Recruitment #2010-0891-001



The City of Tucson is seeking several motivated, dependable and highly experienced professionals to serve as Financial Specialists, within the City’s Business Services Department. Financial Specialists will be expected to manage and provide business and finance related services for multiple departments, while delivering a high level of customer service driven by performance goals and metrics. These positions will be responsible for a wide array of complex duties, including but not limited to managing professional level accounting and budgeting activities, supervising accounts payable, accounts receivable, grant management, purchasing activities, and participating in process improvement and other project based activities.

General Description

Provides financial oversight of a major city-wide program or comprehensive financial services to a large department, or group of small departments, including budget development and monitoring, financial reporting and analysis, grant management, 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

A chronological resume is required in order for your application to be considered complete.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree or higher in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field
  • Two or more years governmental accounting or finance experience

Selection Plan

You are highly encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important testing dates and information that you will need to refer to later, as it will not be available after the closing date.

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 a Phone Screen Interview, and then an Oral Board Interview.

PLEASE NOTE: Resumes must be uploaded as a PDF or Word document to be considered. Failure to upload your resume as a PDF or Word document will be considered an incomplete application.

  • Phone screens will take place on: November 23-24, 2020.

Candidates that pass the phone screening will then be invited to participate in a panel board interview process.

  • Virtual Panel Board interviews will take place on: The week of November 30, 2020

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:      

  • 5% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 15% of your rating for your resume
  • 80% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the 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 Liliana Almeraz at (520) 837-4303 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 Liliana Almeraz 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.