Finance Director - New Pay Range
City of Mesa, AZ - Mesa, AZ

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The City of Mesa is a great place to work! Most City of Mesa employees work a Monday through Thursday, 4-10 schedule. In addition to competitive salaries, compressed work weeks, and flexible schedules, the City’s current benefits package includes 10 paid holidays; 1½ personal days (16 hours); 9½+ vacation days (96 hours for the first two years and 144 hours after two years); 9½ days sick leave (96 hours which converts to vacation after banking 1,040 hours); potential for tuition reimbursement of up to $7,896 plus allowances for continuing education; deferred compensation contributions of ½ of 1% of participants’ salaries; competitive benefit premiums and contributions; a defined benefit retirement plan through the Arizona State retirement system with pre-tax employee contributions and service purchase options after 5 years for previous government or military service; long-term disability plans through ASRS and optional short term disability plans; and life insurance equal at least to employees’ salaries.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The City of Mesa has enlisted the services of CPS Executive Search to assist with the initial phase of this recruitment. As a result applicants with the most relevant qualifications will be forwarded to CPS Executive Search in this confidential process. Interviews will commence as soon as a qualified pool is established.

The City of Mesa, one of Arizona's first master-planned cities, is located in the southeast part of the Phoenix metro area with a current population of 439,000. Mesa ranks as Arizona's third largest city and the 38th largest in the United States.
With over 330 days of sunshine a year, Mesa encourages a healthy outdoor lifestyle. Seven public and private golf courses exist in the immediate area with over a hundred more in the neighboring greater Phoenix area. Other outdoor activities such as tennis, swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, and biking are also easily accessible to residents.

Educational opportunities abound, with institutions of higher learning including Mesa Community College, East Valley Institute of Technology, Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus, A.T. Still University, Embry-Riddle University, and Keller Graduate School of Management.

With affordable housing, superior schools, a low cost of doing business, a reasonable tax structure, a skilled and well-educated workforce and low crime rate, Mesa offers a highly attractive lifestyle.

The City of Mesa operates under the council-manager form of government. Six members of the City Council are elected by district to overlapping terms of four years with the Mayor being directly elected for a four-year term. The City Council is the legislative body responsible for the overall policies and direction of the City. The Council appoints the City Manager, City Clerk, City Magistrate and City Attorney. The City operates under the constitution and laws of the State of Arizona and a City Charter.

Mesa provides a full array of municipal services. In addition to traditional services, the City also owns and operates several enterprises, including the operation of electric, gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste utilities, a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs spring training), two airports, golf courses, a cemetery, amphitheater, conference center, and the Mesa Arts Center. The City is a customer-oriented municipal organization with approximately 3,657 full-time equivalent employees and an operating budget of $1.26 billion.


The Finance Director is responsible for managing, directing and supervising the activities of the Financial Services Department including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general accounting, payroll, timekeeping, property and cost accounting, revenues and receipts; and performs highly complex professional accounting work. The Financial Services Department does not have leadership for the budget function, which reports to the Office of Management and Budget.

This position has direct supervisory and management responsibility for professional-level subordinate supervisors, and administrative responsibility which includes long-range planning, establishing and directing Citywide financial related programs, assuring compliance with federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as the City's internal management policies and Budget Plan. Other significant responsibilities include preparing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), the Single Audit Report, implementing all new Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) reporting requirements each year as well as managing the City’s cash flow, debt service and investment portfolios. This position is also responsible for preparing the Accounting Section annual budget.

The Finance Director's work assignments are broad in scope and are performed with considerable independence in judgment and initiative in making difficult technical and supervisory decisions. The Finance Director has a thorough understanding of the City's investment policy, financing practices, and strategic initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded government accounting / finance professional, experienced working in a large urban local government entity with large accounting responsibility in a full-service organization. While technical expertise is assumed, candidates must be effective managers who bring a collaborative and customer-service orientation to an organization that embraces creative approaches to doing things. Strong communication skills and a high level of political acumen are essential.

Qualifications & Requirements:
Minimum Qualification(s) Required. Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a closely related field. Extensive (5+ years) full-time professional-level experience in accounting. Considerable (3 - 5 years) supervisory experience. Experience preparing, reviewing, or auditing a CAFR and Single Audit Report in a municipal government environment. Preferred/Desirable Qualification(s). A Master's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related field; Certified Public Accountant designation; and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) experience are preferred.

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