Los Altos is a diverse and highly educated community with residents who have a long tradition of active volunteering and engagement with City government and other community service organizations. Tree-lined streets and a small-village atmosphere characterize Los Altos, which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many Silicon Valley executives, managers, and engineers choose to live in this City of over 30,000 because of its attractive climate, lovely neighborhoods, and charming downtown. Los Altos has been identified as a top Bay Area locale for families with children. Los Altos has several highly ranked schools that serve K-12 students, including schools recognized as California Distinguished Schools and National Blue-Ribbon Schools. Los Altos is a General Law City and operates under the Council/Manager form of government. The five members of the City Council are elected to four-year overlapping terms, with the Mayor selected among his/her peers to serve a one-year term.
The Finance Department provides fiscal information to all City departments and manages the development and analysis of the budget. The Finance Director plans, directs, manages, and oversees citywide financial activities and operations within the Finance Department, including budget preparation and supervision of accounting procedures. The Finance Director also provides advice on the City’s investment portfolio and coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. The ideal candidate will possess excellent problem-solving skills and a can-do attitude. This person communicates effectively and proactively both verbally and in writing; fosters an environment that ensures superior customer experiences; and has a high degree of responsiveness and innovative problem solving. The incumbent will foster trust in both internal and external relationships with a strategic focus on providing exemplary customer service.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university is required, preferably with a major in Accounting, Financial Management, Economics, Business or Public Administration or closely related field, with an emphasis on Finance. Possession of a Master’s in Accounting and/or a certification as a Certified Public Accountant is highly desirable. Candidates should be able to demonstrate five (5) years of progressively responsible municipal finance work or any equivalent combination of education and experience; and a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience. The annual salary range for the at-will Finance Director is $173,943-$221,008; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. The City also offers an attractive benefits package.