The City of Grand Prairie, Texas is ideally located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Just minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the community is home to more than 195,000 people. The City’s ideal location, excellent access, forward-focused local leaders, and hometown feeling are just some of the qualities that make Grand Prairie attractive to residents and new businesses.
The City is seeking a Chief Financial Officer who is a strong, innovative, and progressive leader with a collaborative management style who will engage employees through teamwork and motivation. The ideal candidate must have a depth of experience and knowledge with all aspects of municipal financial administration operations. The City’s executive team is highly efficient, creative in solutions, and striving to make Grand Prairie world-class. The traits they focus on continually are: Integrity, Strategic Thinker, Approachable/friendly, Visionary and progressive, Innovative, Decisive, and Strong Communicator. The Chief Financial Officer will demonstrate a commitment to the City’s mission “to create Raving Fans by delivering World Class Service” and will maintain an open-door policy. Effective communication and interpersonal skills are imperative to interact effectively with and gain the respect and trust of the staff, city personnel, citizens, and City Council.
The selected candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or a related field. A graduate degree and designation as a CPA are preferred. Credentials as a Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Public Finance Officer, or Certified Government Finance Officer are highly desired. Preferred candidates will have a minimum of five years of increasing responsibility and experience in public finance administration to include financial management, budgeting, accounting, and auditing, ideally in a municipal entity. The incoming CFO should also have a minimum of five years in a managerial or executive position of leadership. Experience in preparing for successful external financial audits is desirable. Knowledge of state programs and financing alternatives for economic development projects is strongly preferred. Knowledge and experience in evaluating and implementing ERP systems are a plus.