Chief Financial Officer (Director II)

Salary $135,574.00 – $216,902.00 Annually
Job Type At Will
Job Number 2020-00106
Closing Date & Time 2/28/2020 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana

Location 1120 SW 5th Ave, OR
Bureau OMF-Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services

Description: Chief Financial Officer (Director II)

Chief Financial Officer (Director II)

The Position

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services is seeking a Chief Financial Officer.

The Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services (BRFS) is the trusted advisor of the City’s finances, advancing sustainable long-term financial health. Chief Financial Officer (Director II) BRFS consists of seven divisions – Revenue, Debt Management, Treasury, Accounting, Procurement Services, Risk Management, and Grants Management.

BRFS provides coordinated, corporate financial planning and management, financial reporting and accounting, grants administration, public financing and debt management, investment and treasury management, cash management, revenue collection utility billing and customer service, and business taxation and regulation programs on behalf of and in support of Citywide operations and management.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is the bureau director responsible for directing and overseeing the City of Portland’s comprehensive, Citywide financial and grants management, financial planning and reporting, procurement and contracting processes, social equity contracting strategies, and revenue collection activities. Chief Financial Officer (Director II). The Director/CFO has the dual role of managing BRFS and its divisions and of providing Citywide leadership for long-term financial planning and forecasting activities on behalf of the City Council. Chief Financial Officer (Director II)

Reporting directly to the Chief Administrative Officer, the CFO works directly with the City’s elected leaders, City bureau directors and financial staff, and external stakeholders including partner jurisdictions, community groups, and customers.

Chief Financial Officer (Director II)

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Strategist: a Proven track record of developing and implementing innovative and data-driven best practices and process improvements that produce equitable and measurable outcomes.
  • Leadership: Exceptional leader of people and teams. Demonstrated leadership building an inclusive and welcoming culture with a reputation as an effective collaborator, trusted partner, and compassionate listener.
  • Financial Acumen: Demonstrated ability to lead high-quality financial management and revenue collection services and collaborate with elected officials and bureau leadership to ensure long-term financial sustainability.
  • Equity: Demonstrated competency ensuring intersectional inclusion is embedded in all areas of oversight.
  • Collaborator: Effectively builds partnerships and works collaboratively. A skilled facilitator and convener. Recognizes the essential importance of collaboration for this work. Chief Financial Officer
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with varied audiences, explain complicated and complex financial information in thorough and understandable verbal and written presentations, and be responsive to internal and external inquiries.
  • Process Improvement and Change Management: Experience developing and implementing innovative strategies tied to broader organizational objectives. Demonstrated experience in understanding customers’ strategic business needs and in implementing/streamlining systems and processes to achieve individual goals and objectives while maintaining enterprise-wide strategic objectives. Ability to effectively lead change.Chief Financial Officer
  • Accountability: Demonstrated commitment to accountability and compliance as fundamental to operations, not ancillary requirements.  Ability to navigate in a complex regulatory environment.

This position is exempt from civil service and is an “At Will” position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority, subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and the Portland City Charter and Code.

Chief Financial Officer
Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself to the City of Portland today. To qualify applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter  and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Ability and experience leading long-term financial planning and forecasting, supporting enterprise-wide approaches for financial management and revenue collection activities.
  2. Ability and experience directing the work of a department.
  3. Ability and experience establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, while providing consistent financial management, revenue collection, and procurement services.
  4. Knowledge and experience assessing and improving business processes to more efficiently and effectively provide services to internal and external customers.

In addition to providing a cover letter and resume, please submit a separate equity statement outlining your track record and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please limit the equity statement to a maximum of one page. Experiences may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group
  • experience living, working and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identities
  • track record of instilling equity and inclusion within operations

If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.

Chief Financial Officer (Director II)

Equity Commitment: 

For those applicants who meet the qualifications of this position, in accordance with the adoption of the Charles Jordan Standard and the City of Portland’s commitment to equity, the highest qualified minority candidate, highest qualified candidate identifying as female, and highest qualified candidate who identifies as a person with a disability will be included in the final interview process.

 To identify candidates who should be considered under the Charles Jordan Standard, we are asking applicants who meet the qualifications for this position to include information identifying their status as a minority, woman, and/or identification as a person with a disability in the required equity statement. Please see the City’s Charles Jordan Standard Portland Resolution No. 37180 for more information (Direct link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/564587).

The Recruitment process evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter, resume, and equity statement weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results.

**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**


  • Position closes: February 28, 2020
  • Semi-finalist interviews conducted: Week of March 16, 2020
  • Onsite interviews conducted: Week of April 13, 2020
  • The candidate selected: April 2020

Note: Timelines are subject to change. Preliminary reference checks will be conducted for the finalists prior to the onsite interviews. References will not be contacted without authorization from finalists.

Application Instructions:
Applicants must submit a professional résumé, equity statement and a cover letter specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement in accordance with the following application instructions:

  • Your résumé, equity statement, and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter and résumé any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the “To Qualify” section above.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.  E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted. Additional InformationWork Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans’ Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Contact Information
Teresa Dahrens, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
T[email protected]  
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


A Career with the City of Portland offers many Employee BenefitsThis summary outlines the benefit programs, actual benefits may vary depending on the bargaining unit and employment status.

The City of Portland offers a comprehensive benefits package that is competitive with other private and public sector employers.
More detailed information can be obtained by calling the Benefits & Wellness Office at 503-823-6031. Health Care (Medical, Vision,)

  • A choice of two medical/vision plans and two dental plans.
  • Coverage is available to benefits-eligible employees, their spouse/domestic partner, and eligible dependent children up to age 26.
  • For full-time employees, the City pays 95% of the cost of coverage, you pay 5%.
  • The part-time employees’ cost is pro-rated based on the number of hours in the employee’s regular work schedule.

Wellness Benefits

  • We offer many on-site fitness centre locations and classes, stretching,
  • discounts to local fitness clubs,
  • smoking cessation benefits,
  • chronic care coaching programs,
  • worksite wellness screenings and flu shots.

Life Insurance

  • Basic life insurance at no cost to full-time employees.
  • Levels of coverage are based on bargaining units, employment status and/or annual salaries.
    • Supplemental life insurance – employees may purchase up to $500,000 for themselves
    • up to $300,000 for their spouse or domestic partner.
    • up to $25,000 for dependent children.
    • This coverage is portable upon retirement or separation. There are some limitations to the coverage level.

Long Term Disability

  • Depending on your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for Basic Long Term disability coverage which will pay up to 40% of your basic monthly earnings up to $3,333 per month.
  • The benefit is available 60 days from the onset of the approved disability, or exhaustion of sick leave, whichever is later.
  • Preexisting condition limitations do apply.
  • Employees may also purchase an additional 20% (of your basic monthly earnings up to $1,667 per month) coverage.

Short-Term Disability

  • Depending on your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for Basic Short-Term disability coverage which will pay up to 40% of pre-disability earnings for eligible employees
  • The benefit is available after a 14-day waiting period and can continue for 90 days.
  • Pre-existing condition limitations do apply.
  • Employees may also purchase an additional 20% benefit (of your basic monthly earnings up to $1,667 per month) coverage.

Employee Assistance Plan

  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) provides confidential counseling services for employees and eligible dependents.
  • Effective July 1, 2013, the plan provides up to five free visits per year.

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) allows you to make pre-tax contributions to your account to pay for eligible medical/dental/vision expenses which are not paid by your health insurance (deductibles, co-pays, etc.)
  • Dependent Care Account Program (DCAP) allows you to pay for your eligible dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. The maximum allowable you may contribute to this plan is $5,000.


  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
    • The City currently pays the employee’s share of the retirement contribution.
    • Employees who are OPSRP members are vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65 (age 60 for police and fire.)
  • Option to contribute a portion of your earnings on a pre-tax basis to the City’s Deferred Compensation Program.

Paid Leave

  • 112 hours of vacation each year initially. This accrual will increase over time.
  • Sick leave typically accrues up to a maximum rate of 40 hours per the calendar year
  • 10 paid holidays each year
  • Three personal days accrue each year

Family Medical Leave
In accordance with federal and state law and the City policy for family medical leavethe City grants family and medical leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical-related reasons.
Other Benefits

  • City’s TRIP Reduction Incentive Program (for transportation options)
Agency City of Portland
Phone 503-823-6821
Address 1120 SW 5th Ave, 404

Portland, Oregon, 97204



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