Finance Director

City of Novato

The scenic city of Novato, located in beautiful California, is ideally situated in Northern Marin County approximately 29 miles north of San Francisco and 37 miles northwest of Oakland. In 2018, Novato was recognized as one of the best places to live in the U.S.  In addition to the abundance of open space and beautiful parks, the City was noted for the high achieving Novato Unified School District.  The local economy was acknowledged with a strong foundation of biotech and emerging technology companies joined by a variety of retail centers.

The Finance Director is a newly reestablished role reporting to the City Manager, after a number of years utilizing the Administrative Services Director/Assistant City Manager organizational model.  The Finance Department includes a staff of five with oversight for the budget, accounting, financial reporting, payroll, business licensing, and procurement.  As a key member of the City’s executive management team, the Finance Director is expected to provide exceptional leadership, proactive management and excellent communication skills to the finance department, the city leadership team and to the community of Novato.  This position provides an exciting mix of key priorities. Related to this effort is the desire to develop and utilize various financial forecasting and modeling reports and tools, including a fiscal sustainability plan.  The operational components of the annual budget process and monthly reporting, the CAFR and audit process, a need for an internal financial audit, as well as the need for a department staffing assessment will also require ongoing attention. A spirit of partnership with the ability to influence and provide positive guidance to peers and staff will be essential to this role.

This position requires five or more years of progressively responsible professional accounting or financial experience preferably within a municipal agency, or a CPA firm with a governmental auditing division. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of management or supervisory experience.  Equivalency to a Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in accounting, finance, public or business administration, or a related field is required.  A Master’s degree and possession of a CPA with audit experience are highly desirable. Experience with capital project accounting is also a desired skillset for our new Finance Director. The salary range for this position is $143,968.13 - $174,994.16 annually.  To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by December 27, 2019.

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