Recruitment #1809-0891-001


The Business Services Department is seeking a motivated, dependable and highly experienced professional to serve as a Financial Specialist. Be part of a team that serves with integrity, professionalism, and strives for excellence in all we do.

General Description

Under the direction of a Finance Manager, this position will provide financial oversight of a major city-wide financial program or comprehensive financial services to a large department, or group of small departments, including budget development and monitoring, debt management and compliance, financial reporting and analysis, accounts receivable, purchasing, accounts payable, rate setting and implementation of strategic plans.

Essential Functions

Regularly directs the work of at least one fulltime employee

Maximizes employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances and other personnel actions

Develops and monitors the budget by analyzing historical data and trends, determines cost of service for a department or program, works with stakeholders in rate setting processes, reviews and makes recommendations regarding current and future needs, prepares and submits work papers, monitors expenditures and performs variance analysis

Prepares the executive summary for budgets, reviews revisions, maintains control logs, reconciles revised budgets at year end, prepares and reviews reports, conducts research and resolves budget issues

Performs a full range of professional level accounting duties including the review and approval of journal vouchers, analyzing and reconciling accounts, developing and maintaining internal controls, preparation of financial statements, schedules and note disclosures

Provides financial services associated with the grant management process including financial reporting, internal controls and program compliance

Oversees and guides the workflow of accounts payable, accounts receivable and purchasing processes

Assists in city-wide process improvement endeavors including the standardization of work and training

Plans and organizes a major city-wide program by analyzing budgets, monitoring expenditures and preparing reports, determining funds needed, communicating with stakeholders and researching and organizing strategic plans

Implements plans by conducting research on organizational problems, creating actions plans for implementation and developing metrics for departmental planning

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years of experience in finance or accounting

Special Job Requirements

This position requires satisfactory criminal background and reference checks, and may require a Motor Vehicle History Report and Public Records Check. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing any of the above requirements. 

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or closely related field

Certified Public Accountant, Certified Public Finance Officer

At least 3 years of experience in a state or local government

At least 1 year of experience in supervising one or more full-time employees

Professional level experience in one or more of the following areas: preparation and/or analysis of financial statements that comply with generally accepted accounting principles (e.g. Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Statement of Net Position, Statement of Revenues, Expenditures & Changes in Fund Balance); operating and capital budget development and monitoring; cost accounting and rate setting; banking, investing and cash management; municipal debt management and compliance.

Experience in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) financial software and Microsoft Office

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview. 

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: Week of October 8, 2018.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within th next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Cynthia Serrano at (520) 837-7020 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly.  Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Serrano at

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.