The city of Methuen (population 51,000; Budget: $167 million) seeks qualified applicants for the newly- created position of Chief Administrative and Financial Officer (CAFO). The CAFO will be responsible for coordinating, administering, and supervising all business and financial services and activities in all departments, including the school department, boards, commissions, agencies, offices, or other units of city government. The CAFO will also be responsible for implementing sound financial policies. The individual that fills the position is responsible for ensuring that the city engages in sound financial planning that demonstrates a commitment to transparency and compliance with city statutes, ordinances, and applicable rules and guidelines. The CAFO directs and controls the Administration and Finance Department of the city and reports to and is under the charge and direction of the Mayor. The successful candidate should have 10 or more years experience in municipal or executive operations and finance, preferably at the department head level or higher; a bachelor’s degree in finance, administration or accounting, though a master’s degree is preferred; a thorough knowledge in municipal finance and budget management, professional certifications through organizations like the GFOA or designation as a Certified Public Accountant, or a combination of education and experience. Applicant must be a self-motivated organizational leader and problem solver with a strategic long-term perspective, who is persistent, energetic, innovative, accessible, trustworthy, and able to build consensus and work collaboratively with all constituencies within the city. The successful candidate will recognize and welcome the challenge of being a key part of the revitalization of a great city. A community and position profile can be located on Community Paradigm’s website, at

Salary: $150,000-$175,000 commensurate with qualifications. Methuen is an EOE/AA employer. For additional information related to the position, the town and the application process, contact Bernard Lynch, Principal, Community Paradigm Associates at Résumés, in confidence, by 5 p.m., Feb. 15, to: Methuen, MA – CAFO Search, Community Paradigm Associates, One Saddleback, Plymouth, MA 02360.