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Finance Director, City of East Lansing

Published Jun 23, 2022

Director – Finance Department

The City of East Lansing is seeking a new Finance Director.  East Lansing is a desirable residential community of 48,500 people and home to Michigan State University. East Lansing operates under the Council-Manager form of government with a full-time staff of approximately 300 and a FY2023 combined budget of $155.2 million.

The City is seeking a leader who is comfortable working in a high-performing city government and is committed to customer-based results—focusing on community needs and empowerment of staff to accomplish these results.

The new Finance Director will be responsible for planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations of the Finance Department through an administrative capacity as the Chief Financial Officer, Budget Officer and Risk Manager for the City. This position is hired by and reports directly to the City Manager and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager. The Finance Department has 16 employees including four professional managers for each operational division reporting to the Director. The four divisions within the Finance Department include Assessing, Budget and Accounting, Income Tax, and Treasury.

The Finance Director must possess, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, or a related field; eight years of responsible experience in fiscal services and four years of administrative and supervisory experience. A Master’s Degree in a related field is preferred.  Registration or eligibility for registration as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan is preferred.

Salary Range: $92,600 to $128,845, including a $2,000 annual CPA license certification bonus, with salary within the range negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications; and an excellent benefit package. Relocation expenses are negotiable.

Application materials can be downloaded at Return the completed application with cover letter, resume, three professional business references, transcripts and copies of any certifications to:


Human Resources Department

City of East Lansing

410 Abbot Road

East Lansing, Michigan 48823


Deadline:  Open Until Filled