative solutions to ordinary problems;

  • experience in economic development, residential housing, infrastructure development and grant administration;

  • strong financial management and budget development skills; and

  • a wide network or the ability to network with county, state, and federal leaders and regional municipal officials to leverage resources and partnerships for the city.

 

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation with a master’s degree (preferred) in public administration or a related field as well as 7-10 years of experience as a local government manager or department head with significant responsibilities.

 

The hiring range is $134,000-$164,000 depending on qualifications with a full benefits package. The position is open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to WPCOG Executive Director Anthony Starr, via email at anthony.starr@wpcog.org no later than Monday, January 17th, 2022 to ensure consideration. Candidates will be subject to an interview and assessment process. The first round of interviews will take place in early January. Newton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.