Finance Director

Finance Director
City of Paramount Finance Department
 Paramount, California
Job Description


Paramount is a General Law city that operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The governing body consists of five City Councilmembers, elected at large. Each year, the elected Councilmembers choose one member to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Vice Mayor. Each member of the Council serves a four-year term. The City is operated by five departments: Administrative Services, Public Safety, Public Works, Community Services, and Finance. The City’s Operations Budget for FY22 is $50.4 million, plus an an additional $22.2 in CIPs.


The Finance Department consists of 17 staff, including 10 full-time and 7 part-time staff. The Finance Department coordinates the day-to-day financial transactions of the City and is responsible for all accounting, cashiering, financial planning, and investment activities of the City. The department administers various internal operations such as budget, contract management, grant management, and capital improvement programming. The department also processes the City’s business and animal licenses, various permits, parking citations and all daily incoming and outgoing mail.


Under direction of the City Manager, the Finance Director will assume full responsibility for managing all activities and services of the Finance Department. This includes directing personnel and resources; developing, administering and evaluating projects and procedures to meet organizational needs and ensure smooth and efficient activities; directing the preparation and administration of the City’s Annual Budget; directing and approving various personnel actions, including selection, promotion, performance evaluations and disciplinary actions; and to perform other related duties as assigned.


Education and Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree with major coursework in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field is required. A master’s degree in a similar field is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will possess at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible public sector finance experience which may include serving in a combination of roles responsible for developing, directing, and supervising staff and activities.

Knowledge and Experience:

The successful candidate will have experience working in a team environment at a Managerial or Executive level. This includes delivering financial presentations and guidance to fellow executives and the City Council. The Successful candidate will also possess robust knowledge in advanced principles, practices, procedures and techniques of public administration, including those related to government accounting, budgeting, project management, and customer service; principles, methods and requirements specific to finance-related program areas in a municipal organization; laws, regulations, standards and requirements applicable to local and state standards, requirements and resources related to financial programs and functions; policies, objectives, operations and organizational structures common to City governments, including those using a contract cities mode; advanced principles and practices of employee supervision and training, including effective staff selection, motivation, direction, and mentoring and performance evaluation; methods for organizing, developing, implementing and directing departmental programs, projects, functions services, goals, objectives, systems and activities; terminology, concepts, methods, and procedures associated with the management of assigned departments and programs; public speaking and public relations techniques.


  • Effectively utilize modern office equipment, including personal computers and standard business software such as the Microsoft Office Suite.

License Required:

  • Possession of a Class C California Driver License and satisfactory driving record.


  • Pension Obligation Bond
  • Purchasing System
  • Water Rate Adjustment

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