Chief Financial Officer

Oro Valley, AZ Full-time

The Position

The upscale, growing, suburban community of Oro Valley, Arizona, located three miles north of Tucson, is in search of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In 2017, Oro Valley was rated the safest city in Arizona by SafeWise and the best small city in Arizona by WalletHub. Highly-educated residents, ample parks and greenspace, and stunning natural landscapes provide for an exceptionally high quality of life.

The CFO is responsible for the administration, supervision, management oversight, and coordination of financial operations, including accounting, budgeting, forecasting, payroll, audit coordination, and purchasing. The CFO plans, directs, reviews, and manages department activities encompassing a wide range of internal support services, including the Town’s operating budget, capital improvement program, financial accounting and reporting, revenue collection, payroll, and procurement. The Town uses Munis software for all financial functions. 

The CFO performs administrative functions on behalf of the Town’s self-insured medical and prescription plan and complies with the Town’s HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures, especially as it pertains to the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information. The CFO reviews and approves formal performance evaluations, develops and implements disciplinary actions, and assigns, tracks, and reviews work assignments and progress of assigned department staff. While providing highly-responsible and complex administrative support to Town management, the CFO also supervises, motivates, and provides direction and guidance to assigned staff, ensuring department goals and objectives align with the Council-adopted Strategic Leadership Plan.

The CFO is a working director who leads a strong and competent Finance Department with eight FTEs and has two direct reports: Chief Purchasing Officer and Finance and Budget Administrator. The position is open after 14 years of service from the former Chief Financial Officer, who recently left to accept a position elsewhere.

The Town currently employs 318 full-time and 117 part-time employees. Oro Valley’s FY 2019-2020 budget is $111 million, with a General Fund budget of $42 million. The Town has a five-year financial forecast and works with a new Council-appointed Budget and Finance Commission. The Budget and Finance Commission consists of five Oro Valley residents and serves to provide the Mayor and Council with resident input as well as the evaluation of key issues related to the financial operation of the Town of Oro Valley.

  • Find out more about the Town’s adopted FY 2019-2020 budget and capital improvement plan here.
  • Find out more about the Town’s strong financial condition, including the Popular Annual Financial Report, here. 

The Organization

The Town of Oro Valley provides high-quality services, including police, planning, zoning, inspection, transit, traffic engineering, street maintenance, storm water management, water utility, parks, recreation, aquatics, cultural resources, economic development, constituent services, community and media relations, budget development, debt and investment management, attorney services, magistrate court, and more.

The Town of Oro Valley operates under a council/manager form of government. Six council members and the mayor are elected for four-year terms.

The Finance Department

The Finance Department’s areas of responsibility include accounting, budget development, budget coordination and analysis, financial statement preparation, audit coordination, debt and investment management, managerial reporting, sales tax compliance, procurement, and the development of the Capital Improvement Program.

The department is supported by eight FTEs, and total program expenditures for FY 2020 are $936,830.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate possesses a solid background in all aspects of municipal finance, coupled with a general understanding of all Town operations and department compliance, including enforcement of applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and codes. The ability to monitor business transactions/operations for compliance with laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements relating to accounting and financial reporting is critical.

The ideal candidate will also be able to plan and organize the Finance Department’s accounting activities, including financial statement preparation and coordination of annual audits. In addition, he or she will be able to establish and maintain direction and regulation over revenues and expenditures in Town departments, divisions, and services in accordance with accounting, auditing, reporting, and managing practices.

The ability to coordinate and oversee the development of the Town and department budgets, including independent financial and cost analysis and preparing reports comparing actual budget results to adopted budgets, is essential.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

The minimum qualifications are any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or a related field and seven years of experience in public finance, including three years at a managerial/supervisory level. 

Preferred qualifications include experience with long-term financial forecasts, working with citizen committees, meeting high customer expectations, and providing advice and support to move Town priorities forward. A master’s degree and licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) are preferred.

The Community

QUICK FACTS

  • Population: 45,395
  • Median Household Income: $79,458
  • Median Home Value: $288,400
  • Median Age: 49.8 years
  • Total Area: 36 square miles

Nestled between the Catalina and Tortolita mountain ranges in the Northwest Tucson metro area, Oro Valley offers a relaxed lifestyle and hosts a large number of residents who maintain second or winter homes in the Town. Sitting at an elevation of 2,620 feet, the Town experiences an ideal desert climate with more than 300 sunny days annually. Oro Valley has engaged community members who care deeply about the future of the community. Residents live in a well-managed community that is surrounded by natural beauty and abundant outdoor recreation. There is a shared sense of environmental stewardship, physical fitness, and healthy lifestyle choices. The education system is highly-rated, and the community is well-known for its safe neighborhoods, smooth roads, and public safety.

Nearly 55 miles of trails and seven parks, including the internationally recognized Tohono Chul Park, are located throughout Town. Oro Valley is also home to several public and private golf courses and country clubs, an archery range, the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, the Oro Valley Community Center, a weekly farmers market, and quality dining and shopping opportunities. Public art adorns entryways, trails, and buildings throughout Oro Valley, and each month, the Town Council provides a new local artist with the opportunity to display work in the Oro Valley Council Chambers. From the annual Spring Festival of the Arts and July 4th Celebration to the Friday Night Concert Series at Steam Pump Ranch, there is never a dull moment in Oro Valley.

Oro Valley boasts a diverse economic base and a highly-qualified workforce. Oro Valley’s Innovation Park, a master-planned business park, is home to divisions of two international pharmaceutical companies, Roche Tissue Diagnostics and Icagen. Other major employers in Oro Valley include Honeywell Aerospace, Oro Valley Hospital, and Amphitheater School District, and the University of Arizona will be opening its new College of Veterinary Medicine in the Town in 2020.

The neighboring City of Tucson offers area residents easy access to endless urban amenities. With more than one million people calling the Tucson metro area home, the region is known for its world-class culinary scene and picturesque mountain ranges and parks. Popular regional attractions include the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (a combined zoo, museum, and botanical garden), a movie studio and amusement park for classic Westerns called Old Tucson, the Tucson Museum of Art, and the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District. Tucson residents are afforded endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Sonoran Desert and surrounding mountain ranges.

The Amphitheater Unified School District, two charter schools, and three private schools provide educational services for Oro Valley students. The BASIS Oro Valley charter school is among the top high schools in the nation, according to the 2019 ranking in U.S. News. The University of Arizona, a premier higher education institution with enrollment exceeding 44,000, is located in nearby Tucson.

Compensation

Depending upon qualifications, the expected hiring range for this position is $114,903 to $129,266. The Town offers an excellent benefits package:

  • 176 hours of vacation leave per year
  • 96 hours of sick leave per year
  • 12 paid holidays and one birthday holiday per year
  • Eligible for health benefits
  • Onsite health clinic for employee and dependents
  • Employee wellness program
  • Retirement benefits are through the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

For more information about the Town of Oro Valley and employee benefits, visit www.orovalleyaz.gov.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on December 16, 2019.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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