Posting Date:  07/02/2019
Job Title:  Chief Financial Officer
Salary:  $144,555 to $209,618 annually
Entity:  Metro
Closing Date:  Continuous


Deadline to apply: Continuous (first review of applications will begin on July 30, 2019)
Salary: $144,555 to $209,618 annually

Are you an accomplished leader who loves strategy, people and making a difference in your community? If so, you should consider applying to be Metro’s next chief financial officer. We’re looking for an innovative and inclusive leader who thinks strategically about a broad range of financial and organizational issues – and wants to use those skills to improve the quality of life in the greater Portland.

As chief financial officer, you’ll draw on your firm grasp of government finance to lead Metro in developing and implementing goals, objectives and programs that provide accountability, make the most of taxpayers’ investments and build public trust. We’re looking for an experienced fiscal manager with the business acumen necessary to maintain Metro’s current AAA bond rating and balanced budget. The successful candidate will ensure Metro is on a course to protect its long-term financial stability during a period of growth.

As a member of Metro’s senior leadership team, you’ll play a critical role in shaping and executing policy and protecting public investments – including a $653 million regional affordable housing program recently adopted by voters, a proposed $475 million parks and nature bond measure that voters will consider this fall and a regional transportation funding package in the development phase. You’ll work with the Metro Council and Chief Operating Officer on Metro’s budget, quarterly reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and negotiate with Metro’s city and county partners on issues of regional significance. Your ability to convey complex financial concepts to senior leaders, elected officials and community members is essential.

We’re looking for somebody with a passion for public service, a commitment to customer service and a willingness to question the status quo. As the department champion, you will lead staff and foster collaboration, building on successes and challenging Metro’s high-performance team to develop and change to meet greater Portland’s evolving needs.

The next Chief Financial Officer will share Metro’s commitment to shaping a better future for everyone in greater Portland, including communities of color and others who have not benefited equally from public investments. You should be prepared to live these values, both through the financial policies and practices you develop and the way you lead your team. At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Primary Duties

• Ensures performance excellence in all functional areas of the department including Accounting, Procurement, Risk Management, Budget and Financial Management, and Solid Waste Regulation. Manages divisions actively and focuses on mentoring and coaching staff to achieve optimal performance. Identifies and communicates performance expectations and identifies and addresses performance gaps. Has full responsibility for hiring, promoting, transferring, assigning, evaluating performance, initiating salary actions, handling grievances, disciplining and discharging employees.
• Provides effective, accessible leadership; promotes and fosters a strong customer service ethic; and models and encourages respectful and responsive interactions in all situations.
• Develops and administers Metro code for solid waste franchises and rate regulation and directs, oversees and establishes strategies related to regulatory functions including rate setting for transfer stations, excise tax collection and regional system fee collection.
• Ensures timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations and the Metro Council; directs and oversees the preparation and communication of quarterly and annual financial statements and reports.
• Evaluates existing business models organization-wide and recommends changes as necessary.
• Assists revenue-generating Metro enterprises with overall business case and strategy development.
• Oversees maintenance of, or establishes and refines appropriate internal controls and financial procedures and legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.
• Coordinates audits and ensures proper filing of financial statements.
• Leads the organization’s annual budgeting process and oversees all budget and financial issues, including the development and monitoring of budgets and the development of financial business plans and forecasts.
• Supports, enhances and promotes Metro’s efforts related to contracting with CoBID firms: certified minority-owned, women-owned, service-disable veteran-owned businesses, and emerging small businesses.
• Develops and uses predictive models, financial forecasts and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into Metro’s operations and business plans and assist with future planning and budgeting efforts.
• Partners with senior leaders and Metro Council to develop and implement financial strategies organization-wide and engages senior leaders to develop short-, medium- and long-term financial plans and projections.
• Oversees all compliance and recognition for federal and state contracts and private grants; cash flow planning; cash, investment and asset management; and all financial strategies and activities.
• Represents Metro to financial partners including financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, other public agencies, auditors, public officials and others.
• Works with Deputy and Chief Operating Officers, investment staff, and stakeholders to review and optimize agency’s investment strategies.
• Makes budget- and financial-related presentations to Metro Council, staff, other agencies, stakeholders, the public and other groups.
• Stays up-to-date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal laws regarding nonprofit and government operations.
• Participates in Metro policy development as part of the senior leadership team.
• Performs related duties as assigned.


The Chief Financial Officer will be an experienced leader with at least eight years of broad experience in gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. Experience will include managing all facets of budget and finance for a complex organization with multiple funding sources, including federal and state contracts and an affiliate structure with diverse program areas. Experience in public utility management in a union environment is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree in the field of Accounting, Business Management, Public Administration or similar field is required; a CPA or Master’s degree is preferred. Previous fund accounting experience in city or county government is highly desirable as is at least five years of experience as a director of finance or equivalent, preferably in a public or nonprofit organization with an annual budget of at least $100 million.

Contact Information

To apply: visit for the complete job announcement and a link to our online hiring center.

Application Requirements: In addition to the required electronic application and responses to the supplemental questions, please include a resume and a cover letter describing your experience as it relates to the duties of this position.


Other Information

About Metro
Led by an elected council, this unique government gives all residents of greater Portland a voice in shaping the future and provides parks, venues, services and tools at a regional scale. We find solutions for our area’s garbage and recycling that protect clean air and water; help plan land use and development to provide jobs and safe transportation; manage local venues that provide a connection to arts and culture and help keep the economy growing; protect 17,000 acres of parks and natural areas, and run the Oregon Zoo, to keep nature close to home.

Diversity, equity and inclusion
Metro is committed to hiring and supporting staff who reflect the diversity of our communities, and to creating welcoming workplaces. We know diverse voices make the region better and help us fulfill our public mission. Learn more at

Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer