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The City of Yuma’s is seeking an experienced Finance Director to join a dynamic, financially stable organization! This position plans, directs, and manages all of the City’s financial operations. The Finance Director is responsible for budget development, financial analysis, reporting, and revenue forecasting. This position reports directly to the City Administrator and advises City leadership on all financial matters.
The City of Yuma is a full service council-manager 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 which are committed to providing outstanding services to the community. Yuma’s FY 2021 annual budget is $249.3 million (all funds).
The Finance Department is responsible for the City’s financial operations and activities including preparing the annual budget, comprehensive annual financial report, and the coordination of internal audits. 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.
Administration oversees the City’s financial activities, treasury functions, and the 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, grant accounting and reporting, as well as payroll and revenue collections.
The Ideal Candidate
The City’s next Finance Director is a seasoned financial professional with a proven track record of success leading a comprehensive municipal finance department. 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 Director prepares and develops budgets and 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 judgement 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 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 at least six years of supervision/management experience in a local government financial setting. A demonstrated understanding of municipal finance, fund accounting, special revenue funds, 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.
The anticipated hiring range for this position is between $110,000 – $142,000 depending on qualifications with a robust benefits package (current, full salary range is $109,245 - $152,944).
Application and Selection Process
This position is open until filled, with the first review of applications taking place on January 12, 2021. For further information regarding the City of Yuma, visit the City’s website at www.yumaaz.gov or call Human Resources at (928)373-5125 to request more information.
To be considered for this position, go to www.yumaaz.gov/jobs to complete a brief online application and to upload your resume and cover letter.
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 105,000; which nearly doubles during the unparalleled winter months. Yuma is also the county seat for Yuma County, home to approximately 215,000 people.
Yuma is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers who bask in part its nearly perfect weather and 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 the most productive agricultural centers in the United States and supplies 90% of its winter, 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 10,000 active duty personnel, including pilots, aviation technicians, and aeronautic mechanics.