Assistant Finance Director

Assistant Finance Director
City of Salinas Finance Department
 Salinas, California
Job Description

JOB TITLE: Assistant Finance Director
AGENCY: City of Salinas
FILING DEADLINE: Open until filled
SALARY RANGE: Up to $137,214 Annually

The Position

The Assistant Finance Director manages the various functional areas of the Finance Department, including accounting and financial reporting, annual budgets, purchasing, billing/accounts payable, accounts receivable/revenue collection, payroll, treasury, investments, debt management, and assessment districts. This includes planning, organizing, and directing the day-to-day activities of the department and a variety of advanced and specialized accounting duties within the City’s financial systems such as developing budgets, preparing financial reports, managing investment portfolio, and maintaining various funds. The position provides ongoing assistance to the Director on highly complex work. Acts as Director of Finance in their absence.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an honest, collaborative, and confident leader with excellent supervisory skills, in addition to a strong communicator able to write reports with clarity and verbally articulate fiscal concepts to all levels of audiences, including presentations in front of City Council. The Assistant Finance Director must be strong technically with excellent analytical skills as well as possess solid supervisory and personnel management skills with the ability to be a mentor and willing and able to develop and counsel staff. The incumbent will be a responsible steward for the community, City staff, and leadership, and align decisions in support of the Salinas Plan. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in implementing efficiencies, allowing the Department to assist the organization in achieving its financial goals.

Key Attributes and Characteristics

  • A strong leader who shares the vision of the council and community, and can advocate, articulate, and implement that vision. A manager who is able to blend innovation and creativity, someone who can think outside the box.
  • A professional with a commitment to uphold the values of Salinas, including valuing positive employee working relations and respecting the ideas and suggestions of others.
  • A friendly approachable leader who can ensure quality customer service.
  • Diplomatic, being known as a people person with an engaging style that is comfortable interacting with a wide spectrum of individuals and one who welcomes dialogue and discussion.
  • A decisive, seasoned leader with the highest integrity, character, and ethics.
  • Honest, with the ability to maintain and build trust and actively listen.
  • Technologically astute, who recognizes the value of harnessing and integrating the benefits of cutting-edge technology for city government and for residents.
  • A proven understanding of budget/structural deficits and the willingness and the ability to bring teams together to find solutions to challenging issues.
  • A manager with a track record of inclusiveness, positive communication, and building a high performing team-oriented staff.

For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:

To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at: or

Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of past organization(s).

For additional information, please contact:
Frank Rojas
Phone: (510) 495-0448