Recruitment #2205-0891-001


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.

Do you pride yourself in being an influential leader and successful manager/lead? Is servant leadership your goal? Are you a highly motivated pioneer? Are you dependable? Then, a job within the City of Tucson’s Business Services Department may be right for you!

We have immediate openings for Financial Specialists.

General Description

The positions are assigned to the Shared Services Division to manage and provide business, budgetary and finance related services and deliver 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. 

Essential Functions

  • Directs the work of at least one fulltime employee 
  • 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 revenues 
  • Prepares the executive summary for budgets, 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, researching, analyzing and reconciling accounts, developing and maintaining internal controls, preparation of fund accounting folders with detailed analysis and variance explanation of balance sheet transactions for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, schedules and note disclosures
  • Oversees and guides the workflow of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and purchasing process to ensure compliance with funding requirements and auditing internal controls
  • 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

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

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

Preferred Qualifications

Three 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; 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 and resume. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview.

PLEASE NOTE: Chronological 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.

Oral Board interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams on: Friday, June 3, 2022.

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 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 email 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

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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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.