Director of Finance

City of Yuma, AZ | Full-time

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The Position

The City of Yuma is seeking an experienced leader to serve as the next Director of Finance in a dynamic, financially stable organization. This position plans, directs, and manages all of the City’s financial operations. The Director of Finance is responsible for financial analysis, reporting, revenue forecasting, investment oversight, debt oversight, and providing leadership and direction to the Finance Department. The Director also plays an integral role in the development of the annual budget. This position reports directly to the City Administrator and advises City leadership on all financial matters.

The Organization

The City of Yuma is a full-service council-manager local government and is governed by a charter, Arizona state statutes, and an adopted Strategic Plan. The City Administrator is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for all city operations.

The City employs 1,244 full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees and has 14 departments committed to providing outstanding services to the community. Yuma’s FY 2021 annual budget is $249.3 Million (all funds).

Finance Department

The Finance Department is responsible for the City’s financial operations and activities, including the preparation of the comprehensive annual financial report, coordination of internal audits, and assists with the development of the annual budget. For FY 2021, the Department has 33 full-time employees (including the Director) and a budget of $2.36 Million. Finance is organized into four divisions, including Administration, Customer Service, Purchasing, and Accounting.

Finance Administration oversees the City’s financial activities, treasury functions, and investment and bond programs. Staff in Customer Service are responsible for utility billing and processing payments, as well as business licensing. Purchasing staff coordinate the organization’s purchasing and contracting activities. Accounting is responsible for the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and grant accounting and reporting, as well as payroll and revenue collections.

The Ideal Candidate

The City’s next Director of Finance is a seasoned financial professional with a proven track record of success leading a comprehensive municipal finance department as a director, deputy, or assistant director. This individual is a strong communicator who can explain complicated financial issues in an easy-to-understand manner. The Director is a team player and relationship builder who is comfortable interacting with staff, City leadership, and the community. The next Director of Finance is as strong with soft skills as technical skills, with a proven track record for developing a strong team, earning their respect, and modeling exceptional service to its internal and external stakeholders. Importantly, the Director leads and empowers staff while promoting a forward-thinking culture that embraces change for the better.

The Director prepares and develops financial reports as well as conducts financial analysis. The ideal candidate coordinates audits, monitors fiscal performance, and oversees the City’s banking, investment, and debt management activities. This individual is familiar with priority-based budgeting practices, fund accounting, special revenue, and enterprise funds.

The successful candidate exercises sound judgment and demonstrates a high level of integrity and ethics. This individual is analytical, organized, and detail-oriented. The Director develops and implements internal policies, procedures, and standards under the guidelines of GASB and GFOA while ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.

This individual is an experienced leader with the ability to foster a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and trust. The Director actively develops, coaches, and mentors staff.

Education and Experience

The minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, accounting, finance, or a closely related field and five years of supervision or management experience in a local government financial setting or similar organization with fund accounting. A demonstrated understanding of municipal finance, fund accounting, special revenue funds, and enterprise funds, as well as government accounting standards (GASB), is also required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, Certified Public Financial Officer (CPFO), and/or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. In addition, the City seeks a leader with high emotional intelligence, experience growing and developing staff, and providing guidance and advice on financial matters to the City Administrator and department leaders.

Compensation

The anticipated hiring range for this position is between $130,000 – $149,000, depending on qualifications and with a robust 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. The position is open until filled, with a first review date of May 17, 2021.

Questions

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

The Community

Yuma is located in beautiful and sunny Southwestern Arizona, where Arizona, California, and Mexico converge. Nestled between San Diego and Phoenix along I-8, Yuma has a rich culture and heritage rooted in centuries of history. Yumans enjoy a climate that mixes pure desert sunshine with the cool waters of the Colorado and Gila Rivers. Yuma is the 11th largest city in Arizona, with an estimated population of 108,000, which nearly doubles during the unparalleled winter months. Yuma is also the county seat for Yuma County, home to approximately 235,000 people.

Yuma is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers who bask in its nearly perfect weather with 310 sunny days a year! Yuma’s enviable setting allows residents to take advantage of outdoor activities year-round, from hiking, biking, golfing, and off-roading to boating, fishing, kayaking, and water skiing. Exciting annual events, festivals, concerts, and world-class cuisine can be found in Yuma year-round. For more information on all that Yuma has to offer, please visit visityuma.com.

Agriculture, military installations, and tourism are the base of Yuma’s economy, with agribusiness contributing over $3.1 Billion to Yuma’s economy each year. The area is one of the most productive agricultural centers in the United States and supplies 90% of its winter and leafy vegetables.

Yuma is home to two of the largest military installations in the United States. The U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is the nation’s premier ground and weapons testing facility. Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma is the country’s foremost Marine Air Base with over 10,000 active-duty personnel, including pilots, aviation technicians, and aeronautic mechanics.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 108,000
  • Median Household Income: $50,446
  • Labor Force: 43,848
  • Median Home Value: $153,300
  • Median Age: 31.8

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