Deputy Finance Director (20186127)

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$11,636.08-$14,850.90 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


One Twin Pines Lane Belmont, 94002


The City of Belmont Finance Department is currently recruiting for the position of Deputy Finance Director.

The Deputy Finance Director directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the City's day to day finance operations and activities including budget, payroll, purchasing, business licenses, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, fixed assets, financial planning and records maintenance, reporting, tax administration, and annual audit functions.  The position also coordinates activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Finance Director.  In addition, this position is responsible for treasury operations and debt management.  The position receives administrative direction from the Finance Director and exercises direct supervision over professional and technical staff.

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Direct, manage, supervise, coordinate and evaluate the work of staff responsible for the City's day to day financial operations and activities including the functions of budget, payroll, purchasing, business licenses, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, grants, treasury and debt management, computer systems applications, internal control and annual audit functions.
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Participates in the maintenance of the indirect cost allocation plan and performs accounting work related to the integration of the plan with the automated financial system.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate and review the work plan for accounting staff; assign work activities, projects and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the annual operating and capital budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.
  • Prepare, review and evaluate a variety of financial reports and statements including general ledger, bank reconciliation, budget variances, monthly and annual reports.
  • Manages, coordinates and accounts for all long-term debt, pass-through agreements, and tax rebate programs.
  • Oversees all internal accounting control functions.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures and controls to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, City policies and generally accepted accounting procedures; analyze fiscal transactions and records to ensure conformity and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, procedures, practices and City codes and ordinances.
  • Research and develop new revenue opportunities, support revenue diversification through economic development, enterprise cost recovery, fee for service programs and tax enforcement.
  • Review monthly journal entries; allocate investment earnings to funds; allocate other cost and expenses and review employee expense accounts.
  • Oversees year-end close of City, Successor Agency, Special District, and other agencies’ books and annual audit.
  • Assist independent auditors with their annual review of financial records; prepare and provide support documentation and answer questions concerning financial records and accounting practices; ensure audits are completed in a timely manner.
  • Provide the financial information for and assist with the administration of debt, issuance of municipal bonds, tax and revenue anticipation notes, tax allocation bonds and other forms of debt.
  • Oversees operation, implementation or deployment of finance related computer systems applications.
  • Provide staff support to the Finance Director; provide accounting services to the joint ventures of the City; perform the duties of Finance Director in the absence of same.


Ideal Candidate

Experience and Training:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:  Five (5) to seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in governmental accounting or auditing with two (2) years of supervisory responsibility.

Training:  Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance or related field.

Licenses/Certificates:  Possession of or pursuing a professional financial certification/license such as CPA, CPFO, or equivalent 


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of local government budgeting and financial administration including accounts payable and receivable, payroll, budget, general ledger and financial reporting.
  • Generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing public agency accounting practices.
  • Methods and techniques of internal auditing and accounting.
  • Treasury and debt management.
  • Advanced mathematical principles and practices.
  • Accounting and financial systems, applications and services.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and procedures of financial record keeping and reporting.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Plan, supervise and direct the City's accounting operation.
  • Develop, analyze, interpret and explain financial policies and procedures.
  • Prepare accurate and timely financial statements, reports and analyses.
  • Correlate and use a large volume of written and numerical data.
  • Oversee, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.
  • Participate in the development and administration of goals, objectives and procedures.
  • Prepare annual budgets, five-year capital improvement plans, and long-term financial plans.
  • Act as primary liaison for annual audit; prepare and provide supporting documentation; ensure that audit is scheduled and completed in a timely manner.
  • Establish and maintain sound fiscal procedures and records.
  • Apply advanced technologies to modernize operations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


The City offers a comprehensive benefits package, including PERS retirement, PERS health plans, dental, vision, deferred compensation, etc.  The City does not participate in the Social Security Program.  For specific details regarding the benefits offered for this position, please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and its Mid-Management/Confidential Employees Association (MMCEA) labor group.

Special Instructions

Candidates who possess the combination of experience, training and certifications that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities should consider applying.

This recruitment will remain open until filled, but is subject to close at any time without notice. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  

All applications and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  A fully completed employment application is required, including work history.  Resumes are strongly recommended but do not take the place of completing the required information requested on the application.  Do not put “see resume” in place of requested information.  A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process which may consist of an oral panel interview.  Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.

Candidates who successfully pass the oral panel interview and placed on the employment list may be selected by the hiring department to move forward in the process to the department level interview.

If you require special accommodations to participate in the recruitment process, please email Apple Castillo at

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract. The City reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.  Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.  Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

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