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City Controller #2206-0900-01

Date Opened
Wednesday, June 08, 2022 12:01 AM
Close Date
Saturday, January 06, 2024 11:59 PM
  • Within Executive Management & Confidential Key Range: $150,000.00 annualized
Employment Type
  • Full-Time



The City of New Haven, one of Connecticut’s largest urban centers representing a major hub for business activity, architecture, culture and entertainment is seeking a high caliber individual for the position of City Controller. This is a dynamic hands-on position that offers the right candidate the opportunity to set the direction of change and make a significant contribution to the future growth and financial health of the City.

The Controller is responsible for oversight and administration of the City’s General Fund budget, its Special Revenue Funds (state and federal grants) and Capital Bonding Funds. In providing stewardship for the City’s funds and accounts, the City Controller reports directly to the Mayor and is responsible for the leadership, management and operation of a broad spectrum of functional areas including: Accounting and Financial Management, Purchasing and Procurement, Risk Management, Debt Issuance and Management, Tax Collection and Assessment, Payroll/Pension and Information Technology.


Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, or a related field; a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related field preferred; and at least five (5) years experience in accounting and finance based upon nationally accepted standards.


  • The ideal candidate will have broad experience in accounting and finance based on nationally accepted standards.
  • Position requires sound decision making skills, the ability to think strategically and handle multiple business initiatives and priorities.
  • The successful candidate must possess the strong leadership and managerial skills necessary to successfully guide the Finance Department during a period of significant organizational change. Demonstrated success managing an operation similar in size and scope to a municipality the size of New Haven is preferred.
  • Must have the ability to work with all levels within the City, including City officials, service providers and consultants.
  • Strong technological experience with financial/accounting systems a must.
  • An understanding of MUNIS system is preferred.
  • Considerable knowledge of accounting, statistics and administrative law;
  • Thorough knowledge of the objectives and practices of public financial management;
  • Considerable knowledge of pension plan administration and risk management;
  • Ability to interpret relevant Charter, Ordinance, state and federal laws.
  • If not already a New Haven resident, the selected candidate must commit to living in the City of New Haven within six months after being appointed.


  • Controller must be bonded.
  • Elector status in the city of New Haven is required within six (6) months of appointment.


This is a "General Fund" non-tested position.

This position covered by the Executive Management & Confidential Employee Policy, available to review HERE.

Hires into this class shall not be covered by the City pension but shall continue to be covered by Social Security; additionally, employee will contribute 7.5% of base pay into a defined contribution plan.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of: (1) a pre-employment background check, (2) a pre-employment physical examination, including pre-employment drug screening, and (3) a 90-day probationary period. Instructions and information on this pre-employment process are included in Conditional Offer of Employment.

Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Human Resources and the hiring department. It is critical that you complete the application thoroughly, as the information you provide will be used to ascertain if you are eligible to move forward in the selection process, and in some cases, this information may be used to determine the eligibility list.

Information regarding the employment and selection process can be found HERE.

Please note that the only method of communication with applicants for this position will be by email. You must provide a valid, working email address and you will need to monitor your email, including spam/junk folders, for correspondence from the New Haven Human Resources Department.


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