Deadline to apply: Continuous (first review of applications will begin on July 30, 2019)
Salary: $144,555 to $209,618 annually
POSITION SUMMARY: Are you an accomplished leader who loves strategy, people and making a difference in your community? If so, you should consider applying to be Metro's next chief financial officer. We're looking for an innovative and inclusive leader who thinks strategically about a broad range of financial and organizational issues – and wants to use those skills to improve the quality of life in the greater Portland.
As chief financial officer, you'll draw on your firm grasp of government finance to lead Metro in developing and implementing goals, objectives and programs that provide accountability, make the most of taxpayers' investments and build public trust. We're looking for an experienced fiscal manager with the business acumen necessary to maintain Metro's current AAA bond rating and balanced budget. The successful candidate will ensure Metro is on a course to protect its long-term financial stability during a period of growth.
As a member of Metro's senior leadership team, you'll play a critical role in shaping and executing policy and protecting public investments – including a $653 million regional affordable housing program recently adopted by voters, a proposed $475 million parks and nature bond measure that voters will consider this fall and a regional transportation funding package in the development phase. You'll work with the Metro Council and Chief Operating Officer on Metro's budget, quarterly reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and negotiate with Metro's city and county partners on issues of regional significance. Your ability to convey complex financial concepts to senior leaders, elected officials and community members is essential.
We're looking for somebody with a passion for public service, a commitment to customer service and a willingness to question the status quo. As the department champion, you will lead staff and foster collaboration, building on successes and challenging Metro's high-performance team to develop and change to meet greater Portland's evolving needs.
The next Chief Financial Officer will share Metro's commitment to shaping a better future for everyone in greater Portland, including communities of color and others who have not benefited equally from public investments. You should be prepared to live these values, both through the financial policies and practices you develop and the way you lead your team. At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.
The Chief Financial Officer will be an experienced leader with at least eight years of broad experience in gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. Experience will include managing all facets of budget and finance for a complex organization with multiple funding sources, including federal and state contracts and an affiliate structure with diverse program areas. Experience in public utility management in a union environment is preferred. A Bachelor's degree in the field of Accounting, Business Management, Public Administration or similar field is required; a CPA or Master's degree is preferred. Previous fund accounting experience in city or county government is highly desirable as is at least five years of experience as a director of finance or equivalent, preferably in a public or nonprofit organization with an annual budget of at least $100 million.
Led by an elected council, this unique government gives all residents of greater Portland a voice in shaping the future and provides parks, venues, services and tools at a regional scale. We find solutions for our area’s garbage and recycling that protect clean air and water; help plan land use and development to provide jobs and safe transportation; manage local venues that provide a connection to arts and culture and help keep the economy growing; protect 17,000 acres of parks and natural areas, and run the Oregon Zoo, to keep nature close to home.
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Metro is committed to hiring and supporting staff who reflect the diversity of our communities, and to creating welcoming workplaces. We know diverse voices make the region better and help us fulfill our public mission. Learn more at oregonmetro.gov/diversity
Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer