Financial Services Director

Financial Services Director
City of Tempe
 Tempe, Arizona
Job Description

The Financial Services Director is responsible for managing and directing the activities of the Financial Services Department including accounting, customer services, facility maintenance, risk management, procurement, and tax and licensing.

DUTIES INCLUDED, but are not limited to the following:

  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of each of the section work plans; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; implement policies and procedures; and review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Analyze and monitor the city’s financial condition and make recommendations for improvement to the Deputy City Manager.
  • Coordinate and prepare information to be submitted to bond rating agencies and bond consultants; determine sizing of bond issuances; prepare necessary information for periodic bond elections; and ensure compliance with bond disclosure requirements.
  • Assist the Deputy City Manager and Municipal Budget Director with developing and monitoring the city’s annual operating and capital improvement budget, and long-range financial forecasts and debt management programs.
  • Participate on a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional groups and committees as a city representative; prepare public presentations on financial services to groups as requested; attend City Council meetings; and meet with city management staff on a variety of policy issues.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints related to city financial services.


Work Experience:

  • Requires five (5) years of full-time experience in governmental financial planning and administration, including three (3) years of supervisory responsibility in finance, accounting, or directly related to the core functions of this position.
  • Candidates must have the minimum amount of work experience. Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year). The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.


Requires bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in finance, accounting, economics, business administration, public administration or a degree related to the core functions of this position. A Master's degree is preferred.

The term “equivalent” means that directly related work experience exceeding the required work experience will substitute in equal time increments for college-level education, for example: one year of additional directly related work experience will substitute for one year of college education (30 credit hours).

Certifications, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Possession of a Certified Public Accountant certification is preferred.


Applicants considered for this job classification must pass the following:

  • Criminal history background investigation