Director of Finance

Director of Finance
City of Pueblo Finance Department
 Pueblo, Colorado
Job Description

Descriptive Statement

Under the direction of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor, plans, organizes and directs all operations and activities of the Finance Department.  The Director of Finance is responsible for overall administration of internal accounting and financial matters, including investments, debt financing, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, sales tax and finance related customer service. Establishes and maintains accounting of City funds.  Controls expenditures in accordance with appropriations.  Prepares the Mayor's annual budget. Manages the activities of the sales tax division.

This job description is an overview and is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the functions and tasks required of the position.

Duties & Responsibilities


Leadership & Organization Direction 

  • Keeps Mayor and/or Deputy Mayor advised of the financial condition and future needs of the assigned City departments and makes necessary recommendations.
  • Participates in preparing departmental agenda and agenda materials and communicates/participates in discussions with City leadership and the City Council taking appropriate financial action as required.
  • Engages the assigned departments and organization in establishing/managing project plans, objectives and performance measures to meet those mission and strategic objectives.

Strategic Planning & Budget/Financial Administration

  • Develops, evaluates and provides financial, workforce and service needs feedback to the City and department heads as part of the City's strategic planning process.
  • Provides financial policy guidance for the development and review of budget requests and program proposals as they reflect these strategic and tactical needs.
  • Works with assigned departments to prepare and submit the budget annually to Mayor/Council and is responsible for its administration after adoption.  The budget will include strategic and tactical goals and performance metrics of assigned departments.
  • Oversees budgetary execution and control and recommends or approves budgetary adjustments in keeping with strategic direction.
  • Works with the Mayor to review departmental budget requests not only for new monies but for existing programs & services pursuant to City direction.

Customer Service/Liaison with Community & Community Interest Groups

  • Identifies customer segments to determine "voice of the customer" needs and includes these needs in key customer requirements.
  • Coordinates the work of assigned City departments with related federal, state, local agencies and business groups to ensure that the City is meeting customer expectations and opportunities for innovation while still meeting City needs.
  • May assist in the enforcement of City and public utility franchise terms and conditions

Performance Management & Process Improvement 

  • Selects, aligns, and integrates key performance data to track organizational performance consistent with the strategic goals.
  • Uses comparative/benchmark data to track operational excellence and innovation.
  • Ensures key leaders develop and report on key performance measures as part of the budget process, balanced scorecards and other special reports and plans.
  • Formulates alternatives and recommends program and administrative policies.
  • Advises key leadership regarding financial and legislative matters, suggesting actions that should be taken for the betterment of the community.

Workforce Planning, Engagement & Development

  • Fosters an organizational culture of high performance and a motivated workforce to be more effective in communications while encouraging diverse ideas, cultures and thinking.
  • Develops appropriate reward, recognition and compensation systems to reinforce customer and operational excellence.
  • Develops learning systems to address supervisory/management training and career development; organizational performance improvement; succession planning and job skills and abilities training.
  • Tracks and reports on success of workforce engagement and development in the balanced scorecards.


  • Performs other duties as may be prescribed by the Charter or required by the Mayor


  • Must be able to sit for over two hours at a time while performing routine office duties, attending meetings, and traveling.
  • Must be able to perform a full range of repetitive motions while performing routine office duties including, reaching, handling, talking, hearing, and manual dexterity.
  • Must be able to travel out of town and out of state for meetings, conferences, and other events.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Practices of modern executive and administrative planning, management and control
  • Federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies applicable to structure, functions, programs, and practices in conducting public services through City government
  • Modern principles, practices, methods, and techniques in evaluating program and facility needs of a medium-sized City
  • Urban renewal agency funding, debt service funding, and TABOR
  • Finance and accounting principles, practices and methods as applicable to municipal finance operations, fund accounting systems and internal control requirement, GASB as applicable to municipal finance, financial reporting requirements for pertinent regulatory agencies, ordinances, resolutions and regulations affecting municipal finance operations
  • The principles of public administration, including budgetary practices, principles of supervision and training, and utility rate setting
  • Effective practices and methods of communicating with the public
  • Best practices, benchmarking, strategic planning, quality improvement

Ability to:

  • Lead an organization through change working with community leaders, departmental management, and other special interest groups
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, prioritize, assign, and evaluate the work of direct staff
  • Communicate complex ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Evaluate and work with staff/community regarding socioeconomic and diversity challenges of urban populations
  • Use the computer systems used in government accounting.Devise cost effective approaches to satisfying community needs and aspirations
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government, the media, and the general public

Minimum Qualifications

In addition to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above, this position requires the following:

  • At least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in finance, accounting, economics, business administration, or closely related field
  • At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible accounting/financial management experience, with seven (7) of those years in a supervisory or management role with a municipality or other governmental organization
  • A valid driver's license by date of application and a valid Colorado driver's license by first date of employment

Selected candidate must reside within the corporate boundaries of the City of Pueblo, within six (6) months of first date of employment pursuant to Pueblo Municipal Code section 6-4-10 regarding residency requirement

The following are highly desirable:Possession of a Certified Public Accountant license

Certification as a Certified Government Financial Manager