Finance Director

City of San Luis Obispo, CA

Finance Director
City of San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo (SLO) is at the heart of California’s majestic Central Coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. San Luis Obispo covers 13.6 square miles and is home to 47,000 residents. Idyllic and nestled within a backdrop of rolling hills, SLO represents a community that is committed to being a place where all people feel valued, respected, and that they belong.

The City operates under a two-year Financial Plan with a 2021-23 General Fund budget of $202 million. San Luis Obispo is financially sound, and cautiously optimistic about the future.  The San Luis Obispo Finance Department consists of a team of 15 talented and innovative professionals responsible for the preparation and management of the City budget and annual financial statements, administration of the City’s treasury and revenue operations, management of the City’s fiscal resources, and general accounting functions.  As the leader of this team, the Finance Director is responsible for training, mentoring and guiding their team.  The Director also serves as guardian of the City’s organizational strategy, generating ideas, and finding solutions to move the City forward.  

The City of San Luis Obispo is seeking a highly communicative and collaborative leader to be their next Finance Director, proven to be equally as effective in the technical management and administration of the City’s finances as in their ability to build relationships and develop and inspire staff.  The San Luis Obispo Finance Director is a valued member of the City’s Leadership Team, and a trusted advisor for the City Manager.  The Finance Director will serve as the City’s Treasurer, managing the City’s investment portfolio and banking relationships and chairing the Investment Oversight Committee.  The typical candidate would have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in accounting, business administration, public administration, economics, or related field and five years of increasingly responsible professional level financial management (budget administration, fiscal operations, accounting and auditing, etc.) experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree is preferred.  The annual salary range is $165,178 to $206,492, and the City provides a competitive benefit package.

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Peckham & McKenney

Resumes are acknowledged within two business days.  Call Tara Schultz at (626) 644-1398 for more information. A detailed brochure is available at

Filing deadline is September 15, 2022.