The City of Santa Cruz is seeking immediateplacement of an Interim Finance Director and expects the position to last approximately four months. Applications will be reviewed as received and interested applicants should apply promptly.
THE CITY GOVERNMENT
The scenic and diverse community of Santa Cruz is governed by a council/manager of government, with the City Manager serving at the will of the Mayor and six Councilmembers. The Council and Mayor represent approximately 65,000 residents and provide services through nearly 780 staff in 11 departments. The FY 2022 annual operating budget is approximately $221 million with enterprise funds dominating the City’s budget.
THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT
The Finance Department advises City leaders on all financial matters through the development of fiscal strategies to ensure that sufficient fiscal resources are available to meet the City’s goals and objectives. The department’s responsibilities are carried out by a staff of 29, which is organized into six functional areas.
Accounting and Financial Reporting.
Budget and Contractual Bargaining Support.
Purchasing, Accounts Payable, and Payroll.
Revenue and Investment Portfolio Management.
Tax Compliance Audits and Advanced Debt Collection.
Risk and Safety Management.
THE POSITION and IDEAL CANDIDATE
The Finance Director serves as the City’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and key financial advisor. The Interim Finance Director will oversee and ensure routine activities to maintain Finance Department operations. The Interim Director will be called upon to serve as a resource for high-level guidance and decision making and will assist with major department activities including year-end closing and preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) planning; updating the Library joint powers authority (JPA) financial model; and updating the City’s financial forecast model. The City is seeking candidates who are:
Experienced local government finance professionalsprepared to guide the daily operations of the Finance Department and complete both year-end and ongoing financial reporting.
Knowledgeable about financial planning to inform decision-making associated with federal ARPA funding and a potential sales tax ballot measure.
Team-oriented and able to lead the department through transition and staff vacancies, and effectively coordinate with other City departments.
Big picture thinkers who can help maintain and develop long-term fiscal strategies and plans.
QUALIFICATIONS and EXPERIENCE
Qualified candidates will have a minimum of six years’ experience of increasing responsibility in finance including at least three years of equivalent experience as a finance director. A Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, economics, or related discipline is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.
The position requires onsite work with limited remote work negotiable.
The interim placement is expected to last approximately four months.
The City may consider interim candidates for permanent placement, if mutually desired.
TO BE CONSIDERED
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter via the link below: