Assistant directors of finance oversee the overall financial functions and health of their organization. The assistant director of finance is typically the deputy of the chief financial officer (CFO), who is generally the top financial official within the organization. The assistant director helps the CFO ensure accurate accounting practices within the organization and assess the organization's financial health, identifying problem areas and developing solutions. The assistant director of finance may also be tasked with training personnel and delegating duties for subordinates in finance departments.
The assistant director of finance is a high-level position in most organizations, and these individuals work closely with top executives in designing financial goals. This requires a strong level of creativity and the ability to communicate effectively with subordinates and supervisors to help maintain a consistent financial vision and goals. A strong understanding of financial processes and laws is necessary, as well as the ability to understand and use accounting and financial software. The assistant director of finance typically work during normal business hours in a standard office environment, although some overtime and travel may be required.
Applicants for the position of assistant director of finance typically must have a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business management, or a related field. Additionally, many employers desire candidates with five or more years in a financial and/or accounting administrative role. CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification may also be required or preferred.
Assistant Director of Finance Tasks
Support the Director of Finance in all aspects of department operations.
Provide direction, leadership, and support to the accounting team.
Maintain, prepare, inspect, and deliver regular financial reports.
Uphold standards of quality and adherence to all regulations.