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2296 Director of Finance

Director of Finance

Indio, CA, USA

Indio, CA, USA

City of Indio

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


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Director of Finance

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The City of Indio, California offers its next Director of Finance an exciting career opportunity to lead in a city with a high-performing organizational culture and strong commitment to delivering important projects and services to residents and visitors. This opportunity allows the successful candidate to join an Executive Team that enjoys working together and supporting one another in this diverse and quickly growing community.


Located in Southern California in the Coachella Valley, the City of Indio has a population of approximately 100,000 and spans approximately 30 square miles. Indio is currently the largest and fastest growing city in the Coachella Valley. The city is bursting with growth and development, downtown revitalization, and huge investments in community infrastructure. Nearly 1.4 million people visit the “City of Festivals” every year to attend its world-famous arts, food, and music festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival. These are just some of the reasons why Indio is ranked as one of the top emerging travel destinations in the country. The city’s temperate winter climate, high quality of life, art and cultural offerings, unique restaurants and shops, diversity, and outstanding municipal services appeal to residents and visitors alike and make Indio an extraordinary place to work, live, relax, and play.


The City's Finance Department is responsible for managing all the financial affairs of the City. The Department primarily provides essential internal support services and ensures compliance with the City’s procedures and internal controls. The Department is responsible for a wide range of services through the following functions: business licensing, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and revenue collection, purchase orders/capital projects/debt management, banking and investments, operations/audit reporting/general oversight, and administrative oversight and budgeting.

The Department is comprised of 13 personnel and the Finance Director has one direct report – the Finance Manager. The Finance Department has a current budget of $2.4 million.


Reporting to the City Manager, the Director of Finance provides administrative direction, plans, manages, oversees, and directs the operations and services of the Finance Department. Additionally, the Director of Finance oversees the $5 million Non-Departmental Budget Unit that funds grant services, various city memberships, tax abatements, and lease/debt obligations. Some of the essential job functions include accepting full responsibility for all Finance Department activities and services, including citywide budgeting, treasury, general accounting, auditing, payroll processing, utility billing, business licenses, and grant administration; managing the coordination and preparation of the budgets, funding mechanisms, and budget control activities; managing the City’s investment portfolio; and representing the City in City Council meetings, special commissions and boards, the community at large, and at professional meetings as required.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, strategic, and forward-thinking leader; embodies the City of Indio’s core principles they call the “3P’s” - polite, professional, and progressive; be a team player that maintains positive internal relationships within the City; demonstrates humility, a growth mindset, and a “get stuff done” attitude; and have a background in various areas of municipal finance with a career history in communities of similar size and complexity.


Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Economics, or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university. A Master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable.

  • Experience: Six (6) years of broad and extensive experience in municipal finance and accounting, including at least three (3) years of administrative and/or management level responsibility.

  • Certification: Certification as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California is highly desirable.


The annual salary range for the Finance Director is $185,000 to $218,000. Placement within the range is negotiable and dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The current salary range is under review with possible enhancements to be considered prior to July 1, 2024. The City of Indio also offers CalPERS retirement with a 2.7% @ 55 formula for Classic members and 2.0% @ 62 for PEPRA members. In addition, employees have the option to contribute to a 457 deferred compensation account (on a pre-tax basis), up to IRS limits.

For additional benefit information, refer to the detailed recruitment brochure by clicking on the .pdf link on this page.


This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Bryan Noblett or Greg Nelson at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply below immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool has been established.

The City of Indio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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