The Finance Director is an integral part of the City’s executive management team who reports directly to the City Administrator and supports operations of every City department by managing finance, budget and information technology functions. The incumbent in this position advises Department Heads and the City Administrator on complex financial and budget matters and projects, develops the annual City budget with the City Administrator, manages the City’s financial operations, and monitors compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The Finance Director serves as the City’s chief financial and investment officer as the City Treasurer, and performs related duties as required.
The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive organizational view; be detail-oriented, collaborative and an innovative problem solver. This person is a self-starter with a strong customer-service orientation to the operating departments, employees, clients and general public. The position requires extensive knowledge of accounting, public policy, general management best practices, personnel development, team building, policy creation and the ability to develop, oversee and implement projects and programs. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing departmental planning and operational goals and for furthering City’s goals and objectives within policy guidelines. The successful candidate will have a positive attitude who looks for solutions rather than problems.
Education and Experience Guidelines – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, business or public administration with an emphasis on Finance, or closely related field.
Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible fiscal management experience in accounting and financial work in business or government, with at least two years at a supervisory level.
License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Possession of a Certified Public Accountant designation is highly desirable.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction, and hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
The benefit package includes:
- California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) of 2% @ 60 Plan for Classic Employees, or 2% @ 62, for a new employee subject to the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013.
- The City of Chowchilla does not participate in Social Security.
- A CalPERS 457 Plan is available at the expense of employee.
- The City offers individual selection of medical, vision and dental insurance options with a share of cost depending on type of selected plan (contact the City Clerk for a cost matrix). Employees covered by another insurance plan may be eligible for a health allowance of $150 for health, $25 for vision, and $50 for dental in lieu of enrolling in the City’s health plans.
- State Disability Insurance (SDI) of 1.0% of salary is paid by employee.
- Up to $100,000 employee life insurance is provided (employee pays taxes on all premium values over $50,000 in accordance with IRS guidelines).
- In accordance with federal law, the City is required to withhold for Medicare.
- Longevity pay at a rate of 2.5% for every five service years.
- Other benefits that may include education incentives pay, certificate pay, etc. depending on the City Council approved contract.
Leave benefits include:
- This position currently receives 11 paid holidays per year, two floating paid personal days,
- 280 hours of annual executive leave and
- 12 days of annual sick leave.
This position is an exempt (no paid overtime) unrepresented executive management position.
The City of Chowchilla utilizes CalOpps.org to accept and process employment applications. To obtain information and apply go to www.CalOpps.org/City-of-Chowchilla and select the appropriate link. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the City’s official application form, but should accompany the application. All applications and resumes are reviewed to select those applicants whose qualifications appear to most closely match the requirements of the position. A limited number of qualified applicants may be invited to participate in the subsequent phase(s) of the recruitment process, which may include one or more of the following: written examination, oral interviews, other assessments and complete background checks. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.