Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Davis
Location of position: 
Davis, CA
$10,134.90 – $12,319.04 Monthly
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Job Description: 


To plan, organize, manage and direct the activities and operations of the Finance Division, including financial planning, cash and asset management, debt management, revenue administration and collection, purchasing, accounts payable; to serve as Treasurer; to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. May be assigned responsibility for other divisions such as Information Technology.


Receives administrative direction from the City Manager or designee.

Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical personnel.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS- Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides budgeting and financial planning leadership to advise the City Manager and the City Council.

Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Finance Division including the areas of revenue, accounts payable, budgeting and financial planning, fiscal analysis and (as assigned) information technology.

Develops and implements departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities.

Serves as chief fiscal officer of the city finances and the city Treasurer.

Supervises and manage the approved city budget.

Advises and consults with the City Manager regarding the preparation of revenue and expenditure estimates.

Serves as staff to relevant boards and commissions as assigned.

Negotiates, prepares and administers contracts and agreements.

Performs comprehensive administrative analysis on short- and long-term financial scenarios, as assigned. Prepares and presents financial and administrative reports and analysis to the City Manager, the City Council, other public agencies, and relevant advisory bodies

Oversees and administers the City's fiscal model for development proposals and assist in the development and review of economic/fiscal analyses of development proposals.

Oversees the city's investment portfolio, including working with outside investment consultants, and advises on investment strategies.

Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies and priorities to enhance the city's development impact fees study and other fee studies.

Leads the annual operating, capital and debt service budget preparation and administration process.

Selects, supervises, trains and evaluates professional, technical and clerical personnel.

Oversees outside audit process.

Responds to a variety of technical inquiries relating to the city's financial activities.

Provides leadership in formulating short- and long-range financial policies and activities.

Implements a citywide master fee schedule; develop new revenue opportunities and cost recovery programs.

Coordinates the preparation of financial statements and reports; review and finalize account analysis performed by other staff.

Performs professional accounting work.

Plans, organizes, directs and participates in various aspects of the financial services responsibilities, including but not limited to, investments, payroll preparation, daily cashiering, utilities service billing and collections, business licenses and central records activities.

Plans, conducts and coordinates special studies and projects as assigned.

Represents the department to outside agencies and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees; provides technical assistance as necessary.

Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other city employees and the public using principles of good customer service.


Knowledge of:

Principles and methods of public finance administration, particularly in the areas of financial planning, forecasting, budgeting, auditing, accounting, and investing.

Modern accounting principles, practices and methods including program budgeting and auditing, and their application to municipal operations.

Laws regulating the financial administration of government.

General principles and practices of data processing and its applicability to accounting and municipal operations.

Ordinances, resolutions and laws affecting municipal financial operations.

Principles and practices of public administration including budgeting, personnel and administrative practices.

Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.

Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve department related issues; remember various rules, policies and procedures; explain and interpret policy.

Prepare complex financial reports and analyses.

Identify, develop and implement new and improved program budgeting, record keeping and auditing procedures for municipal operations.

Identify, assist in developing and implement new and improved data processing applications for financial programs.

Analyze, interpret and solve complex fiscal problems.

Prepare accurate financial and statistical reports.

Supervise, train and evaluate professional, technical and clerical personnel.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work effectively and independently with solid time management and organization skills.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Develop creative and practical solutions to complex and difficult problems.

Successfully develop, control and administer budget and expenditures.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of propose actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Direct the operations and activities of a city department which may include a variety of program areas as assigned.

Interpret and apply City policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal government including four years of administrative and management responsibility.

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, business administration, finance, public administration or a related field. A Master's degree in accounting, business, finance, or public administration is preferred.

License or Certificate

Must possess and maintain a valid California C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is performed mostly in office settings. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand or walk; talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office.

Supplemental Information: A City of Davis online application must be submitted to be considered for this position. Paper applications will not be accepted. To apply, please visit