City of Laguna Beach
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Finance Director
Finance Department
City of Laguna Beach, California
Salary: $145,872 - $223,860 DOE/DOQ
*Salary range effective July 1, 2024 – PLUS Fringe Benefits Package Totaling up to $40,000!*
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The City of Laguna Beach is seeking a strategic leader with a strong municipal finance background to serve as their next Finance Director! The successful candidate will manage the Finance Department’s 10 staff and a departmental budget of approximately $2.5 million, and develop the City’s total budget of approximately $145 million. The Finance Director will oversee the City's financial operations, including accounting, payroll, revenue collection, audits and financial reporting, as well as the City’s budget process. A key responsibility is leading the Department’s implementation of a new ERP system, scheduled to go live in phases beginning this Summer. The preferred candidate for this position will have a keen understanding of government accounting practices, experience in a full-service City, and a foundational understanding of software conversions. Ensuring accurate and timely preparation of the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and presenting financial projections and reports to the City Council, addressing both short-term and long-term financial questions, are critical aspects of this role. The Director will collaborate cross-departmentally on large-scale projects and funding initiatives and further the City’s strategic goals with long-range financial planning, while building a supportive culture for Department staff and modernizing the City’s financial processes. Shape the future of Laguna Beach by driving the city's financial operations and initiatives – apply today!


The Finance Director will hold a deep understanding of government finance operations and will ideally have experience in managing finances for full-service cities. Capable of handling complex financial systems and processes, this seasoned professional will demonstrate strong technical skills in process improvement and financial system implementations. A strong background in process improvement, prior experience overseeing preparation of annual financial reports, and ability to manage outside firms and vendors, are crucial for success in this role. 


The next Finance Director will be a strategic partner to City Management, with the ability to present complex financial concepts with ease and understanding. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and relationship builder, comfortable speaking and presenting in front of City Council and engaging with department heads and stakeholders. They will also demonstrate enthusiasm for mentoring staff in their careers, recognize staff strengths, and encourage collaboration and team development to create an exceptional departmental culture.