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The City of St. Helens is seeking a dedicated Finance Director with a strong passion for serving the community and organization. This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization that values work-life balance and to make a positive impact at the dynamic and future-focused City of St. Helens.


Come work with great people, state-of-the-art technology, and enjoy a work-life balance on a historic waterfront close to Portland and the Pacific coast. With many staff having served long tenures, St. Helens is a place where people come to stay. The new Finance Director will play a key role on the City team, guiding a new era of development—and redevelopment—in this growing community that is poised for success.


St. Helens, Oregon is a historic waterfront community located on the banks of the Columbia River 30 miles northwest of Portland. With a population of 14,560, it is the largest community in Columbia County and the county seat. St. Helens is known for offering small-town charm, expansive water and mountain views, and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Incorporated in 1889, the City of St. Helens operates as a Council-Mayor form of government. The city serves 14,560 residents with a current budget of $87 million and a team of 85.6 FTEs and is poised to grow rapidly in the next decade. The City is preparing to break ground in November 2022 for its first major infrastructure project as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to redevelop and transform the St. Helens waterfront. The new Finance Director will play an integral role in the financing and expensing of the project.

The current City Administrator, John Walsh, has provided St. Helens with stable leadership and strong management for 10 years. The new Director will benefit from a mayor, council, city administrator, and department heads who strive to work collaboratively with one another to provide quality services to the community.


Operating with a current budget of $995,000 and a team of 5 FTEs, the Finance Division of the Administration Department provides professional financial services and information to the City Council, City Administrator, and City departments in order to promote fiscal stability and integrity. Reporting to the City Administrator, the Finance Director manages and coordinates the activities of Finance and Utility Billing as well as staff in both divisions.  The Finance Director also serves as the Budget Officer for both the City and the City’s Urban Renewal Agency.


Bachelor’s degree or post baccalaureate certificate in accounting, business administration, or related field; and

Five years progressively responsible experience in municipal accounting, including supervision and/or management; or

Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job.

Experience with ERP Software (Currently Tyler Technologies Incode Software) is desired.

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