The City of Union City is seeking a highly experienced financial leader to help guide the City during a unique time of challenges and opportunities. Union City, like all communities throughout the country, is facing a substantial impact from the Coronavirus and the new Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer (ACM/CFO) will be expected to provide strategic leadership guidance, organizational expertise and a high level of financial acumen to help the organization successfully meet those challenges.
The ACM/CFO is a newly established position created as part of an extensive organizational study completed in 2019. The expectation is to help implement the City’s ambitious strategic plan, to assist in stabilizing the budget, while focused on building the City’s long-term future. As second in command of city operations, this evolving role will lead all financial and budgetary operations and will oversee the Solid Waste Franchise Agreement and contracted services of the Fire Department and cable TV.
The City is currently in year two of a biennial budget cycle, which will require immediate attention towards development of the next two-year budget. Other key priorities relate to a critical upcoming ballot measure, designed to replace an existing revenue measure that “sunsets” in 2021 and the completion of fiscal year 2018/19 and 2019/20 Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR). The City is also working on succession planning strategies that will require the attention of the ACM/CFO.
The ideal candidate for this assignment will pair a strong financial background in the areas of budget and financial planning and analysis and a strong strategic orientation to best position the organization for the future. The ability to implement effective and efficient work systems that align the long-term strategic plan is also a critical component to this position. Fortunately, the City’s finance and administrative team is quite strong and will be a positive asset in the ongoing organizational shift. The expectation for the new ACM/CFO is to guide the organization towards ongoing success, while continuing to develop and mentor emerging leaders to take on greater levels of responsibility and accountability.
A leadership style that incorporates collaboration, team orientation, flexibility and adaptability is essential for this assignment. An active, engaged, and handson manager that provides mentorship and is committed to staff development is expected in this role. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration, business administration, finance or related field is required. An experience base of five or more years of increasingly responsible management experience in a municipal or government finance environment, including at least two years at an Assistant Department Head level in finance or accounting administration is also required. A Master’s degree and/or a CPA License is highly desirable in this role.
The salary range for this position is $198,108-$238,092 annually, DOQ. (City Council approval expected in September.)
The excellent benefits package includes:
♦ Retirement: CalPERS with Classic employees participating with a 2% @ 60 formula with employee paying 10% of employee contribution. New members (PEPRA) participate with a 2% @ 62 with employee contribution of 10%.
♦ Medical: PERS health program.
♦ Dental: Metlife.
♦ Vision: VSP.
♦ Life Insurance: Cigna; $100,000 coverage, city paid.
♦ Long-Term Disability: Cigna; employee pays premium.
♦ Vacation: Accrual of 40 hours annually.
♦ Administrative Leave: 150 hours annually.
♦ Holidays: 10 holidays plus 27 hours of floating holiday per year.
♦ Sick Leave: Accrual at 8 hours per month.
♦ Deferred Compensation: 401a voluntary program. City will contribute $100 monthly.
♦ Work Schedule: City operates on a 9/80 schedule.
♦ The City also provides an EAP.
If you are interested in pursuing this unique and exceptional career opportunity, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal on our website at www.averyassoc.net/current-searches/ to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information, including email addresses for five work-related references (who will not be contacted until after an interview takes place).
The final filing date for this recruitment is September 28, 2020. Avery Associates is expecting to conduct preliminary interviews with qualified applicants the week of September 28. It is anticipated that recommended candidates will interview with Union City the week of October 12, with an appointment made by the end of October.
Paul Kimura or Bill Lopez
3½ N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A
Los Gatos, CA 95030