South San Francisco

Financial Services Manager (20049663)

San Francisco/Peninsula
11/1/2020 at 11:59pm
$125,985.00-$153,150.00 Annually

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


400 Grand Avenue South San Francisco, 94080


Applications are being accepted for the position of Financial Services Manager with the City of South San Francisco. 



The City of South San Francisco is a General Law city with a population of 68,000 residents that grows to 110,000 during business hours. South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area's main transportation routes, included 101, 280, Caltrain, BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The City of South San Francisco is a full-service city with 12 City Departments including Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; Economic and Community Development; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Information Technology; Human Resources; City Clerk; and Office of the City Manager.  The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 460 full-time regular employees.

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past.  In recent years, the City has been redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit, which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World.

South San Francisco’s biotechnology cluster is the largest in the world, with roughly 45,000 life science workers, 200 biotech companies, and over 12 million square feet of office/R&D facilities – with an additional 9 million square feet of new R&D facilities in the development pipeline. 

South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play. 

The Department

The Finance Department provides critical financial services citywide, setting the fiscal accountability and policy controls over the use of City funds. It leads the fiscal accountability efforts and ensures the responsible and legal use of City funds through thoughtful appropriations and implementation and management of policies and procedures. It is responsible for numerous vital City services, including maintaining the City’s accounting system, managing payroll and purchasing procedures, issuing business licenses, managing parking districts, and collecting occupancy taxes and other City fees. Other services include financial planning and analysis, risk mitigation and strategic consulting.

The City’s total adopted appropriated budget for FY2020-21, excluding transfers between funds, totals $192.8 million. With a staff of 14.5 FTEs, the Finance Department is a strategic business partner to every other City department and central to City operations. 

The Department is looking for an experienced Financial Services Manager whose duties may include:

  • Leading the annual audit process, ensuring timely issuance of the CAFR;
  • Supporting the biennial budget development process;
  • Supervising and mentoring accounting, front office, and mail service staff;
  • Reviewing the City’s internal controls, ensuring adherence with best practices; and
  • Assisting on special projects as directed by the Director of Finance, such as an enterprise resources planning system implementation or bond issuance.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should have a firm foundation in municipal accounting; experience in leading an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation; excellent oral and written communications skills; experience presenting to elected officials; proven ability to direct and motivate staff; and be intuitive, driven, and organized.  Prior success in leading the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, business licenses, mail services, and accounting is required. 

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical qualifying background would be:

EXPERIENCE:  Four years of progressively more responsible professional experience in municipal finance, with at least two years in a supervisory capacity.  Governmental or non-profit experience is preferred, but not required.

TRAINING:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business administration, or a related field. A CPA certificate or Master's degree is highly desirable and may be substituted for one year of experience.

LICENSES:  Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.  


The process will first consist of a review of application materials. A resume is required, but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description; those with unclear past employment information; or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered.

A writing sample is also required as part of the application process in order to demonstrate your writing ability and must be included with your online application as a separate attachment. A recent sample Staff Report which you produced is preferred; however, in the absence of a sample Staff Report, you may include a recent and relevant work related informational document that you wrote in order to meet this requirement.

The most highly suitable and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an assessment, which may include any or all of the following: oral panel interview and/or training & experience evaluation. This assessment is tentatively scheduled for the week of November 9, 2020. 

Upon completion of this examination, an eligible list will be established which will be used for the appointment to the position. Possession of minimal qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and placement on the eligible employment list. Top scoring candidates will be invited to the next phase of the selection process which will consist of any or all of the following: a departmental interview and written/performance exercise. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within 2-business days from the date the event occurred.  

Note: The City of South San Francisco reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. Admission to the examination may be limited to those applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications on the application and resume, in addition to an assessment of supplemental questionnaire responses. Applicants possessing the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed admission to the examination.

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Salary: $125,985.00 - $153,150.00 annually

Retirement: CalPERS retirement formula is 2% at age 60 for Classic members or; 2% at age 62 for “new members” as defined by Government Code §7522.04(e). Social Security and Medicare participation and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account.

Health Insurance: City offers a choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO premium cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family).  For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City provides 100% City-paid short- and long-term disability insurances. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Vacation: Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, based on the length of service.

Holidays: Thirteen paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday.

Programs: 457 Deferred Compensation, Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Employee Assistance Program, Long Term Care, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs are available. 

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit.

Special Instructions


To be considered for this employment opportunity, you must complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire in their entirety. A resume must be included but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered. Some email accounts have been known to place these emails in the spam/junk file. Please check your email folders/settings or accept emails ending with

Prior to hire, and after a conditional offer of appointment has been made, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a pre-employment physical and drug screening (when applicable), a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to nature and recency of the conviction and relationship to job duties. All City standards must be met before the final appointment is made.

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract and is subject to change. 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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