Finance Director

City of Fountain Valley
Until Filled

The Finance Director serves as Treasurer and Budget Officer for the City and  is one of the City’s five Administrative Officers.  The Finance Director is charged with the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, priorities and allocation of resources for the Finance Department. Responsibilities also include administration of the City treasury; serving as the City Manager and City Council’s financial advisor; Administration of the deferred compensation plan; managing the City’s investment portfolio; issuing bonds as needed; inventory management; evaluating alternative financing methods for all major acquisitions; overseeing  all financial transactions; and department leadership.

The ideal Finance Director has exceptional financial acumen, is a self-starter, and a principled and talented leader with a strong government finance background including accounting, budgeting, payroll, auditing and revenue forecasting.  The ideal candidate will have a sound understanding of municipal taxation and revenue sources, applicable federal, state and local laws including the Government Accounting Standards Board requirements and California Public Agency; and will have extensive experience preparing and administering large and complex budgets, preparing financial reports, and maintaining the City’s general ledger. 
This person is a creative problem solver, approachable and encourages open communication with a proven track record of delivering results, building accountability and creating a positive work environment.  The candidate will provide a high level of customer service to both internal and external customers and work cooperatively with the other Departments and Divisions on finance issues. Other characteristics of the ideal candidate include strong interpersonal skills; the ability to build and maintain a cohesive, talented and engaged staff; a proven track record of providing outstanding customer service; innovative thinking and creative problem solving; and pride in running an efficient department. CPA certification is highly desirable.
Experience:  Seven years of increasingly responsible government finance experience is required.  Previous experience developing and administering a City-wide budget is highly desirable.
Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in finance, accounting, business, public administration or a related field is required.  A master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable.

The Finance Department is responsible for providing the City with fiscal oversight necessary to ensure sound financial management, budgeting, accounting, revenue collection and protection of City-wide assets.  The Department’s staff of 11 provides accounting, accounts payable, payroll processing, billing for water and refuse collection, budgeting and auditing, business license oversight, and purchasing functions for the City. The Finance Department is a key collaborator in coordinating and working with other Departments and Divisions to prepare the City’s approximately $100 million dollar budget, providing nuanced financial support, and maintaining other financial records and reports.

Apply for this position on the City’s website at  This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of applications have been received for interviewing purposes but may close at any time with or without advance notice; therefore, prompt application is encouraged.  The first screening of applications will be on or around March 4, 2020. Please visit the City’s website for additional details.