Chief Financial Officer - City of Brookings, SD

Strategic Government Resources
Brookings, South Dakota
$106,221 - $143,711
Closing date
Apr 15, 2023

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Job Role
Administration & Shared Services, Other
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

“Bring Your Dreams” to Brookings, South Dakota, a city with plenty of small-town charm to go around. From an Olympic-sized archery range to a vibrant downtown shopping district, an old-fashioned pioneer cabin to a fresh local farmers market, Brookings has it all. The City is known for its unique neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, and genuinely friendly people who live, work, and play with the comfort of big-city amenities. Located along the I-29 Corridor, Brookings has a population of 24,415 people in 13.5 square miles and an estimated 530,000 annual visitors. 

Brookings has exceptional, well-maintained public parks, trails, and recreational venues. Miles of biking trails throughout the City provide entertainment for the entire family, connecting parks, neighborhoods, schools, and other civic amenities. 

Brookings is also home to the excellent Brookings School District, rated 7th largest in the state, and South Dakota State University, South Dakota’s largest and only land-grant university with an enrollment of nearly 11,500. The City has received numerous awards in recent years including #1 Best College Town in South Dakota (Travel Pulse, 2019), #8 Top College Town in America (, 2017), #2 Safest City in South Dakota (Alarms. org, 2018), and Human Rights Score of 100 on Municipal Equality Index (2018-2022).

The ideal candidate for this position is an inspiring, innovative and visionary leader with an approachable management style, strategic mindset, and genuine interest in seeking to understand; someone who asks, advises and partners with an emphasis on relationship building, trust, and teamwork. 

Candidates most suited for this role are those with:

  • Strong financial management abilities in budget development and implementation, revenue and expenditure forecasting, long-term capital improvement financing, debt management, cash investments and economic development financing options. 
  • An exemplary finance professional who demonstrates responsiveness, as well as personal and professional integrity with the ability to inspire the trust and confidence of colleagues, team members and the community. 
  • Ability to communicate complex financial matters in an understandable manner to a wide variety of stakeholders (i.e., talent for “telling the story”). 
  • Ability to effectively engage elected and appointed leadership in a way that fosters effective problem-solving; an individual who is a trusted partner and collaborator in setting policy directions. 
  • A highly collaborative leader with a team-oriented management style who can cultivate a culture of mentorship, empowerment and accountability.

The minimum educational requirement for this position is a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Economics, Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field and at least seven (7) years of senior level management, non-profit or business experience in finance or accounting. Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) or Public Administration (MPA) is highly desirable. A combination of related education and experience that demonstrates the candidate’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties of the position may be considered.

The salary range for this position is $106,221 - $143,711, dependent upon experience and qualifications.  The City of Brookings offers an excellent benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance benefits, as well as paid leave and a longevity benefit. Employees will be enrolled in the South Dakota Retirement System.

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For more information on this position, contact: 
Lynn Barboza, Senior Vice President


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