Chief Financial Officer

Recruitment #210409-UNCD-81


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Chief Financial Officer providing support to Finance Division. This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is  based on education and experience.

Position Description
Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, and in conjunction with the executive leadership team, strategically directs the Financial Services Division consistent with state leadership and agency goals focused on improving health, efficiency, innovation and transparent financials, and ensure program accountability and sustainability. The position will plan and direct financial accounting, grants and budgeting, cash management, procurement to include the P/Card program, other fiscal operations and functions. This includes directing staff activities in maintaining, analyzing and reporting financial accounting data, developing and maintaining appropriate accounting systems, establishing necessary financial and internal controls, approving various expenditures and obligations, working with internal and external auditors, developing budget work programs and budget requests, making recommendations concerning appropriations, and communicating accurate status reports to executive leadership.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
*Plans, coordinates, and supervises the daily operation of the finance division through direct consultation and coordination with area directors.
*Coordinates and promulgates current and long-range goals, objectives, budgets, plans and policies, subject to approval by the Chief Operating Officer and/or executive staff.
*Develop new and maintain existing accounting systems and procedures for recording revenues and expenditures throughout the process;
*Establish necessary fiscal and internal controls to ensure appropriate accountability and transparency for revenues and expenditures and compliance with federal regulations, state statutes, promulgated rules, state procedures and internal policy and procedures and any other regulatory requirements.
*Direct the review and preparation of budget work programs; review and approve agency budget requests and make recommendations concerning the state budget.
*Develops performance evaluation standards to provide information to subordinate staff on work performance criteria; reviews standards as needed.
*Directly supervises the work of subordinate directors and mangers to ensure work standards are met.
*Serve as the agency liaison with the Office of Management & Enterprise Services (OMES), Office of State Treasurer, Department of Central Services, CORE and the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office.
*Assist the executive office and division managers with analysis of programs and activities and provide cost-benefit analysis to aid in decision making.
*Reviews and analyzes information from reports, studies, projects and visits for immediate and long-range program development; participates in top level management meetings involving the formulation and implementation of programs and policies and the development of proposed legislation, as well as various grant opportunities.
*Represents the agency before the Legislature, employee groups, other state agencies and other organizations; serves on special committees or boards as required.
*Directly oversees the adequacy and soundness of the division's budget and fiscal structure.
*Establishes and maintains an effective system of communications throughout the organization.
*Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position supervises other employees and managers.

Education and Experience
*A bachelor’s degree in a field substantially related to the finance, including but not limited to Law, Public Health, Health Care Administration, Business Administration, Accounting, Public Administration, Finance, Economics, Computer Science AND
*Nine (9) years of relevant administrative and/or management experience.

Preferred experience will be in the area of management and administration related to the oversight of a large, complex financial system.

Preference will be given for individual applicants who possess an advanced degree, and/or are currently professionally licensed or certified in a field of professional endeavor relevant to financial administration, including but not limited to: Public Health, Health Care Administration, Business Administration, Accounting, Public Administration, Finance, Economics, or Computer Science.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents; ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; ability to write communications using original or innovative techniques or style; ability to make effective presentations on complex topics to legislative leaders, elected and appointed officials, stakeholder groups, clients and/or courts of competent jurisdiction.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to understand and apply advanced mathematical concepts in the fields of statistics, finance and public sector economics; ability to apply these skills within a quantitative management context to such tasks as program evaluation, regression analysis, hypothesis testing, research design, systems theory, test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory and decision theory.

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to apply advanced management theory and practice and principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems; ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs etc.,) in its most difficult phases and the ability to deal with a wide variety of abstract and concrete variables.

COMPUTER LITERACY: Knowledge of and experience in the use of PC systems and software applications including but not limited to Access, Excel, and Word. Peoplesoft and other budgeting software program knowledge a plus.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands and arms.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The tasks and duties associated with this position are normally performed in a variety of office and professional settings including, offices, boardrooms, meeting rooms, conference facilities and other standard work environments. Some travel by both public and private conveyance is required.

Travel on as needed basis.




If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.