Director of Finance

City of Ames, IA

Aug 6th, 2022
$ 108051 - 167710 / Year

Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 66,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.

The City of Ames is searching for the right candidate to fill the opening for Director of Finance.

Under administrative direction, this position directs the activities of the Finance Department and the fiscal affairs of the City and its utilities; performs related work as required.

In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to the supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work history on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient.

Compensation Philosophy:

The City of Ames has a compensation philosophy that the starting pay for our merit salary ranges establishes the salary for employees who meet minimum requirements of a position. The median of any merit salary range is for an employee who can reasonably meet all expectations of the position responsibilities without initial extensive training. In order for employees to have an opportunity to grow within their position, we may consider a candidate’s education, experience, and skills above the minimum requirements when looking at a salary closer to or slightly above the median. The median for this position is $137,880 annualized.


Our comprehensive benefits package can be viewed at: City of Ames Benefits

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. For more information, please visit:

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Examples of Essential Job Functions

Directs the activities and functions of the Finance Department including but not limited to responsibility for budgeting; central accounting system; collection of revenues, charges, and levies; utility billing and collection; debt issuance and debt management; cash management; investment management; special assessment processing; retirement plan administration; financial management, payroll financial management of self-insured benefit plans; information services; economic development and financial incentive analysis and administration; state, federal, and private grant administration; purchasing; and print shop operations. Ensures that department activities comply with all relevant federal, state, and local regulations. Establishes internal control structure to ensure protection of City assets. Assists in the formulation and execution of policy. Directs the preparation of statements and reports on City financial affairs for administrative officials, the City Council, and the general public. Develop and maintain collaborative working relationship with partners in human resources.

Consults with and reviews the activities of division heads; determines desired objectives. Directs the selection, training, performance review, and discipline of Finance employees. Performs other projects as assigned.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement; inspiring creativity and innovation; being customer driven; making data-driven decisions; committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion; championing employee involvement; striving for excellence; having fiscal stewardship; acting with honesty and integrity; exhibiting leadership; choosing a positive attitude; respecting one another; promoting safety and wellness; and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in accounting, finance, or closely related field; plus five years of professional experience in finance, three of which must have been at the senior staff or management level in local government; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses and Certificates: Preference given for municipal experience, Certified Public Accountant or Certified Public Finance Officer designations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of municipal finance, centralized accounting, municipal budgeting, debt management, purchasing, auditing, and contracting. Considerable knowledge of laws and legislative trends relating to municipal finance. Knowledge of Government Finance Officers Association recommended practices for local governments debt policies and procedures. Knowledge of reference and resources available in the field of municipal finance administration. Knowledge of computer systems, applications, and networks, especially as they relate to effective government operations. Knowledge of modern supervisory principles and practices including selection, training, motivation, performance evaluation and discipline. Knowledge of the modern principles and practices of team management.

Skill in determining the City’s immediate and long-range needs for services provided by the Finance Department. Skill in planning and directing the effective utilization of department and City resources. Skill in the use of automated finance systems. Skill in the resolution of conflicts.

Considerable ability to plan and direct the operations of municipal finance, utility billing, information services, and purchasing functions. Considerable ability to analyze complex information and make prudent recommendations. Considerable ability to advocate quality improvement and customer service initiatives within the department and throughout the City. Considerable ability to develop professional relationships and interact effectively with members of the City Council, city administration and management team, City employees, consultants, and the general public. Ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing. Ability to make effective public presentations. Ability to implement, interpret and apply policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements. Ability to utilize up-to-date technology and applications to accomplish customer service goals.

Supplemental Information

Required Physical Activities: Talking, hearing, grasping, and finger dexterity.

Physical Characteristics of Work: Sedentary work requiring routine lifting of objects under 10 pounds.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures and the use of a computer terminal.

Environmental Conditions: Office environment; the worker is not subject to adverse environmental conditions.

Examples of Equipment Used on the Job: Computer including keyboard, monitor, and mouse; general office equipment such as calculator, copy machine, writing utensils, and files. Communication equipment including telephone, e-mail, and fax machine. A wide variety of printed material such as budget printouts, annual reports, reference material, etc. A variety of financial and accounting software.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, phone interview, hiring assessment, on-site interview which will include a manager meeting and written exercise and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check. All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

**Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.**

Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego phone interviews.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Applicants with disabilities may submit requests for ADA testing or interview accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the test or interview.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.

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