Finance Officer

Fontana Regional Library
Location (City, State): 
Bryson City

Fontana is a regional public library system serving Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties with six member libraries and one bookmobile. Fontana is located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and is home to numerous outdoor activities including hiking, whitewater sports, and mountain biking, as well as many other tourist attractions. Bryson City is located just over an hour from Asheville shopping and airport and is close to Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University.

The Fontana Regional Library seeks a full-time qualified professional to serve as part of the Library’s management team. The Finance Officer is responsible for accounting and financial oversight of a $3.5 million budget. This position reports to the Regional Director and Board of Trustees.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Finance Officer will direct, organize, and control all aspects of financial management activities for the Library, including general accounting, payroll, planning, audit preparation, grant management, budget development, and human resources. This position provides leadership and guidance to financial services staff, oversees insurance and risk management, and assures compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. As part of the senior management team, the Finance Officer participates in the strategic planning, policy development, marketing, fund development and leadership of the Library system. The person in this role must have the ability to work independently in high-pressure situations and have excellent communication and customer service skills. Applicants should possess a thorough knowledge of governmental accounting principles and of federal, state, and county fiscal regulations, policies, and procedures. The successful candidate will integrate a “big-picture” perspective with an attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field and 5 years of experience in local government or public service financial management, at least 3 years of which must have been at a supervisory level is required. A Master’s degree in administration or library science and public library work experience is preferred. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) is desirable.

How to Apply: 

Complete the application found at Send the application, along with a cover letter and résumé to:
Karen Wallace, Director
Fontana Regional Library
33 Fryemont Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

For questions about the position, contact Karen Wallace at (828) 524-3600 or at kwallace [at] fontanalib [dot] org.