City of Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a full-service charter city operating under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council consists of five Council Members elected at-large to four-year terms. Each year the Council chooses the Mayor and Vice- Mayor from among the Council Members. The City Clerk and City Treasurer are also elected.

Signal Hill is ethnically and culturally diverse and proud to be a progressive City that is attentive to the needs of its residents. Its 128 full-time equivalent employees take a proactive approach to providing top notch services and ensuring a high quality of life for Signal Hill residents. While the organization expects a great deal from staff members, the culture supports flexibility and recognizes the value of work-life balance.

The Finance Department is a service-oriented team that provides services and support to internal departments and to the public. The Department is authorized for 8 FTE’s assigned to finance, risk management, administration, payroll/benefits; and contract management over Information Technology services. The Department accounts for all City and Successor Agency expenditures, administers business licensing and full-service water utility billing, accounts for revenue collection, performs city wide accounting functions, including grant accounting, processes the biweekly payroll, prepares payment of all obligations for review and approval by the City Council, and sends out approved check warrants. In conjunction with, and subject to the independent certification of the City/Agency independent audit firm, the Department prepares the City’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). The Department also prepares annual reports for the State Controller and other State and Federal agencies. Under the direction of the City Manager, the Department prepares the City’s annual budget.

Under general direction, the Deputy Director of Finance manages the day-to-day operations and supervision of the City’s Finance department; provides general and specific direction to subordinate employees; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Finance/ Administrative Services Officer; and serves as a member of the City’s Management Team.

The City of Signal Hill is seeking a candidate for this position that has exceptional local government accounting experience who has the strength of character and depth of knowledge to inspire, lead and mentor the talented, dedicated staff in the Finance Department. The candidate must be highly experienced, innovative, and customer service-oriented finance expert who is an outstanding manager with depth of knowledge to inspire and lead the Department’s dedicated staff by setting a positive example. The successful candidate will be a strong project director having the ability to foster a working environment of collaboration and develop effective rapport with employees from all departments.

The ideal candidate would have the opportunity to work alongside the current Director of Finance and should be comfortable stepping into the role of Acting Director of Finance in the near future. The City is highly interested in a candidate with the strong potential to promote to the Director of Finance position.

Salary: $120,935.27 – $154,347.38 Annually. Please follow this link to view the Deputy Finance Director Brochure. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to by March 8, 2024. Please contact Sherry Johnson at 714-273-4187 should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.