East Palo Alto

Finance Director (20117003)

This is a REVISED Post
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$154,824.00-$188,190.00 Annually

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


2415 University Avenue - City Hall 2nd Floor East Palo Alto, 94303


The City of East Palo Alto is looking for a Finance Director to collaborate and provide highly responisble and complex administrative support to the City Administration. 

The City of East Palo Alto is a City with a dynamic workforce, a deep cultural heritage and diverse community that are resilient and welcoming.  You will join a team who is passionate about supporting the City's growth.

Attached is the job description and announcement covering the nature and level of work to be performed. This is not intended to be a complete list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.

The City of East Palo Alto reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as may be necessary. 

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is a professional with the highest level of integrity, outstanding judgement, and management skills. The Finance Director will be collaborative, inclusive, tech savvy, committed to exceptional customer service, and able to motivate and maximize the skills of staff. The position requires someone who is fiscally prudent, politically astute, and a creative problem solver with a proven track record of successful and productive interactions with employees, department directors, elected officials, residents, and diverse stakeholders.

Led by a Finance Director, the Finance Department oversees the City’s financial operations including financial reporting, accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial planning, budgeting, purchasing, user and utility fees, investment, and debt management.

In addition to being ethical, well-qualified, and experienced, the next Finance Director must possess certain traits that will be essential for success:

· A strong background in either budget or accounting with knowledge in preparing a budget document and/or comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) in accordance with Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) requirements.

· Experience gained primarily in a public agency is strongly preferred, especially in a municipal setting.

· The City is in a vendor selection process for a new information system, prior experience with such an implementation is highly desirable.

· Aside from strong technical skills, the next Finance Director will be “people focused”, able to communicate effectively, lead and develop staff, and continue to foster a positive work environment.




Retirement: CalPERS  Classic Members - 2.5% @ 55 formula

* Employee pays 8% employee contribution. * Three year average final compensation.

CalPERS New Members—2% @ 62 formula

* Employee pays 6.25% employee contribution * Three year average final compensation


Medical:  (City pays 100% Employee Coverage and 65% Dependent Coverage)

Dental:  (City pays full cost for employee only)

Life Insurance: (City pays for coverage of $150,000)


Long Term Disability:  (City paid)


State Disability Insurance: (Employee paid)


Management Leave:  up to 76 hours / year


Holidays: 12 paid holidays / year


Vacation: 80-hours per year


Sick Leave: 8 hours / month


Optional Benefits: Flex (125) Plan with Supplemental Benefits

Special Instructions

To be considered for this employment opportunity, please complete the City Application and provide resume, cover letter, responses to the supplemental questionnaire, and Omnia Profile Assessment. This position is open until filled.  If you have any questions, please contact :

       Irene Camarena, Human Resources Manager

       2415 University Ave, 1st Floor

       East Palo Alto, CA 94303



References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. For additional information visit our website: www.cityofepa.org 


Revised Posting Date: May 11, 2021


Closing Date:   Open until filled!


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