Union City

Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director (20083191)

East Bay
3/5/2021 at 5pm
$191,712.00-$229,848.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587


The Position

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 Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director (CFO/FD) 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 CFO/FD will help implement the City’s ambitious strategic plan and assist in stabilizing the city budget, while focusing on building the City’s long-term financial future. This evolving role will lead all financial planning, accounting and budgetary operations. Based on the expertise and experience of the successful candidate, there is the possibility to also oversee the Solid Waste Franchise Agreement, contracted services of the Fire Department and cable TV, and support economic development efforts through financial analysis of economic pro-formas and real estate valuations and transactions.

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. Organizationally, the CFO/FD will also focus on succession planning strategies and staff development initiatives to expand in-house capacity for service delivery and career growth. Other priorities involve the financial evaluation and impact of future Cannabis related businesses within the City and an evaluation of potential updates to or a migration to a new financial software system.

Ideal Candidate

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 department 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 development. The expectation for the new CFO/FD is to help guide the city 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, a CPA License, and previous California government experience is highly desirable in this role.


The salary range for this position is $191,712 - $229,848 annually, DOQ.   

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.

Special Instructions

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 March 5, 2021.  

Avery Associates is expecting to conduct preliminary interviews with qualified applicants the week of March 8th.  It is anticipated that recommended candidates will interview with the City of Union City in early April, with an appointment made by the end of April 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact

Paul Kimura at 408.399.4424 or paulk@averyassoc.net

Bill Lopez at 408.888.4099 or williaml@averyassoc.net.

Paul Kimura or Bill Lopez
Avery Associates
3½ N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A
Los Gatos, CA 95030
E-mail: jobs@averyassoc.net

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