Interim Finance Director

Interim Finance Director
City of Menlo Park Manageent Services
 Menlo Park, California
Job Description

The City of Menlo Park is seeking the immediate placement of an Interim Finance Director to assist the City through FY 2020-2021. A first review of applicants will occur on December 1, 2021.

The City Government

Menlo Park is a city of beautiful, tree-lined neighborhoods and active commercial districts. Located conveniently between the major metropolitan areas of the San Francisco Bay Area, the City is home to over 35,000 residents in its 19 square miles. Menlo Park benefits from key employers originating from the Silicon Valley, The City hosts such major employers as SRI International, Facebook, Pacific Biosciences, E*TRADE Financial Corporation, and CS Bio Co.

Menlo Park is a general law city with a council-manager form of government with a City Manager and City Attorney appointed by the City Council. The City’s combined operating and capital budget is $171.5M and includes healthy financial reserves and strong fiscal outlook.

The Finance team is responsible for coordinating all incoming funds from taxes and fees, investing funds, preparation of the annual budget, overseeing public contracts. Its eleven FTEs and three project-specific consultants, set and administer fiscal policies and practices for all purchases by city departments. The department's activities include accounting and reporting, accounts payable and purchasing, risk management, business licensing, and investments. The department also handles garbage and the water utility rate setting.

The Position and Ideal Candidate

The Interim Finance Director will oversee and ensure routine activities to aintain Finance operations. Key to the role will be the annual budget process where the Director will serve to lead a finance team and also be prepared to step in to provide guidance and analysis. The City is implementing OpenGov Financials and Transparency (OGT) systems which will require the attention of the Director to ensure success. The Interim Director will be called upon to provide in-depth knowledge of financial activities to the City Council and serve as a resource for high-level guidance and decision-making.

The City is seeking candidates who are:

  • Highly skilled and experienced municipal financial professionals, ready to quickly assume a leadership role within the organization.
  • Team-focused and seek to motivate and inspire employees and celebrate successes.
  • Able to readily communicate complex financial concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledgeable of modern financial reporting systems and ways to integrate with other software systems within the City.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Qualified candidates will have a minimum of six years’ experience of increasing responsibility in finance including at least three years of equivalent experience as a finance director. A Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, economics, or related discipline is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.

Terms of Employment

  • The City is seeking an Interim through FY 2021-2022; but is mindful of CalPERS retiree limits and will work with the selected professional to meet those requirements. The specific terms will be mutually agreed upon.
  • The position is flexible remote, but with some onsite time required to support the team and attend meetings as needed.

Salary range, $160,316 to $227,436

To Be Considered

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Questions may be directed to Nancy Hetrick of Management Partners via email: or 408-437-5400.