Assistant Finance Director

Assistant Finance Director
City of Newport Finance Department
 Newport, Oregon
Job Description

The City of Newport is seeking an experienced, dedicated, and hard-working professional to fill the position of Assistant Finance Director. This position will provide professional accounting services, including general ledger maintenance, grant accounting, and cash management. Review the work of, and assist, staff in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial reporting, and audit.

This is a full-time benefited position.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties as described. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be a Bachelor's Degree in accounting or a related field, AND 5 years related experience, OR an Associate's Degree with 10 years or more progressive experience, up to and including the preparation of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.


Knowledge of governmental accounting theory, principles, and practices. Knowledge of internal control procedures, management information systems, office automation, computerized financial applications, payroll, and accounts payable functions. Knowledge of budgetary, accounting and reporting systems (GAAFR, GMP, GASB). Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations relating to budget laws.


Skill in the use of personal computers, various related software programs, and standard office equipment. Strong time management, analytical, organization, and prioritization skills. Customer service orientation and skills. Effective team building skills, conflict resolution, and leadership skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with managers, supervisors, employees, and the general public. Strong oral and written communications skills with a variety of audiences. competence in business English, spelling, and punctuation. Strong reasoning, analysis, and problem-solving skills, combined with excellent judgment and professionalism. Strong math skills.


Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with city management, employees, Council members, other entities, and the general public. Ability to prepare and analyze complex financial reports, and maintain efficient and effective financial systems and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups. Ability to communicate complex material in a simple, understandable manner. Ability to effectively supervise staff, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees. Ability to elicit information and cooperation from individuals and groups. Ability to thrive in an intense work environment with numerous interruptions and conflicting demands. Ability to honor the confidentiality required of this position. Ability to manage multiple demands and deadlines occurring simultaneously. Physical ability to perform the essential job functions.


  • Valid Oregon Driver's License at time of hire
  • Oregon Budget Law training within 6 months of hire


The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility, including the ability to frequently lift or move materials up to 5 pounds, and occasionally lift or move materials up to 25 pounds. Manual dexterity and coordination are required more than 50% of the work period to operate such equipment such computers, keyboards, telephones, and standard office equipment.


All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system at

Only complete applications will be considered. Please do not fax, mail or e-mail any documentation. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.

The City of Newport is an EEO employer and Veteran's Preference provider. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under state, federal, or local law.

All offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check, reference checking, and in the case of safety sensitive positions, drug and alcohol testing.

The City of Newport follows Oregon law regarding Veterans' Preference in Public Employment. If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, you must complete the Veteran's Preference Form and attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215. If you are a disabled veteran, you must also include a copy of your Veteran's Administration benefit summary/award letter with your application.