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Director of Finance (SCA 13002-001)

Date Posted
September 11, 2020
Full Time

Job Details


Friday, September 11, 2020

Position Title

Director of Finance


State Court Administration
1111 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319


Pay Grade 43, $108,888.00 - $154,814.40 Annually
Eligible for State of Iowa benefits

Position Summary

This is a highly responsible leadership position involving the direction of the financial and accounting disciplines supporting State Court Administration within the Iowa Judicial Branch. The position directs and oversees all aspects of the finance and accounting functions for the Iowa Judicial Branch, including the administration of the judicial retirement system. The position reports directly to the State Court Administrator with a team of local and remote direct reports.


Budgeting and Forecasting:

Directs, prepares, administers the Iowa Judicial Branch annual budget assumptions and assists with finalizing the presentation to the legislature.

Responsible for the process and procedures to accurately budget, forecast and consider projections to ensure expenses remain within the approved and authorized budget on both a monthly and annualized basis.

Confirms all submission deadlines for budget preparation and forecasting reports are met by the finance and accounting departments, state court administration departments and district court administrators.  

Answers budget and accounting related inquiries from executive, legislative, state agencies and Iowa Judicial Branch leadership and judicial officers.

Provides the State Court Administrator with prompt and accurate fiscal information as needed and requested for budgetary purposes as requested.

Serves as the liaison and directs responses to requests for information from district court administrators and provides periodic updates regarding forecasts to ensure budgets are met.

Presents periodic budgetary updates in both formal and informal meetings to all levels of the Iowa Judicial Branch and others as needed and requested.

Analyzes proposed legislation affecting the Iowa Judicial Branch with particular emphasis on budgeting, clerk of court matters, court collections, and judicial retirement.  Assists with the determination of the fiscal impact of proposed and approved legislation.

Oversees the preparation of a wide variety of reports on the status of funds as requested or required by the legislature.

Monitors financial performance by developing forecasts, measuring and analyzing results; analyzing variances, initiating corrective actions and developing improvements.

Participates and leads ongoing committees and project teams on a routine basis.

Judicial Retirement Fund:

Directs and administers the judicial retirement fund by working with staff and judges to calculate monthly retirement benefit amounts and ensures the timely process of monthly judicial retirement benefit payments.

Works with actuary to insure actuarial update for the judicial retirement fund is prepared timely and accurately. 

Supports and provides information on the judicial retirement fund to the retirement legislative committee. Works with office of the state treasurer concerning investments of the judicial retirement fund. Educates, responds to concerns and presents information regarding concerning judicial retirement benefits to judicial officers to support confidence and understanding of the benefit.

Audit and Compliance:

Leads the overall standard operations procedures to maintain the integrity of the Iowa Judicial Branch’s financial practices, ensuring compliance with GAAP requirements and the requirements of financial institutions, the office of the state treasurer, state auditors, the legislature, and other governmental agencies.

Ensures effective internal controls are in place and compliant with GAAP and applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting.

Directs the preparation of the annual GAAP report and works with the state auditor to ensure all required financial statements are prepared timely and accurately.

Directs responses to audit comments from state auditors, provides analytic reviews, changes to standard operating procedures and serves as the point of contact for financial audits and questions related to the fiscal practices for the Iowa Judicial Branch. 

Oversees and participates in handling cash, appropriations and fund management, billing, collections, vendor payment, payroll, internal and external audits. Directs and provides auditing support to the Clerks of Court in the administration of the accounting and collections processes. 

Management and Personal Attributes:

Directs, leads, manages, develops and supports a team of finance and accounting professionals to consistently exceed financial and accounting expectations.

Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization and with staff at remote locations essential.

Exceptional problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.

High level of integrity and dependability, goal oriented with a strong sense of urgency.

Performs other related duties as requested by the State Court Administrator.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Extensive knowledge of modern principles and practices of public administration with emphasis on accounting principles, financial budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and audit compliance and administration.

Knowledge of various court procedures, legal terminology, legislative processes, procedures, organization, functions, and responsibilities of the courts.

Formulates, educates and shares ideas on complex, technical subjects clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

Presents and interacts with confidence and professionalism to both small and large groups at all levels of the organization to include the public, judicial officers, attorneys, government and elected officials. 

Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in making decisions conforming to laws, rules, regulations, and policies.

Strong technical accounting knowledge, including an understanding of GAAP, tax requirements of government agencies, and general auditing procedures.

Exceptional proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Office, and PowerPoint to support the creation of financial reports, analysis and presentations.


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or related field is required.  

Professional accounting designation (Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is highly preferred.

Minimum of eight years of progressive experience in a senior accounting, controlling, legal, or corporate finance leadership position.


Final candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

The Iowa Judicial Branch is an E-Verify employer.

Contact Information

How to Apply

Cover letter, resume, and Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment may be emailed to

Posting Close Date

All application materials must be received by Friday, October 2, 2020.



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