Recruitment #2110-0835-001


The Business Services Department of the City of Tucson is seeking motivated and qualified Finance Managers who will manage professional level accounting activities, play an integral role in the analysis and implementation of complex accounting principles, assist in preparing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Single Audit, and work in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and best practices. This position will manage financial and budgetary operations and will supervise employees who conduct financial and audit assignments. This position will aid in long-range financial planning, develop and provide accurate financial reports, interpret financial information to managerial staff, recommend further courses of actions, analyze day-to-day financial activities, and contribute to the development of financial strategy and budget concepts.  

Our goal is to establish a robust list of Finance Managers for existing and upcoming vacancies. Our department has various finance satellites located at City Hall and within each department.  This position is the financial lead for day-to-day operations within the satellites and provides financial and budgetary expertise that is required by the organization. The current vacancies are in the central Accounting Operations Division and satellites housed at the Department of Transportation & Mobility (Transit Division), Tucson Police, and Tucson Water.

Although core competencies are being sought in a Finance Manager, each satellite has unique activities and needs. For examples, our Transit Satellite supports transit operations, manages federal grants to ensure compliance, and assists with the development of long-range forecasting for the regional transit system.  Our Water Satellite assists in establishing utility rates and conducts varied analyses for fees. The Central Accounting Operations Finance Manager oversees the organization’s efforts and activities associated with the CAFR and works with a contracted auditing firm in day-to-day operations. Ideal candidates will possess a diversity of skills and experience to successfully manage professional staff.

General Description

Manages revenue and expenditure budgets and financials of a complex operation with various federal, regional and local funding sources. Works effectively and collaboratively with all levels of staff and manages a relationship between the satellite offices and central Accounting Operations. Partners with City leadership and contracted auditing firm(s) in the day-to-day financial management of the operation and contributes to strategic planning.

  • Developing and providing financial reports and interpret financial information to managerial staff while recommending further courses of action.
  • Analyzing day-to-day financial activities and, based on this analysis, provide proper guidance to upper management on future financial plans and goals.
  • Contributing fully to the development of strategy across all service areas, challenging assumptions and decision-making as appropriate and providing financial analyses and guidance on all activities, plans, and targets. 
  • Monitoring and reviewing financial and ERP systems to ensure financial implications are clearly understood and documented; this includes plans for both operating costs and capital investments
  • Developing and monitoring departmental annual operating and capital budgets
  • Collaborating with departmental staff to strategically produce rate models and long-term financial plans for decisions by key stakeholders to include the community, Mayor and Council, and the City Manager
  • Our central Accounting Operations office oversees citywide financial reporting, GASB implementations and compliance, as well as design and oversight of chart of account elements.

Essential Functions

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit

Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization's values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities

Provides customer service by responding to information requests, conducting research, providing solutions to problems, and correcting errors

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance

Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures. Design and conducts operational, functional, and economic analysis of department programs and projects for consistency and effectiveness

Establishes work plans, gather and analyze financial and operational data, and prepare reports, listing assumptions, methodologies, findings and recommendations

Provides direction and oversight of planning, implementation, and management of all functions and resources of an assigned section to achieve the strategic objectives of the section and the City in an efficient and effective manner

Analyzes complex revenue data and explain the data in simple terms to management and elected officials

Prepare, develop, administer and manage section budgets and capital improvement programs by creating and preparing budget reports and documents, conducting research and studies, reviewing paperwork and procedures, projecting revenue and expenditure estimates, monitoring expenditures, coordinating the preparation of auxiliary documents, managing financial records, making recommendations, analyzing budgets and submitting prepared budgets to section administrators, deputy directors and directors. Develop performance measures in conjunction with national organizations

Coordinates the development or updating of rates to generate revenues, including formulation of the underlying financial plan and implementation of rate changes in a manner that incorporates public outreach and education, and compliance with local and state laws

Completes special projects assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years experience in accounting, budgeting, or finance and use of financial or accounting software. At least 3 of required 5 years in a Lead Supervisory capacity in a related functional area.

"Lead" is defined as leading at least one (1) full-time FTE in a work unit.  It does not include leading projects, departments, contractors, interns, etc.

"Supervisory" is defined as having supervised at least 1 full-time FTE.

Minimum qualifications must be met as listed above. We will not be accepting equivalency.

Special Job Requirements

A chronological resume (2-3 pages max) must be uploaded in order for your application to be considered complete. If you are having any trouble uploading, please email me at An application without a resume will be considered incomplete.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile, resume and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to complete a written examination process, which will be presented during an Oral Board interview.

  • Written examinations will be sent on November 4, 2021 and be returned by November 7, 2021.
  • Virtual Oral Board Interviews and Presentations will be held on November 18, 2021 & November 19, 2021.

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:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 10% of your rating for your resume
  • 20% from your written exercise
  • 20% from your presentation
  • 40% 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. 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 email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors.  In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.


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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.

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