Recruitment #2309-0840-001


Ignite your future by joining the City of Tucson where we value our employees, deliver exceptional service, and create an inspiring place to work!!


Recognized as a Top 20 “Best City in America” by Resonance Consultancy, Tucson, Arizona is a thriving center for bioscience, aerospace/defense, optics, mining, and logistics. With a city population of more than 540,000 and a regional population of more than 1 million, Tucson has 330-plus days of sunshine a year and is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. Its natural beauty is complemented by a smalltown feel with big-city amenities.

Named the first U.S. City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, Tucson is rich in great food, as well as art, culture, music, and plentiful outdoor experiences—from biking and hiking to star gazing. The Loop, a 131-mile network of paved shared-use paths, provides car-free recreational opportunities around and through the City. Tucson Botanical Gardens—named a “Top 10 North American Garden Worth Traveling For” by the American Public Gardens Association—and the popular Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum provide ample opportunities to convene with nature. With several nearby observatories, Southern Arizona has been called the astronomy capital of the world.

Included on Condé Nast’s “Where to Travel Next: 2021 Hot List,” Tucson is a traveler’s destination— especially in winter months. In January, world-class jazz fills downtown streets at the Tucson Jazz Festival. In February, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show is the largest of its kind, and the Tucson Rodeo brings seasoned professionals to the City’s southern edge. In October, Tucson Meet Yourself welcomes thousands to the celebrate food and culture of the Southern Arizona borderland. And in November, the unique All Souls Procession celebrates Día de los Muertos with spirit and faith. Year-round, Tucson is a great place to live, work, and play.

Tucson’s economy is thriving and in 2020, Moody’s Analytics named Tucson as one of the Top 10 US cities “best positioned to thrive after pandemic.” With three military bases in the area, Tucson has long led the way for pioneering developments in the aerospace and defense industries. Tucson attracts aerospace employers through the outstanding programs offered by the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering, Pima Community College’s Aviation Technology Center, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Gaining notoriety as Optics Valley, Tucson is home to a high concentration of optics companies, as well as research activity tied to the University of Arizona and several astronomical observatories located in the mountains of Southern Arizona. Long known for hard mining operations and copper extraction, Tucson has now established itself as an industry leader in mining technology.

Why Tucson?

Learn more about why working and living in Tucson has so many advantages:

City Organization

The City of Tucson has a Council and City Manager led government. The legislative body is comprised of the mayor and six council members who each represent a ward, while the Mayor is elected by voters independently of Council. The legislative body establishes the policies for the City. The City Manager is appointed by Mayor and Council and functions as the Chief Executive Officer, carrying out these policies and managing the municipal organization. The City Manager oversees approximately 4,500 dedicated employees, with a total expenditure budget of $2.1 billion.

Our Mission

Deliver Exceptional Service to the People of Tucson

Our Values

Respect • Integrity • Collaboration • Excellence

Our Priorities

Excellent Customer Service • Employee Focused Organization

Stable Financial Environment • Smart City Focus

General Description

Administers and manages the operations of a division of the Business Services Department. 

Administers budgets and contracts, and determines the impact of financial decisions. 

Represents the division on special projects and issues and ensures compliance with regulations.

Essential Functions

Performs the following functions with regular use of independent judgment:  

Organizes and directs daily operations of a division by performing administrative duties, overseeing programs, projects, and manager level personnel (two or more fulltime employees).   

Formulates and implements division strategic plans and work activities to coordinate and synchronize with department directions and goals.   

Implements and evaluates department policies, projects and programs.  

Oversees the planning, implementation, direction and management of all functions and resources of the division to achieve the strategic objectives of the department and the City in an efficient and effective manner.  

Assists with implementing the department vision through division activities and leads the division for maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances and other human resources actions.  

Develops and administers the division budget with staff assistance.  

Analyzes organizational and community needs, analyzes trends, reviews statistics and opportunities, and communicate information to department leadership of impending developments, and accomplishment of actions.  

Develops strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives, external agencies, and other organizations to develop a sense of relevant issues facing our community and to respond as a representative of the City.  

Champions the values of the organization through example and accountabilities.  

Ensures that division operations conform with local, state and federal governmental regulations, other applicable rules and requirements.   Facilitates solutions to problems facing the department.  

Maintains professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, reviewing professional publications and participating in professional organizations.  

Represents the division on special projects and issues by communicating financial impacts.  

Ensures compliance with regulations by monitoring proceeds, calculating and reporting liabilities, preparing reports, reading and interpreting contracts and legal documents.  

Conducts audit reviews, coordinates the collection of delinquent taxes, rules on tax refund requests and facilitates the of issuing of licenses, mailing tax returns and working with outside consultants and advisors.  

Oversees the preparation of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. 

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 4 of 5 required years in a supervisory capacity in a finance 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.

**Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.**


  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and financial software applications.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in financial planning skills, technical skills, leadership, and organizational management skills.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying laws, rules, policies, and procedures

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree
  • Professional certification from a recognized financial association, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO); or Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
  • Finance experience in a public sector setting.
  • Grant Management experience is desirable.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and desire to promote diversity.
  • A record showing commitment to customer service and the application of appropriate flexibility in response to issues and opposing points of view is required.

Selection Plan

The City of Tucson will be hosting a One-Day Interview Event on Friday, October 6, 2023 at the Tucson Fire Central building at 300 S. Fire Central Pl., Tucson, AZ 85701.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be permitted to participate in an in-person interview, and applicants have the option to apply in-person up until the deadline of 10:00 AM the day of the One-Day Interview Event. 

To be considered, a Cover Letter indicating why you are the ideal candidate for the position AND a chronological resume must be uploaded as a PDF or Word document to be considered. Those who apply in-person should ensure they can upload an electronic file of their resume AND cover letter to their application. Failure to upload your resume AND cover letter will be considered an incomplete application.

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 cover letter/resume rater reviewed score
  • 15% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 75% of your rating for the 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.



City-Wide Benefits

  • Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan.
  • Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO.
  • Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK.
  • Life: City-paid coverage for you and dependents, plus option to buy more.
  • Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned.
  • Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars.
  • Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, and more.

Your Security and Future

  • Pension: Generous pension plans that help employees retire more comfortably.
  • Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan.
  • Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help towards a degree.
  • Education Assistance, Reimbursement, and Qualified Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Get assistance paying off your student loan debt.
  • Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable.

Your Peace of Mind

  • Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical, and USERRA.
  • Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 38 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (in year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 12 paid holidays).
  • Employee Discounts: Generous discounts ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment.
  • Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll deducted charitable giving.

For a full list of benefits, click here.

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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.

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.