Financial Officer

City of Dayton, OH | Full-time


The Position

The City of Dayton, Ohio’s Department of Water is seeking a new Financial Officer to lead the Financial Services Division. The Financial Officer will oversee all of Dayton Water’s financial functions, including budget financial operations and strategic planning for the efficient operations of the Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Utilities. The City has provided exceptional water to residents for 150 years.

The Water Financial Officer reports directly to the Director of the Water Department and is part of the senior executive leadership team. The Financial Officer has four (4) direct reports, including the Financial Services Supervisor, Water Contracts Administrator, Customer Relations Supervisor, and an administrative position. The Division has 11 employees, including the Water Financial Officer. The Division provides customer service and financial functions, including financial accounting, cost accounting, treasury and rates/forecasting, debt management, and budget development and oversight. The Water Financial Officer works closely with the Director, Deputy Director, and division managers in Water, along with the City’s management/budget and financial staff to ensure that the utilities collect, manage, and adjust rates to support the Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater operating and capital needs.

In addition to the oversight of the Division and its staff, the Financial Officer supports the overall Department’s fiscal policies and financial management. This includes reviewing and aligning rates, charges, consumption trends, and financial models to meet the system’s needs in the present and well into the future.

The Organization

The City of Dayton has a City Commission composed of the Mayor and four Commissioners. Each City Commission member is elected at-large on a non-partisan basis for four-year terms. The City Commission oversees policy items, passes ordinances and resolutions, adopts regulations, and appoints the City Manager. In 1913, Dayton was the first large American city to adopt the council-manager form of government. The City Manager appoints all the department directors, including the Director of the Department of Water.

The City of Dayton has five Community Service Areas: Economic and Community Development, Justice, Building and Environmental Safety, Infrastructure, and Corporate Services and Governance. Each Community Service Area (CSA) is composed of a group of programs with an integrated mission, linked with a set of shared Commission Priorities.

The City’s FY 2020 total budget is $461.5 million. The total number of FTEs in FY 2020 is approximately 2,040.9.


As stewards of the public trust, our mission is to provide leadership, excellent services, and participatory government to enhance the quality of life and sense of community for all who live, work, raise families, or conduct business in Dayton.

Dayton Water Department

The Department of Water provides high-quality potable water, wastewater treatment, and stormwater services for Dayton and many surrounding communities, including Brookville, Clayton, Trotwood, parts of Greene County, and Montgomery County. Dayton Water manages the City’s water infrastructure, supply, treatment, distribution, sewer system, reclamation, and environmental efforts. The City’s water is internationally-recognized and the first program approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. It consistently meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards.

Dayton Water’s FY 2020 budget for water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater is over $100 million for operations and the capital improvement plan. In addition to the Financial Services Division, there are six divisions within the Department:

Water Administration: The purpose of the Water Administration Division is to provide Human Resources functions for the Department and coordinate with the City’s HR Department.

Environmental Management: The purpose of the Environmental Management Division is to protect and preserve the region’s water resources.

Water Utility Field Operations: The purpose of the Water Utility Field Operations Division is to manage the planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of Dayton’s municipal water distribution system, sanitary collection system, and stormwater collection system.

Water Engineering: The Water Engineering Division provides technical and engineering support services for the City’s water and sewer infrastructures.

Water Reclamation: The Water Reclamation Division is responsible for the management of the City’s Water Reclamation Plant.

Water Supply and Treatment: The Division of Water Supply and Treatment is responsible for maintaining and operating well fields, water treatment plants, pumping stations, and water storage facilities that provide water to most of the residents in Dayton, Montgomery County, and many surrounding communities.


The City of Dayton Department of Water strives to be the region’s nationally-recognized provider of premier water services.


As guardians of public health, we are devoted to providing high quality and affordable regional water services.


  • Professional Excellence
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Trust
  • Innovation
  • Accountability
  • Quality

Experience and Education

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in accounting, public administration, business administration, economics, engineering, or a closely related field, plus 10 years of progressively responsible professional-level work in budget, finance, and accounting customer service in a governmental agency, and five years of supervisory or project management experience. A master’s degree, CPA, CGFO, or CGFM may substitute for two years of experience.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, current CPA, CGFO, or CGFM, experience in a public utility, oversight of billing/customer service, long-term financial forecasting for operating and capital budgets, and debt management.

The Ideal Candidate

Dayton Water’s next Financial Officer will be well-versed in all financial functions, including accounting, auditing, utility billing, budget preparation and monitoring, investments, and debt management. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and accurate, as well as focused on the strategic goals for the Department and how to best achieve them.

The Water Financial Officer is a hands-on managerial position and is directly involved in the work product of the Department. This individual is as comfortable with the day-to-day operations as they are with the big picture details.

The successful candidate will be collaborative, working with all divisions in the Water Department as well as working well with the City’s central management/budget and financial staff. The Financial Officer will be results-oriented, set high standards and clear direction for the Division, and hold staff accountable. This person should enjoy mentoring staff members and supporting their continued professional development.

The ideal candidate has excellent interpersonal skills and is approachable, responsive, and knowledgeable. The successful candidate should have excellent communication skills and be comfortable describing complex financial information in a way that a variety of audiences can understand and act on it. The next Water Financial Officer will be comfortable speaking in public, including providing staff reports to elected officials and the public.

The successful candidate will be technologically proficient and financially astute. The individual should enjoy working in a complex organization, collaborating with peers, and being an effective and positive member of the Department’s management team. This person should be decisive, fair, and ethical, and model the City’s values.

The Community

Located in southwestern Ohio, the City of Dayton is an innovative, resilient, tight-knit community of over 140,000. In addition to being one of the most affordable cities in the entire country, the City of Dayton also offers premier healthcare facilities, a flourishing arts scene, historic neighborhoods, and exceptional restaurants. The Gem City is a burgeoning community that consistently ranks among the nation’s best-run cities.

Recognized as the Birthplace of Aviation, Dayton remains a prominent figure in aviation and aerospace innovation. One of the Air Force’s largest bases, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is located just east of the City and serves as a major regional employer. Healthcare also plays a vital role in the regional economy, with Premier Health Partners and Kettering Health Network each employing thousands of Daytonians.

One of the major appeals of the Dayton area is the City’s thriving arts and cultural scene. From the world-class Benjamin and Mariam Schuster Performing Arts Center and the historic Victoria Theatre to the long-running Dayton Ballet, Dayton is an arts destination. The Dayton Art Institute was founded in 1919 and has offered an impressive collection of fine art and renowned educational programs ever since. Culture abounds in the historic Oregon District neighborhood in Downtown Dayton, boasting an impressive array of art galleries, boutiques, night clubs, restaurants, and coffee shops. Nearly a dozen craft and microbreweries in the City add to Dayton’s cultural landscape.

Dayton truly has something to offer for everyone, from sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts to history buffs. Holding the record for the most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team, the Minor League’s Dayton Dragons is one of the nation’s most popular sports teams and an integral part of the City’s culture. National Geographic named Dayton the outdoor adventure capital of the Midwest in 2019 due to its highly utilized 16,000 acres of parkland and 330 miles of paved biking trails. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world and is located just outside of the City. Dayton celebrates its rich history and the important contributions of famous Daytonians, including the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar, in several museums and historical sites spread throughout the City.

Greater Dayton offers a plethora of educational opportunities. Dayton Public Schools is the largest district in the region, though dozens of private and charter schools are also found throughout the area. The University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College are two of the more prominent higher education institutions based out of Greater Dayton. Additionally, Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine is a leading biomedical research institution and the region’s only medical school.

The resiliency of the City was demonstrated no better than in 2019, when a tornado outbreak tore through the region, causing widespread damage. This same resiliency, coupled with the City’s favorable location in the “center” of the country, has made the Greater Dayton region a hub for manufacturing, research and development, and technology.

Quick Facts

  • Population (2019): 140,407
  • Median Household Income (2018): $31,395
  • Median Home Value (2018): $66,500
  • Median Age: 33.1

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.


The salary range is $94,036 - $127,192, depending on qualifications. The City of Dayton offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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 October 16, 2020.


Direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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