Finance Director, Morro Bay, CA

Finance Director, Morro Bay, CA

The Community

Morro Bay, one of seven friendly cities in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, sits on the amazing Central Coast of California. This is a fantastic place to live and work: miles of uncrowded beaches for running and walking, gorgeous hills for biking and hiking, watersports of all kinds from surfing to paddle boarding to kayaking to sailing and fishing. Fresh local fish and produce year-round, excellent arts and entertainment centered around Cal Poly and SLO, great community college, and no traffic.

Morro Bay is a wonderful 10,000-person community, a full-service city in the midst of a measured revitalization effort to put the community on excellent fiscal footing as we enter our second 50 years. Niche, eco-friendly businesses are relocating here, home-grown software businesses are seeking to stay in the city, the Morro Bay Oyster Company is expanding, the 100 bay-front and ocean-front acres of the now-idle power plant the city grew up around will soon be redeveloped.


The Position

morro bay city hallOur new Finance Director (FD) will be part accountant, part CFO and part expert communicator. Re-forming and leading a finance staff of five, the FD must be equally comfortable tracking weekly budget performance, crafting expert alternatives and analysis for major financial decisions, and communicating all of this to everyone, everywhere, in a manner easily understandable to the layman.

While California municipal finance experience is certainly a plus, the City Manager is far more interested in intellect, precision, communication, innovation and dedication to excellence. Finance professionals seeking professional growth and who may have an interest in future service as a City Manager are encouraged to apply.

See this brochure for specific details about the position.



The City is offering a competitive compensation and benefits package. Salary Range is $115,000 – $140,000, DOQ. See brochure for full list including CALPERS retirement.


Hiring Process

Our current Admin Services Director departs for retirement around November 1, 2016 and the City Manager intends to have a full two months of overlap with the incoming Finance Director. We plan for our new finance wizard to start work around August 29th , if not earlier.

  • morro bay sealJune 17: Applications Due / Initial Review
  • June 27-30: Skype Interviews with top national candidates.
  • July 11-13: Final Interviews, Morro Bay, CA
  • July 18: Candidate Selected / Announced
  • August 29: First day of work, Morro Bay, CA


How to Apply

We are looking for a creative finance professional who has great communication skills and can operate in a fast-paced, 21 st century environment. It is your job to convince us to interview you, then hire you. Resume, cover letter, work samples, links, other demonstrations of competence and success – whatever you want to send, and how it all fits together . . . convince us to hire you. City Manager email is: Always cc our HR Analyst:

Don’t direct admin questions to the City Manager, but send final application package to both CM and HR. First review of applications is June 17.