Finance Director Recruitment


 City of Alameda


 Invites your application for the position of…

Finance Director

Apply Here by June 24, 2020


 Experience the vibrant feel of this Bay Area island community!



The City of Alameda is a 10.6 square mile island community located in San Francisco Bay. Alameda is just seven miles east of San Francisco, and less than one mile west of the City of Oakland.  Alameda is a diverse community with a population of approximately 79,000.

According to Money Magazine, the City of Alameda compares favorably to the "best places to live" in America. That is, in part, due to the small town feel of this Bay Area island community. It also has a high median family income, a large number of educational institutions nearby, more than double the number of restaurants and libraries as the "best places average," excellent air quality, and better than average weather



In 1916, Alameda became a charter city and was one of six cities that were the first in California to adopt the Council-Manager form of government. Under this form, the City is governed by a five-member City Council. Programs and services are administered by a City Manager.

The City Council is elected on a non-partisan basis. Council members serve four-year staggered terms, with two Council members elected every two years. The Mayor is elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor and Council members are elected at large, and subject to two elected term limits. The City Auditor and the City Treasurer are also elected by the voters. There are no term limits associated with these positions.

The Mayor and City Council are responsible for passing ordinances and policies; adopting the budget; appointing citizens to Boards and Commissions; and hiring the three Charter offices of City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk. As chief executive officer, the City Manager provides the leadership and organizational direction for the operation and management of all City departments. The City Manager implements the policies and ordinances of the City Council, overseeing operations of the City, and appointing the City’s department heads.



Organized under 14 departments, the City provides a broad range of services including police and fire protection; construction and maintenance of streets, parks, storm drains and other infrastructure; recreational and cultural activities, including a golf complex comprised of two 18-hole championship golf courses and one nine-hole executive course; and general government and administrative support services. Additionally, the City provides power to residents through its electric utility, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). For more information, please go to:


The mission of the Finance Department is to protect and enhance the City’s fiscal health; promote financial accountability and transparency; implement current and best practices; and maintain a well-trained and engaged staff – there are currently 17 full-time staff members in the department including two limited term accountants. The Department manages the financial planning and accounting for the City, including revenue forecasting and expenditure control. The Department also provides financial reporting, payroll services, purchasing, accounts payable, business licenses, and administration of the City’s outstanding debt obligations, while acting in a fiduciary capacity for assessment districts. The department is currently evaluating the staffing needs of the department to ensure its ability to meet the needs of the City.

The City is currently in the process of implementing Tyler Munis with planned go lives dates starting in January of 2021. The Finance Director will be an active member of the implementation team.

The City operates on a two-year budget cycle. The Fiscal Year 2020-21 mid-cycle updated total budget for the City of Alameda and its Successor Agency is anticipated to be approximately $220 million (including a CIP of $22 million), and there are 550 full-time equivalent staff positions.


Appointed by the City Manager and reporting to the Assistant City Manager (under current management structure), the Finance Director is a critical member of the City’s executive management team. The position works closely with the City Manager’s Office on global issues in the City, particularly as it relates to financial forecasts and the budget, and directly with the elected Auditor and Treasurer to ensure proper accountability and sound management of assets.

The Finance Director is responsible for all operations of the Finance Department, including:

  • Acting as a strategic partner with the City Manager and Assistant City Manager to anticipate and address organizational and community issues, concerns, and opportunities;

  • Coordinating the long-term financial position and planning of the City;

  • Organizing and monitoring all financial and fiscal activities, internal controls, and financial systems;

  • Planning and managing the City’s operating and capital improvement budgets and a comprehensive program of financial management;

  • Ensuring that the financial affairs of the City comply with all legal requirements and administrative regulations;

  • Ensuring that accounting practices and methodologies produce full financial disclosure and preventing adverse audit opinions;

  • Collaborating and providing leadership to inter-disciplinary project teams comprised of designated City staff, consultants, and various parties, particularly relating to internal systems such as finance, budget, and human resources;

  • Advising the City Manager and Assistant City Manager on emerging issues, program needs, and assist in the preparation and presentation of programs for consideration by the Executive Leadership Team and City Council;

  • Managing the implementation of newly approved programs;

  • Planning, directing, and coordinating, the work plan for departmental functions;

  • Providing leadership, direction, coaching, and development for all Finance Department employees.

A team-player who has the strength of character and depth of knowledge to inspire and lead the Finance Department’s talented, dedicated staff.

  • An experienced manager with the ability to ensure the continued success of the Finance Department.

  • Technically strong to ensure the City’s continued financial stability.

  • A thoughtful communicator to tactfully and diplomatically address issues and challenges, leading the Department by example in tackling difficult or controversial matters head-on and encouraging open discussion that is respectful of others’ roles, responsibilities, and points of view.

  • Be a strong collaborative leader with exceptional interpersonal skills and a commitment to developing strong, positive working relationships not only with the staff of the Department, City Manager, and Assistant City Manager, but also with the elected City Auditor, City Treasurer, and the entirety of the Executive team.

An advanced degree such as a master’s in public administration or related field is preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required.

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The Salary Range for the Finance Director is $174,698 - $212,348 annually based on a 37.5 hour work week; placement within the range is dependent upon qualifications.  The City also offers a competitive benefits package, including:

  • Retirement Program – CalPERS retirement formula of 2% @ 55 for classic members or 2% @ 62 for PEPRA (new) members. Classic members pay 7% as pre-tax contribution and also 1.868% as pre-tax City contribution.  New members pay half the normal cost as determined by PERS. The City does not participate in Social Security; however, employees contribute 1.45% for Medicare.

  • Medical, Dental & Life Insurance – Pre-tax monthly allowance up to $2,475.48 is provided by the City for PERS health; depending upon health plan and number insured; dental insurance for the employee and all eligible dependents and a $100,00 life insurance policy are provided by the City

  • Vacation – 150 hours of vacation per year, increasing according to length of service time up to a max of 187.5 hours annually

  • Holidays – 10 observed plus 5.5 floating holidays

  • Sick Leave – 90 hours per year.  Unused sick leave may be converted to PERS service credit upon retirement

  • Automobile Allowance – $250 per month.

  • Administrative Leave- 37.5 Hours annually- cashed out if not used

  • Long-Term Disability – The City provides LTD insurance up to $8,000 per month

  • Optional Benefits – Several optional insurance plans are available to eligible employees including vision, flexible spending account, dependent care program, long-term care, additional life insurance and 457 deferred compensation plans.

  • Deferred Comp – City matches up to 1% of employee’s salary


 Click Here to submit your resume and cover letter.

The final filing date is June 24, 2020. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of July 6, 2020.

If you have questions regarding this position or process, please feel free to contact: Nancy Bronstein, Human Resource Director, (510) 747-4922 or

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.