City of San Rafael

Marin County’s first incorporated city, San Rafael lies midway between San Francisco and California’s famous Sonoma and Napa wine countries. San Rafael is the economic and cultural heart of Marin County, and its outstanding quality of life is centered on its commercial districts, diverse neighborhoods, engaged community, active lifestyle, and natural environment. The City offers both a small-town feel and a lively urban atmosphere. The City was just voted one of the top three 2022 Best Places to Work in local government by ELGL, a nationally recognized organization. Employees were praised for being a vital part of creating a wonderful community and for demonstrating trust in one another, allowing the city to break down silos and model their culture initiative, Together San Rafael. The City of San Rafael also received the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence at the 2019 League of California Cities conference for outstanding efforts to deliver services and engage residents.

The new Finance Director will join a well-established and thriving local municipality. The staff and leadership team for the City of San Rafael is high-functioning, collaborative and forward-thinking. Managers and Directors remain committed to the ten (10) values of “Let’s Lead Together” and it is expected that the new Finance Director will also embrace these values. Under general direction from the Assistant City Manager, the Finance Director will manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Finance Department, including financial reporting, general accounting, payroll, budget preparation, fiscal policy analysis and recommendations, debt administration, revenue management, and business license processing. The City of San Rafael is seeking a progressive and seasoned Finance Director. The ideal candidate will be a creative out-of-the-box thinker who is willing to make difficult decisions. The City of San Rafael offers an attractive compensation and benefits program. The salary range for this position is $164,124 – $199,500 annually; placement within this range is dependent on qualifications and experience. 

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Gary Phillips at (916) 784-9080. Filing Deadline: April 23, 2023

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