Director of Finance (U)

Director of Finance (U)
City of San Bernardino Finance Department
 San Bernardino, California
Job Description

The City of San Bernardino is a community rich in history and cultural diversity. Today, the City of San Bernardino, which was founded in 1810, serves as the county seat and is the largest City in the County of San Bernardino with a population of over 218,000 and more than 62 square miles. With a look to the future, the City is working hard to move the community forward and improve city services and quality of life.

The City of San Bernardino is seeking an experienced professional to lead and direct the activities and programs of the Finance department in providing comprehensive City-wide financial and accounting services, including financial analysis and budgeting, accounting, payroll and purchasing services for the City. This position provides expert professional assistance and guidance to management on financing, budgeting, revenue management, accounting, and related matters, and advises the City Manager and the Mayor and City Council on long-term financial planning and policy matters. The Director of Finance provides leadership for a staff of 21 total positions, including four direct reports.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative, pro-active and collaborative leader; a problem solver with excellent communication and interpersonal skills able to build positive working relationships with all department heads; is solutions-oriented, and has a gift for achieving win-win outcomes. An understanding of the need for public service through transparent management is vitally important as are tactics to make budget information accessible to the community; a proven track record driving new forms of revenue; and knowledge of various funding sources, business licensing, and reserve fund policies. The successful candidate will have expertise in public sector finance with exceptional strength in budget development, policy administration, staff management and team building, and excellent business and political acumen. Experience in a union environment and knowledge of negotiations are a must. A bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or a closely related field AND ten (10) years of progressively responsible finance and accounting experience (with at least five years in a management capacity) is required. Municipal/government accounting experience is expected. Knowledge of cost and fixed asset accounting, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Governmental Accounting Standards Board, and Government Finance Officers Association standards and requirements knowledge is expected. License as a Certified Public Accountant is desirable but not required. A Master’s Degree is desirable.

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) to:

For additional information, please contact:

Frank Rojas
CPS HR Consulting
(916) 471-3111

To view an online brochure for this position visit:
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