Finance Director

City of American Canyon , California

Job Information 



Executive Level


$113,526.00 - $170,269.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


09/30/2020 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The Opportunity

This leadership position represents a great opportunity for an “up-and-comer” or first time Director to join a progressive, trend-setting, and customer service-driven leadership team and organization. The City of American Canyon has bravely faced COVID-19 by carefully considering the future, evolving and digitizing its services to the community, and responding to this new paradigm. The new Finance Director will be motivated by using technology to take the department to the next level and serve the internal and external customers of this growing community in the most efficient and effective manner possible.


The Community

Located in the southern portion of world-famous, wine-growing Napa County, approximately 35 miles northeast of San Francisco, American Canyon first developed following World War II and incorporated in 1992. American Canyon plays an important role in the Napa Valley wine industry with continuous growth in wine logistics, wine making, storage and distribution. American Canyon is also home to growing major food production industries, such as Coca Cola, Barry Callebaut Chocolate, Mezzetta, and a new IKEA E-Commerce Distribution Center. With a current population of 20,500 in more than 6 square miles, the City plans for a population of 30,000 by 2030. American Canyon has a mix of original and newer housing stock including single-family residential units, apartments, and manufactured homes. The City’s residential growth rate justified the 2010 construction of LEED- certified American Canyon High School, home of the “Wolves,” with its extensive athletic facilities. A new elementary school is under construction. American Canyon is poised for future growth in two industrial parks and two specific plan areas. The parks include 5 million square feet of space for industrial users; a Broadway District Specific Plan to include 1,200 homes and 850,000 square feet of commercial development along Highway 29; and the Watson Ranch Specific Plan, which includes 1,250 homes and rejuvenation of century-old mine ruin structures into a tourist and entertainment center known as the Napa Valley Ruins and Gardens. American Canyon residents take great pride in their community and highly value the outdoor spaces and trails, numerous parks, and quality schools. Residents and business owners feel very safe and enjoy their diverse and engaged community


The Finance Department

American Canyon’s Finance Department provides a range of financial services to internal and external customers. Major functions include financial forecasting, budget development, financial management and reporting, accounts payable, citywide payroll, utility billing, business license, administration, purchasing, cash flow management, and investment management. The department has a FY 2020/21 operating budget of approximately $1.3 million and a total staff of eight employees within the two divisions of Accounting and Budget, which is each managed by a Management Analyst II. Additional staff within the department include one Accounting Technician and four Accounting Assistants. With recent retirements at the leadership level, the Finance Department has proactively rallied to cross train and support technical staff in order to ensure the continuation of quality services. The Finance Director will be a “working” director and will be a leader and member of the team.


The Position

Serving on the City’s Executive Team, the Finance Director reports to the Assistant City Manager and exercises direct and indirect supervision within the Finance Department. The Director also serves as lead staff to the Finance Committee, which includes the Mayor and the Vice Mayor, the City Manager and Assistant City Manager. Responsibilities of the Finance Committee focus on citywide financial and fiscal policy oversight, including investment review, budget, benefits, and insurance. The City is interested in candidates who are comfortable with and understand how to optimize technology to create more cost-effective and efficient practices. With ongoing efforts to create a “Virtual City Hall” during the current COVID19 pandemic, the City anticipates enhancing and maintaining a remote presence and on-line transactions across its operating departments. Experience in leading an ERP process and or financial software upgrades is also desired. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in finance, accounting, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field is required; Master’s degree and CPA is desirable. In addition, this position requires at least six years of increasingly responsible experience in financial management, accounting, or closely related field, including two years of management and supervisory responsibility.


The Compensation

The annual salary range for the Finance Director is $113,526 to $170,269, and appointment will be made depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. (Note: The City is experiencing unanticipated reductions to General Fund Revenue in FY 20/21 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  In order to preserve its relatively healthy reserve balances, the City is implementing 20 unpaid furlough days resulting in an approximately 7.7% reduction in wages paid to all employees.) The City’s competitive benefits package includes the following.

Retirement – CalPERS 2% @ 55 for Classic members; employee makes a 7% member contribution and employer portion (cost sharing) 4.855% is employee paid (effective 6/27/20). CalPERS 2% @ 62 for new members of CalPERS. Employee pays half the normal cost.

Health Insurance – City contributes a monthly payment equal to 90% of the Kaiser HMO premium rates at each level of coverage (employee only, employee plus one dependent, and family) for active employees. Employees covered by another insurance plan may be eligible for $400 per month in lieu of health coverage.

Cafeteria Plan – $365.13 to be used toward out-of-pocket medical health premium, if any, Life, Group LTD, Dental, and Vision Insurance and an Employee Assistance Program.

Vacation Accrual – 12-25 days based on years of service.

Holiday Leave – 15 days per year.

Management Leave – 15 days per fiscal year.

Sick Leave Accrual – 12 days per year, unlimited accumulation.

Retiree Medical – City contributes 100% of the current “Supplement/Managed Monthly Employee Only Rate for Kaiser Senior Advantage Bay Area” (currently $339.43) to assist with medical insurance costs for CalPERS covered retirees.

Deferred Compensation – Two voluntary plans available. City will contribute 2% of employee’s salary in a 401(A) with a 2% employee contribution.

Vehicle Allowance – $400 per month is provided to the Finance Director position.


The City of American Canyon does not participate in Social Security.


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