City of Boulder, CO

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The City of Boulder requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The City of Boulder is a great place to live, work, grow and play.

With over 300 miles of dedicated bikeways and more than 150 miles of hiking trails, Boulder values active lifestyles and access to nature. Forty-six thousand acres of protected land provide open space for passive recreation, natural environments, and a green belt around the city. With world class restaurants and art and music venues, The City of Boulder values diverse culture.

Respect is one of our five City Values (including Customer Service, Collaboration, Integrity, and Innovation) and we are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We celebrate and support our differences across all spectrums, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexuality. Through our focus on Racial Equity, our employee benefits, and the many programs resources we offer our staff, we continually strive to weave respect for one another into the fabric of our organization.

Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help us grow in service excellence for an inspired future.


Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Finance Deputy Director partners with the CFO and the Senior Budget Manager, Controller, and Deputy Controller in overall long-term financial planning and strategy to meet community priorities. Financial planning strategies include revenue mix, capital planning and debt financing opportunities.

The Finance Deputy Director assists the CFO in leading and overseeing all financial activities for the organization and within the Finance Department including accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, treasury, investments, budget, debt issuance and management, payroll, licensing, tax collection, tax auditing, purchasing, internal auditing, the city’s retirement plans, risk management, ERP support management, and mail room.

The Finance Deputy Director assists the CFO in planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating a comprehensive program of activities designed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the city’s financial programs and operations. The City operates under a decentralized environment where some financial functions are performed in other City departments and are not directly supervised by the CFO/Assistant Director. As such, the Assistant Director must possess strong interpersonal skills, tact, and the ability to build cooperative working relationships with other employees, departments/divisions, external entities, and the public in delivering effective and innovative services.

The successful candidate is seeking to join a team of people with a genuine desire to contribute to the success of the organization and the important community services the City provides. We promote a culture of appreciation and recognition while valuing individuality and inclusivity. The City of Boulder has implemented a hybrid work policy with a minimum requirement of two days per week in the office. The work environment is very casual, welcoming and encourages active meeting styles such as walking meetings – enjoying beautiful Boulder.

The starting pay for this position is $159,328 – $194,688 annually, commensurate with experience.


  • Accountab
     ility : Possesses a strong sense of personal and professional ethics, has high degree of integrity, and is committed to personal accountability and high standards.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Exhibits exceptional interpersonal skills; establishes and earns the trust of partners and direct reports.
  • Collaborati on : A team player who proactively connects with other departmental stakeholders, internal and external.
  • Leadership: A professional with a global perspective and mindset to leadership and management; values cross-training to avoid departmental silos; maintains a sense of humor in an often-demanding environment.
  • Innovati on : Flexible and innovative; able to visualize more than one solution to a situation; is good at bringing creative ideas forward and projecting how they might be received; can facilitate effective brainstorming.
  • Problem Solv ing : Results-oriented problem solver who anticipates change and adds value to the organization.
  • Organization and Organizational Agility : Marshals resources and orchestrates multiple activities at once to accomplish goals; uses resources effectively and efficiently, arranges information and in a practical and useful manner; understands how to get things done in the organizational or planning environment; uses interpersonal skills and relationships to work through processes and resources, using both informal and formal channels to achieve results.
  • Comfort Around Management: Reaches out to and resolve issues or needs with managers without undue tension and nervousness while understanding how managers think and work.
  • Customer Focus and Resolution : Meets customers’ needs through effective relationships and respect; researches customers’ needs and engages in creative thinking to develop service improvements or provide alternatives; proactively identifies ways to improve services to both internal and external customers.


  • Partners with the CFO on strategic planning, work planning, annual operating planning (budgeting), long-term financial planning, fund structure and fund analyses, debt strategies, and ballot issues.
  • Builds trust and good working relationships with city council members including specific finance committee members.
  • Assists the CFO in the establishment and maintenance of a sound accounting system for the city consistent with generally accepted accounting principles for municipalities and in accordance with applicable city, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Recommends to the CFO methods and procedures to be followed by the department, providing progressive leadership in the initiation and enactment of new and improved departmental policies and procedures.
  • Builds strong working relationships with department staff, directors and financial staff in the departments of the city to assist the CFO in the coordination and the development and implementation of financial processes, procedures and appropriate internal controls.
  • While the Finance Department has oversight responsibility for all funds of the city, much of the daily transactional work is performed by staff in the individual departments. Assesses current fund management structure and oversight and makes recommendations based upon best practices and operational excellence.
  • Manages ERP support activities for the Finance Department including working with staff on training programs, upgrades, reporting, and other activities related to support; ensures finance staff are adequately responding to help desk tickets in a timely manner.
  • Assists the CFO, Controller, and Senior Budget Manager, Risk Manager, Purchasing Manager and Payroll Supervisor in development of needed training programs for both finance staff and staff throughout the city.
  • Partner with all finance department managers on finance department organization structure and business processes to achieve operational excellence.


Ideal candidates are well rounded finance professionals with in-depth knowledge and experience in governmental finance with specific experience/knowledge in accounting, budgeting, treasury, investments, and debt management. Successful candidates will have the demonstrated working knowledge of financial administration and financial reporting and possess the ability to communicate complex data in understandable terms to internal and external customers. Candidates who possess strong management and leadership abilities and who are strategic thinkers with a big picture orientation will be successful in this role. Exceptional presentation skills are essential. Ideal candidates will be team-oriented managers who seek ways to mentor and grow their professional staff. While technical governmental finance expertise is expected, the Deputy Director will possess outstanding interpersonal skills with the proven ability to effectively engage Boulder’s numerous internal customers across departments. Proactive customer service skills and the ability to instill that same ethic among finance staff will be favorably considered.


(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Chief Financial Officer



A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field and a minimum of five years of experience in financial leadership and management are required.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:

Desirable qualifications include a relevant graduate degree and other advanced training in financial or administrative areas (including CPA and/or CPFO certification). Governmental finance experience is also highly desirable.

WORKING CONDITIONS – Required Physical 
and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:

Physical and Mental Effort: Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials. Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment and other office equipment. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to work in an office setting. Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and/ or operating a keyboard. Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.

Work Environment: Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment. Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.

Machines and equipment used include but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses standard office equipment including personal computers, telephones, and multi-function printers.

: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

$159,328 – $194,688 a year

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