Director of Finance

City of San Luis Arizona | San Luis, AZ

Applying to this job will open a new window on the employer's web site to apply there.

Posted Date 6/20/2024
Join one of the fastest-growing cities in Arizona and the youngest in Yuma County! 

The City of San Luis is seeking a collaborative, self-motivated leader who will take the Finance department to its maximum potential. 

As the Director of Finance, you will:

  • Develop, plan, and implement goals, objectives, policies and priorities for the Finance Department; develop and implement long and short-term strategic plans to satisfy future needs for departmental services and to drive the financial success of the City. 
  • Coordinate Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide assistance to the City Manager and City Council. 
  • Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate personnel, the Finance Department’s work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems. 
  • Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes for the Finance Department. 
  • Lead the development and administration of the Department budget and five-year capital plan and formulates the long-term financial strategy for the City. Estimate anticipated revenues; assist in reviewing proposed budget allocations and directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; conduct complex fiscal analysis and prepare related reports. 
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate personnel; provide a high level of leadership; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards as necessary for efficient and professional operations of the Department.
  • Represent the Department to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance, as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare, analyze, and interpret financial operating results; submit required reports.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate all operations relating to accounting, budget, payroll, purchasing, audit, grant administration, and billing and collections; recommend city wide internal control policies to ensure that activities are conducted in accordance with related laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
  • Develop City fiscal policy; prepare city budget and presents to City Council for approval. 
  • Manage and direct the fiscal management of the City, including revenue forecasting, collection and disbursement of funds, accounting, financial reporting, auditing, and investment of the City funds. 
  • Utilize performance management tools for advanced financial analysis, forecasting, and the generation of periodic financial statements and administrative reports.
  • Coordinate with financial advisors, financial institutions and bond counsel on debt management and bond issuance.
  • Prepares the City's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and the Budget Annual Report.
  • Ensures financial integrity, ensuring accounting processes are carried out in conformance with standards set by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), follow the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Coordinates annual audit review with independent auditing firm, provides pre-audit source documents and explanations to audit fieldwork; corrects material weaknesses and internal control deficiencies as noted in the Management Letter and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.


Possess the knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration, and human resource management.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Advanced principles and practices of municipal accounting, recordkeeping, debt financing, and budget preparation and control.
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and internal audit procedures.
  • Investments of cash reserves, technical analysis, and report preparation.
  • Government/Financial Accounting Standards Boards (GASB/FASB), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Standards, practices, rules, and regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Generally Accepted Auditing Principles for public sector financial management, including payroll, treasury and grants funds.

Possess the ability to:

  • Plan, direct, and control the administration and operations of the Department.
  • Prepare and administer department budgets.
  • Develop and implement department policies and procedures.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with City employees, officials, and representatives from other local, state and Federal agencies.
  • Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, local, and department policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Read, interpret, understand, and apply accounting standards and procedures accurately and making decisions in compliance with applicable Federal and State rules and regulations, and City policies, and procedures.
  • Formulate, initiate, and administer policies and procedures for effective fiscal control, administration and reporting and analysis.
  • Represent the City's interests before boards and commissions of local agencies and special water and sewer districts as directed by the City Manager.
  • Identify and respond to public and City Council issues and concerns.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Pass an extensive background check including polygraph examination.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.



Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or closely related area of study; and 
  • Five (5) years professional administrative experience in accounting and finance, with three (3) of those years in a leadership capacity.
  • Residency in the United States and within 25 miles of the City of San Luis

Licenses and Certificate (must be maintained throughout employment)

  • A valid Arizona driver license at the time of appointment


  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Government Financial Manager is highly desirable.
  • Bilingual in Spanish 
  • Prior municipal accounting experience 
  • San Luis residency 



The City of San Luis is committed to Professional Growth and Career Development - 
Current employees may be given preferred consideration if they meet the position's minimum requirements. 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED - Applications review will begin November 10, 2023. 

Candidates deemed to have the most relevant backgrounds will be invited to participate in the interview/assessment process.     

Starting Salary will be based on Qualifications & Experience


Salary107,972.80 - 138,444.80 Annual

Share this job