Finance Director

Finance Director
City of Lincoln Finance Department
 Lincoln, Nebraska
Job Description

The City of Lincoln is seeking a highly ethical, principled, and talented manager and leader with progressive views and a strong financial background. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of governmental accounting principles and municipal finance, accrual accounting, budgeting, treasury management, revenue administration, long range financial planning and forecasting, governmental procurement methods, and a level of comfort with technology issues used in government applications, including uses in public safety.

The new Finance Director is expected to have prior experience with developing and implementing successful succession planning programs, as the retirement of key leadership within the finance and accounting areas of the department is anticipated in the coming years. Candidates must meet the challenge of being patient and respectful of established processes in the organization, while exhibiting confidence in the recommendations he or she makes.

The Finance Director must have extensive experience with capital project funding, including working with financial advisors, bond counsel, and rating agencies. Researching, developing, and presenting revenue sources and options for the city's operations will be of second nature to the ideal candidate. The Director will also serve as the lead for the City’s participation in the Bloomberg Fiscal Health and Equity Initiative.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of multiple types of debt issuances utilized by municipal governments including General Obligation bonds, Revenue Bonds, Certificates of Participation, and Tax Allocation bonds, used to assist departments in managing the finances of major capital projects. Experience and familiarity with preparation of a municipal Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and working with independent auditors will move candidates to the top of the list.

The ability to communicate complex financial information in a simple manner to the Mayor, City Council, department personnel, the media, and the public through written and oral communication will be crucial to the success of the new Finance Director. Experience in Information Services in relation to municipal services including technology and software programs will also be a plus.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or closely related field. Ten (10) years of professional level accounting or financial management experience, four (4) of which must have been with a local government. An equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the desirable knowledge, abilities and skills may offset any of the above.


The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by January 31, 2021 (first review, open until filled). Applications, supplemental questions, resumes and cover letters will only be accepted on-line. To apply online, go to: