Chief Financial Officer

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Buckeye
Location of position: 
Buckeye, AZ
$103,729.60 – $169,062.40
Date Posted: 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Closing Date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Job Description: 

Recruitment is open until filled. First review of applications will be Thursday, April 12, 2018

GENERAL PURPOSE: Under administrative direction, performs complex management and technical duties as the Chief Financial Officer, with responsibility for directing the City’s financial operations and safeguarding the assets. Activities within the department include: Finance, Budget, Community Facilities Districts (CFD) Administration and Improvement Districts Administration

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties. • Provides leadership, direction and guidance in financial and technical strategies and priorities; evaluates needs, and determines financial resource requirements and goals • Structures, plans and coordinates capital financing alternatives and development of plans of finance for various projects or programs • Reviews and monitors various debt requirements for the City and analyzes cost/benefits applicability. Provides regular updates to senior management • Assures the integrity of the financial work products, processes and procedures to safeguard the City’s assets; monitors accounting documents for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with Federal, State, and City policies and practices • Plans, coordinates, and directs the department’s operations; establishes priorities, coordinates operations within the City, and assures program objectives and standards are defined, attained and congruent with the overall goals of the City • Directs the City’s financial reporting and budgeting functions; monitors analysis of budget and financial variables, revenue cycle and financial planning activities; coordinates financial reporting and development of financial statements • Oversees the City’s investment and financial agreements • Develops, analyzes, and negotiates comprehensive banking services and collateral requirements • Reviews and advises City Manager, Department Directors and City Council regarding fiscal impact of agreements between the City and other public/private agents. Leads and assists various projects and advisory boards, as assigned • Represents the City to other agencies, developers, consultants, and the public in the development, formation, and maintenance of various districts such as Community Facilities Districts (CFD’s) and Improvement Districts, ensuring compliance with state and municipal ordinances • Coordinates the financial management and financial planning of Water, Sewer, Environmental Services and Aviation Enterprise operations • Analyzes financial and resource information on City operations; reviews and monitors status reports, and recommends appropriate actions and plan modifications • Directs the daily activities of the Finance Department staff; plans, prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects; monitors work, develops staff skills, and evaluates performance • Meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve workload and technical issues; develops goals and priorities; monitors operations to identify and resolve problems • Assures effective communications with City executive management; interprets and explains Federal and state fiscal rules and regulations; evaluates and analyzes policies and procedures, and recommends solutions • Performs other duties as assigned or required


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in finance, governmental accounting, accounting, or public administration and nine years’ experience in governmental budgeting and finance, including three years of supervisory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. MPA/MBA and CPA preferred.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: • Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) standards, recommended practices and policies, rules and regulatory reporting requirements • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Generally Accepted Auditing Principles related to Public Sector financial management • Pertinent federal, Arizona State and City of Buckeye municipal laws, statutes, ordinances, regulations and policies • Debt management including, bond sales, utility accounting and budgeting • Legal, ethical and professional rules of conduct for finance officers • Principles and practices of administrative management, including personnel rules, cost accounting, budgeting, strategic planning and effective employee supervision and training • Principles and practices of municipal finance and records management • Capital Improvement Projects (CIP)

Skill in: • Using Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies

Ability to: • Prepare complex financial reports, present facts and recommendations in a clear, concise, logical manner, verbally and in writing to Council, subordinates, other City staff, and the public • Analyze complex financial issues and documents and calculations, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings • Read, interpret, understand and apply accounting standards and procedures, applicable Federal rules and regulations, and City policies and procedures • Work with a contracted financial advisor to develop and optimize debt service costs and insure maximum value is realized for the City • Act as contract administrator for such contracts as bond counsel, financial advisor, investment advisor • Serve as the City’s principle liaison to the bond rating agencies • Listen, communicate and deal effectively with management, subordinates, representatives of other government agencies and the general public, researching as necessary to provide requested information • Understand the unique revenue generation methods of governmental entities • Work under pressure of deadlines, and establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with employees, officials, other agencies and the general public • Ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, Council, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction • Provide leadership, prioritize and assign work, monitor and evaluate staff, and delegate tasks and authority • Learn and effectively utilize the City’s Enterprise Resource Planning software, Tyler Munis • Use of business and personal computers, and spreadsheet software applications

Special Requirements: Preference given to registration as a Certified Public Accountant with the State of Arizona, and Government Finance Officer Certification Physical Demands / Work Environment: Standard office environment Reports To: City Manager or designee Supervision Exercised: Professional and administrative staff FLSA Status: Exempt