Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer
City of Shreveport Finance Administration
 Shreveport, Louisiana
Job Description

The City of Shreveport, Louisiana (estimated population 184,000) is seeking a Chief Financial Officer. Shreveport is located in the northwest corner of Louisiana and anchors the Ark-La-Tex region, which contains almost 400,000 persons. Shreveport is the transportation and medical hub for northwest Louisiana and portions of east Texas and south Arkansas.

Shreveport’s Chief Financial Officer is responsible for a number of governmental functions, including revenue collection, accounting and central purchasing. The CFO reports to the Chief Administrative Officer, who directs the day-to-day operations of the city. The position serves as a vital part of the Mayor’s administration. Mayor Tom Arceneaux, who serves in a full-time capacity, began his first four-year term on December 31, 2022. He is eligible to serve two terms.

The CFO position is currently filled on an interim basis. Mayor Arceneaux chose not to retain the prior incumbent when he took office.

Shreveport has an annual operating budget of $595.7 million, including $296.3 million in its General Fund. The Finance Department has a 2023 budget of $4.1 million and includes 55 authorized positions.

The Mayor has recommended a salary range beginning at $139,000 for this position. Actual salary amounts, both at employment and thereafter, are negotiated directly with the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer. There is no formal pay scale for appointed officials.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, public policy or a related field and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience as a senior level government executive, or an equivalent amount of education and experience. An Accounting degree is not mandatory, but all applicants must be able to demonstrate both a proven ability to supervise the activities of employees involved in governmental accounting and to work effectively with external auditors in the preparation of annual financial reports.

This position is open until filled and applicants will be reviewed after the closing date of this notice. It requires City Council confirmation, which generally adds about a month to the hiring process.

Applicants who do not already live in the Shreveport area will be expected to reside inside the City limits within a year of employment. Applicants from outside the area who have no family or other ties to the Ark-La-Tex area are discouraged from applying.

Qualified applicants are asked to submit their cover letter, resume and qualifications to CFOapplications@shreveportla.gov

For further information, please contact Tom Dark, CAO, at tom.dark@shreveportla.gov or Sherricka Fields Jones, Interim CFO, at Sherricka.fields@shreveportla.gov.

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