Director of Financial Services

Director of Financial Services
Port of San Diego Financial Services Department
 San Diego, California
Job Description

Director of Financial Services
Port of San Diego – Financial Services
San Diego, California
Annual Salary: $115,935 - $173,903 DOE/DOQ

The Port of San Diego (Port) is seeking a Director of Financial Services (Director) who will oversee the activities of the Financial Services Department, a department staff of 22 and a budget of $5.8 million, and development of the Ports annual budget of $200 million and all financial reporting, including the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). The Director will have a diverse background in internal controls, sophisticated reporting, and process management and use their leadership expertise. They will possess exemplary communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills and serve as a steadfast project manager with a “can-do” attitude. The ideal candidate for this role is someone who can think outside of the box and take a proactive approach toward leading the Department to the next level! Having relationship-building skills is essential, as this role regularly interacts with Executive Leadership, other departments, and outside organizations. If you are eager to lead a technically skilled team and further develop the services the Department offers, apply now!

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The Director is highly skilled in broad comprehensive financial services, including budgeting, financial forecasting and analyses, financial reporting and accounting, tenant billing, and long-term debt issuance. The Director will oversee all the activities of the Financial Services Department, including the development of the Annual Port’s budget and Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and quarterly and monthly financial reporting, all while reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer. They oversee 22 staff and a department budget of $5.8 million and work across all 35 departments, with staff at all levels of the organization, including appointed officials, to develop the Port’s approximate annual budget of $200 million. This leader will mentor and train staff to further enhance the Department’s services and customer experience. The Director will collaborate with other departments, outside agencies, and organizations, requiring them to have excellent relationship-building skills.

The ideal candidate has a balance of highly technical and interpersonal skills. They are an excellent organizer, communicator, and critical thinker, with an eagerness to learn and advance their craft. They use their creative thinking skills to find innovative solutions and are eager to support their team. The successful candidate will be proactive in their approach to problem solving, delegate when appropriate, and adhere to timelines and processes. The next Director will be customer-service-oriented and well versed in staff development, team building, and mentoring.


Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities is described below:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in accounting, finance, business administration, or a closely related field
  • 10 years of increasingly responsible financial and accounting experience with 5 years in a supervisory/management role
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver license


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Working knowledge of SAP


  • An annual salary of $115,935 - $173,903 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package


  • For first consideration, apply by February 6th, by completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at

Save the Dates:

Interviews will take place virtually on March 6th and March 8th and in person on March 17th. Selected candidates must be available for both dates.

Please contact your recruiter, Marissa Sanchez, with any questions:

  • 559-326-8597 (Direct)
  • 866-929-9227 (Toll Free)