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Garfield County, CO - Director of Finance

Salary Range:  $120,000 - $140,000- DOQ - Plus, excellent benefits

Seeking professionals with experience in local government accounting, finance and operations.  Must be a strategic thinker, an effective communicator and a leader who enjoys management, mentoring and the challenges and rewards of working in the public sector.

Garfield County is being assisted by KRW Associates, LLC. Submit application materials to:

Deadline:  Monday, June 27, 2022 (5:00 PM Mountain)

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 The Opportunity

Are you a leader and local government professional?  Do you have expertise in finance and governmental accounting?  Are you energized by working with a high-functioning award-winning team while serving your local community?  Do you love living in Colorado with access to countless outdoor activities that you can enjoy year-round? If you responded “yes”, we invite you to apply for the Director of Finance for Garfield County Colorado.

The County- “New Energy in the Wild West”.

Located approximately 150 miles west of Denver, CO, and 330 miles southeast of Salt Lake City UT, Garfield County is one of the largest counties in Colorado.  It is home to approximately 60,000 residents who live in and around the following communities:  Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle, Rifle, Parachute and Silt. 

Glenwood Springs, the county seat, and the surrounding communities are all excellent places to live, work and raise a family.  The temperate climate, healthy lifestyle, great schools (including 4-year colleges), the active arts scene, and world-class medical facilities, all contribute to the quality of life in Garfield County. 

The abundant sunshine during all-four seasons, and an active outdoor lifestyle attracts tourists year-round.  Locals and tourists alike enjoy soaking in the hot springs, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, rafting/kayaking, climbing, golfing, paragliding, festivals, shopping and more. 

The County’s economic drivers continue to be those that drove the economy over 100 years ago-natural resource development, agriculture, regional services, construction and tourism.

 To explore and learn more about this beautiful part of the world and why Garfield County is the “New Energy in the Wild West” go to:

The Position

The Director of Finance is an essential position within the County and reports directly to the County Manager. Under administrative direction, the Finance Director directs and develops the fiscal activities and strategies of the County.  The Finance Director is responsible for the overall financial health of the County and ensuring the ongoing alignment with the County’s goals and objectives and sufficient fiscal resources.

The Finance Director manages the daily operations of the Finance Department; maintains accounting records and functions, oversees budget development and implementation, provides employee payroll services, manages and maintains the County’s ERP system, monitors/supports grant administration and reporting, and provides leadership to Finance Department staff.

Essential Job Functions

Financial Administration & Leadership

  • Serves as the County’s Chief Financial Officer and is the key advisor to the County Manager on financial matters. 
  • Supports the County in the development of financial strategies to meet the Board of County Commissioner’s (“BOCC”) goals and the County’s fiscal policies.
  • Evaluates financial data and provides professional recommendations and solutions.  Presents analysis, information and recommendations to County Manager and BOCC regularly.
  • Directs the daily operations of the Finance Department, providing mentorship and leadership to a staff of nine.  Evaluates work performance of individuals and entire team.
  • Maintains internal customer service standards while providing services to other county departments/offices such as Human Services, Public Health, Road & Bridge, the Treasurer and the Sheriff’s Office.

Budget Development, Grants & Other Revenue

  • Directs the preparation and approval process for the County’s annual budget and subsequent monitoring of budgetary implementation: including, but not limited to, collaborating with department heads and elected officials on budget development and review process; monitoring the annual operating budget, budget amendments and transfers; monitoring economic conditions and trends; forecasting; providing financial projections and recommendations; and developing multi-year financial plans.
  • Develops budget policies that support operating departments in achieving their goals.
  • Ensures the preparation of monthly Fund Balance and Budget-to-Actual Performance Reports, and the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for BOCC review.
  • Reviews requests for amendments to the established budget, ensuring procedural compliance with the amendment approval process.
  • Oversees process by which grants requests are made, ensuring appropriate internal controls are in place, collaborating across the organization to ensure smooth and timely grant processing. 

Accounting & Financial Reporting

  • Ensures financial accountability, integrity, consistency and efficient financial operations in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Ensures the timely and appropriate administration of the countywide accounting function, including accounts payable and receivable, payroll, project and capital assets accounting and reporting, grant administration and debt administration.
  • Directs and manages the administration of the County’s finances related to cash flow, reserve requirements, alternative funding strategies, cost-benefit analyses, return on investments, and/or other related items.
  • Performs other duties of a similar or related nature and assists with special projects as necessary or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field. Five (5) years of progressively responsible financial operations.  At least three (3) years managerial experience OR an equivalent combination of the above-stated education and experience.

Preferred Experience

Previous experience in local government. 

License & Certifications

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from the Colorado Board of Accountancy is preferred.  

Must pass a financial and general background check.

Core Competencies

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public sector administration, governmental budgeting procedures and multi-funded financing operations; including personnel rules, costs accounting, payroll, goal setting and program budget development.
  • Government/Financial Accounting Standards Boards (GASB/FASB), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) standards, practices, policies, rules, and regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Principles for Public Sector financial management, including budgets, payroll, treasury, grant funds, and public debt management.
  • Complex ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems and technology management and usage.
  • Leadership, management and supervisory principles and methods.
  • Relevant Federal, State and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes.
  • Grant research methods, and management principles and practices.
  • Internal control procedures and auditing theory and practices.

Ability to:

  • Supervise and develop employees: plan, direct, coach, counsel, mentor, delegate, discipline, train and evaluate.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing and prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines and follow up on assignments with minimal direction. 
  • Apply logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks and to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, including cost/benefit analyses.
  • Accurately account for funds, read and record data, and maintain records.
  • Analyze and interpret complex information, including professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures, and government regulations.
  • Perform financial computations accurately and quickly, prepare and analyze comprehensive financial reports, including the recommendation of fund allocation to facilitate accomplishment of the identified working goals of the organization.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Department Heads, County Elected Officials and employees.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

    To Apply

    Application materials will be accepted electronically at:

    Attach a cover letter, resume; and contact information for six (6) professional references. 

    Deadline:  Monday, June 27, 2022 (5:00 PM Mountain)


    KRW Associates LLC is assisting the Garfield County with this search.  Questions should be directed to: Or by phone to:  Lorne Kramer, KRW Managing Partner- 719-310-8960; Mark Collins, KRW Associate- 307-460-1941; or Gina McGrail, KRW Senior Associate- 303-249-9572.

    Garfield County is an equal opportunity employer.