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Deputy Director of Finance

City of Las Cruces, NM

In progress
Open until filled
$61,044 - $91,567
Job Function
Other, Non-Department Head

Full Time

Related Topics

Finance and Budgeting
Job Location

700 n main, 88001






700 N Main ST
Las Cruces , NM 88001-1120

Form of Govt

Council-Manager (City)


Chief appointed official position was recognized by ICMA in 1948 as a Council-Manager position.

Manages, directs, and supervises activities in the financial services department which include the accounting,
accounts payable, and payroll sections.
• Plans, develops, and implements effective accounting strategies, policies, and procedures to meet strategic
planning initiatives and goals; supervises the development and implementation of financial management
systems in various mediums and formats, including general ledger and other subsystems, to ensure
effective operations and internal controls; evaluates and modifies established policies and procedures as
necessary to improve services and efficiencies.
• Maintains a thorough knowledge of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) regulations, audit
requirements, federal and state grant compliance, fraud detection and prevention, internal controls, and
operational efficiencies to keep current on relevant rules, regulations, and procedures.
• Prepares and presents various regular and recurring reports to provide timely, accurate, and current
information and analysis; applies professional judgment and advises management of situations or issues
that deviate from expected results to recommend appropriate solutions or options; oversees the preparation
of periodic financial statements and reports and ensures that external document submissions are accurate
and timely.
• Coordinates and manages the annual audit to ensure that accounts and records are compliant with
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and government regulations; directs the preparation of
the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); compiles information and data for financial
statements and reports to prepare the annual management discussion and analysis (MD&A) of the financial
condition; communicates with the Office of the State Auditor to resolve audit/CAFR issues.
• Meets regularly with staff to review work in progress, discuss and resolve administrative, workload, and
technical issues, and prioritize and assign tasks and projects; evaluates and analyzes functions, resources,
processes, and procedures to identify issues and recommend changes for improvement; interprets
applicable rules and regulations to provide guidance in developing, implementing, and administering
policies and procedures.
• Manages staff through proper delegation and work supervision to provide appropriate levels of service and
resources; coordinates and manages various projects, monitors work, evaluates performance, trains,
counsels, coaches, and instructs employees to meet established goals and objectives; ensures staff adhere
to established policies and procedures to remain compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.
• Prepares and administers assigned budgets; establishes and maintains effective communication and
coordination of accounting, disbursement, and payroll functions, processes, and procedures to ensure
adherence to established policies and procedures; establishes standard operating procedures for assigned
functions and sections; coordinates, attends, and participates in meetings to provide timely and accurate
information, reports, and updates.
• Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of software applications works with the appropriate staff and/or
vendor representative to identify issues and resolve areas of concern.
• Oversees accounting and financial reporting for other agencies and organizations that the City of Las
Cruces represents as the fiscal agent; coordinates the annual audit of these agencies to ensure that
accounts and records are compliant with GAAP and applicable government regulations; oversees and
reviews the monthly financial statements and periodic reports that are prepared for agency boards to ensure
information is provided timely and accurately.
• Maintains appropriate business relations with vendors, auditors, regulators, and various other outside
agencies and groups to facilitate positive working relations; oversees and monitors payment to vendors,
debt service on revenue and tax bonds,

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business or Public Administration or related field PLUS five (5) years of
increasingly responsible accounting experience. Three (3) years of qualifying experience must be in an
administrative role supervising staff. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in
accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.
Registration as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Internal
Auditor, or related certification may be preferred.
Extensive knowledge of: principles, practices, techniques, activities, rules, and regulations related to the
operations and functions of the services provided; generally accepted accounting and auditing principles related
to public sector financial administration; Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Financial
Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) standards,
recommended practices and policies; Federal and state grant and special fund accounting regulations,
procedures, and standards; principles and practices of administrative management, personnel rules, budgeting,
strategic planning, and effective employee supervision; business and personal computers, and related software
applications; City organization, operations, policies and procedures to effectively perform the required functions
and duties of the position.
Ability to: perform a variety of duties and responsibilities timely and with accuracy to meet deadlines and to
ensure achievement of goals and objectives; research and compile applicable information and maintain
accurate records; analyze trends and statistical information to prepare and present accurate, timely, and reliable
reports containing findings and/or recommendations; read, understand, interpret, and ensure compliance with
a variety of standards, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations governing related activities, programs, and
functions; communicate appropriately and effectively orally and in writing; firmly and impartially supervise,
coach, counsel, mentor, lead, and direct the activities of assigned staff; use initiative and independent judgment
within established procedural guidelines; respond timely and effectively to issues of concern; establish and
maintain effective and appropriate working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public to
appropriately address, resolve, prevent, or minimize issues and items of concern.
Skills in: analyzing issues, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings to
address concerns and/or make recommendations to improve programs, policies, processes, procedures, and
methods; understanding and applying accounting standards, processes, procedures, and applicable rules and
regulations; analyzing and interpreting financial documents and preparing financial reports; reading,
interpreting, and communicating policies, regulations, and technical information; reviewing, preparing,
evaluating, and verifying relevant records, reports, calculations, documentation, and presentations; maintaining
complete and accurate records; effectively managing and leading staff, and delegating tasks; interpreting
technical instructions and analyzing complex variables; operating a personal computer with installed generic
and specialized software; assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and demands to ensure
achievement of goals and objectives.
Work is performed in a standard office environment.
Light physical demands; frequent use of a personal computer and standard office equipment.
Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond
normal business hours, and responding to customer issues. Regular attendance is an essential function of this
job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and
Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.

How to Apply

Individuals should apply online through the Employment Opportunities link on the City of Las Cruces website at

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