Finance Director

Port Hueneme, California
$126,422 - $164,340 Annually
Apr 28, 2021
May 25, 2021
Government & Institutions
Finance Officer
Contract Type

The City of Port Hueneme, “A Small City Doing Big Things” is seeking an innovative and visionary Finance Director. The City’s recently adopted Strategic Plan promotes Community Pride, Economic Development and Recognition of our internal Talent.  As a key member of the executive leadership team, the Finance Director will have a key role in implementing this plan.

The new Finance Director, in pursuit of optimal service delivery and efficient business processes, will be responsible for leading the organization in a transformational shift from legacy practices. This leader will develop tactical relationships and foster collaboration of key stakeholders to fulfill strategic plan initiatives and associated master plans.   Supporting new business attraction and retention, the Finance Director will promote innovative approaches in partnership with economic and community development efforts. While engaging a dynamic finance team of 14 dedicated employees, this leader will administer a $1.2 million department budget and oversees the City of Port Hueneme City-wide budget of over $53M, including $22M General Fund and $31M enterprise or special funds.  The Finance Department supports the City Manager in overseeing trust and pension investments.

Reporting directly to the City Manager, the primary goal of this position will be to make fiscally responsible decisions, leveraging technology and resources to maintain high customer service levels, improve operational efficiencies, and implement strategies and guiding principles which align with the business needs of the community.  This leader will serve as chief financial advisor to the City Manager, providing professional advice to City Council, City Manager, department directors and makes presentations to City Council, boards, commissions and the general public.  

Critical issues facing this new Finance Director include:

  • Technology and process transformation to best leverage automation and enhance customer experience
  • Finalize and implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system transition
  • Budget, Investment, and Debt Management Policy design and implementation
  • Business and Operations data analytics and continuous improvement
  • Rapidly improve Management financial and business acumen
  • Guide intense 5-year Capital Improvement Plan
  • Expand City strategic economic relationships and partnerships

The Finance Director will be required to relate well to all kinds of people within an organization and must view organizational politics as a necessary part of business life maneuvering through complex situations effectively.  With a wealth of staff management experience, this leader must be able to quickly read talent and effectively and equitably manage the creative process in others.  The Finance Director will be required to display their intellectual horsepower to meet challenges while continuing to drive for results.  Able to present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner, they must act in line with the core values of the organization in both good and bad times.

Find a personally rewarding career in municipal government. We offer leadership that allows you to maximize your potential and receive recognition for your own talents. Join our team and get the recognition you deserve! We value diversity in our work environment and know that employees treated with respect not only perform better, but further the mission and purpose of the Strategic Plan. We offer an outstanding benefits package, an office near the beach and much more!
City of Port Hueneme

Guided by a strategic vision created to provide and enhance needed services over the coming years, the City of Port Hueneme is “A Small City Doing Big Things.”  Within City of Port Hueneme, there are approximately 23,000 people living within 4.5 square miles.  The City’s core businesses include: law enforcement, economic development, natural resources and parks, community services, public works and administrative services. The five members of the City Council serve as the legislative branch of government. This Council adopts ordinances and motions, sets policy for the City, and holds approval authority for the City budget.
Critical to success in all areas is the commitment to successful implementation and continuous process improvement. Recent and ongoing efforts to align to the City’s Strategic Plan/Roadmaps, improve financial acumen of City staff and implementation of technological modernizations will continue to improve our foundation. Even more important to our foundation is an increased priority and reliance on our workforce. Our staff is our most valuable asset and we continue to empower them by providing appropriate tools, management interaction including clear expectations and direct feedback, and appropriate training on technologies, processes, and soft skills.

By matching our strategies with our core values and driving principles of being a service focused organization, committed to our customers and citizens, empowering our staff, and seeking to continually improve our processes, we solidify our commitment of best serving the City of Port Hueneme citizens.

For information about the status of your application please contact Melanie Hanisco at (805) 986-6510 or email