City of Mesa, Arizona
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Chief Financial Officer
APPLICATION PROCESS AND RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE
To be considered for this position, please complete the on-line application at the city’s
website: www.mesaaz.gov/jobs/. Candidates with the most relevant qualifications
will be forwarded to CPS Executive Search in this confidential process.
This recruitment is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are
received, interested applicants are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2011. Interviews
will commence as soon as a qualified pool is established. Specific questions about this
opportunity should be directed to Stuart Satow at:
CPS EXECUTIVE SEARCH
241 lathrop Way
Sacramento, ca 95815
cpS website: www.cps.ca.gov/search
Resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure.
Candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be given preliminary interviews by
the consultant. Applicants appearing best suited for the City of Mesa will be reported
to the City. The City will select a group of finalists who will be invited to participate
in an interview in Mesa. An offer of appointment is anticipated shortly thereafter
following full reference checks.
The City of Mesa respects, values and
welcomes diversity in our workforce. To
this end, we encourage all interested mesaaz.gov
people to apply.
CITY OF MESA city clerk, city Magistrate, city attorney and city
Auditor. The City operates under the constitution
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE COMPENSATION AND
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES and laws of the State of Arizona and a City Charter. ideal candidates will be well rounded public
finance professionals with in-depth knowledge
Economic Development | Quality of Life | Community Mesa provides a full array of municipal services. In The salary range for the Chief Financial Officer
and experience in local government accounting
Engagement | Financial Stability | Regional Leadership addition to traditional services, the city also owns is $121,638 to $162,968. Actual salary will be
and budgeting in a large, full-service municipal
and operates several enterprises, including the dependent on the qualifications of the successful
organization. Experience in public finance and debt
THE COMMUNITY operation of electric, gas, water, wastewater, and solid
waste utilities, a baseball stadium (chicago cubs
service is critical. Exceptional verbal and written candidate. The City offers an attractive benefit
communication skills are essential for success in package that includes:
The City of Mesa, one of Arizona’s first master- spring training), two airports, golf courses, a cemetery,
this role. Successful candidates will be comfortable
planned cities, is located in the southeast part of the amphitheater, conference center, and the Mesa arts
in making public presentations. As the City is
phoenix metro area with a current population of Center. The City is a customer oriented municipal
undergoing the transition to a new financial/human
462,000. Mesa ranks as Arizona’s third largest city organization with approximately 3,622 full-time
resources software system, candidates with similar
and the 38th largest in the United States. equivalent employees and an operating budget of $1.1
experience in erp implementation will be favorably
With over 330 days of sunshine a year, Mesa billion.
considered. While technical expertise is expected,
encourages a healthy outdoor lifestyle. Seven public
for further information about the city of Mesa, see the new cfO will possess exceptional interpersonal
and private golf courses exist in the immediate area
its web site at www.mesaaz.gov. skills with the proven ability to manage staff through
empowerment, delegation, and effective oversight.
THE CHIEF FINANCIAL ideal candidates will bring a collaborative approach
to engaging the city’s numerous internal customers
OFFICER across departments and with the city Manager’s Retirement – Arizona Defined Benefit Retirement
management team. As this position will interface with Plan; vesting begins at five (5) years and fully vested
following a recent organization assessment, the city
members of city council, candidates who possess within ten (10); pre-tax employee contributions;
has created the position of Chief Financial Officer
the experience/ability to successfully engage elected opportunity to include prior public sector,
(CFO). Reporting to the City Manager, the CFO
officials will be favorably considered. government and military years of service toward
oversees all financial policies, strategies, planning,
and forecasts for the City. The CFO will have Specific qUalificaTiOnS are aS fOllOWS: retirement. The City is in Social Security. Deferred
management oversight of three primary departments: Compensation plans are also offered.
with over a hundred more in the neighboring greater Experience and Education Insurance – Multiple health plan options; city paid
Phoenix area. Other outdoor activities such as tennis, Ten years of progressively responsible experience in health and dental insurance for employee; and vision
swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, and public accounting and finance, including considerable insurance is available.
biking are also easily accessible to residents. (3-5 years) supervisory experience is required. A
Holidays – 80 hours of holiday pay annually.
educational opportunities abound, with institutions of Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or
higher learning including Mesa community college, public administration or related field is expected; Vacation Leave – 96 hours per year for first two
east Valley institute of Technology, arizona State Master’s degree and CPA designation preferred. (2) years of services, after two (2) years 144 hours
University’s Polytechnic campus, A.T. Still University, per year.
Competencies and Personal
embry-riddle University, and keller graduate School Sick Leave – 96 hours per year; conversion to
of Management. Characteristics vacation after accumulation of 1,040 hours of sick
With affordable housing, superior schools, a low cost • Possesses a strong sense of personal and professional leave.
of doing business, a reasonable tax structure, a skilled ethics with a high degree of integrity.
Short & Long Term Disability Insurance – city
and well-educated workforce and low crime rate, Business Services (administration, customer • Progressive and technically capable leader who is
and employee pay premiums.
Mesa offers a highly attractive lifestyle. information and billing operations, materials and candid and open with staff; leads by example, solicits
supply, purchasing, revenue collections operations, tax and values the input of others, and establishes strong Life Insurance – city paid employee coverage
CITY GOVERNMENT audit and collections, mail and print services); Budget working teams.
• Creative and results-oriented problem solver; innovative.
for life and accidental death and dismemberment;
coverage based on employee salary. Additional life
and research; and financial Services (accounting and
The city of Mesa operates under the council-manager payroll) and may be responsible for other assigned • Embraces a team environment and a collaborative insurance available.
form of government. Six members of the City areas or activities. Department resources include 185 organizational culture. Commuter Insurance – city paid employee
council are elected by district to overlapping terms employees and operating budgets of $166.8 million • Politically sensitive and aware without being political. coverage.
of four years with the Mayor being elected at-large to for all three departments. This is an at-will exempt • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
a four-year term. The City Council is the legislative • Possesses exceptional organizational skills. Additional executive benefits include: car allowance,
executive position serving as a member of the city
body responsible for the overall policies and direction • Outstanding communicator, both orally and in writing; phone allowance, executive physical, and additional
Manager’s executive team.
of the City. The Council appoints the City Manager, excellent listener. personal day (leave). Relocation assistance is available.