Director of Finance

Director of Finance
City of San Luis
 San Luis, Arizona
Job Description

Join one of the fastest-growing cities in Arizona and the youngest in Yuma County!

The City of San Luis is seeking a collaborative, self-motivated leader who will take the Finance department to its maximum potential.

As the Director of Finance, you will:

Develop, plan, and implement goals, objectives, policies and priorities for the Finance Department; develop and implement long and short-term strategic plans to satisfy future needs for departmental services and to drive the financial success of the City. Coordinate Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide assistance to the City Manager and City Council.

Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate personnel, the Finance Department’s work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems. Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes for the Finance Department. Lead the development and administration of the Department budget and five-year capital plan and formulates the long-term financial strategy for the City. Estimate anticipated revenues; assist in reviewing proposed budget allocations and directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; conduct complex fiscal analysis and prepare related reports.

Select, train, motivate, and evaluate personnel; provide a high level of leadership; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards as necessary for efficient and professional operations of the Department. Represent the Department to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance, as necessary.

Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare, analyze, and interpret financial operating results; submit required reports. Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate all operations relating to accounting, budget, payroll, purchasing, audit, grant administration, and billing and collections; recommend city wide internal control policies to ensure that activities are conducted in accordance with related laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

Develop City fiscal policy; prepare city budget and presents to City Council for approval. Manage and direct the fiscal management of the City, including revenue forecasting, collection and disbursement of funds, accounting, financial reporting, auditing, and investment of the City funds. Utilize performance management tools for advanced financial analysis, forecasting, and the generation of periodic financial statements and administrative reports. Coordinate with financial advisors, financial institutions and bond counsel on debt management and bond issuance. Prepares the City's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and the Budget Annual Report. Ensures financial integrity, ensuring accounting processes are carried out in conformance with standards set by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), follow the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Coordinates annual audit review with independent auditing firm, provides pre-audit source documents and explanations to audit fieldwork; corrects material weaknesses and internal control deficiencies as noted in the Management Letter and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.


Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or closely related area of study; and Five (5) years professional administrative experience in accounting and finance, with three (3) of those years in a leadership capacity. Residency in the United States and within 25 miles of the City of San Luis
  • Licenses and Certificate (must be maintained throughout employment)
  • A valid Arizona driver license at the time of appointment


  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Government Financial Manager is highly desirable. Bilingual in Spanish, Prior municipal accounting experience, and San Luis residency